SmithArts Announces 2013–14 Season
An Eclectic Season of Collaboration and Celebration
A brand new children’s musical based on a best-selling novel, distinguished visiting choreographers, and a vibrant and varied chamber music series: these are just a few highlights of the sensational SmithArts 2013-2014 Season. Our Dance, Music and Theatre Departments are excited to offer you an astonishing range of thought provoking, inspiring, and just-plain-fun performances. You might see dancers performing as snakes and saints, or hear students and professors come together to honor one of America’s foremost living composers. You could be drawn into the secret life of dolls, or watch the world turn on its head as revolution sweeps the land. We invite you to join us for this innovative and surprising season of collaboration and celebrations.
The Fall Faculty Dance Concert features the exciting new work of internationally acclaimed guest choreographers Sidra Bell and Kathleen Hermesdorf, as well as original choreography by Smith College Faculty Chris Aiken, Candice Salyers, and Rodger Blum. Sidra Bell, Artistic Director of Sidra Bell Dance New York and award-winning choreographer, has created a new large ensemble work for the Five College Dance Departments. International dance powerhouse Kathleen Hermesdorf will be in residence at Smith College in October, when she will create a new piece inspired by snake and circle mythology to be premiered on the Faculty Dance Concert. Featured Smith Faculty includes Chris Aiken (Utopia Parkway, 2012), Rodger Blum (More Clearly in Dreams, 2013), and Candice Salyers, who will present Six Reasons Why My Dance Card Isn't Full, part of a larger project in which she explores different physical and conceptual perspectives on female sainthood.
Music lovers are in for a thrilling ride this fall; our faculty ensemble-in-residence, the Sage Chamber Music Society, will present two fascinating programs that explore music-making at every stage of life. The first, Gift of Youth, features youthful works by Beethoven and the contemporary composer James Primosch, as well as a Brahms trio that the composer wrote first in his teens and then revised fifty years later. Their second concert celebrates the rich, distinguished, and ongoing careers of two Smith Faculty Composers Emeritus, Ronald Perera and Donald Wheelock, and premieres a new song cycle, Voices, by Wheelock. For their Fall Concert in November, the Smith College Orchestra has adopted the model of the Paris Conservatoire and invited faculty members to serve as principals of the orchestra, playing alongside their students in a collaboration of youthful energy and seasoned experience. Their Fall Concert also features a faculty soloist, pianist Judith Gordon, playing John Harbison’s Piano Concerto in honor of the award-winning composer’s 75th birthday. Finally, the great jazz veteran Charles Neville and several local legends from the Pioneer Valley will perform with up-and-coming singer Rebecca Holtz ’14 of Smith College.
Whether you want a fun outing with your children or an intense and absorbing evening of political and social engagement, the Theatre Department has something for you. The Doll People, based on the novel by best-selling author Ann M. Martin ’77 (The Babysitter’s Club series) and Laura Godwin, has been an adapted for the stage as a children’s musical by Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner. It will be given its world premiere in Theatre 14 at Smith College under the direction of Ellen Kaplan. With new music, original choreography, and thoroughly modern set designs, The Doll People promises to be an exciting show for all ages. Later in the season, director Daniel Elihu Kramer will direct five performances of Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. Although the story is set in the 17th century at the height of England’s Civil War, it speaks directly to our own political moment; the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement share the same dreams of democracy and egalitarianism, and the terrifying, fragile hope of an uncertain revolution.