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Must the Promised Land necessarily become cursed and haunted? It is possible to stop moral downfall and pursue happiness instead? In his eye-opening play, Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts reveals the secrets of an American family defeated by its mistakes and avalanching toward its final disintegration. Family members gather to discover how far apart they've grown and how dysfunctional their lives have become. Directed by Professor Sangare, this theatrical production will examine contemporary relationships and investigate personal and social values. Relationships can be healed when people meet not merely to join the reunion, but to reunite. Awareness can be awakened, integrity reclaimed, and core values restored—if it isn't too late.
Fringe First Award Winner Baba Brinkman is the world's first and only "peer reviewed rapper,"bringing science to the masses with his unique brand of hip-hop comedy theatrics. In Rap Guide to Climate Chaos, Brinkman breaks down the politics, economics, and science of global warming, following its surprising twists from the carbon cycle to the energy economy.
A trailblazer in the genre of "lit-hop"—he has created hip-hop adaptations of The Canterbury Tales, Beowulf, and Gilgamesh—Brinkman is also an award-winning playwright, a former tree-planter who has personally planted more than one million trees, and a Friend of Darwin Award winner (for his efforts to improve the public understanding of evolutionary biology) who has opened for Stephen Hawking.
CoDa (Contemporary Dance Ensemble) is dedicated to the continued development of dance on the campus and larger community by fostering collaboration across artistic and academic disciplines. By integrating the foundational techniques of modern and ballet with contemporary and popular forms of movement, music, and multimedia, we are dedicated to the creation and performance of original work and repertoire by two faculty artistic directors, visiting artists, and students.
The heartfelt and poignant two-character drama follows Marianne, a quirky quantum physicist, played by Kate Baldwin, and Roland, a beekeeper, played by Graham Rowat. Their first encounter is seemingly ordinary—crossing paths at a mutual friend's barbeque. Exploring the endless possibilities of their budding romance, the characters create their own multi-verse to see how their relationship would play out if they had chosen fate over chance.
The Blues Project is a collaboration between Dorrance Dance, led by the extraordinary choreographer Michelle Dorrance, and award-winning musician and composer Toshi Reagon. The show features some of today's finest tap artists, whose percussive movement becomes a visual and aural conversation with music performed live by Reagon and a band featuring acoustic and electric guitar, bass, drums, percussion, and violin.
Michelle Dorrance's dynamic company aims to honor tap dance's uniquely beautiful history in a new and compelling context, not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it: rhythmically, aesthetically, and conceptually. She is a 2015 MacArthur Fellow, a 2014 Alpert Award Winner, and a 2013 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award Winner.
The beloved holiday production returns to Shakespeare & Company, with its live sound effects and rapid character changes. Follow George Bailey as he discovers the value of this wonderful life, guided by "angel, second-class" Clarence, on his own quest to earn his wings.
Since 1986 Kusika has thrived as a place for students, faculty, and artists interested in the study and performance of traditions, concepts, and material from Africa and the diaspora. We are a community that shares a repertoire of traditions in dance, music, and storytelling that embraces the innovations characteristic of the global impact of the African continent.
Our work also reflects the challenges African peoples face. Our recent studies include material from the countries of Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Zimbabwe, and Haiti.
Zambezi has come a long way since 1992. The group plays traditional music from Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Africa in general, and is moving toward hybridity. Zambezi's musical depth has been enhanced by the quality of musicianship brought in by the students. Our orchestration includes brass, woodwinds, strings, and additional percussion, making the music richer.
Pachedu means "among ourselves," in the Shona language of Zimbabwe. This year, the Department continues our tradition of offering a (F)all shared concert, with a focus on exploring the classic canon of traditional dance and music in our diverse genres, as well as work(s) being created by students, faculty, and guest artists. Please join members of CoDa, Kusika, Sankofa, and The Zambezi Marimba Band as we celebrate our roots and our futures.
Sankofa is Williams College's step team founded by two female students in 1996. The now co-ed team performs stepping, a percussive dance form created by black fraternities in the mid-1900s that is influenced by military drill, South African gumboot, West African dance, and hip-hop. The word Sankofa comes from the Akan language of Ghana; in English it means "stepping forward while looking back." Sankofa uses this concept to reach back and stay true to its roots in order to step forward, reflecting the organization's mentality. The highly dynamic team has been known to incorporate everything from pop music and spoken word to breakdance and gymnastics in its choreography in order to create loud, high energy, and incredibly astounding performances.
If the earth could speak to us today, what would it say? Would it manifest itself to us openly and benevolently for the sake of healing, or would it appear mysteriously and malevolently via totemic signs and occult channels: a protean assassin seeking vengeance? British playwright Caryl Churchill explores this horrifying question by charting the machinations of its title character, a "shape shifter and death portent, ancient and damaged" as s/he infiltrates the souls of two teenage mothers, seducing them through paranormal means into homicidal madness and loss. The three travel between parallel universes in elastic time, alternating between contemporary urban landscapes and fantastical realms inhabited by mythological figures.
Singer-songwriter-guitarist Toshi Reagon brings her genre-bending music and irresistible performance style to this new opera, written in collaboration with her mother Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of the iconic vocal group Sweet Honey in the Rock. The Parable of the Sower, adapted from Octavia Butler's post-apocalyptic novel of the same name, follows a young woman fleeing the violence of a futuristic Los Angeles wracked by environmental catastrophe. The work blends science fiction with African American spiritualism and deep insights on gender, race, and the future of human civilization.
Dance Until Hot! The Williams College Departments of Dance and Music presents Club Zambezi Dance Party! Led by Artist-in-Residence in African Music Performance Tendai Muparutsa, this group of young performers promises to heat up the dance floor in the midst of the winter. Club Zambezi Dance Party combines a unique musical collaboration with irresistible dance beats. Founded in 1992, Zambezi was originally inspired by traditional Zimbabwean marimba bands. The musicians of Zambezi perform on specially designed and custom made marimbas — the Zambezi group has an even wider range than its African marimba-band cousins. Zambezi's hybrid instruments are capable of playing a huge variety of music including traditional and contemporary dance music. There is no band or set of instruments like these anywhere else in the world.