Break, Burn, Build 2019: Fall Performance Experiments

Saturday, October 5, 2019
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Strider Theater

The Colby College Department of Theater and Dance presents a short program of new works (run time: approx. 50 min). Break, Burn, Build is a mixed evening of performance that features the full range of performance research created in the Department of Theater and Dance – including theater, dance, design, and hybrid Dance Theater. First-Year students and Theater and Dance majors and minors will share the stage in both student and faculty directed new works.

Developed in a short period, these projects highlight collaboration, experimentalism, and inquiry-based creative research. The evening celebrates the opportunity to share those processes on stage.

Tickets available at: or at the door.










Dans L’Engrenage

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Strider Theater

Finding your place, precarious as it may be. You fight for it. Fight to keep it. Beyond the inner workings of society. Beyond conventions. Beyond the common good. Beyond individual liberties. You play around the rules to keep going. Even to the point of transgression. Even if it means doing wrong. Even if those put upon rise up. They believe in something better. They are committed. In the face of all opposition. Against all odds. Single-handedly. They fight. At strength’s end, still they build. Something different. Differently. A foundation for the new. For their sake. To exist. Caught in the gears, they combine. Blend in with the crowd. Again. For how long?

Dyptik was founded in 2012 by choreographers Mehdi Meghari and Souhail Marchiche. The company is based in Saint-Etienne, France and has the support of the city of Saint-Etienne, the DRAC, the region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, and the Loire department.

Tickets available at: or at the door.








Moving Target Master Class “GUT Motives”

Sponsored part of Portland Dance Month

Sunday, October 27, 2019
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Mechanics Hall, Portland

GUT Motives is a contemporary dance class and ongoing research by ALTERNATIVA (Kathleen Hermesdorf and Albert Mathias) investigating corporeality from internal impulse to external expression. Exploring states and acts of motion through a hybrid of traditional, contemporary and alternative forms in order to utilize embodiment and motion as means of perception, intuition, and action. Deepening awareness and understanding of the body by working with energy, touch, somatic improvisation, technical modalities, and three-dimensional choreography. The class is an intimate, animated arena for physical and creative exploration, deeply informed by live, original music, and encouraging sensate virtuosity, kinetic efficiency, interactive intelligence, and performance-level dancing. Motivated by interpretations of GUT, including good, general unified theory, viscera, center of gravity, courage, instinct, intuition, and vulnerability.


FALL PERFORMANCE—Wendy and the Neckbeards

Written by Kari Bentley-Quinn, Guest Directed by Kevin R. Free

Thursday, November 14, and Friday, November 15, 2019
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 16, 2019
2:00 p.m.
Strider Theater

Wendy, a 17-year-old plus-sized, body-positive makeup artist with her own YouTube channel, is having her life exploded by internet trolls. In the meantime, Jess discovers that her long-term boyfriend Chad spends his time harassing young women on the internet to “blow off steam”. From here, the two stories converge in a hilarious and insightful examination of the current era of internet harassment, toxic masculinity, and the cycle of abuse towards women in America.

This play by Kari Bentley-Quinn will be directed by guest artist, Kevin R. Free, a multidisciplinary artist whose work as a voice actor and theater maker has been showcased many places, including Portland Stage (Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill and The Last Five Years); Off-Broadway (Bellomy in The Fantasticks); on audiobooks (Martha Wells’s Murderbot Diaries), and of course, on the internet (Desert Bluffs, Welcome To Night Vale).

PLEASE NOTE: the play content reflects current teenage angst, culture, and language and therefore may be unsettling for some audience members.

Tickets for Thursday night are available at: or at the door.

Friday night tickets here:

Saturday Matinee: