The 2011 – 2012 Season
Festival of Live Performance and Digital Media: A Colby, Bates and Bowdoin Collaboration
September 24 and 25 at Bowdoin College’s Wish Theater
A collaboration with students, staff and faculty at Bowdoin and Bates colleges, the Festival of Live Performance and Digital Media celebrates original performance works centered around the use of digital media as inspiration for story telling. The festival is staged at Bowdoin’s Wish Theater. Times to be announced.
Pas de Deux and Solo Variations 2:
Boston Ballet’s Kathleen Breen Combes
and Yuri Yanowsky
October 1 at 7:30 p.m.
They’re back! Boston Ballet Principal Dancers Kathleen Breen Combes and Yuri Yanowsky, two of today’s most exciting ballet artists, return to Strider with another bravura program of pas de deux and solo work. Combes, hailed by the New York Times as “a ballerina of colossal scale and boldness,” is among the country’s foremost Balanchine interpreters, and Yanowsky was recently called “brilliantly versatile” by the UK’s What’sOnStage.com.
Camille A. Brown and Dancers
October 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Dance Magazine says “bold, quick-silver, detailed and charming to the max.” The New York Times says “magisterial,” “a tour de force” and “thoroughly accomplished.” With a performance pedigree that includes appearances at Sadler’s Wells, The Apollo, Jacob’s Pillow, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Camille A. Brown and Dancers is a company on the rise.
Colby on Stage
October 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Colby’s finest student performers take over Strider Theater for a special Family Homecoming Weekend event. Now in its third year (it’s a tradition!), this high-energy variety show features performances from Colby Dancers, Hypnotik Dance Team, Powder & Wig, the Colby jazz band and Taiko Drumming plus (drumroll please) the debut of the First Year Dance featuring the talents of the class of ‘15.
Portland Stage’s From Away:
Dramatic Readings of New Work
by Writers from the
Iowa International Writers Program
November 8 at 7:00 p.m.
From Away is an innovative evening seamlessly blending creative writing (poems, plays and short fiction) with performance and dialogue. The evening begins with a team of actors from Portland Stage interpreting the work of three resident fellows from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Stick around for an intimate conversation with the writers about the ins and outs of the creative process.
The Long Christmas Ride Home
by Paula Vogel
November 10-12 at 7:30 p.m.
Past, present and future collide on a snowy Christmas Eve for a troubled family of five. Featuring puppets designed by Figures of Speech Theatre, the play puts the family on display to show how we love, hurt, and dream. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel proves that magic can be found in the simplest breaths of life. Not intended for young audiences.
March 8-10 at 7:30 p.m.
Tartuffe, the scoundrel we love to hate, leads Orgon and his family to the brink of disaster before his religious hypocrisy is finally uncovered. Our production of Molière’s 17th century comedic masterpiece features a delightful combination of linguistic wit and physical shenanigans—a most entertaining way to expose an impostor!
This Time | Spring Dance Concert
April 13-14 at 7:30 p.m.
This Time showcases improvised choreographies by the professional dance improvisation company Like You Mean It working side-by-side with Colby students. As each performance unfolds and the dances reveal themselves, the audience is witness to an exciting real-time glimpse into the electric energy of the creative process. An evening of art-making in action.
The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs
April 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Following the success of The Last Cargo Cult, Mike Daisey turns his razor-sharp wit to America’s most mysterious technology icon in this hilarious and harrowing tale of pride, beauty, lust, and industrial design. He illuminates how the former CEO of Apple and his obsessions shape our lives, while sharing stories of his own travels to China to investigate the factories where millions toil to make iPhones and iPods. Daisey’s dangerous journey shines a light on our love affair with our devices and the human cost of creating them.
“I will never be the same after seeing that show.” – Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder
Performance Lab Series: The Inaugural Season
April 26-28 at 7:30 p.m.
Theater and Dance at Colby is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new season event: a highly selective production slot designed especially for our Theater and Dance majors to to create and produce their own work. A glimpse into the future of the performing arts.
Season is subject to change.