October 9-16, 6:30 p.m.
MFA Dance Thesis Concert: Visible Seams. Choreographer Erin Crawley-Woods creates a tapestry of movement and sound in her site-specific work, Visible Seams. Presented by the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, Visible Seams is Crawley-Woods’ MFA Dance Thesis Concert and will take place throughout the corridors, courtyards and staircases of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The piece features the talent of both undergraduate and graduate dancers and is inspired by Busby Berkeley, one of the greatest choreographers of the American movie musical.
October 24, 8 p.m.
Kronos Quartet: East Coast Premiere by Philip Glass. To pay tribute to the Kronos Quartet’s 40th anniversary, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center has co-commissioned legendary American composer Philip Glass to write a new work, String Quartet no. 6, which will be the centerpiece of this performance in its East Coast premiere.
November 1 & 2, 8 p.m.
David Dorfman Dance: Come, and Back Again. Driven by the charged poetry and unapologetic, raw ferocity of the underground '90s Atlanta band Smoke, five dancers and five musicians embark on a kinetic anthem of reckless personal abandon, exploring how time and memory influence and define our slippery, elastic existence. The members of the live band will inhabit the stage with the dancers, including Dorfman playing the roles of both dancer and saxophonist.
Molière Impromptu: Translated and adapted by Rinne Groff. The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies presents Molière Impromptu, a wickedly funny play based on three short plays by Molière, directed by Matthew R. Wilson. Set in 1665 Versailles, the play presents a director’s nightmare as the members of Molière's Illustre Theatre gather to rehearse a new play commissioned by the King for a performance that very night. The script is in horrible shape, the intern is lobbying for a bigger part and the lead actress can never remember her lines. This comedic look at the magic of theatre is a contemporary take on one of the great masters of Western comedy.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is located at 3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. For ticket information, visit http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu or call 301.405.ARTS (2787).