Category Archives: Dance

RIDDIM Tickets Still Available!!!

Screen shot 2015-05-08 at 8.34.19 AMHUGE NEWS!! Riddim tickets are still available for the 7:30 show this Saturday!! Okay, okay… so it may not be the 10:30 show, but this should still be AMAZING! Get your groove on this Saturday night and dance off that finals stress. As Annie Powers ’15 says, there will be lots of dancing, both on and off the stage!!

Date: May 9th
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: Wilson Hall
Cost: $6– hit up go/boxoffice now!!

 

Taking Flight Performance Tonight!

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If there’s one class many of us wish we’d had the balls to take, it’s Dance (well, intro dance, advanced beginning dance, any dance etc.). Tonight, we have the opportunity to watch the beautiful humans enrolled in Advanced Beginning Dance perform Taking Flight, a “lightly produced” showing of dance experiments by this new batch of choreographers. Perfect study break! Even if you don’t go, remember to turn on some jams and dance today. It’s good for the soul.

Date: Today, 5/6
Time: 4:30-6pm
Place: Mahaney CFA Arts Dance Theatre
Cost: Free!

SEPOMANA PREVIEW

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“Sepo-mania? What’s that?”  This is the question I often hear from friends and strangers when WRMC’s spring concert-fest rolls around every year.  To be fair, Sepomana is a really confusing word to read, spell, and pronounce. Can you imagine if WRMC booked Menomena for Sepomana? Chaos would ensue. For future reference, it’s pronounced Sepom-uh-nuh, but you can call it SEPOM for short. In an effort to provide some context for the upcoming event this Saturday, here’s a little history courtesy of a 2006 letter from WRMC alum Pauls Toutonghi ’98 originally published in The Middlebury Campus:

We came up with the word “sepomana” in a Monday-afternoon meeting in February of 1997. My friend, Jeremy Dean, was the one who coined the phrase. We’d been brainstorming – trying to name WRMC’s new concert series. After about fifteen minutes of rejected ideas, Jeremy suddenly turned to everyone and said: “Sepomana.” It was a little serendipitous. So, “sepomana” is WRMC’s word. We made it. we are wordsmiths. Rock n’ roll.

The intention with Sepomana was simple: A May concert that would provide an alternative to the annual MCAB major-label love-fest. I mean, how many times can you sit in the Field House and listen to Wyclef Jean?

Yes, back in 2005 Wyclef Jean performed at MCAB’s spring concert. Though T-Pain was certainly the talk of the town this spring, his performance offered less relevance and more nostalgia, as Arnav Adhikari ’16 pointed out in his recent review of the show for The Campus.  In the spirit of college radio and WRMC tradition, this year’s Sepomana lineup shines a light on lesser known acts of varying genres and backgrounds poised to collectively unleash the massive bass drop of energy our campus needs going into exam period.

If you’re unfamiliar with the artists performing at the 19th Annual Sepomana, check out Charlie Dulik ‘17.5’s show preview in The Campus and the individual artist spotlights and playlists currently featured on WRMC’s website:

LUNICE – electronic/trap producer/DJ and one half of the formidable Montreal trap duo TNGHT.

RATKING – explosive, punk-influenced experimental New York hip-hop trio

YONATAN GAT – freewheeling psychedelic rock, formerly of the legendary Tel Aviv based Monotonix

IRON EYES CODY – Middlebury’s favorite foot-stomping folk rockers

So come one, come all to Sepomana 2015. There will be brand new, limited edition WRMC t-shirts available for sale inside the Wilson venue starting at 9:30 when Iron Eyes Cody hits the stage. Follow WRMC on Instagram for a merch sneak peak later today and get your tickets at the box office using the GO/SEPOMTIX link.

What: WRMC Presents: Sepomana 2015
When: Saturday May 2 • 9:30 PM
Where: Wilson Social Space
Cost: $5 in advance // $8 at the door

 

TONIGHT: Senior Dance Thesis Concert: Stevie Durocher ’15, Doug LeCours ’15, Sarae Snyder ’15, Afi Yellow-Duke ’15

DgCWvxdi7fE79d-rM9ij656UTickets are still available for the senior dance thesis concert!! Four students, Stevie Durocher ’15, Doug LeCours ’15, Sarae Snyder ’15, and Afi Yellow-Duke ’15 will be performing their senior work tonight and tomorrow. The seniors will be performing original works that examine “the intersection of contemporary choreography with their varied additional disciplines– creative writing, literature, sociology, and Chinese.” How liberal arts is THAT? This should be a really awesome performance and a great way to see what our peers have been up to.

Date: Today and Tomorrow (May 1st, 2nd)
Time: 8 PM
Place: MCA dance theater
Cost: $6 for students– tickets available at go/boxoffice

Spring Swing Show: Lindy Cops and Swingin’ Robbers

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Come watch Middlebury Swing Club steal the show and dance away the evening! This show features over 50 dancers of all skill levels in 11 different pieces and a finale of everyone! Tickets are $6/10/12 at go/boxoffice, all proceeds go to the Charter House in Middlebury.
When: Friday, May 1st at 8pm
Where: Wilson Hall
Cost: $6, tickets available at go/boxoffice or at the door

 

CONCERT TONIGHT: BODY LANGUAGE FT. DJ ERIC HASS

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What’s up beasts; if you like to party, you’re in luck! There is gonna be a fucking sick concert tomorrow in the most legendary venue on this campus: the Bunker (aka the Freeman INTERNATIONAL Center, ever heard of it???) Hopefully the lineup will unite all the bleep blood heads and indie hipsters who are perpetually warring on this campus. DJ Eric “DJ Eric Hass” Hass will be opening for no less than Brooklyn’s own Body Language, who play a lot of dance-poppy r&b and nu-disco. Hell yea

If you’re down, head over to the Bunker at 10pm tomorrow, Friday, 4/24.

Here are a couple of their sickest tracks….

So yeah they play like real dance music but using live instruments. Pretty sick, I know.

Hope to see you there!

TODAY: Panama Dance Exchange Showing

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Spring break may seem like a distant memory– many of us have moved on to thinking longingly about the summer in this final stretch. But tonight, we have the opportunity to hear from eight student dancers from the Middlebury College Dance Program who travelled to Panama City, Panama for an international dance exchange in support of arts education and cultural ambassadorship this past spring break. Come listen to their findings about movement, teaching, learning, and language, and watch a screening of the documentary-in-progress about this project: “dancers without borders, and moving to change.” Should be really cool, and a great way to fantasize about what you can do with your time off.

Date: Today, April 22nd
Time: 5 PM
Place: MCA Dance Theater
Cost: Free!

T-Pain: Observations and Reflections

t-pain-booking-infoAfter reflecting on the weekend with some friends and eavesdropping on a good deal of Proctor convos, I believe that most of us who attended the T-Pain concert found it to be, well, hilarious. Did we have fun? We think so… The middbeat staff has compiled some observations from Saturday night to quell your nerves if you’re still thinking something along the lines of “WTF just happened??”

1. Immediate disappearance of friends upon entering. Walking into Kenyon basically ensures separation from whomever you’re with unless you physically hold onto each other. Upon seeing friends later on in the night, deep in the middle of the crowd… “oh fuck no, not going in there.”

2. That was randomly kind of violent! I think I saw a girl drop to the floor, but she seemed okay. All for moshing, but even more for my personal space!

3. Not really ever seeing T-Pain. Huh???? He was definitely there but it truly didn’t seem to matter… They could have been playing throwbacks over a speaker and I would not have known the difference. No offense to T-Pain’s stage presence, I just legitimately wasn’t watching.

4. General confusion as to who T-Pain actually was. One middbeat writer reported a fellow student shouting “we want T-Pain” while T-Pain was on stage. Maybe the lack of top hat?

5. Why were there so many people on stage? And why were they all wearing Middlebury t-shirts? Campus pride or just sort of weird?

6. Did he go out after? Nahh…. (This question/answer seem to be based on the seemingly common assumption that T-Pain is in his 40s. He’s actually like 29 I think, so that’s just funny.)

7. Most people I saw were very very intoxicated….

8. Curiosity regarding where he ate/spent the night. If he rolled up to Tourterelle would they have been like ‘oh Mr. Pain, lovely to have you!!’ or could he have gone unnoticed?

9. Generally, he played a great set. No funny business with new music or anything like that. We got the good ole classic hits. Not that he played any song really in its entirety. Probably something to do with the fact that he’s just featured on many songs. Pretty funny. Still, I lost my shit when Good Life came on.

10. I’m on a Boat????? No?????

WRMC Presents Sepomana 2015: Lunice

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The college radio station WRMC 91.1 will be hosting its annual spring concert Sepomana on Saturday, May 2.  The show will feature the bass frenzy, dance your face off trap producer Lunice, perhaps best known as half of Montreal-based duo TNGHT who’ve produced tracks for Kanye West and Wacka Flocka Flame.  On his own, Lunice has collaborated with the likes of Diplo, Azealia Banks, and Wiz Khalifa. It’s gonna be a wild show in a big way, and if you have any doubts about that, make sure to check out his set at the Boiler Room here.  Tickets will be on sale at the box office today, $5 in advance, $8 at the door.  WRMC’s Arnav Adhikari ’16 writes in:

The biggest night of the year is back. Finally. While memories of BadBadNotGood and Dan Deacon from last year still linger in all their kaleidoscopic magnificence, SEPOMANA is back again, wilder, sweatier, and ready to fkn party.

Headlining this year’s show will be LUNICE –producer/DJ/madman and one half of the formidable trap duo TNGHT. If you don’t know who Lunice is, you have plenty of time to catch up on some tunes and get psycheddd for what’s going to be an insane show.

Here’s what he sounds like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgVCUB03vjY
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Here’s what he looks like under some fancy lights:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXW69VAeCvI

More surprises to come in the next couple of weeks, including OPENING ACTS! WRMC knows how to turn up so get excited and invite everyone you know/don’t know/wanna get to know. T-Pain is just the warm-up 😉 See you thurrrr!

As an editorial note, I’ve been listening to Lunice’s tracks all day, and he’s blowing my head to smitherines in the best way possible.  Make sure to check out his track with Azealia Banks, and his single “Can’t Wait To.”  Gonna be a wild show, make sure to get your tickets soon.  Props to WRMC for bringing another awesome show to kick of the final month of the semester.

When: Saturday May 2
Where: Wilson Hall
Cost: $5 in advance at the box office, $12 at the door

Some Thoughts As We Register

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Registration is upon us! If you’re thinking “whaaaat.. there’s still snow on the ground (sort of),” you’re not alone. Most likely, your next thoughts are something along the lines of oh shit what am I going to take, do I need an alternate pin???, fuuuck still need that CW etc etc until you enter a state of anxiety-filled denial. You’ll deal with that when you have to.

Even though we all register for different courses (duh), I’d venture to guess that our processes of selection are probably pretty similar. See if I’m right… does it go a little something like this?

1. What do I absolutely have to take? (That class I need for my major, that class I need to go abroad, that pre-req I need before taking what I really want to take, etc…)

2. How are my distribution requirements going? (Well, okay, I’m missing an AAL and a PHL so… Confucious maybs?) 

3. What professor/class is a must-take before graduation? (I’ve heard Professor Dry is the bomb but can I really handle the workload of a poli sci class right right now?)

4. Please let there be a class I can take with no homework… 

There it is. That 4th bullet point. The fourth class.

Every time I have gone to meet with a professor about signing up for courses, I have consistently been advised to take a “fourth class” that deals with a subject “out of my comfort zone.” Now, the ‘liberal arts admissions catalog’ interpretation of that advice is I’m a Bio major but I’m going to go out of my comfort zone and take 19th Century British Lit because I’m supa smart and well rounded. There absolutely is value in this pursuit, I’m not disputing that. Going outside of our comfort zone or the confines of our major can lead to new interests that might change our entire academic experience at college. It’s certainly happened to me! So, yes, taking a fourth class that’s a little different is very important and should be encouraged.

But here’s the kicker. Just because you’re used to labs doesn’t mean that reading a book every week and writing four essays for an English class is going to be a walk in the park just because it’s a little different. Sure, taking a math class might be new and interesting to you, but it’s not as though you can forgo your two hour problem sets because you’re not a math major.

So, say what you will, but there’s some subtext in the suggestion of the fourth class. The fourth class is usually a class that involves non-traditional, more creative learning. You know what I’m talking about. Acting I, Intro to Dance, The Creative Process. These classes are consistently sited as ones Midd students take to balance their course loads a little. They’re also held up as some of the most enjoyable, enlightening classes offered at our school.

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