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The HWS Update

Professor of Dance Cadence Whittier recently released her first book, Creative Ballet Teaching: Technique and Artistry for the 21st Century Ballet Dancer (Routledge 2018). The book offers a practical new approach to teaching ballet. Creative Ballet Teaching draws on the fields of Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (L/BMA), dance pedagogy, human development and somatic education to explore

Featuring 27 original dances entirely choreographed and performed by HWS students, the Koshare Dance Collective took center stage Friday Nov. 17 and Saturday Nov. 18 as more than 150 dancers performed at the Smith Opera House. “We’ve dedicated an incredible amount of time to ensuring students were performance-ready and having fun, and to coordinating all the logistics

Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ social justice theatre company, Mosaic NY, performed earlier this month in nearby Verona, N.Y., at the New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) Professional Organization Conference. Heather May, associate professor of theatre and Mosaic NY founder and artistic director, says the performance dramatized “the ways that the HEOP program provides

Macbeth will take center stage at the McDonald Theatre to commence the HWS Theatre season. Associate Professor of Theatre Chris Hatch directs Shakespeare’s action-packed tale of greed, power, magic, lust and death. “Before there was Game of Thrones, Star Wars or The Lord of the Rings, there was Macbeth,” says Hatch, who directed last spring’s HWS production of Boeing Boeing. Performances

The first 2017-18 Frame/Works series talk of the HWS Theatre program will kick off with a discussion of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Guest theatre scholar Katie Mallinson will present the talk, “Fair/Foul: The Eroticism of Fear in Shakespeare’s Macbeth,” at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10 in Williams 201. During Frame/Works, Mallinson will discuss how fear and

Esteemed choreographer Larry Lavender will visit the Colleges on Tuesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Nov. 8 to lecture in classes, meet with students and share his unique perspective on contemporary choreography. His visit to HWS will also include a site performance, an impromptu command performance that challenges the conventions of advertised art. Lavender is a

The Hobart and William Smith Dance Department will welcome Camille A. Brown and Dancers for a week-long residency on Sept. 25-30. During the six-day teaching and performing residency which includes public events, acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown will present new work from her identity-based choreographic trilogy, which includes “Mr. TOL. E. RAncE” (2013), “Black Girl

This fall, the HWS Music Department’s Jazz and Guitar Series returns with free live performances as well as a workshop and master class. The 2017 fall series will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 26 with an “informance,” a cross between an informative workshop and a performance by guitarist Peter Keller ’15 at 6 p.m. in the

Throughout the 2017-18 academic year, the HWS Dance Department will host guest artists and instructors, as well as showcase the work of student and faculty dancers and choreographers. On Saturday, Sept. 16, during Homecoming and Family Weekend 2017, students in “Composing Works: Music & Dance Collaborations” will perform themed improvisations by dancers and musicians at

“By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.” What is lurking just out of sight? What are we waiting for? Is it full of menace or delight? HWS Theatre announces its 2017-18 season, which features a Shakespearean tragedy, a darkly comic farce and the 20th century’s most iconic absurdist play. The HWS