September Events at the HOP
Th-Sa, 9/19-21: Happy Hour by Monica Bill Barnes & Company is a great kick-off to 19-20 because it entertainly overturns expectations. The audience enters a somewhat nondescript office party, with drinks and chit chat … that is gradually and hilariously upended by a two-woman dance/clown team playing two overconfident dudes , executing increasingly out-there dance moves in vying with each other for attention from the ladies. Mildly toxic masculinity was never funnier!
Fr-Th, 9/20-26: Telluride at Dartmouth is back, bringing six films from the famed Telluride, Colorado, festival. This year’s Dartmouth picks take movie viewers into the Formula One racing world; Leningrad during World War II; 1950s New York City; a day in the life of an assistant to an uber-creep in the film world; the dissolving marriage of a bicoastal artistic couple; and a Cannes-winning, reinvented buddy film. Tickets go on sale 9/5; viewers can save $ by buying a pass to all six films!
Th & Fr, 9/26 &27: The City of Others by Sankofa Danzafro is a vibrant, relatable work of dance theater that takes into the realities of young urban Afro-Colombians. Colombia is home to Latin America’s second largest population of people of African descent, mostly the descendants of slaves brought from West Africa – and long marginalized in that society. This work depicts the actual life experiences of the young Sankofa company members – told through exciting dance that draws from capoeira, contemporary dance, hip-hop and African forms. The transformation of struggle into art is heartfelt and uplifting.
Sa, 9/28: Mashrou’ Leila’s visit to Dartmouth is one of the most significant events of fall, culturally, politically, academically. Formed in Beirut 10 years ago, this band is the most popular indie rock band across the Middle East, and has become the region’s most successful pop-music export. But even more, they are achieving this with music that communicates powerful advocacy for LGBT and women’s rights and political freedom. Several members are gay, and they come from diverse religious backgrounds. The band will be at Dartmouth during the week prior to the concert, meeting with students and the public in many informal gatherings, arranged in part by Middle Eastern Studies Professor Tarek El-Ariss, a longtime friend and fan of the band. Read more here.
October Events – with More to Follow!
Fr, 10/4: A few tickets are still available for Jon Batiste and Stay Human, whose wonderful music and abundant charm is widely known through their gig as the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Leave no seat unfilled!
Sa, 10/5: The Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra gives its first of two fall performances, this one dedicated to three concertos that give the DSO a backing role in concertos featuring solos by three superlative Dartmouth-senior musicians. The music is Ravel’s Tzigane (Betty Kim, violin) and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations (Richard Lu, cello) and Violin Concerto (Alyssa Gao, violin). (on 11//9, the DSO performs a second program in which the orchestra plays second fiddle to no one.)
Tu, 10/10: We’re excited to bring back the St. Lawrence String Quartet because they are so at home with young people – they are Stanford’s quartet-in-residence – and they serve really good sandwiches. That’s what they call them: take two quartets from the nearly inexhaustible catalogue of Haydn, the “father” of the string quartet, and “sandwich” them around a couple of contemporary works. In this case, Haydn’s String Quartet in D-Major, Op. 20, No. 4 , and String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2 are the “bread” and John Adams Second Quartet (written for the SLSQ) and Osvaldo Golijov’s Yiddishbbuk are the contemporary “meat.”
Sa, 10/19: Dartmouth students get the chance to work with true music legends in a concert by Carla Bley Trio and the Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble. The 82-year-old Bley has been a pioneering woman in jazz and a pioneer, period, in the fusion of rock energy and big band jazz. Her trio includes the also legendary bassist Steve Swallow (one of those bassists that makes the instrument a solo voice as well as a foundational sound). The student players of the Coast open the show with some of Bley’s incredible music for big band, and Trio plays a second half of the intimate, thinky music of Bley’s present.