The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance at Williams College (1000 Main Street/Route 2 in Williamstown, MA) has announced its schedule of events in February and March 2017. Box Office: Open Tuesday – Saturday, 1-5 PM, 413-597-2425 For more information, including a complete listing of shows, please visit 62center.williams.edu
Feb 11 | 8:00 PM | $3 (Williams students)/ $5
The 12th Sankofa Step Competition is here! Teams from all over the northeast will compete for the grand prize.
It’s the start of Sankofa’s 20th anniversary season, come join us for a night of celebration of step in all its forms.
Feb 11 | 2:00 PM | $3
Feb 12 & 18 | 11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Feb 19 | 2:00 PM
Written by Anton Chekhov
Directed by Robert Baker-White
It was Anton Chekhov’s countryman Leo Tolstoy who famously asserted that each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Uncle Vanya presents a precisely unique and evocative vision of familial longing, strife, desire, and regret. Chekhov himself observed that “any idiot can face a crisis; it is the day-to-day living that wears us out.” The Theatre Department’s site-specific production of this Russian masterpiece, staged in historic Elm Tree House at Mt. Hope Farm, will invite audience members into intimate contact with Uncle Vanya’s brilliant and loving characters, as they valiantly attempt to endure in the face of everyday catastrophe.
Audience should meet at the ’62 Center 15 minutes prior to curtain. Bus will leave from the back of the ’62 Center promptly at curtain time. No private cars will be allowed to drive to Mount Hope.
Anyone who is not on the bus at curtain time, your seat will be opened to the wait line.
Zambezi Dance Party!
Feb 17 | 8:00 PM | $3
Feb 18 | 2:00 PM
Zambezi marimba band plays music of the world with heavy African influence. Come and enjoy the diversity, happiness and rush of the worldly song. Bring your dance shoes on and no holding back it’s party time. This is a family-friendly performance, lovers of music of all ages are welcome!
Founded in 1992, Zambezi has been inspired by traditional Zimbabwean music as well as contemporary African styles. Zambezi’s chromatic marimbas are hybrids, combining tempered tuning with a rich and buzzy African tone, making this a truly unique ensemble.
Feb 24 & 25 | 8:00 PM | Free
Dance Dhamaka presents a fun night of Bollywood magic! Come see the final performance of Williams’ only Bollywood dance group. The dances will follow an original coming-of-age story written by Dhamaka’s own dancers, about arriving at college, facing tough decisions, and pursuing your passion. The show will feature student choreographies and some of Bollywood’s most popular songs.
Dorrance Dance: The Blues Project
Mar 3 | 8:00 PM | $10 / $3 (students)
The Blues Project is a collaboration between Dorrance Dance, led by the extraordinary choreographer Michelle Dorrance, and award-winning musician and composer Toshi Reagon featuring Derick K. Grant and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. The show features some of today’s finest tap artists, whose percussive movement becomes a visual and aural conversation with music performed live by Reagon and a band featuring acoustic and electric guitar, bass, drums, percussion, and violin.
Michelle Dorrance’s dynamic company aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new and compelling context, not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it: rhythmically, aesthetically, and conceptually. She is a 2015 MacArthur Fellow, a 2014 Alpert Award Winner, and a 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award Winner.