Gina Mantica '16Assistant Arts Editor
With the start of a new academic year comes a variety of transformations – the leaves change color, the temperature begins to cool, classes become harder, students become more experienced and departments prepare for the fall semester. The performing arts departments at Smith, including dance, music and theatre, have been working to start the academic year with a bang. Within the dance department, preparations have already begun for the Fall Faculty Dance Concert, the Grad Dance Event and the MFA Thesis Concert. Second-year MFA student Barbie Diewald held a week-long rehearsal intensive before most students even moved in so she could develop new movement ideas that may be incorporated into her thesis piece. Diewald also previewed her solo created during her summer research, which she will be showcasing on Sept. 14 at the Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan. Auditions for other MFA pieces, as well as other graduate events, will take place on Sept. 15 in the Scott Dance Studio at 7 p.m. In addition, this fall’s Smith Faculty Dance Concert will include new works by faculty member Rodger Blum and artists-in-residence Jennifer Nugent and Pamela Newell. Blum wowed the audience with his recreation of “More Clearly in Dreams” during senior week last year. The piece, based on the writings of Leonardo Di Vinci, illustrated the complexity of the human body through a series of graceful movements and fluid, creative transitions. To catch another glimpse of Blum’s genius, you can attend the concert, which will run from Nov. 19-21 at 8 p.m. The theatre department also has quite a few promising performances lined up. Hannah Sachs ’16 is directing “Metamorphoses” by Mary Zimmerman, a play loosely based on “The Metamorphoses of Ovid.” “Metamorphoses” is typically staged as a series of vignettes revolving around the stories of mythical figures, including Orpheus and Eurydice. It will be interesting to see how they choose to stage the play either as a linear plot or as a series of disconnected elements that highlights a non-linear point of view. The theatre department has also incorporated a new playreading series into its calendar for the fall semester. The first in the series, “Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All-Night Diner,” is written and directed by MFA student Darcy Parker Bruce and will take place on Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre. The next two in the series will take place on Nov. 10 and Dec. 3. The music department has a variety of concerts planned for this semester. The Sage Chamber Music Society will put on four different concerts in the fall. The first concert, on Sept. 27, will be “Early Autumn Trios,” and it promises to include a combination of both “classical style and modern elegance” that are reminiscent of romanticism. “Early Autumn Trios” will include Joel Pitchon on violin, Volcy Pelletier on cello and Judith Gordon on piano. The remainder of the Sage Chamber Music Society’s performances seem to be just as promising and will take place on Oct. 25, Nov. 22 and Dec. 13. The music department is also promoting the “Forever Broadway” show carried out by the Smith Wind Ensemble. On Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall, music lovers will be able to listen to and sing along with their favorite Broadway tunes as directed by Ellen Redman. This year is already shaping up to be full of incredible arts performances and experiences at Smith College that should not be missed. Here’s to the start of an academic year filled with fun, compelling performances.