Colby on Tour: We Don’t Have an Algorithm for This – Danspace Project
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Colby on Tour: We Don’t Have an Algorithm for This

Photo: Milton Guillen

Community ACCESS provides subsidized off-season rental opportunities for Danspace Project community members.

We Don’t Have an Algorithm for This is an original dance theater work directed by Annie Kloppenberg, Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance at Colby College, featuring Colby students. Created collaboratively in response to this year’s annual campus-wide Humanities theme: Human/Nature, the work explores ideas from multiple disciplines that have encouraged the Colby community to reflect upon nature, the built environment, and the ways in which our relationship to the natural world has shaped human existence. By embodying and transforming content from a series of lectures, this work encourages a critical and sometimes humorous look at ourselves and the spaces we inhabit, those that nourish us, inspire us, and challenge us.

Performers: Julia Borges, Kathryn Butler, Olivia Gould, Emery Lawrence, Brendan Leonard, Jeannely Lopez, Nick Pattison, Molly Plunkett, Lucy Soucek
and guest artists: Sara Gibbons, Tristan Koepke, Christina Robson, Heidi Henderson of elephant JANE dance

Director: Annie Kloppenberg
Technical Direction: John D. Ervin
Stage Manager: Lily Fernald
Costume Design: Christine Nilles
Scenic Design: Jeannely Lopez
Light Design: Tim Cryan

Sponsored by The Center for the Arts and Humanities at Colby College and The Department of Theater and Dance.

Annie Kloppenberg has presented her professional work nationally and internationally in South Africa, France, Turkey, and Austria; teaches and performs nationally with the improvisational trio, Like You Mean It; founded and co-curates Moving Target Boston, a professional guest artist series; and has served on the Boards of Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA and the American College Dance Festival Association. As Assistant Professor of Dance at Colby College, her current creative and theoretical research hinges on improvisation and on facilitating choreographic research/pedagogies of choreography. This piece is the result of a collaborative creative process with Colby students as part of that pedagogical research. Her article, “Improvisation in Process: ‘Post-Control’ Choreography” can be found in the July 2010 issue of Dance Chronicle. Kloppenberg holds an MFA from The Ohio State University, and a BA from Middlebury College. Choreographic fellowships, commissions and residencies include The Boston Dance Alliance Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship, Mass MoCA, Summer Stages Dance Choreographic Fellowship, The Boston Center for the Arts, Dance Theater Workshop’s Outer/Space, Dublin Arts Council with OhioDance and The Ohio State University, and the Taft School.

Colby College is a four-year liberal arts college in Waterville, Maine. Colby’s 1,850 students come from nearly every state and more than 70 countries. Educational exploration is a way of life at Colby. Academics are rigorous, and learning goes way beyond sitting in a classroom—it’s enhanced by new experiences, real-world research, project-based problem solving across all disciplines, small classes, and collaborative work with faculty. This project gives Colby students professional production experience, and will offer the chance for audiences to enjoy the thoughtful work of burgeoning young artists.

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