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2013/14 Season - "Acts of Provocation"

Soaring: The Annual Pomona College Dance Concert

soaring

Artistic Direction by Laurie Cameron
May 1 – 3, 2014 at 8 pm and May 4 at 2 pm

First created in 1920 by the dance pioneers Denishawn, Soaring is a seminal work in the history of modern dance. Lyrical and impressionistic, the piece explores the magical potential of human movement as it relates to moving air, flowing fabric, and incandescent light. Carefully reconstructed for the Pomona College Concert, Soaring will be accompanied by a variety of newly choreographed works featuring contemporary and provocative movement styles and themes. The end product will be an exciting, dynamic program of modern dance not to be missed.

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The Medieval Mystery Play Cycle

The Medieval Mystery Play Cycle

Directed by Betty Bernhard
April 10 – 12, 2014 at 8 pm and April 12 & 13 at 2 pm

Amateur actors in medieval England devised short, but elaborate and spectacle filled “pageant wagon plays” about a variety of religious topics. With titles such as Creation, Temptation, Noah, and Second Shepherd’s Play, the Mystery plays are simultaneously chaste yet bawdy, witty yet moving, and sacred yet profane. Please join us as we perform selected works from these historical plays that are sure to inspire, entertain, and amuse you!

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Tartuffe by MOLIERE

tartuffe

Directed by Leonard Pronko
March 6 – 8, 2014 at 8 pm & March 8 & 9 at 2 pm

Banned as blasphemous on its first performance in 1664, Moliere’s timeless comedy is as relevant today as in the seventeenth century. Televangelists, abusive father-figures and dishonest politicians are foreshadowed in Moliere’s comedy, but its underlying seriousness never dampens his irrepressible gaiety, as clever servants and wise wives help to keep in balance a world threatened by maniacal fathers and cunning knaves.

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Free As Air - World Premiere!

Free as air

Conceived and Directed by Karen Christopher
November 21 – 23, 2013 at 8 pm and November 23 & 24 at 2 pm
Allen Theatre

Free As Air is a collaboratively devised performance work taking on the subject of air. From air looms and flying machines to the preservation of the upper atmosphere, we find a route to uncovering what matters to the individual, to society, and to the ecology that surrounds and supports us. Free As Air is sponsored in part by the Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative at Pomona College.

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In the Blood

in the blood

By Suzan-Lori Parks I Directed By Kenshaka Ali
October 31 – November 2, 2013 at 8 pm and November 2 & 3 at 2 pm
Seaver Theatre

In this modern tragedy inspired by Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks takes us into the heart of homelessness, despair, survival and redemption. Hester/La Negrita lives under a bridge with her five fatherless children. Their struggle to survive is a testament to how societies fail some of its members and a rallying call to those still blessed with compassion.

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The Rimers of Eldritch

rimers of eldrich

By Lanford Wilson I Directed By Art Horowitz
October 10 – 13, 2013

The Rimers of Eldritch is a brooding yet wryly humorous play exploring false morality in a small Midwestern rust belt town. A contentious trial unfolds over a year’s seasons, and as frost -“rime”- descends upon the land, the community reveals both its demons and its heart. The late Lanford Wilson was a prolific and acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist, and The Rimers of Eldritch is one of his most lyrical and most moving plays.

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In the Works: Pendleton Fall Dance Concert

December 5 – 7, 2013
Pendleton Dance Center

The Pomona and Scripps fall dance concert will showcase original works in progress by senior dance majors with lighting by theatre design students.