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Dartmouth's Summer Arts Festival merges technology, creativity

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 06/24/09 • Media Contact:
Latarsha Gatlin (603) 646-3661

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Where movement, technology and creativity all collide to create art is the overarching theme of Dartmouth's Summer Arts Festival.

Titled "eMotion," the series of summertime events kicks off with Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars giving a free concert of West African and reggae dance rhythms on the Green starting at 5 p.m. on June 26. The festival wraps up in August with a series of student projects, including an outdoor multimedia performance called "Feminist eMotions" that will take place in the Kemeny/Haldeman courtyard on August 7. In between, there are events and activities ranging from lectures on movement and its association with certain emotions to digital games to a mobile hedge from which participants can observe the landscape.

"This year's Summer Arts Festival is, literally, dynamic," says Adrian Randolph, professor of art history and director of the Leslie Center of Humanities, which organized the festival. "This is a celebration of the arts in all their diversity: concerts, performances, three-dimensional films, alternate reality games, as well as installations. I am particularly delighted by the integration of student projects into this year's program."

One of the highlights of eMotion is Italian dance/theater troupe Teatro di Piazza o d'Occasione (TPO) who will perform from June 26 through June 28. TPO uses digital technology to unleash a kaleidoscope of sound, color and images for audiences to enjoy.

"TPO is great for all ages," said Margaret Lawrence, Hopkins Center Director of Programming. "The artists create a totally immersive environment, with human motion triggering playful sights and sounds. We hope everyone in the Upper Valley will come out to experience the performance, including on Sunday afternoon when we open up the digital floor to everyone and ask the audience to take off their shoes and try it themselves."

Funded by the President's Office, the festival is organized by the Leslie Center in cooperation with the Hood Museum of Art, the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts and the arts departments (Art History, Film & Media Studies, Theater, Studio Art, Music).

The schedule of events may be found at Dartmouth's Summer Arts Festival website.

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Last Updated: 6/24/09