Concerts on the Quad

Bates College Concerts on the Quad

In collaboration with Dining, Conferences and Campus Events and Olin Arts Center.

Enjoy this favorite Bates College free concert series, but this year with dance lessons. Learn the style for 45 minutes, then enjoy an hour of live music and put your new skills to work!

Zapion with belly-dance lesson by Anabee

Local belly-dancer Anabee will instruct in the traditional Egyptian/Turkish style, followed by a Middle Easter concert by Zapion.

 June 28, 6:30PM    Historic Quad

Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection – contra dance lesson by Dela Murphy

Renowned contra dance caller Dela Murphy will teach the basics of contra dance and then call while Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection play a set that spans bluegrass, French Canadian fiddle music, and original songs!

 July 19, 6:30PM    Historic Quad

Show & Tells

Show & Tells: Lecture Demonstrations with a twist!

An engaging opportunity for audiences and community members to get to know the festival artists and how they create their work, this weekly series offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of contemporary dance. See each show page for that artist’s weekly events.

Inside Dance

Inside Dance Community Discussions

Free informal discussions within our community, led by visiting national and local dance writers, scholars, and critics. A great opportunity to learn about dance, arts and culture, and the social context behind the festival performances. Artists will participate in each discussion.  See each show page for details!

More Events

Making Mill Town

A documentary film that delves into the 4-year process of making the immersive dance performance Mill Town by Stephan Koplowitz. A compelling story of the creative re-use of New England Mills. Post-show discussion with filmmaker Lindsay LaPointe.

 July 17, 6PM    Lewiston Public Library

The History of Hip Hop Lecture/ Demonstration

Led by the Rennie Harris PureMovement company this event introduces audiences to personalities who influenced or invented styles that have contributed to the Hip Hop dance culture. Illustrating that Hip Hop has its roots in African tradition and culture throughout the Diasporas and includes Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican cultures from the early sixties throughout today.

 July 18, 7:30PM    Schaeffer Theatre

Panel Discussion: Navigating Sexual Harassment in the Dance Studio

Language, touch and consent – what are the norms of teaching dance that may be inappropriate?  Join BDF faculty and artists for an important discussion about bodies and agency in the field of dance education.

 July 22, 7:30PM    Schaeffer Theatre

Work-in-Progress: Riley Watts

Riley Watts, Forsythe Company dancer and BDF Faculty, presents a site-specific work-in-progress exploration of hypnosis, embodied awareness, and layers of reality through which we view life.

 July 25, 7:30PM    Gray Athletic Building

Informal Showings

BDF Faculty members Angie Hauser & Chris Aiken, Michael Foley, Michel Kouakou and Maree ReMalia will show works-in-progress, alongside artists-in-residence Johnnie Cruise Mercer and Laura K. Nicoll.

 July 29, 7:30PM    Schaeffer Theatre

Moving in the Moment

This hugely popular evening of improvisational dance returns featuring contact improvisers Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser and over 20 festival faculty, artists, and musicians.

August 1, 7:30PM    Schaeffer Theatre

Young Choreographers | New Work

This informal adjudicated showing features 12 new works by talented festival students. Audience members are invited to come and go throughout the afternoon.

August 4, 1-4PM    Schaeffer Theatre

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Bates Dance Festival
Performance Series 2018

See Performance Schedule