The list of arts and cultural activities for the 2017-2018 academic year is replete with on-campus events of interest to the College and greater community and visitors, among them: 




Book cover of Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

One Book One Region: Mohsin Hamid

Palmer Auditorium

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Connecticut College is partnering with the One Book One Region initiative to present author Mohsin Hamid, author of the extraordinary novel “Exit West.” Mohsin Hamid is the author of four novels, “Moth Smoke,” “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia,” and “Exit West,” and a book of essays, “Discontent and Its Civilizations.” His writing has been featured on bestseller lists, adapted for the cinema, and translated into over thirty-five languages. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, he has spent about half his life there and much of the rest in London, New York, and California.



Jazz Ensemble performance, 2013

Prism: An Ensemble Sampler

Evans Hall

Friday, Sept. 28

A varied Fall Weekend program featuring Camel Heard, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, New Music Chamber Ensemble, Traditional Jazz Band.

Free Admission


onStage Guest Artist Series, Dance

Dance Theater of Harlem: Artists Stephanie Rae Williams and Choong Hoon Lee in Return. Photo by Rachel Neville.
Image by Rachel Neville

Dance Theater of Harlem

Palmer Auditorium

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018

Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director

Dance Theater of Harlem is embarking on their 50th anniversary tour. Founded by Arthur Mitchell, an acclaimed principal dancer with George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem brings new life to the art form of classical ballet. Performing a forward-thinking repertoire that includes treasured classics, neoclassical works by George Balanchine and resident choreographer Robert Garland, as well as innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African-American culture, the Company is known for its thrilling performances that successfully challenge preconceived notions.

Tickets: $28; Seniors: $25; Students: $14 (General Admission)

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We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915

Tansill Theater

Friday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 29, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.

By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Jude Sandy

A group of actors gather to tell the little-known story of the first genocide of the 20th century. “We Are Proud to Present ...” takes place largely in a rehearsal room that descends from collaborative to absurd as a group of idealistic actors—three black and three white—attempt to recreate the extinction of the Herero tribe at the hands of their German colonizers. Along the way, they test the limits of empathy as their own stories, subjectivities, assumptions and prejudices catalyze their theatrical process. Eventually the full force of a horrific past crashes into the good intentions of the present, and what seemed a faraway place and time comes all too close to home.

Tickets: $15; Seniors: $6; Students: $6; Military: $6 (General Admission)

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Guest Artists: Syria in my Heart: Classical Music by Contemporary Syrian Composers

Harkness Chapel

Sunday, Oct. 21

Syrian-German violinist Ashraf Kateb and Iraqi- Syrian-Finnish pianist Hamsa Alwadi perform contemporary Arab classical compositions. Co-sponsored by the Department of Music and Global Islamic Studies.

Free Admission


onStage Guest Artist Series, Theater

Scene from Theatre Re – “The Nature of Forgetting” by Danilo Moroni.
Image by Danilo Moroni

Theatre Re – “The Nature of Forgetting”

Palmer Auditorium

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018

"Incredibly beautiful... 'The Nature of Forgetting' is an explosive, joyous celebration of remembering." - Exeunt Magazine

At the intersection of art and science, "The Nature of Forgetting" bursts with creativity, joy and heartache. Theatre Re has created a moving articulation of the countless dimensions of memory and amnesia, linking science with real-life experiences. Through movement of great physicality and compelling live music, "The Nature of Forgetting" is the story of Tom — a middle-aged father struggling in the early stages of dementia. The piece, and Tom’s memories, are a life-affirming journey into a weakened mind, where broken does not have to mean defeated; a journey of shining humanity and celebration of a life well lived. A panel discussion will immediately follow the performance.

Presented in collaboration with the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Tickets: $24; Seniors: $21; Students: $12 (General Admission)

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