Dance in the news

Here’s an analysis of recent protests from a choreographic standpoint (via Jumatatu Poe):

And also take a moment to look at the article: “I Want to Be Ready: Improvised Dance as a Practice of Freedom” by Danielle Goldman. Swarthmore students can access if online at

A Night of Scenes 2014 (12/10 & 12/11)

NOSFall14The Department of Theater’s
Directing Workshop (THEA 035)


by Directors
Anita Castillo-Halvorssen ‘15
Cooper Harrington-Fei ‘17
Eileen Hou ‘16
Michelle Johnson ‘16
Aaron Matis ‘16
Michaela Shuchman ‘16

and excerpts from
Edward Albee
Samuel Beckett
Nick Dear
David Henry Hwang
David Ives
Lyle Kessler

Wednesday & Thursday
December 10th & 11th
8 pm

LPAC Frear Ensemble Theatre
(LPAC 1, Lower Lobby Level)

Free and Open to the Public
Info: or

The 2014 Fall Dance Concert (12/5 & 12/6)

Fall Dance Poster 2014

Featuring the work of our students and faculty in Ballet, Modern, Drum & Dance, Taiko and Tap, this year’s dance concert is all about how dance transforms us. Please join our dancers in celebrating different variations on transformation, the joys of live music and rhythms, and the grace of movement and choreography.

Fri 12/5 at 4:30PM
Sat 12/6 at 8PM

Omar Offendum: hip-hop, poetry, and peace

Omar Offendum will be coming to Swarthmore on Thursday, November 20th to give a hybrid performance/lecture.

Omar Offendum

In addition to performing some of his songs, he will speak about connections between the artistic community and the Arab uprisings, with a special focus on hip hop.  Omar will also discuss his efforts to use art and music to raise humanitarian relief funds for Syrian refugees. Opening performance by OASiS.

Thursday November 20, 2014
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Science Center 101
Swarthmore College (directions)

Omar is a Syrian American hip-hop artist, designer, poet and peace activist. He was born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington, DC, and now lives in Los Angeles, California. He tours the world performing at international music festivals, lecturing at major academic institutions, and fundraising for humanitarian relief organizations. Most recently, Offendum has been involved in creating several critically acclaimed songs about the popular democratic uprisings throughout the Middle East & North Africa. He is also working on several new collaborative projects while touring to promote his solo work.

This event is sponsored by the Arabic Section (MLL), the Intercultural Center, the William Cooper Foundation, the Islamic Studies Program, the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, the Department of Music and Dance, and the Muslim Students Association.

“Stop Telling Women to Smile” with artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

“Stop Telling Women to Smile” with artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh November 19th and 20th, 2014

Join the Womyn’s Resource Center and artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh in conversation around street harassment and art in activism.

Stop Telling Women to Smile

“Stop Telling Women to Smile” is an art series by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. The work attempts to address gender based street harassment by placing drawn portraits of women, composed with captions that speak directly to offenders, outside in public spaces.

Street harassment is a serious issue that affects women world wide. This project takes women’s voices, and faces, and puts them in the street – creating a bold presence for women in an environment where they are so often made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe.

Poster installation with the artist
November 19th 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
meet in Kohlberg coffee bar at 1pm

Artist’s lecture and reception
November 19th 7:00 pm – 8:30pm
Science Center 101

Catered Lunch and Discussion
November 20th 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Scheuer Room
limited space, please RSVP at
++open only to women and trans folks++

Sponsored by: Forum for Free Speech, the Serendipity Fund, Interpretation Theory, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Art Department, Peace and Conflict Studies, Department of History, and Dean Henry’s Office.

Stop Telling Women to Smile Fazlalizadeh

Global Nonviolent Action Database research seminar offered Spring 2015

We are thrilled to celebrate the fact that the Global Nonviolent Action Database, housed here in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Swarthmore College, reached 1,000 cases this summer!

Even more, we can announce that PEAC 071B. Research Seminar: Strategy and Nonviolent Struggle (Cross-listed as SOAN 071B) will be offered during the Spring Semester 2015.

Professor Smithey will be instructing the course, and Professor Lakey will return in a supporting role during the beginning of the semester.  (Professor Smithey’s course, Gun Violence Prevention, will unfortunately not be offered in the spring).

Global Nonviolent Action Database banner


This one-credit research seminar involves working and updating the Global Nonviolent Action Database which can be accessed by activists and scholars worldwide at The database was built at Swarthmore College and includes cases of “people power” drawn from dozens of countries. The database contains crucial information on campaigns for human rights, democracy, environmental sustainability, economic justice, national/ethnic identity, and peace.

Students will be expected to research a series of cases and write them up in two ways: within a template of fields (the database proper) and also as a 2-3 page narrative that describes the unfolding struggle.  In addition to research/writing methods, students will also draw on theories in the field.  Strategic implications for today will be drawn from theory and from what the group learns from the documented cases of wins and losses experienced by people’s struggles.

This writing (W) course has a limited enrollment of 12 students.

You can learn more by visiting a collection of posts about the database in the Peace and Conflict Studies blog.

In this video, Professor Lakey introduced the launch of the database in 2011.


Senior Company brings EARTHQUAKES IN LONDON to the Frear (12/5-12/7)

senior company poster (LPAC)EARTHQUAKES IN LONDON is a contemporary epic environmental disaster drama by British playwright Mike Bartlett. The climate is in crisis, and we’re drinking and dancing as fast as we can. Join Senior Company 2015 on a rollercoaster ride to the year 2525 and back, to witness the end of the world as we know it. If you want to be green, hold your breath.

LPAC Frear Ensemble Theater
12.5.14 (Fri) @ 7PM
12.6.14 (Sat) @ 1PM & 7PM
12.7.14 (Sun) @ 1PM

More info: x8260 or

Latest reviews of the latest shows: MAD FOREST & THE IMPERIAL HOUSE!

Allison Hrabar reviews THE IMPERIAL HOUSE:

And more from the Phoenix’ Daniel Bidikov:

Plus a sneak peak at MAD FOREST in action:


Caryl Churchill’s LOVE AND INFORMATION (11/14 -11/22 @ Bryn Mawr)

Love and Information poster







Make it a Caryl Churchill weekend and check out LOVE AND INFORMATION at Bryn Mawr and MAD FOREST at Swarthmore!

The Theater Program of Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges (Mark Lord, Chair) presents Love and Information, directed by Catharine Slusar, a Barrymore Award-winning Philadelphia actor and director and a faculty member in the Bryn Mawr College Theater Program. Love and Information is Caryl Churchill’s newest play, was first produced in London at the Royal Court Theatre in 2012, and is heralded by The Guardian as the “play that everyone should see.” Love and Information explores what happens to our brains, our personal connections and our privacy as we are besieged with information. We are, minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, bombarded with information from computers, phones, and texts. How do we keep our minds active, our feelings alive and our privacy intact while navigating the information superhighway? Caryl Churchill’s play asks us to question the role of technology in our lives by presenting over 50 scenes exploring these concepts of rapidly eroding privacy and memory, and our desperate thirst for knowledge (and cat videos).

Love and Information opens the Theater Programs 2014-2015 season, with six performances (November 14-16 and 20-22) at the Hepburn Teaching Theater (Goodhart Hall, Bryn Mawr College). Opening night is Friday, November 14.

Ticket Information and Performance Schedule:

Tickets for Love and Information are free and available to the public, while supplies last. Reservations are recommended.

Friday, November 14, 7:30 pm – Opening Night
Saturday, November 15, 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 16, 7:30 pm
Thursday, November 20, 7:30 pm
Friday, November 21, 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 22, 7:30 pm

Love and Information is presented in special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

To reserve by phone: (610) 526-5210
To reserve in person, visit the Office for the Arts in Goodhart Hall from
9:30 am – 1:30 pm or
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Hepburn Teaching TheaterBryn Mawr College’s Hepburn Teaching Theater is in Goodhart Hall at
150 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA.

Catharine K. Slusar, Director
Maiko Matsushima, Scenic and Costume Designer
Alec MacLaughlin, Sound Designer
Jessica Wickes, Lighting Designer
Justin McDaniel, Technical Director
Amy Radbill, Production Manager and Props Designer
Joshua Samors, Sound Engineer
Maddie Brady (BMC ’15), Assistant Director
Marisa Arellano (BMC ’16), Dramaturg
Anu Goedhart (BMC ‘15), Stage Manager
Kristin Kury (BMC ’16), Assistant Costume Designer
Qi’er Luo (BMC ‘15) and Maya Neville (BMC ’16), Master Electricians
Paige Toft (BMC ‘15), Scenic Assistant / Bouncer
Julie Henrikson (BMC ’16), Running Crew
Stacey Horesh (BMC ’16), Running Crew


Marisa Arellano (BMC ’16)
Emma Basen-Engquist (BMC ’17)
Delia Bloom (BMC ’15)
Henry Bradford (HC ’15)
Maddie Brady (BMC ’15)
Anna Bullard (HC ’15)
Amelia Couderc (BMC ’16)
Camilla Dely (BMC ’15)
John Dominguez (HC ’15)
Sophie Karbjinski (BMC ’16)
Christabel Koomson (BMC ’17)
Saskia Levy-Sheon (BMC ’16)
Heather Liang (BMC ’18)
Qi’er Luo (BMC ‘15)
Sasha Mathrani (HC ’18)
Bridget Rose McJohn (BMC ’17)
Erica Rice (BMC ’17)
Christina Stella (BMC ’17)
Emma Wells (BMC ’17)
Margot Wisel (BMC ’18)