Five College Dance Faculty Concert Explores Distance and Intimacy Amidst Upheaval

Main Studio Theater, Hampshire College

February 20-22, 2020, 8pm; February 22, 2020, 3pm

Tickets: $5 for students/seniors, $10 for general admission / Available online:  

This year’s Five College Dance Faculty Concert features five faculty and guest artist works from each campus that investigate human distance and intimacy. Set against the backdrop of global social and environmental crises, these performances provide ways to contemplate how we connect—or not—with our own internal landscapes, with other individuals, and with our physical surroundings. The concert invites performers and audiences to consider how embodiment, movement collaboration, and the community inherent to performance can provide not solutions to the difficulties we face, but rather new avenues by which to broach them. 

All five pieces are premieres that either continue or initiate the artists’ choreographic investigations with Five College Dance students. Featuring new work by newer members of the Five College Dance community, this concert can be seen as a look into the future of Five College Dance.

The choreographers are:

  • Deborah Goffe, assistant professor of dance, Hampshire College
  • Barbie Diewald, assistant professor of dance, Mount Holyoke College
  • Sarah Lass, Smith MFA ’18, Smith guest artist
  • Jenna Riegel, assistant professor of dance, Amherst College
  • Aston K McCullough, assistant professor of dance science, UMass Amherst

Based in Amherst, Massachusetts, Five Colleges, Inc., is a nonprofit educational consortium created in 1965 to advance the extensive educational and cultural objectives of its member institutions—Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.