Qafzeh celebrates 60 years of events before the renovations | Dartmouth
From a new take of the classic Broadway show Pepin To a collection of quirky family movies for a touching interpretation of Aaron Copeland’s movie Lincoln PortraitHopkins Center for the Arts celebrates 60 years of elegance. The anniversary events also mark a historic turning point for the Performing Arts Center, which will focus on introducing programming in new creative ways when the Hope Building closes for expansion and renovations later this month.
Hop encourages the entire community to join the arts group on November 12 and 13, adding to the campus buzz this weekend; Celebrations marking the reopening of Dartmouth Hall and the 50th anniversary of co-education at Dartmouth are scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
Hope’s lineup on November 12 features a performance by the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra and a speaking by Mary Lou Aleskey, Executive Director of Howard Gilman ’44.
Aleskie will highlight what the community can look forward to to pursue Hop’s upcoming transformation, an $88 million project that will add approximately 15,000 square feet of new space to the building and transform 55,000 square feet of existing space. The work, led by world-renowned design firm Snøhetta, will greatly amplify Hope’s influence as an artistic hub and catalyst for artistic expression. With a sculpted outdoor arena, diverse practice and performance spaces, and expanded and enhanced teaching and creativity spaces, Hop will be a welcoming anchor in the vibrant Dartmouth Arts district.
On Sunday, November 13, a Dartmouth Arts District Open Residency and Celebration of Hope’s 60th Anniversary is scheduled to take place.
The next few years present a tremendous opportunity to bring vibrant programs to places across campus, the Upper Valley, and beyond.
Mary Lou Eliskey, Howard Gilman ’44 CEO of Hop
Aleskie says she’s excited about new initiatives in the works when Hope undergoes renovations.
“The next few years represent a tremendous opportunity to bring dynamic programming to places across campus, the Upper Valley and beyond, through emerging and existing technical partnerships,” Aleskie says.
During the renovations, which will run through 2025, Hop will continue its collaboration with organizations such as the Vermont Dance Alliance and establish relationships with new partners, including Claremont Opera House (NH).
The Black Family Center for the Visual Arts will continue to host hop films, public talks, special events, and student workshops. Hope will also deepen her work with other campus partners, including, Baker-Berry Library, Dartmouth Athletics, Collis Center for Student Engagement, Hood Museum of Art, Tuck School of Business, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, and various academic departments, Aleskie says. .
Beginning in late January, resident and visiting artists and bands will take the stages of performances at Rollins Church and Christ Church. Surprises are also in store.
“Be on the lookout for artistic activities at the pop-up spaces and innovative creative spaces around the campus,” Aleskie says. “In short, we’re not closing in – we’re all over the place.”
During the renovations, the Music and Theater Department will find a home in the Sudikov Hall, which includes a space for collaboration, practice and rehearsals. Hop’s ever-popular studios will also be temporarily relocated to BVAC and the surrounding area. The Courtyard Café will remain open during the renovations.
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Looking ahead, Hope will continue to invest “in creating powerful works that explore issues in a timely manner,” supporting talented artists in bringing their visions to life, Alsky says.
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The Breathing Ritual is the Ritual of Resistance, an opera advocating social justice, was produced and commissioned by Hope. After the Dartmouth premiere in September, the production was presented at Stanford University. Aleskie says it’s currently under consideration by a number of organizations for stays and touring in upcoming seasons.
The Harlem Dance Theater 2022-2023 schedule features a production developed during a multi-year stay in Hope. Hazel Voices: Hazel Scott Ballet Celebrates the legendary jazz singer’s contributions to music, film and racial justice. The work premiered last month at the Sydney Harmon Theater in Washington, DC, and has recently been shown at the Charleston Gillard Center and Paramount Theater in Seattle.
Mark Morris dance group PepperlandCo-commissioned by The Hop, it has been touring nationally and internationally since its world premiere in 2017 in Liverpool. The hour-long show pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Morris Look of love, commissioned by The Hop, premiered last month at BroadStage in Santa Monica, California. The show, in honor of pop giant Burt Bacharach, was recently shown at the Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C.
Celebrating 60 years
Designed by Wallace Harrison, the architect of New York City’s Lincoln Center, Hope opened in November 1962. The weekend’s celebration of the 60th anniversary will include a concert by the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra on November 12, featuring Hector Berlioz. Symphony Fantastic And the Piano Concerto in One Motionby Florence Price. Actress and board member of actress and jumper Sharon Washington 81 will be Copeland’s narrator Lincoln Portrait.
There is a fun-filled afternoon of activities – live music, children’s film festival, student productions – on the program on November 13th. Cupcake and champagne toast, DJ Sean’s music, and more, will be served first at noon at the top of the jump.
For the full lists, check out the leap calendar.
Tuesday, November 15th, marks the last day programs will be held at Hope before closing for renovations. The Handel Society of Dartmouth College will perform at 7:30 pm in the Spaulding Auditorium, and the Dartmouth Dance Showcase, hosted by the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble, is scheduled for 8 pm at the Moore Theatre.
And yes, there will be an opportunity to express personal letters of appreciation to the current Hop for his 60 years of service at a ceremony on November 15 that will include time to write letters on the walls of the building.
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