Igniting Imagination


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Actor and comedian Aisha Tyler ’92 hosts a multimedia show, “Igniting Imagination—A Salute to the Hop’s 50 Years!,” of inspirational music, theater, and dance by distinguished guests, Dartmouth student artists, faculty, and alumni on October 12 as part of the Hopkins Center for the Arts’ 50th anniversary celebration. The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. in Spaulding Auditorium.

The Hopkins Center for the Arts celebrates its golden anniversary with a full slate of performances, films, and events during its 50th anniversary celebration weekend October 12 through 14. (photo courtesy of the Hopkins Center for the Arts)

The evening will include special appearances by filmmaker Ken Burns, singer and actor Jennifer Leigh Warren ’77, actor and comedian Rachel Dratch ’88, and singer Michael Odokara-Okigbo ’12, as well as video tributes, and much more. The program is co-produced by Dartmouth College Gospel Choir Director Walt Cunningham and Hop Director of Student Performance Programs Joshua Price Kol ’93. Ticket information for the event can be found here.

The celebration weekend (October 12 through 14), which includes both free and ticketed events, features the premiere of Five Windows, a new work by projection artist Ross Ashton. Ashton, an award-winning British artist and designer whose most recent works were featured in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in London, presents a site-specific “Son et Lumière” creation projected onto the façade of the Hop. Five Windows will be projected onto the Hop’s signature tall, arched windows that overlook the Hop Plaza. It will be shown on a loop from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, October 12; from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, October 13; and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, October 14.

Other events include John Lithgow’s one-man theatrical memoir Stories By Heart; and a Dartmouth Film Society-hosted afternoon with Buck Henry ’52, titled BUCK AMOK! Dartmouth’s Buck Henry: The Man. The Legend. The Baseball Cap.”

An outdoor site-specific performance by the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble takes place on Saturday, October 13, in the new Maffei Arts Plaza in front of the Black Family Visual Arts Center and travels through the other outdoor spaces in the Arts District. Screenings of a new documentary about the Dartmouth-born dance company Pilobolus, Still Moving: Pilobolus at Forty, by Dartmouth Film and Media Studies Professor Jeffrey Ruoff, are sold out.

A full list of the weekend’s events and ticket information can be found here.

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