We hope you will join us for the fall season of the William Simpson Fine Arts Series at Springfield College.

Experience the arts with magnificent work from artists and performers from both inside and outside the Springfield College community. Attendees will be dazzled by dance performances and theater presentations, captivated by art exhibitions, and delighted by concerts and literary events.

All programs are open to the public, and most events are free of charge, unless otherwise indicated.

Arts & Humanities Speaker Series - Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019

One Ocean, One People: The Cousteau Legacy and a Call for Environmental Action

Field House, Wellness & Recreation Complex

Join us for an evening with deep ocean explorer and environmentalist Fabien Cousteau and explorer and filmmaker Céline Cousteau, who will highlight their commitment to fulfilling their family’s legacy of protecting and preserving the planet’s extensive and endangered marine inhabitants and habitats. Fabien and Céline are the grandchildren of legendary explorer Jacque-Yves Cousteau. Fabien stresses the need for bold and innovative thinking to progress conservation efforts worldwide. Céline uses her global voyages to offer a thoughtful perspective on the connection of the environment to populations around the world and how this knowledge is vital to the future of each of us on the planet.
 
The Arts & Humanities Speaker Series has been made possible through the generosity of Carlton ’63 and Lucille Sedgeley.
 
This program is free and open to the public. For more information and to register for the event, visit springfield.edu/speakerseries.
 

One Ocean, One People
Art Exhibition - September 23-November 15

Material World

Dawn Ertl, Gisela Insuaste, and Coe Lapossy
 
William Blizard Gallery
 
Through materials, we make ideas tangible. Themes such as memory, inheritance, trauma, myth, romantic love, queer narrative, and cultural history are embodied in the material explorations by the artists in this exhibit.
 
Gallery closing reception for artists and the public: Friday, November 7
4-6 p.m.
 

Material World
Sept. 27

Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble

Marsh Memorial Chapel
7:30 p.m. 

 
Layaali is an ensemble committed to performing the traditional music of the Arab world and to preserving the rich legacy of Arabic culture through soulful vocals, hypnotic instrumental improvisations, electrifying percussion, and faithful renditions and recordings of master works.

Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble
Poetry Reading - October 3

Reading by Javier Zamora

Flynn Campus Union, Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room
7:30 p.m.

 
Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the U.S. when he was 9. He is a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, the Lannan Foundation, MacDowell, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, Stanford University, and Yaddo. Zamora’s poems appear in Granta, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon, 2017) is his first collection.
 
A book signing will follow the reading.

Javier Zamora
Dance Performance - November 1-3

Monica Bill Barnes & Company

Members of the internationally recognized Monica Bill Barnes & Company will visit campus to create a fun and exciting new piece of choreography for the Springfield College dancers and will premiere the works at the December dance concert (Dec. 6-8). As part of the residency, there also will be classes taught by Barnes open to both the campus and community. More information on the time and place coming soon.
 
Monica Bill Barnes & Company is a contemporary American dance company that brings dance where it does not belong. Members create and produce each work entirely from its own rulebook—dancing to radio interviews on the biggest stages in the world, hosting a weekly show in a crowded office party, or leading a choreographed exercise routine in an art museum. Within each of these new contexts and borrowed environments, the dancers constantly find humor in their awkward, everyday triumphs and failures.  

The company consists of Monica Bill Barnes (artistic director/choreographer/performer), Robbie Saenz de Viteri (creative producing director/performer), and designers Kelly Hanson (set/costume) and Jane Cox (lighting). 

Monica Bill Barnes is a choreographer, performer, and the artistic director of Monica Bill Barnes & Company. Barnes founded the company in 1997 with a collection of solos that could be performed anywhere. In 2013, members gave themselves the challenge to “bring dance where it doesn't belong” and has been striving to follow this self-imposed motto ever since. The company has performed in venues ranging from Upright Citizen’s Brigade to The Sydney Opera House, and has been presented in more than 100 cities throughout the U.S. and internationally. Barnes has worked in film, theater, and set over 30 different works with college students all over the country. Recent company projects include The Museum Workout, a guided exercise tour of art museums made in collaboration with the author/visual artist Maira Kalman; Happy Hour, an immersive office party dance show; Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, a show that combines radio and dance in collaboration with Ira Glass; and The Running Show, a new touring show inspired by the company’s award-winning off-Broadway production that turns dance into a live sporting event. Within each of these new contexts and borrowed environments, the company members’ work constantly find humor in their awkward, everyday triumphs and failures.

Robert Saenz de Viteri began working in theater as an audio script assistant to Anna Deavere Smith.  He has created performances and toured productions throughout the world with the Obie Award-winning Nature Theater of Oklahoma. He has created, produced, and performed in Happy Hour, The Museum Workout, and One Night Only with Monica Bill Barnes & Company. Some of his other favorite projects include producing This American Life Episode 528, “The Radio Drama Episode” live on stage at BAM; directing Rachel Bonds’ Michael & Edie; and creating and performing The Spiritual Life of Modern America, a collaboration in Norway based on the experiences of foreigners traveling in America today.

Flannery Gregg (rehearsal director) first met Monica Bill Barnes as a student at the American Dance Festival in 2011 and began working with the company shortly after. She began as an intern and since has worked as a production assistant and as an assistant choreographer for the company. Flannery assisted Barnes in the choreography for the Atlantic Theater Company productions of FOUND: A New Musical (2014) and Dying For it (2015).  In 2015, she traveled to Baldwin Wallace University to set the choreography from FOUND on the graduating class of musical theater students. Last fall, Flannery was the associate choreographer for Greta Gerwig’s upcoming feature film Little Women (2019) in addition to dancing in the film. She is currently the rehearsal director for The Running Show and Performance Series for Arts Brookfield. Her other projects include assisting choreographer Sam Pinkleton on Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway and choreographing the New York University Reality Show performed at the Barlcays Center in Brooklyn. She is originally from San Diego, Calif., and holds a Bachelor of Arts in world arts and cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles. Flannery lives in Hell’s Kitchen with her husband, John.

Monica Bill Barnes
Art Exhibition - April 19-26

Majors Exhibition

Graduating Undergraduate Senior Art,
Art Education, and Art Therapy 
William Blizard Gallery, Open Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
A reception for the artists and the public will be held Thursday, April 25, from 5-7 p.m. at the William Blizard Gallery.

This exhibit showcases artworks of graduating seniors
in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

artwork of tree
Art Exhibition - December 2-13

Student Art Exhibition

The student exhibition will showcase the work of students in studio arts classes. Work will include painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, computer graphics, mixed media, and ceramics. 

William Blizard Gallery
Gallery reception for artists and public: Thursday December 5
4-6 p.m.

Student Art Exhibition
Concert - December 10

Annual Winter Concert

Annual Winter Concert
Springfield College Department of Music
 
Marsh Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.

Join members of the Springfield College Department of Music for their annual winter concert featuring the Springfield College Community Chorus, the Springfield College Band, and soloists. Seasonal music and other popular favorites will get you moving and singing along.

Annual Winter Concert
Dance Performance - December 6-8

Everybody Dance!

Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Be a part of an evening to remember at Springfield College as current dance students and alumni combine to perform a new dance work by acclaimed choreographer Monica Bill Barnes and collaborator Robbie Saenz de Viteri. Barnes founded Monica Bill Barnes & Company with a goal to “bring dance where it doesn’t belong.” Company members have performed in venues ranging from Upright Citizen’s Brigade to The Sydney Opera House. Performances have been presented in more than 100 cities throughout the U.S. and internationally. Barnes has worked in film, theater, and set more than 30 different works with college students all over the country. Saenz de Viteri began working in theater as an audio script assistant to Anna Deavere Smith.  He has created performances and toured productions throughout the world with the Obie Award-winning Nature Theater of Oklahoma. He has created, produced, and performed in Happy Hour, The Museum Workout, and One Night Only with Monica Bill Barnes & Company. Within each of these new contexts and borrowed environments, the company members’ work constantly finds humor in their awkward, everyday triumphs and failures.

In addition, Springfield College nationally recognized dance faculty member and director, Sarah Zehnder, will also premiere exciting new works. 

General admission: $5; students: $4; senior citizens and children: $2
Tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling (413) 748-3930.
 

Everybody Dance!