Six Dartmouth seniors are beginning their third and final term as Hop Interns – terms in which they spent hours each week learning the ropes of various aspects of the Hop. So when they tell you what most interests them at the Hop this term, you best listen up. Here goes:
Performance: Made in China by Wakka Wakka Productions
Emily Neely: US-China relations get lots of press, especially these days—but a puppet show highlighting consumerism, human rights and American-Chinese relations? Definitely something different from the nightly news, and a highly relevant must-see!
Catherine Hastings: A musical comedy about US and China relations? With puppets? It sounds inventive, important and fun, especially in the current political climate.
Film: Hidden Figures (April 1)
Adam Couitt: Aside from being nominated for three Oscars, this film addresses a facet of American history deserving of attention. Not only does this film represent a landmark within America’s race to space, but it also represents a landmark in the pursuit for both African Americans’ and women’s equality.
Performance: The Blues Project by Dorrance Dance with Toshi Reagan and BIGLovely (April 7 & 8)
Emily: Lively dancing of all kinds—tap, street, club, and experimental—to blues music is sure to make for a toe-tapping performance!
Film: I Am Not Your Negro (April 8)
Jennie Evans: Civil Rights is not a historic but a current movement, and much of protest and progress has been made through words. James Baldwin’s legacy seems doubly important in today’s climate for fighting for rights for all.
Daniel Jackson: We cannot stop thinking about race in America, and this powerful documentary promises unexplored perspectives and poses questions that we should all be asking.
Film: Get Out (April 15)
Naomi Lazar: I am looking forward to seeing the movie that has sparked deep, relevant conversations about race and racism in the 21st century.
Performance: The Gloaming (April 21)
Daniel: Celtic music plus indie rock piano guarantee no shortage of energy and captivating melodies in this performance.
Catherine: I love Celtic music, and this high-energy performance puts a modern twist on traditional tunes.
Artist talk – Creative Flow: The Nile Project and Social Entrepreneurship (April 26)
Jennie: It’s always exciting to hear from the artists, and such a unique project as The Nile Project proves the vastness of ways we can change the world in little ways.
Performance: The Nile Project (April 29)
Adam: After seeing the Nile project in the past, I personally am looking forward to seeing their performance this time around. Not only is their music as unique as it is beautiful, but their organization breathes life into traditional African instruments, both preserving their relevance while reimagining their playing style for modern musical use.
Daniel: Judging by the instruments played in this ensemble, I’m sure the concert will create unique and interesting sounds well worth hearing.
Emily: I always love when artists use their craft to promote issues that are important to them, and the Nile Project’s focus on sustainability and the environment is just that, plus excellent music.
Performance : The Dartmouth College Gospel Choir (April 29)
Catherine: Gospel choir is always one of my favorite student performances of the term. Always high-energy, always over the top and always worth it.
Film: Tickling Giants (April 28)
Jennie: I think this film speaks to the power of comedy in difficult times, and the power of satire as a form of resistance. We see it here in the US with Alec Baldwin’s SNL sketches, and I think we can all learn a lot from Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef and his writing team.
Performance: Apollo’s Fire (May 3)
Daniel: “Fiery strings,” “colorful recorders,” and “dizzying solos?” Sign me up!
STEM Arts: Molly Herron with Tigue percussion and guest vocalists (May 4)
Naomi: Engineering students do remarkable work, and I am excited to see in action the musical instruments they created. This performance reminds us how interlinked the sciences and arts are.
Emily: What’s cooler than making your own instrument? Making your own instrument and having it used in a work to celebrate Thayer’s 150th anniversary. Sure to be like nothing you’ve ever heard!
Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble – Winds of Change, Part III: Contemporary Creators (May 6)
Naomi: I am always impressed by Dartmouth’s wind ensemble and how it brings together students to create wonderful work. It is a pleasure to see my fellow classmates in their element.
Performance: Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble (May 13)
Adam: The jazz ensemble offers a great opportunity to see fellow students perform. Specifically, this concert celebrates senior Dartmouth students, providing a chance to observe the culmination of musical pursuit of students here at Dartmouth.
NT Live video: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (May 21)
Catherine: This is one of my favorite plays. Centering around two minor characters from Hamlet, it is full of philosophical musings, comedy and a touch of tragedy. Plus Daniel Radcliffe is going to be in it, and I love him.