The Hop Fellows work intimately with particular Hop departments for an entire academic year, as an immersive introduction to the field of arts administration. As Fellows, they help shape and run all aspects of the Hop’s functioning – from curation to publicity to arts education efforts.
In an earlier post, we introduced three of our fellows. Meet the rest of the cohort here! We asked them to list five upcoming Hop shows that they are particularly looking forward to.
Uma Ramesh ‘20, from Danbury CT is deciding between psychology and sociology majors (“Soon!,” she hopes) and is the Outreach Fellow at the Hop this year. She looks forward to exploring the field of arts administration, and giving back to the Hop, whose programming has been a highlight of her time at Dartmouth. She is especially excited about the chance to be involved with Collis Cabaret!
Uma’s Top Five:
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?: I don’t think it’s possible to watch anything connected to Fred Rogers without remembering the incredible warmth and kindness that exists in the world. This would be a lovely way to relax after a long week.
Do the Right Thing: Spike Lee is one of my favorite directors, and stories about race and police brutality feel particularly urgent at this moment in time. Also, if you’re a fan of the Obamas, this was the film that the former president and first lady watched on their first date!
The Rainbow Fish: This children’s books on friendship and giving was one of my absolute favorites when I was little. I know that young readers will love watching the story come to life through a creative, colorful puppet show.
Crazy Rich Asians: I devoured Kevin Kwan’s novel when it first came out, and I couldn’t be more excited that it was made into a movie. This story is over-the-top, romantic, and so much fun.
Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: I’ve been at Dartmouth for a few years, but I’m still amazed that I can attend shows featuring Grammy-winning artists without setting foot off campus. This seems like a wonderful opportunity to explore the genre of Latin jazz.
Jovanay Carter ’19, from Atlanta GA, is an Anthropology modified with African American Studies major and a Curatorial Fellow at the Hop. She is looking forward to working on projects that create alternative spaces for students centered around the arts as well as learning more about arts administration.
Jovanay’s Top Five:
Roger Guenveur Smith’s Frederick Douglass Now: I recently saw a show on Frederick Douglass’s words continuing to exist today and I am intrigued by the timelessness of racial issues.
Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: I really grew to love Latin Jazz during my study abroad in Brazil, and can’t wait for this Orchestra to bring their jazz Afro fusion to the stage.
Eclipsed: I am expecting to have some of my friends participate in this mainstage production and am really excited to see the director’s vision on such a current topic!
Barber Shop Chronicles: I am excited for this National Theater production because I have not experienced a professional theater performances on campus yet. I am excited about the combination of theater and the topic of Race and Beauty politics.
Camille A. Brown & Dancers ink: I am most excited about this performance because dance will always be a central interest to me. The way that Camille mixes the black experience with choreography has continued to amaze me!
Maanav Jalan ’19, from Dibrugarh, India is an English major with a creative writing concentration, and is a fellow in the Audience Engagement Department. As an AE fellow, he is excited to be writing for and managing the Hop backstage blog! He is putting this up on the blog right now!
Maanav’s Top Five:
Border, Telluride Film Festival: While all the Telluride films look stunning, Border caught my eye as something particularly special. It’s unflinching treatment of the ugly and gross seems potent.
Ragamala Dance Company, Written in Water: Any artistic effort that searches for alliances between often siloed cultural traditions such as Bharatnatyam and jazz deserves attention. I am looking forward to hearing Carnatic music in Moore Theatre!
Puzzle – Film: Irrfan Khan is one of my favorite actors, and puzzling, a favorite activity. I am really looking forward to this film.
Blind Cinema: It’s an irresistible provocation—to be blindfolded in a cinema and only hear second-hand what’s unfolding on screen!
Stratford Festival, Coriolanus: It’s exciting to see a Stratford Festival production at the Hop, and I’m particularly looking forward to watching this after being in a Shakespeare class this fall.