The list of arts and cultural activities for the 2017-2018 academic year is replete with on-campus events of interest to the College and greater community and visitors, among them: 

The onStage guest artist series is known for its unique, eclectic and innovative programming in music, theater and dance.

Events at a Glance

onStage Guest Artist Series


Palmer Auditorium

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

“Whether in the air, on their toes, or dashing to the ground, the dancers of Philadelphia-based company BalletX are technically brilliant and shine with vibrant personalities.”—The Boston Globe

BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion and grace. The performance will feature the work of three choreographers: Jorma Elo, Jodie Gates and Matthew Neenan.

Tickets: $28; Seniors: $25; Students: $14 (General Admission)

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A Faculty Showcase Concert

Evans Hall

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

Faculty perform works by Crausaz, Plant, Previn, Prokofiev, Ravel. Theodore Arm, violin; Gary Buttery, tuba; Ian Frenkel, accordion; Mark McCormick, bass; Wendy Moy, soprano; Patrice Newman, piano; Rebecca Noreen, bassoon; Kelli O’Connor, clarinet; Megan Sesma, harp; Joshua Thomas, saxophone; Libby Van Cleve, oboe.


Tickets: $10; Seniors: $5; Students: $5; CC Students, Faculty & Staff: Free (General Admission)

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Sara Juli – 'Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis'

Tansill Theater

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

"She had the audience laughing out loud as she lay bare her personal secrets." – Portland Press Herald

“Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis” is about motherhood—its beauty, challenges, isolation, comedy and influence on the human experience. This solo performance uses humor, movement, sounds, songs, text and audience participation to reveal “all that is awesome and all that sucks” when it comes to being a mother. “Tense Vagina” focuses on the seldom-discussed and taboo aspects of motherhood, such as libido, tears, monotony, loneliness and dildos.

Tickets: $20; Seniors: $18; Students: $10 (General Admission)

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Dayton Visiting Artist Lecture: Natalie Bookchin

Oliva Hall

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

Reception, Feb. 15: 5-6 p.m.

Free Admission

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'Torrey Pines'

Evans Hall

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

“Torrey Pines” is a stop-motion animated bio-pic that chronicles the young life of director Clyde Peterson in southern California in the early 1990s. With a mother fueled by hallucinations of political conspiracy and family dysfunction, 12-year-old Petersen is taken on a cross-country adventure that will forever alter the family as they know it. “Torrey Pines” is accompanied by a live musical score performed by Peterson’s band Your Heart Breaks.

Tickets: $18; Seniors: $16; Students: $9 (General Admission)

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Dayton Visiting Artist Exhibition: Natalie Bookchin

Manwaring Gallery

Monday, Jan. 22 - Friday, March 2

Free Admission


Senior Recital

Harkness Chapel

March 2, 2018

Katie Soricelli, flute

Free Admission


Dance Club Spring Performance

Martha Myers Studio, College Center at Crozier-Williams

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, March 1-3

Featuring choreography by Connecticut College students.

Tickets: $6; Seniors: $4; Students: $4 (General Admission)


Spring Awakening

Palmer Auditorium

Friday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 3, 2p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 4, 2 p.m.

Book and lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Directed by Leora Morris, Guest Director
Music director Robert Frost
Choreography by David Dorfman

An angsty rock musical adaptation of the seminal play about the trials and tribulations of growing up. The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through a groundbreaking Broadway score. Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll.

Tickets: $18; Seniors: $8; Students: $8; Military: $8 (General Admission)

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