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  • Thursday July 19 2018

    Concert on the Quad: Erica Brown & The Bluegrass Connection with contradance teacher Dela Murphy @ Bates College - Historic Quad

    Renowned contradance caller Murphy teaches the basics of contradance, and then calls dances while Erica Brown & The Bluegrass Connection play music spanning bluegrass, French Canadian and original songs. Bring a picnic and chairs or blankets. Rain site is inside Gomes Chapel. View event

  • Friday July 20 2018
    A scene from Lifted by Rennie Harris PureMovement.

    Bates Dance Festival: Rennie Harris PureMovement presents Lifted @ Schaeffer Theatre, Bates College

    A longtime festival favorite, Harris is a choreographer known for taking hip hop dance from inner-city streets to a mainstream audience — transforming both art form and audience as he goes. Inspired by Oliver Twist but delving into the organic spiritual tapestry of house music and dance (often referred to as “going to church”), Lifted […] View event

  • Monday July 23 2018
    Peter Jones performs at the 2009 Bates Dance Festival Musicians’ Concert. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
    7:30pm Music

    Bates Dance Festival: The Musicians’ Concert @ Gendron Franco Center

    Thoughtful, playful and profound music takes center stage when these extraordinary composers, known for their collaborations with dancers, perform original and improvised works that blend musical styles from around the globe. The evening features multi-instrumentalists Glen Fittin, Jesse Manno and Terrence Karn, whose collective musical repertory spans Africa, Asia and the Middle East; composer-pianists Peter […] View event

  • Friday July 27 2018
    Sara Juli and Claire Porter in The Lectern: rule by rule by rule. (Ian Douglas Photo)

    Bates Dance Festival: Claire Porter & Sara Juli present The Lectern: rule by rule by rule @ Schaeffer Theatre, Bates College

    Juli, of Portland, Maine, and Porter, of New Jersey, use an arsenal of stage techniques (lectures, dances, physical comedy, improvisation and even a catwalk runway) to effect a comedic upending of the everyday protocols, manners and laws that rule our daily lives. “A hilarious, dynamic pair” — Dance Enthusiast. View event

  • Wednesday August 01 2018

    Bates Dance Festival: Moving in the Moment @ Schaeffer Theatre, Bates College

    This hugely popular evening of improvisational dance returns, featuring contact improvisers Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser and more than 20 festival faculty, artists and musicians. View event

  • Thursday August 02 2018
    Singer-songwriter Pete Kilpatrick performs a Concert on The Quad on Aug. 2.
    6:30pm Music, Outdoors

    Concert on the Quad: Pete Kilpatrick @ Bates College - Historic Quad

    Maine singer-songwriter Kilpatrick has been named Maine’s best act four times in the Portland Best Music Awards, has performed more than 1,400 shows and has seven albums to his credit, including 2016’s Echo. Bring a picnic and chairs or blankets. Rain site is inside Gomes Chapel. View event

  • Bates Dance Festival: company nora chipaumire @ Bates College Alumni Gym

    company nora chipaumire presents portrait of myself as my father, a piece that uses a boxing scenario and elastic ties between the performers to question family ties. View event