RUN AMOC! at Harvard: February 23-March 3, 2018

The American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) will participate in a nine-day, student-immersive, teaching and performance residency at Harvard.

The American Modern Opera Company

The American Modern Opera Company, an ensemble of cross-disciplinary artists, will participate in a nine-day teaching, performance and program development residency at Harvard. AMOC includes 17 singers, dancers, instrumentalists, composers and writers, five of whom are Harvard alumni, and all of whom are living at the edges of their respective disciplines. During the residency, the artists will interact with the Harvard community, especially students in Harvard houses and classrooms, as they develop new work, hold open "radical" rehearsals, present performances and eat in the student dining halls. Ten of the company's artists will participate in the Harvard residency, including four alums: Davóne Tines '09, Jennifer Chen '11, Keir GoGwilt '13 and Matthew Aucoin '12. The residency is sponsored by the Office for the Arts and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities. Additional partners include: the Harvard Music Department, Harvard Ed Portal, Harvard Innovation Labs, Office for Career Services, Harvard Dance Center, American Repertory Theater, Theater, Dance & Media, and The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. 

Highlights of the residency include:

  • HOUSE IMMERSION - February 23 - March 3: Members of AMOC will be embedded throughout the Houses over the course of the residency, offering open working sessions, performances, mealtime conversations, and more. Open to Harvard students and affiliates. 

  • Run AMOC! Cabaret - February 24, 7 PM at OBERON: An intimate evening of music, dance, and storytelling - performed and curated by AMOC artists. Open to the public. Tickets now on sale through the A.R.T. box office.

  • LISTENING TO TOM-TOM - February 26, 11:30 AM-1 PM: Led by Lucy Caplan ’12, this workshop will feature a performance by AMOC bass-baritone Davóne Tines of excerpts from Tom-Tom, an opera by author, musicologist and composer Shirley Graham Du Bois (wife of W.E.B. Du Bois AB 1890, PhD 1895). A post-performance discussion, moderated by Radcliffe Institute Fellow Chad Williams, will delve into Tom-Tom's complex representations of race, gender, and history, as well as the challenges and possibilities that arise in performing this musical work today. 

  • OCS CONVERSATION - February 27, 4-5 PM: Harvard alumni members of AMOC - Davóne Tines '09, Jennifer Chen '11, Keir GoGwilt '13 and Matthew Aucoin '12 - will speak with students about living a creative life after graduation. Moderated by Alicia Anstead, Associate Director for Programming at the Office for the Arts. For Harvard students and affiliates. 

  • THE ART OF COLLABORATION - February 28, 5-7 PM:  A high energy, artistic and interactive exploration of what it means and takes to collaborate, the essential task in building any new startup venture. Moderated by Chris Colbert, Director of Harvard Innovation Labs.

  • AMOC IN ALLSTON - March 2, 7 PM: AMOC artists will share an evening of movement, performance, and collective creation with the Harvard Ed Portal community. Open to the public. 

  • CLOSING CELEBRATION - March 3, 7 PM: A Harvard happening: interdisciplinary performances, poetry readings, improvisation, conversations and more. Open to the public. 

Check back soon for more detailed schedule. All students and Harvard affiliates are welcome to these event. The public events are free, except for Run AMOC! Cabaret on Feb. 24 at OBERON. Tickets now on sale through the A.R.T. box office.

For more information about the residency or for media inquires, contact Alicia Anstead, Associate Director for Programming at the Office for the Arts: 617-495-1924 or anstead@fas.harvard.edu

For more information about curricular intersection with AMOC's activities, contact Jennifer Chen, AMOC Managing Director, at jen@runningamoc.org.

 

THE COMPANY

ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

MATTHEW AUCOIN '12, composer, conductor, pianist
ZACK WINOKUR, director, choreographer, dancer

MANAGING DIRECTOR

JENNIFER CHEN '11

CORE ENSEMBLE

JONNY ALLEN, percussionist
PAUL APPLEBY, tenor
DOUG BALLIETT '07, double bassist, composer
JULIA BULLOCK, soprano
JAY CAMPBELL, cellist
ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO, countertenor
MIRANDA CUCKSON, violinist, violist
JULIA EICHTEN, dancer, choreographer
EMI FERGUSON, flutist
KEIR GOGWILT '13, violinist, writer
CONOR HANICK, pianist
COLEMAN ITZKOFF, cellist
OR SCHRAIBER, dancer, choreographer
BOBBI JENE SMITH, dancer, choreographer
DAVÓNE TINES '09, bass-baritone 

PRESS

2.5.18 Press Release