Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland

9/24

ArtistTalk: Manipulating Data for Performance

A conversation with choreographer Huang Yi about his creative process and how he creates performance art with robots and other non-human machines.
9/25 - 9/26

Huang Yi & KUKA

Dancer, choreographer and inventor Huang Yis performs a duet with KUKA, a robot he conceptualized and programmed. A post-performance discussion with Yis will explore relationship between man and machine. At the Kogod Theatre.
10/16

Julian Lage Trio

The guitarist and composer performs traditional acoustic and jazz with his trio featuring bassist Scott Colley and drummer Eric Harland. At the Kogod Theatre.
10/15 - 10/16

Fall MFA Dance Thesis Concert

Choreographer Sinclair Ogaga Emoghene presents "Nyam Chiem" and Meghan Abadoo presents "Octavia's Brood: Riding the Ox Home.". At the Dance Theatre.
10/9 - 10/17

Intimate Apparel

Set in 1905 New York, the play follows the experiences of an African American seamstress who navigates social and class lines. At the Kay Theatre.
10/23

BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play

Contemporary dance choreographer Camille Brown's work examines the challenges of black females in American culture. At the Kay Theatre.
11/12 - 11/14

University of Maryland Dance Faculty Concert: Moving Perspectives

Dance works from faculty members and a surprise guest choreographer. At the Dance Theatre.
11/20 - 11/22

Second Season: Dance Cinema and Snake Telegram

Program includes "Dance Cinema," a film and art installation, and "Snake Telegram," a modern dance solo performed to jazz.
12/10 - 12/11

New Dances

Choreographers and dance groups from UMD campus perform.
1/29/16

ODC/Dance: boulders and bones

A performance inspired by the work of sculptor and land artist Andy Goldsworthy.
1/29/16 - 1/30/16

Second Season: Tom in the Machine and My Devil Dance

"Tom in the Machine," a dance-theater show, explores the challenges felt inside the American workforce. "My Devil Dance" captures the oppression Sri Lankans and other colonized nations have faced.
2/6/16

Choreographers' Showcase

New works by established and emerging choreographers.
2/26/16 - 2/27/16

Twelfth Night

Filter in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company present a staging of Shakespeare's comedy that allows the audience to see behind the scenes during the show.
4/8/16 - 4/9/16

Salt of the Earth

In PuppetCinema combines puppets and video to tell the story of a rebel hero.
4/15/16

Swing

Aerial artists use stories from the audience to create their performance-in-progress.
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Editorial Review

Professional and student performances in all branches of the performing arts have been brought under one roof in a new center named for Virginia painter (and University of Maryland alumna) Clarice Smith.

The six performance halls are: the 1,100-seat Concert Hall, with a single balcony, box and chorister seating; the Ina and Jack Kay Theatre, seating 650 before a proscenium stage; the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Recital Hall, seating 300 on one level; the Robert and Arlene Kogod Studio Theatre, which seats 200; a 200-seat dance theater; and the Laboratory Theatre, a 100-seat, black-box facility.

The center houses the school of music, the department of theatre and the department of dance with their classrooms, rehearsal halls and library. As a result, it is a busy place during the day as well as in the evening.

The well-regarded production company of the University of Maryland will be housed here instead of the old Tawes Theatre .

The university's performance series will bring 50 events to the center each year.

-- Brad Hathaway