Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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