Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland

9/11 - 9/12

NextDANCE

The premiere of "GROOVE" by Stephanie Miracle, a rock-n-roll, high-energy dance-theatre happening exploring groove and free style party dancing as a transcultural experience. At the Dance Theatre.
9/11 - 9/12

Nichole Canuso Dance

The company performs, "The Garden," a site-specific, audience-participation dance experience for a maximum of four audience members at a time crafted specifically for the space at The Clarice. At the Kay Theatre.
9/11 - 9/12
10/4

Miami String Quartet

At the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.
10/16 - 10/17

MFA Dance Thesis Concert

Choreographer Lynn Price presents "Sharing a Dance with You," exploring the relationships between gender, trauma, healing and wellness, and Nicole McClam's "Wrestling with the WIP," an exploration body image, information transmission, motherhood and quilting. At the Dance Theatre.
10/10 - 10/17

The Me Nobody Knows

At the Kay Theatre.
10/25 - 10/26

For and In Behalf Of

At the Cafritz Foundation Theatre.
11/1

Basetrack

At the Kay Theatre.
11/8

Kyle Abraham/ Abraham.In.Motion

Performance of "When Wolves Came In," reflecting on freedom, the Emancipation Proclamation and the connection between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, a piece for six dancers set to music by contemporary composer Nico Muhly. At the Kay Theatre.
11/13 - 11/16

U-Md. Faculty Dance Concert

"Dance Rhythm/Sound and Space" presents a collection of works by dance faculty members Adriane Fang, Sharon Mansur and Miriam Phillips. At the Dance Theatre.
11/21

Faustin Linyekula

A solo performance of "Le Cargo" tells of Linyekula's return home to Africa and the dance he picks up as part of "Tales of Home," a two-evening program of African dance-theatre. At the Kogod Theatre.
11/22

Panaibra Gabriel Canda

The founder of Mozambique's first contemporary dance company performs accompanied by guitarist Jorge Domingos. At the Kogod Theatre.
11/22 - 11/23

Tone of Silence

At the Cafritz Foundation Theatre.
'

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