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Doggie Hamlet by Ann Carlson


Doggie Hamlet by Ann Carlson


World premiere of outdoor spectacle celebrating rural traditions, featuring human and animal performers.

Doggie Hamlet will be performed despite rain, unless there is lightning. So wear your raincoat and join us—and thanks for your flexibility if we find we need to hold a show for a few minutes to avoid a downpour.


Thu, Jun 29, 4:30 & 7 pm


This meditative, largely wordless spectacle weaves together dance, theater and the eloquent art of sheepherding. Known for award-winning, one-of-a-kind works in unconventional settings, Carlson here is freely inspired by David Wroblewski’s best-selling 2008 novel The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Humans, sheep (from Strafford resident Stephen Wetmore) and several finely trained sheepdogs collaborate on choreography composed of everyday movement and the herd’s swoops and flourishes against the green backdrop.

No food or dogs (with the exception of service animals) allowed near the performances

Post-performance meet-and-greets with the artists

Cosponsored by Dartmouth Office of Sustainability

Funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and by the National Endowment for the Arts ARTWORKS.


Dance Class with Ann Carlson

Dance Class with Ann Carlson: The Human/Animal in You
Mon • Jun 26 • 5:30 pm
Straus Dance Studio • $10 • Ages 14+

Doggie Hamlet choreography and other prompts create freedom of motion and life in the body. All levels.

Book Discussion: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Book Discussion: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
Tue • Jun 27 • 7 pm
Howe Library • Free

Any Upper Valley resident can check out Wroblewski’s book; no library card needed. Cosponsored by the Howe Library.

Hanover Farmers Market

Hanover Farmers Market
Wed • Jun 28 • 3–6 pm
Dartmouth Green • Free

Special spotlight on sheep products at the weekly market.

Film: Rams

Related Film: Rams
Wed • Jun 28 • 6:30 pm
Loew Auditorium • $5

Aging bachelor farmers, their beloved sheep and breathtaking Icelandic vistas clash in this funny and moving tale.

Sheep Station

Sheep Station
Thu • Jun 29 • 5–7 pm
Dartmouth Green • Free

Upper Valley farms and organizations demo wool work, from “sheep to shawl.” Hands-on activities for all ages. Cosponsored by Vital Communities and Dartmouth Sustainability


In the expansive artistic vision of internationally known choreographer Ann Carlson, dancers have been fly fishermen, nuns, corporate executives, janitors and more. Now—in a work that gets its world premiere at Dartmouth College on June 29—that category also includes sheep, moving under the control of finely trained sheepdogs.



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From Doggie Hamlet preview presentation September 2016; photos by Kelly Fletcher.