Seniors dance
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Seniors sing
Dancers practice for  “Le Sacre du Printemps,” which is being choreogrqaphed by Thierry Thieû Niang.
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MARLBORO– Vermont Performance Lab has brought French choreographer Thierry Thieû Niang to New England for a three-week residency. Working with adventurous southern Vermont participants ages 60 to 100, Niang has developed a reimagining of “Le Sacre du Printemps” by Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky. The residency will culminate with a public showing on Wednesday, May 28, at 7 pm, at the Serkin Center at Marlboro College.

Since 2000, Niang has been working extensively in theater and opera with world-re-nowned institutions, including the International Festival of Opera in Aix en Provence, La Scala in Milan, the Monnaie and Les Tanneurs in Brussels, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and Le Théâtre de la Ville in Paris. Niang’s cho-reography explores sociopolitical constructions and the various ways we live together through the relation-ships between individuals and groups, amateurs and profes-sionals, and the narrative and abstract.

In Niang’s reimagining of “Le Sacre du Printemps,” participants will explore the history, music, and significance of this 100-year-old work through a series of discussion and movement-based workshops. Niang’s work with senior citizens inverts the youthful orientation of this iconic work to challenge assumptions and prejudices about vitality, sexuality, and aging.

Following both performances there will be a reception with the artists. For reservations to the show on Wednesday, May 28, at 7 pm, call Vermont Performance Lab at (802) 257-3361 or reserve online by visiting www.vermontper-formancelab.org/events.
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