The winter/spring season will launch with a co-presentation of Beth Gill by VPL and MASS MoCA on Saturday, January 18, at 8 pm in North Adams, MA. Working with an all-star team of dancers and designers, Gill will be in residence at MASSMoCA to develop New Work for the Desert – an impressionistic dance inspired by the light and the natural landscape of the American Southwest desert.
Gill is one of four artists selected for the Hatchery Project, a new three-year collaborative residency initiative with The Chocolate Factory (Long Island City, NY), RED Arts (Philadelphia, PA), Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL), and Vermont Performance Lab (Guilford). VPL’s partnership with MASS MoCA during Gill’s residency will further expand audiences and the support for choreographers.
On Wednesday, February 26, VPL teams up with Marlboro College to host “History/Herstory” featuring VPL Lab Artists writer and performance artist Carmelita Tropicana and writer/director/actor Ain Gordon.
The pair will discuss Tropicana’s personal history in a 30-year career that spans Cuba, revolution, coming to America, coming out, the rise and fall of performance art, “downtown” NY in the ‘80s and ‘90s and the multi-decade overlaps of their creative lives. Made possible with support from the Marlboro College Lecture Series and the National Endowment for the Arts.
On Thursday, March 6, internationally known Los Angeles-based choreographer Victoria Marks will return to the Bellows Falls Opera House for the premiere of the docu-dance film, “Action Conversations: Bellows Falls,” a film screening co-presented by VPL and Youth Services at 7 pm at the Bellows Falls Opera House.
Marks and filmmaker Ann Kaneko worked with five teens and five adult women from Bellows Falls over six weeks in a project co-produced by VPL in association with Youth Services and the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project. Based on the belief that dance can become a civic conversation that can participate in the life of a town, the film captures an “action conversation.”
On Tuesday, April 1, at 7 pm, at the Whittemore Theater, Marlboro College, VPL’s “In The Works” presentation of “Schwanze-Beast” marks the culmination of a semester-long residency with theater/performance artist Tropicana. In collaboration with filmmaker Ela Troyano and actor/director Susanne Sachsse, Tropicana will present a work-in-progress showing of her newest theater work.
In May, VPL will partner with the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts to bring Thierry Thieû Niang to New England for a three-week workshop and residency in du Printemps. Niang will work with 25 local participants, ages 60 to 90, to stage a powerful reimagining of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” (Le Sacre du Printemps).
In Niang’s “du Printemps,” his use of senior dancers inverts the youth orientation of this iconic work and challenges viewers’ assumptions and prejudices about vitality, sexuality, and aging. VPL and MIFA will seek non-dancers from the community in the “autumn” of their lives to participate in this work, which will be presented at the Serkin Center at Marlboro College on Wednesday, May 28, at 7 pm, and at MIFA on Saturday, May 31, at 8 pm.
For more information visit www.vermontperformancelab.org.