Cynthia Oliver photo by Val Oliveiro.croppedARTIST TALK:
Performing Arts + Social Practice with Cynthia Oliver

April 7 @ 4:30 PM

@ the dance studio in the Serkin Center
Marlboro College in Marlboro, VT

co-hosted by Marlboro College and VPL

Since 1991, Cynthia Oliver has been creating experimental dance-theater performance works that explore the complicated nature of contemporary blackness, femaleness, Afro-Caribbean and African American expressive cultures. Her work has been a study in this Africanity, from the urban to the contemporary island experience. She is interested in the ways Africanist world-views manifest in cultural practices performed by people of the diaspora. She has an extensive background in contemporary dance from Africanist and Euro-American cultural frameworks as well as a deep involvement in avant garde theatrical traditions by black women in North America. Through these practices she has created experimental work that uses non-linear movement and text to think about performative components of black subjectivity to articulate a layered and complex choreography. With her current performance project she is creating a work examining black masculinity. She will talk about the many ways she is working with men to engage in ethnographic work that requires many levels of conversation and experimentation. She will be talking about how she is engaging in the topic of black masculinity in her current project Virago-Man Dem.

Made possible with support from Marlboro College, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fresh Sound Foundation.


Cynthia OliverPREVIEW:
Virago-Man Dem
Choreographed by Cynthia Oliver

Friday + Saturday
June 2 + 3 @ 7pm

@ New England Youth Theatre 
Brattleboro, VT

presented by VPL


Virago Man-Dem navigates the complexities of black masculinities through movement, spoken text and visual design. Virago-Man Dem is a nuanced study of masculinity in Afro-Caribbean and African American communities. The work is based on the lives of its performers: Duane Cyrus, Jonathan Gonzalez, Shamar Watt and Niall Noel Jones, and moves from their specific experiences to broader cultural experiences and is amplified by the visual designs and projections by Afro-futurist John Jennings.

Made possible with support from:
National Endowment for the Arts

and VPL's Community Engagement Circle Supporters:
Applewood Studios, Brattleboro Retreat, and Silver Forest.

Ain GordonRadicals in Miniature
Ain Gordon and Josh Quillen

Thursday + Friday
June 15 + 16 @ 7pm

@ Next Stage Arts
Putney, VT

presented by VPL

Theater artist Ain Gordon will be joined by Josh Quillen of Sō Percussion in Radicals in Miniature. To be presented during Southern Vermont's local 2017 Pride celebration, this performance pairs a gay and straight man of different generations to conjure many of the forgotten players who shaped urban creativity in the 70s and 80s but were lost to AIDS or faded from the cultural record.

VPL is partnering with CineSLAM/Vermont’s first LGBT Film Festival, Green Mountain Crossroads and the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project to present films, exhibits and a dance party to celebrate Pride in Southern Vermont.  More here...

Made possible with support from:
National Endowment for the Arts

And with support from VPL's Community Engagement Circle:
Silver Forest and Windham Growers.

hanna satterleeVPL's 2017 OPEN LAB

Saturday + Sunday 
July 15 + 16 @ 3pm

Saturday will feature work by:
Sara Smith + Candlice Salyers 
Greta Grineviciute + Agniete Lisičkinaitė

Sunday will feature work by:
Ellen Furey + Malik Nashad Sharpe
Hanna Satterlee, Delaney McDonough + Caitlin Scholl

@ the Art Barn at Hilltop Montessori
Brattleboro, VT

VPL’s 2017 Open Lab moves to Brattleboro to coincide with the Southern Vermont Dance Festival!

This year will feature emerging artists from Vermont, Western MA, Lithuania and Quebec. VPL is planning two festive afternoons that will include workshops, showings, local food and opportunities to meet and talk with the artists. 

Made possible with support from:
National Endowment for the Arts and Vermont Community Foundation

And with support from VPL's Community Engagement Circle Supporters:  
A.L. Tyler, Rockingham Arts and Museum ProjectSilver Forest, and Wayne Corse Excavating.

The Everett Company

Friday + Saturday
September 15 + 16 @ 7pm

@ the New England Youth Theatre
Brattleboro, VT

presented by VPL

The Providence-based Everett Company has been devising multidisciplinary theater works that are developed through a research-driven multi-year process that examines questions of urgent interest to the ensemble and to society. The FREEDOM PROJECT is the Everett Company’s newest dance-theater work that interweaves personal stories, evocative imagery, and athletic choreography in an examination of mass incarceration in America.  More here...

Made possible with support from:
New England Foundation for the Arts Expeditions grant program

and VPL’s Community Engagement Circle Supporters:
Silver Forest and Youth Services

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