VPL Announces Fall Season + Launches Performance Club

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Guilford, VT – Since 2006, Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) has brought nearly 120 artists of regional, national, and international stature into the small towns of southeastern Vermont to support the development of new contemporary performance through its Lab Program. Now during its 8th Season starting this Fall, VPL audiences have a range of opportunities to participate in new contemporary performance through VPL's IN THE WORKS series featuring Slovak American choreographer Pavel Zuštiak / Palissimo and NYC-based choreographer luciana achugar or through an exciting new venture – the VPL Performance Club.

Endagered-PiecesThis September, Pavel Zuštiak – Artistic Director of Palissimo, a NYC-based dance theater company – will be in residence at Vermont Performance Lab with composer Christian Frederickson, musician Bobby McElver and dancers Matthew Rogers and Jaro Vinarsky to develop the sonic environment and movement material for their latest collaboration, Endangered Pieces. In this work, Zuštiak and his collaborators chart new territories to create a performance that unfolds in a series of dream-like scenes set amidst a looming calamity. A man in an empty space: in a field, onstage, in combat. Is this his ultimate battle and can it be won? Throughout, the visceral trumps the literal, leaving visual impressions, both alluring and unsettling, that linger and gestate in the subconscious. The work was created in response to current unprecedented shifts in the global landscape.

Vermont audiences have the unique opportunity to get a sneak peak of Endangered Pieces before its NYC premiere at Abrons Arts Center in a live showing on Saturday, September 21st at 7pm at the New England Youth Theater in Brattleboro, VT. Join VPL for a post-performance discussion with the artists immediately following the performance. This VPL residency and IN THE WORKS showing is produced in association with Guilford Sound, and made possible with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and VPL's Creation Fund donors.

Screen Shot 2013-08-27 at 1.50.35 PMThrough ritualized movement and singing, Brooklyn-based Uruguayan choreographer, luciana achugar, and her collaborators will be in residence at Vermont Performance Lab this October to rebuild another kind of theater, using dance as a ritual of becoming and an occasion for communion with the audience. OTRO TEATRO ("another/other theater"), as in all of achugar's work, aims to move the audience toward a visceral understanding of dance.

Join VPL for the work-in-progress showing of OTRO TEATRO on Wednesday, October 23rd at 7pm at The Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College in Marlboro, VT and enjoy a post-performance discussion over an apple dessert reception with the artists. This residency and IN THE WORKS showing is produced in association with Marlboro College and made possible by VPL's Creation Fund donors. achugar is the third of four artists in residence at Vermont Performance Lab as part of 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, VT) with lead support by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional funding by the National Endowment for the Arts.

In addition to the Lab residencies, VPL will embark on a new exciting adventure – the launch of VPL's Performance Club. Modeled on the traditional book club and drawing inspiration from Claudia La Rocco's NYC-based Performance Club, VPL's Performance Club will bring 20 people together this Fall to discover contemporary dance performances and create a forum for rich discussion over food and drink. The VPL Performance Club series this fall will include reserved seating to VPL's IN THE WORKS series as well as contemporary performance experiences with Marc Bamuthi Joseph at the Redfern Arts Center, Armitage Gone! Dance at the ICA in Boston and Abraham in Motion at the Wesleyan Center for the Arts. Whether you are an artist, a builder or a librarian – VPL's Performance Club welcomes both the beginner and the dance aficionado. Curious and adventurous VPL audience members should stay tuned for the winter/spring launch of the next Performance Club. VPL's Performance Club is made possible through Engaging Dance Audiences, a program administered by Dance/USA and made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

VPL FALL EVENTS

IN THE WORKS: Endangered Pieces
a new performance work by choreographer Pavel Zuštiak /Palissimo
presented by Vermont Performance Lab in association with Guilford Sound

WHEN: Saturday September 21 @ 7pm
WHERE: New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat Street, Brattleboro, VT
WHAT: Slovak American choreographer Pavel Zuštiak charters new territories with Endangered Pieces, a performance unfolding in a series of dream-like scenes set amidst a looming calamity. Throughout, the visceral trumps the literal, leaving visual impressions that linger and gestate in the subconscious as both alluring and unsettling. This performance may contain nudity. Following this work-in-progress showing, there will be a post-performance discussion with the artists.
TICKETS: FREE and open to the public 

IN THE WORKS: OTRO TEATRO
a new performance work created by luciana achugar
presented by Vermont Performance Lab in association with Marlboro College
WHEN: Wednesday October 23 @ 7PM
WHERE: @ the Whittemore Theater, South Road, Marlboro, VT
WHAT: Vermont Performance Lab presents a work-in-progress showing of luciana achugar's newest work OTRO TEATRO. This evening-length work is a visceral dance that takes place metaphorically in the ruins of a collapsed theater. Through ritualized movement and singing, achugar and her collaborators rebuild another kind of theater, using dance as a ritual of becoming and an occasion for communion with the audience. Following the showing, there will be a post-performance discussion with the artists and a dessert reception.
TICKETS: FREE and open to the public 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Pavel Zuštiak, a NYC-based director, choreographer, and performer, was born in communist Czechoslovakia and trained at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. He is known for sophisticated, multidisciplinary works with piercing emotional content and abundant surrealist imagery that explore "the darker shades of human behavior" (The New Yorker) and reach spectators as totalizing multi-sensory experiences. Zuštiak is a recipient of 2013 LMCC President's Award for excellence in artistic practice, 2012 NEFA Award, 2010 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2010 Maggie Allesee National Choreographic Center Fellowship and a winner of the 2007 and 2009 Princess Grace Award. Zuštiak was named an ambassador of Košice European Capital of Culture 2013, his birth city. His four hour work The Painted Bird received two 2013 Bessie nominations: as Outstanding Production and its soloist Jaro Vinarsky as Outstanding Performer. The Painted Bird (Part II): AMIDST is now available for streaming or download at OnTheBoards.tv: http://www.ontheboards.tv/performance/dance/amidst
www.palissimo.org . www.thepaintedbird.org . www.facebook.com/Palissimo . @palissimoco

luciana achugar was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and upon graduating from Cal Arts in 1995, she moved to New York City. After dancing with several influential choreographers including Jeremy Nelson, Will Swanson, Maria Hassabi, Chameckilerner and John Jasperse, and collaborating closely with Levi Gonzalez, achugar has emerged as a choreographic force of her own. Since 2002, she has created eight independent works, for which she has garnered two BESSIE Awards: the first in 2006 for her first evening-length piece Exhausting Love at Danspace Project and more recently in 2010 for PURO DESEO – a piece that was also chosen as one of TimeOUT NY's best of Dance for 2010. Her work has been presented by most venues showing contemporary dance in NYC including The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Danspace Project and Abrons Arts Center as well as at the CANADA Gallery; in Cambridge, MA at the Green Street Studios; in Minneapolis, MN at the Walker Art Center and The Southern Theater; at Portland's Institute of Contemporary Art during their Time-Based Art Festival and in numerous theaters in Uruguay. achugar was a 2010 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grantee and one of Dance Magazine's 2011 "25 to Watch." Her work has received support and recognition from several foundations including the New York Foundation for the Arts; the Jerome Foundation; the Multi-Arts Production Fund; The Field Dance Fund; a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council 2009 President's Award and a Brooklyn Arts Exchange "Passing it on" Artist Award from Tere O'Connor. Her latest work FEEL...FORM premiered in May 2012 at Abrons Arts Center as a co-production with The Chocolate Factory. Her most recent achievements came this year, when she became a 2013 Creative Capital Grantee and when she received a prestigious 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship. www.lachugar.org