Guilford, Vermont – Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) and Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts (MIFA) are teaming up to bring French choreographer Thierry Thieû Niang to New England for a three-week residency to work with 25 local participants ages 60-100 to stage a powerful re-imagining of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. The residency will culminate in public showings on Wednesday, May 28th at 7pm at The Serkin Center, Marlboro College in Marlboro, VT and on Friday, May 30th at 7pm at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA.
VPL is actively seeking locals ages 60-100 to participate in a workshop and public showings during Niang's residency. Potential participants should note that prior dance and/or art experience is not required. Over the course of the workshop, Niang will use Stravinsky's "Le Sacre du Printemps"/"The Rite of Spring" as the spring board to lead local participants into an exploration of the history, music and significance of this 100 year-old work. Through discussion and movement, participants will connect with their own sources of youthful vitality and develop relationships with other seniors from nearby Lower Connecticut River Valley communities.
Participants would need to be available to work with Niang Tuesday-Friday mornings the weeks of May 20th and May 27th and for performances in the evenings of May 28th in Marlboro, VT and May 30th in Holyoke, MA. Those interested in participating should contact Vermont Performance Lab and sign up to attend an informational workshop with Thierry Thieû Niang on Wednesday May 14th from 10am-noon at The Serkin Center at Marlboro College in Marlboro, VT.
This workshop and residency with Thierry Thieû Niang is funded in part by FUSED: French-US Exchange in Dance, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Florence Gould Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, a Small & Inspiring Grant from The Vermont Community Foundation and VPL's Creation Fund donors.
VPL WORKSHOP + RESIDENCY INFO:
Interested participants ages 60-100 should sign up for the Information Session with Thierry Thieû Niang on Wednesday, May 14th 10-noon by contacting Sara Coffey @VPL.
PERFORMANCE EVENT INFORMATION:
VPL and MIFA present du Printemps by French choreographer Thierry Thieu Niang
Wednesday, May 28 @7PM at The Serkin Center, Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT
Friday, May 30 @7PM at Gateway City Arts, 92-114 Race Street, Holyoke,
WHAT: Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) and Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts (MIFA) team up to bring French choreographer Thierry Thieû Niang to New England for a three week workshop and residency. Working with 25 local participants ages 60-100 Niang stages a powerful re-imagining of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.
For reservations to the show on Wednesday, May 28 @7PM please call VPL at 802-257-3361 or reserve online by visiting www.vermontperformancelab.org/events
For reservations to the show on Friday, May 30 @7PM please call MIFA at 413-540-0200 or visit www.mifafestival.org
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Thierry Thieû Niang is a dancer and choreographer who danced for choreographers such as Hela Fattoumi, Eric Lamoureux, Daniel Larrieu, Christine Gérard, Daniel Dobbels, and Odile Duboc. He began to choreograph after returning from a trip to Vietnam as part of his fellowship with the Villa Médicis in 1993. Since 2000 he has been working extensively in theater and opera with world-renowned institutions. He offers courses and choreographic workshops for children and senior citizens and works frequently in schools, at-risk communities, hospitals, and prisons, bringing in other collaborators including writers, musicians, and visual artists.
ABOUT VERMONT PERFORMANCE LAB (VPL):
Vermont Performance Lab is a Guilford-based non-profit arts organization dedicated to supporting artists in the creation and development of new work and bringing artistic experiences to rural Vermont communities. Since 2006 VPL has brought artists of regional, national and international stature to elementary classrooms in Marlboro and Guilford, to youth in Brattleboro and Bellows Falls through partnerships with Youth Services and the Windham County Regional Career Center Program and various community halls and theaters including the Broad Brook Grange, the Marlboro Town House, the Bellows Falls Opera House, Marlboro College and New England Youth Theater. Last year VPL's community and education programs served more than 1,500 students, families, young professionals and seniors in Windham County through workshops, informal performances and art-making experiences. VPL often partners with local organizations to host its residencies and create meaningful connections between artists and communities. www.vermontperformancelab.org
ABOUT MASSACHUSETTS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS (MIFA):
MIFA's cultural programming adheres to its founding vision as a showcase for worldwide innovative and directional arts. MIFA also functions as a vehicle for community reclamation and historic and architectural preservation in the Connecticut River Valley Region. MIFA presents an annual festival of the performing, visual and literary arts and spearheads community development projects, focusing recently on Holyoke, specifically the restoration and reopening of the historic Victory Theatre in downtown Holyoke. A key feature of MIFA is its Education Program (MIFA EP) that introduces elementary, secondary and higher education students to the arts. Over the past 19 years, MIFA festival programming has presented 162 events with 1,313 artists from 47 international and national companies including 28 company debuts in America and 12 world premieres. mifafestival.org