Vermont Performance Lab and Green Mountain Crossroads join forces to produce an evening celebrating 10 Years of Art-making, Rural Communities and Gay Pride at A Party Under the Stars, Saturday June 25th 8-11pm in Guilford, VT

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Guilford, Vermont – On Saturday June 25th Vermont Performance Lab celebrates its 10th Anniversary Season and Pride by producing A Party Under the Stars. The evening will take place at the newly completed VPL-Guilford Sound campus and will include pop-up performances by an eclectic array of artists who have been part of VPL’s laboratory and a 70s and 80s themed dance party under the stars. The event is part of a weekend of activity celebrating Pride with CineSLAM’s LGBT film festival on Friday June 24th at the Latchis Theater in Brattleboro and A Party Under the Stars that includes a dance party co-sponsored by Green Mountain Crossroads.

The evening will be emceed by performance art icon/lesbian artist Carmelita Tropicana, with performances by So Percussion, Time Lapse Dance, poet Verandah Porche and other surprise guests. With a dance party co-sponsored by Green Mountain Crossroads, music by DJ Jim Andrews, epic party lighting by Jonathan W. Jensen and The Latchis Hotel, and a bar and snacks by the Whetstone Station Restaurant, this Party Under the Stars promises to be one for the ages. All are welcome to join the celebration in Guilford. The Party Under the Stars is part of a closing weekend of activities celebrating Gay Pride in Southern Vermont.

On Friday, June 24th, CineSLAM – Vermont’s first LGBT Film Festival – will present an evening of short and documentary films at The Latchis Theater starting at 7pm. Information and tickets available at www.cineslam.com. “The films selected reflect the amazing diversity of the LGBT community. In these sad times after Orlando, one needs to reflect on how much love there is in our community and I think our films frame those sentiments.” says Festival Director, John Scagliotti.

HB Lozito, director of Green Mountain Crossroads commented, “This has been a difficult June for LGBTQ people and communities. While we may not have a gay bar in our community to come home to right now, we do have each other. Let’s take all of our sadness, fear, love, rage, and grief and work it out on the dance floor under the rural Vermont sky together."

For ten years VPL has prided itself on its model of creative residency that partners with local organizations to position artists as vital and inspiring presences in community life. Since 2006, VPL has supported over 400 artists working in dance, theater, music, and film with residencies to develop new works that have won multiple awards, and toured nationally and internationally.

Sara Coffey, Director of VPL says “Our history and values of supporting diversity, experimentation and creativity will be celebrated on June 25th. Over the last two years we have been working closely with two local LGBTQ organizations - Green Mountain Crossroads and CineSLAM – in connection with VPL Lab Artists Ain Gordon and Carmelita Tropicana as they have been researching and developing new works in theater and performance. Roughly 40% or the artists that we support identify as LGBTQ, and it has always been important for us to connect with our local LGBTQ community. And now more than ever we need to come together and celebrate the beautiful diversity that is here in rural Vermont and dance together.”

VPL’s 10th Season will continue to bring a diverse range of projects and artists who are delving into social and environmental issues, and involving the community in their research and creative process. The Party Under the Stars event will look to the future by marking the first event of its kind to happen on the recently completed VPL-Guilford Sound campus – over 300 acres of lush forests and fields that include two artist housing facilities, and the Guilford Sound recording studio. The artist housing facilities include a 1790s farmhouse fully restored by David Ross Builders, and the Earth House a newly constructed energy efficient artist housing facility designed by Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects. The Earth House is built into a hillside and topped with a living roof which earned it a LEED Silver certification, a 2015 Vermont AIA Honor Award and the 2015 International Passive House Certification – the only certified institutional house of its kind in the state of Vermont.

VPL’s Party Under the Stars is sponsored by David Ross Builders, Leader Home Centers, Green Mountain Crossroads, and the Whetstone Station Restaurant. The event is part of Vermont Arts 2016 – a project of the Vermont Arts Council.

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SCHEDULE + INFORMATION:
PARTY UNDER THE STARS
Join us and celebrate VPL’s 10th Anniversary during Pride Weekend in Vermont with dancing, stargazing, and popup performances! The first epic party of the summer includes a cash bar with classic pub snacks.

This event is sponsored by David Ross Builder, Leader Home Centers, Green Mountain Crossroads, and the Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery, and is of Vermont Arts 2016, a project of the Vermont Arts Council.

WHEN: 8-11pm, Saturday, June 25
WHERE: Park at the Broad Brook Grange, 3490 Guilford Center Road, Guilford, VT | Transportation Provided to and from Party Site all night!
TICKETS: $10 in advance | $15 at the door (cash or check only!) www.vermontperformancelab.org/events

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ABOUT VERMONT PERFORMANCE LAB:
Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) is a laboratory for creative research and community engagement. Since 2006, VPL has brought artists of regional, national and international stature to the grange halls, studios and classrooms of rural Vermont through its innovative artist residency program. Last year VPL’s community and education programs served more than 1,700 students, young professionals, families and seniors in Windham County through workshops, informal performances and art-making experiences. VPL often partners with local organizations to host such residencies and create meaningful connections between artists and communities.
Some highlights of the past ten years include Reframe the Framework (2007) a two-year dance project led by choreographer Yasuko Yokoshi that involved dancers from the Windham Regional Career Center in the creation and performances of the piece that earned them two reviews in the New York Times; the site-specific performance Music for Trains (2008) created by So Percussion with performances on the train and in the train depots of Brattleboro and Bellows Falls; Action Conversations: Bellows Falls (2012) a dance-film project with Victoria Marks and filmmaker Ann Kaneko that brought together teen girls and adult women together to create a powerful film that reflected their stories and built a bridge between two generations of women and Schwanze-Beast (2015) a work researched and created by Carmelita Tropicana that was set in the future, told through the perspective of a woman hyena hybrid to make powerful commentary on immigration, biotechnology and gender identity in American society.
www.vermontperformancelab.org facebook.com/VermontPerformanceLab or twitter.com/VTPerformLab

ABOUT GREEN MOUNTAIN CROSSROADS:
Green Mountain Crossroads (GMC) connects rural LGBTQ people to build community, visibility, knowledge, and power. GMC lifts up and centers the voices and experiences of rural LGBTQ people at popular events like Played Out! LGBTQ Game Night, Earth Gay, Trans Day of Remembrance & Resistance, Friday Night Group for LGBTQ youth, and the Out in the Open Summit. We believe that collective liberation for all people is possible and that rural LGBTQ people play a critical role in the movement toward justice. Find more about us and follow our work at www.greenmountaincrossroads.org and facebook.com/greenmountaincrossroads.

ABOUT RYALL PORTER SHERIDAN ARCHITECTS:
Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects works on projects ranging from new construction, to renovations of existing spaces, interior design, and additions to historic structures. Partners Ted Porter, Bill Ryall, and Ted Sheridan collaborate with staff members to serve the various requirements of clients. Current and recent projects include a new sound recording studio near Brattleboro VT, preservation and conversion of circa 1820 barns in Gladstone NJ, and various residences in New York State, Colorado, Mississippi, Vermont, Long Island, Virginia, and loft, townhouse, and apartment renovations in NYC. All current projects incorporate strategies for implementing aspects of environmentally-friendly, sustainable design. Ryall Porter Sheridan prefers to work on projects beginning with the conceptual design phase, and following through with comprehensive working drawings and specifications, pricing of the work with contractors, construction supervision, and furniture installation. The firm has successfully produced commercial, institutional, and residential projects that have all benefited from a close working relationship between client and architect.
www.ryallporter.com