Montréal-based performance collective brings feminist lens to action movies, October 19 at 7:00pm

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Marlboro, VT – Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) in association with Marlboro College presents a work-in-progress performance, ACTION MOVIE, by the multi-disciplinary and shamelessly sensational three-woman performance collective WIVES. Hailing from Montréal as part of VPL’s dance-residency exchange with Studio 303, WIVES will be in residency with VPL at Marlboro College for a week to film on location and develop new movement material.

In ACTION MOVIE, WIVES examine the mass appeal of action movies from a feminist perspective and survey what kind of excitement can be had without the threat of violence, rape, or torture. On Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00pm, VPL will present an IN THE WORKS showing of ACTION MOVIE in the Serkin Center for Performing Arts at Marlboro College in Marlboro, VT followed by a post-performance conversation with the artists. This event is free and reservations are not required.

Formed in 2009, WIVES includes the movement based artists Julia Thomas, Emma-Kate Guimond, and Aisha Sasha John. WIVES writes, “The name WIVES signifies unconditional bonds, especially those between women, characterized by support, love and alliances.” Their works have appeared at Rhubarb Festival (Toronto), Phenomena Festival (Montréal), SummerWorks (Toronto), Hatch performance residency (Toronto), and others. Their particular approach to mixing media in performance situates them between or on the margins of theatre, dance, sculpture, video, and performance art. Their work produces a tension in how to look, hear and feel and attempts to incite a wide range of experiences from seduction to alienation.

Since 2006, VPL has supported a diverse range of over 400 artists working in dance, theater, and music. Through research, development and production residencies at VPL, artists have created award-winning performance work that tours nationally and internationally. This dance-residency exchange with Studio 303 grew out of VPL’s SEED Program, a new initiative that supports regional dance makers with fees and residencies in New England and Québec. To learn more about VPL’s opportunities for local choreographers, visit www.vermontperformancelab.org/seed.

This Vermont Performance Lab residency and IN THE WORKS showing are made possible with support from the Arts Endowment Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Arts Council, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Québec Government Office in Boston, Marlboro College, and VPL’s Creation Fund donors.

Vermont Performance Lab is committed to making its programs accessible to all by producing events in ADA accessible venues that have handicapped accessible parking, bathrooms and seating. VPL also provides large print programs available on request. Audience members who have any additional special requirements should feel free to contact us at 802-257-3360.

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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.
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ABOUT MARLBORO COLLEGE:
With locations in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains and downtown Brattleboro, Marlboro College provides independent thinkers with exceptional opportunities to broaden their intellectual horizons, benefit from a small and close-knit learning community, create a strong framework for personal and career fulfillment, and make a positive difference in the world. At our undergraduate campus in the town of Marlboro and our Center for Graduate and Professional Studies in Brattleboro, students engage in deep exploration of their interests—and discover new avenues for using their skills to benefit themselves and others—in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical and creative thinking, independence, social justice, sustainability, and community. www.marlboro.edu

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
WIVES are a performance collective based in Montreal and Toronto made up of Julia Thomas, Emma-Kate Guimond , Aisha Sasha John and formerly Leah Fay Goldstein. WIVES began collaborating and forming their own brand of outrageous feminist performance in 2009. In 2015, Aisha Sasha John also got married. The name WIVES signifies unconditional bonds, especially those between women, characterized by support, love and alliances. Juxtaposing and layering categories of art and entertainment WIVES create unique new genres of performance. Sharing a background in diverse dance disciplines, WIVES make work that stems from choreographic practices. Indiscriminately integrating drawing, video, poetry and sculpture, WIVES create fragile and visceral environments. www.allmywives.com

ABOUT THE EVENT:
VPL IN THE WORKS: ACTION MOVIE created by WIVES
Presented by Vermont Performance Lab
The WIVES is a multi-disciplinary and shamelessly sensational three-woman performance collective visiting us from Montréal. With ACTION MOVIE, the WIVES examine the mass appeal of action movies from a feminist perspective and survey what kind of excitement can be had without the threat of violence, rape, or torture. This residency and IN THE WORKS showing are made possible with support from the Arts Endowment Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Arts Council, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Québec Government Office in Boston, Marlboro College, and VPL’s Creation Fund donors. This event is part of Vermont Arts 2016 – a project of the Vermont Arts Council.
WHEN: 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 19
WHERE: Serkin Center for Performing Arts, Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT
TICKETS: FREE | No Reservations Required!