2012/13 Vermont Performance Lab Season Starts September 15

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Minneapolis-based choreographer Karen Sherman kicks off IN THE WORKS performance series

GUILFORD, VT (August 31, 2012) – Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) has released its 2012/13 season of artist residencies and performances for its IN THE WORKS series. The series includes informal showings that allow artists to share early versions of new works, while audiences get a glimpse into the artists' creative process. Minneapolis-based choreographer Karen Sherman will jump start the season with a work-in-progress showing of her newest work, One with Others, on September 15, 2012, in Guilford, Vermont.

Karen Sherman by Kristen KusamaKaren Sherman is a Bessie Award-winning performer and choreographer whose work is inspired by science, social issues and the impact of situation and setting on the individual. Her representations of sexual identity -- specifically, the experience of inhabiting the female body -- are hallmarks of her performances and push beyond convention to empower the queer body. Her visually engaging performance style is shaped by her background as a producer, production manager, designer and technician as well as her multi-faceted performance experience as a musician, singer, fifth-generation lasso spinner and former student of the flying trapeze.

One with Others interweaves the themes of biography, communication, self-determination and desire. It uses choreography and text to consider legacy, acknowledging that dance and language are taught to us by others, yet become powerful forces we employ in declaring individuality. By re-purposing the body with crude, wearable wood and hardware appendages, the piece both destroys and underscores this individuality.

sherman OwO gangreneIn Vermont, Sherman's 10-day residency will include working with local wood and metalworkers to design costumes and body props, and researching the machine tool collections at the American Precision Museum in Windsor, Vermont. Three to four collaborators will join Sherman for the second week, working in the recording studio at Guilford Sound and at the Broad Brook Grange to develop the sound and performative aspects of the piece.

The residency with Karen Sherman is made possible in part with funding support from the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and VPL's Creation Fund donors.

Work-in-progress showing of One with Others
WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 2012, 7:00PM
WHERE: Broad Brook Grange, Guilford, VT
WHAT: This work-in-progress presentation of One with Others is the culmination of a 10-day Vermont Performance Lab residency led by choreographer Karen Sherman.

This show may contain adult language and may not be appropriate for young audiences. Free and open to the public.

• September 29, 2012 - The People to Come by Yanira Castro/a canary torsi
• February 2013 - NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE: Niicugni (Listen) by Emily Johnson/Catalyst
• March 2013 - (project) Moseses Project by Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group
• May 2013 - 2125 Stanley Street by choreographer Dahlia Nayar
• June 2013 - PREVIEW PERFORMANCE: Not What Happened by Ain Gordon

More information about the upcoming season, artists and events at: www.vermontperformancelab.org


Karen Sherman is a Bessie-award-winning performer and choreographer based in Minneapolis. Her work has been presented nationally by P.S. 122, Walker Art Center, The Southern Theater, Danspace Project, Movement Research, Fusebox Festival, ODC, Dixon Place, Improvisation Festival/NY, Highways Performance Space, Links Hall and various other spaces around the U.S. and Canada.

She holds a BFA in Acting from NYU and is also a musician/singer, fifth-generation lasso spinner and former student of the flying trapeze. This, and her extensive knowledge of arts production as a producer, production manager, designer (scenic, sound, costume) and technician inform each aspect of her art making. As Administrator and Production Manager of New York's legendary Judson Church, she co-created, produced, and curated START, a multi-disciplinary series integrating politics and arts. Her writing, including essays and poetry, has been featured on many live stages, web and print forums including The Movement Research Performance Journal, the live-cast Culture Bodega and a forthcoming anthology from Off The Park Press.

Sherman has received numerous awards for her work as a choreographer, performer, and designer including a 2007 Bessie Award for her performance in Morgan Thorson's Faker, McKnight Fellowships in Choreography (2006) and Dance (2009), a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship (2009), Sage Awards as a Performer (2006) and Scenic Designer (2008), City Pages Best Artist Awards as a Dancer (2007) and Choreographer (2009), MacDowell Colony Fellowships (2003, 2010), a Movement Research Artist Residency (1999-2000), Jerome Foundation Grants (2005, 2007, 2011), and a Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship residency in Liguria, Italy (2010). www.karenshermanperformance.org


Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) is a laboratory for creative research and community engagement. Over the last five years, 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 500 students, 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. www.vermontperformancelab.org