Thursday May 9, 2013

GUILFORD -- Vermont Performance Lab’s "In the Works" series continues with an informal showing of "2125 Stanley Street," a new work being developed by Asian American choreographer Dahlia Nayar.

For this new work, Nayar has been investigating ideas of belonging and not belonging, the beauty and challenge of adapting to habitats scattered around the globe in contemporary society and the nature of nostalgia.

"2125 Stanley Street" is informed by Nayar’s personal experiences of being raised in a bicultural household by immigrant parents from India and the Philippines, and the recalling, remembering and reimagining of the most intimate exchanges within the realm of a domestic space.

Within and alongside her rehearsal experiments in 2013, Nayar and her collaborators have begun excavating their own archives of multicultural domestic histories. The artists’ family archives contain more than 20,000 digitized photos and hundreds of hours of films and sound recordings that document aspects of the artists’ families pre- and post-immigration to the United States (from India, the Philippines, Japan and North Korea) and migration within the United States (Illinois, Nebraska, New York, Seattle, San Diego).

During her VPL residency, Nayar was able to connect with individuals from the Asian-American community in and around Brattleboro, as part of her creative research. In May, Nayar returns with her collaborators, dancer Margaret Sunghe Paek and composer Loren Kiyoshi Dempster, for a creation residency with VPL to further develop the movement and sound material for 2125 Stanley Street.

On Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m., they will share some of their experiments, research and ideas with VPL’s audience at the Broad Brook Grange in Guilford. Immediately following the performance, VPL audiences have the opportunity to collectively sit down together and share a meal -- a Dim Sum dinner catered by chef and artist Cai Silver of Cai’s Dim Sum Teahouse.

The performance is free and open to the public. Dim Sum dinner is $20 for adults and $13 for children 12 and under. Reservations for showing and dim sum dinner recommended online at vplintheworks.eventbrite.com or visit www.vermontperformancelab.org/events or call 802-257-3361.