Thursday May 16, 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 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.

This "In the Works" showing is made possible with support from the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Community Foundation and VPL’s Creation Fund donors.

Dahlia Nayar is a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer born outside of Chicago to immigrant parents from India and the Philippines. As a dancer, she was a company member of Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Company between 2007-2009, performing at the Lincoln Theater, Smithsonian Freer Sackler Gallery, Dance Place and other venues throughout Washington, D.C. She recently performed in Margaret Paek’s works at Danspace (2011) and the Whitney Museum Biennial (2012). She performed in Gina Kohler’s [dream] factories at the Park Avenue Armory (2012).

As a choreographer, she was a National Dance Project Regional Dance Lab artist in 2007. From 2008-2010, she received the Jacob Javits Fellowship during which time she received her MFA in Dance/Choreography from Hollins University. Excerpts of her performance installation "8-minute meditations" premiered at the 2010 American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C.

Her work "acqua alta", inspired by the high tide season in Venice, was nominated for three Metro Dance/DC awards in 2012: Emerging Choreographer, Outstanding New Work and Excellence in Stage Design and Multimedia.