MARLBORO -- The Vermont Performance Lab’s ongoing effort to bring audiences and artists together to talk about important issues plays out in two area events over the next two weeks.

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, VPL presents a Lab Talk titled "History Herstory," featuring Carmelita Tropicana and Ain Gordon at 7 p.m., at Marlboro College’s Whittemore Theater.

Writer/performance artist Carmelita Tropicana (aka Alina Troyano) appears in performed conversation with writer/director Ain Gordon. They will discuss Tropicana’s use/abuse of personal history in a 30-year career that spans Cuba, revolution, coming to America, coming out, the rise/fall of performance art, "downtown" New York in the ‘80s and ‘90s, its relocation to Brooklyn, its possible demise, multiple languages and the multi-decade overlaps of their creative lives.

Admission is free. This Lab Talk is made possible with support from the Marlboro College Lecture Series and the National Endowment for the Arts.

On Thursday, March 6, VPL presents the premiere screening of "Action Conversations: Bellows Falls," a docu-dance film that captures the stories and reflections of Vermont women and their community. The event will take place at 7 p.m., at the Bellows Falls Opera House and is presented in association with Youth Services.

In the summer of 2012, choreographer Victoria Marks and documentary filmmaker Ann Kaneko embarked on a six-week dance/film project that brought five teens and five adult women from the Bellows Falls community together into an "action conversation." The screening is made possible with support from Chroma Technology, the National Endowment for the Arts and VPL’s Creation Fund donors.

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