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Reception and guest lecture at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

BRATTLEBORO - The Second Annual Southern Vermont Dance Festival is slated for Thursday, July 17 to Sunday, July 20, and will take place for the most part in downtown Brattleboro with time in between events and classes for people to shop and enjoy the town. The four-day festival will be filled with lectures, workshops, performance, live music and free community events.

A highlight of the festival will be the technique classes, repertory workshops and talks by the celebrated Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. They have performed worldwide in over 200 cities in 40 countries on every major continent.

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The company's repertory is widely varied in its subject matter, visual imagery and stylistic approach to movement, voice and stagecraft and includes musically driven works as well as works using a variety of texts. Former company member Catherine Cabeen will lead all activities and perform a solo choreographed by Bill T. Jones in the Saturday gala performance that takes place at the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College, N.H. This show is included for festival pass holders and can be purchased in advance - $18 students, $22 regular admission or at the door: $24 in advance and $28.

The two Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance company master classes listed below are available without festival passes and are discounted for those with passes.


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Friday Master Class: July 18: 11:30 to 2:30 p.m.

"Continuous Replay"

This class will workshop the basic structure of Arnie Zane's 1978 "Continuous Replay." A formal, structured improvisation, "Continuous Replay" gives dancers an opportunity to expand their capacities for both precision and inventiveness. Performance of this large group work requires dancers to practice a combination of intellectual and physical virtuosity, cooperation, and creative spontaneity.

Sunday Master Class: July 20: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

"D-Man in the Waters" Excerpts

In this class we will learn excerpts of Bill T. Jones' 1989 "D-Man in the Waters." The class will focus on the virtuosic partnering skills required to perform the work as well as the sense of community the work develops.

Reception and Guest Lecture: July 18: 8 p.m. at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

"Bill T. Jones: The Dynamic Creative Process" -- Bill T. Jones is an artist who, after decades of being on the front lines of contemporary performance, continues to surprise and delight audiences with his work. He is a relentless seeker who is always in pursuit of new perspectives and processes, resulting in an extremely varied body of work. In this lecture Catherine Cabeen will address Bill T Jones' constantly shifting creative process, from the mid 1970's until today, and the diverse body of work that has resulted from this evolution of experiments. Tickets: $10 advance purchase, $12 at the door.

This event is included with a festival pass that includes Friday.

The lecture will be preceded by a reception at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, with food, live music and more. Tickets include the guest lecture and tickets to the reception are steeply discounted for festival pass holders. Advanced purchase is $25 and includes guest lectures; $30 at the door.

Festival Pass Holders can attend this event for $15 Advanced Purchase; $18 at the door.

In addition throughout the weekend, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company's Catherine Cabeen will be offering several technique classes and lectures available to festival pass holders only:

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Technique classes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday:

This movement class will be based on the style developed by Bill T. Jones and Janet Wong. The class will focus on cultivating precision, range, and the ability to cover space in movement, integrating and borrowing values from modern, postmodern, and classical traditions. The class will also focus on remaining a thinking, feeling human being who makes choices with genuine consequences throughout the process of moving. Full bodied and challenging physicality will be the point of departure.

On Saturday: "'D-Man in the Waters' as a Pedagogical Opportunity"

Bill T. Jones' 1989 "D-Man in the Waters" is a wild, delightful work that earned Jones a MacArthur Genius Grant among other acclaims. As a répétiteur for the Bill T Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company, Catherine Cabeen has reconstructed D-Man on 14 colleges and universities in the last nine years. In each of these reconstructions Cabeen has found that this work of choreographic brilliance is also an incredible anchor for a wide array of teaching opportunities. As well as being a cardiovascular challenge, this dance requires demanding partnering skills that teach as much about trust, community, and responsibility as they do about virtuosity. The work was created during a tumultuous time for the New York dance community and provides a focused way to teach about dance history after post-modernism. In this talk we will explore the pedagogical approach of starting from a single work of art and using that work to begin exploring larger ideas of community, power, history, and the present state of dance.

The Southern Vermont Dance Festival boasts over 100 different classes and workshops for all ages and ability levels, as well as 10 performances, exhibits of movement related art and more throughout the weekend. The variety of classes offered include Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary, Modern, Horton Technique, Graham Technique, Luigi Technique, Gaga Style, Dunham Technique, Eric Hawkins Technique, Laban Movement Analysis, Contact Improvisation, Composition and many more. In addition the festival is offering bonus styles including Belly Dance, Afro Jazz, Tap, Budoh, Yoga and Pilates.

The festival offers various ticket choices. One can choose to attend the festival for the full four days or sample the festival offerings by purchasing tickets for one day, three days, or all four days taking only one class per day. In addition tickets are available for performances only that take place throughout the weekend. Classes will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Online registration is available once a ticket has been purchased.

Tickets are available now by visiting www.southernvermontdancefestival.com. For more information on how to purchase tickets, become a sponsor or volunteer at the festival, please email info@southernvermontdancefestival.com