GUILFORD -- Vermont Performance Lab announces 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 start the season with a work-in-progress showing of her newest work, "One with Others," on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m., at Broad Brook Grange.
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 in declaring individuality. By re-purposing the body with
In 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 Windsort. 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.
This Sept. 15 show may contain adult language and may not be appropriate for young audiences. Admission is free.
Sherman’s residency 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.
The "In the Works" series also includes:
* Sept. 29 -- "The People to Come" by Yanira Castro/a canary torsi
* February 2013 -- New England Premiere: "Niicugni (Listen)" by Emily Johnson/Catalyst
* March 2013 -- 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
For more information about the upcoming season, artists and events, visit www.vermontperformancelab.org
Vermont Performance Lab 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 residencies and create meaningful connections between artists and communities.