Bodel dances at Next Stage, accompanied by olfactory score


PUTNEY -- Next Stage Arts will present a work-in-progress production of "there are caves and attics" as a solo performed by Michael Bodel on Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and will be available at the door.

The piece "there are caves and attics" is a new multi-modal movement work by Bodel, danced alongside text and an original olfactory score. The performance vectors off from the themes of a 1966 radio essay by philosopher Michel Foucault. The choreography is tightly intertwined with excerpts of the text, spoken in translation or lip-synched in original French, which unravel various fantasies humans historically harbor about the body -- that it be invisible, colossal, eternal, untethered or whole. The dance is augmented by an original scent score, developed in collaboration with Mark Crames, CEO of Demeter Fragrance Library. Six custom scents, engaging audience members’ sensoria and associations, are hand-atomized by the soloist.

This solo performance is 35 minutes in length. Other iterations of "there are caves and attics" have been presented at HERE in New York City and Cave Art Space in Brooklyn, N.Y. The full production is planned for 2015.

More on "there are caves and attics" can be found at The project is supported by a grant from the Vermont Arts Council.

Bodel is a choreographer, dancer and dance theorist whose choreographic and scholarly interests include, alphabetically: archiving, Bread and Puppet Theater, choric movement, dance film, immigration, embodied cognition, pageantry, scents, semiotics and the soul. He holds a B.A. in dance and astronomy from Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. in dance from Hollins University and The American Dance Festival. His eclectic history of inter-disciplinary work includes a dance film about immigration and grapefruits, a puppet opera and two dueling John McEnroes. He is the founder of the Frameworks Dance Film Series and half of Farmers for Flight Attendants.

For more information, contact or call 802-387-0102.

Next Stage Arts Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney’s cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage. Information about upcoming events is available at


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