Dance: The Freedom Project

Friday, Saturday, 7 p.m. NEYT, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro. Performance and dialogue on the issue of mass incarceration $10 at; $15 a door; sudents, $10

BRATTLEBORO — Using dance-theater to explore one of the most pressing civil rights issues of our time, Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) will host the Providence-based Everett Company for a week-long residency to present the critically acclaimed "Freedom Project" as part of a multi-part residency that aims to deeply engage the community and the issues surrounding mass incarceration in America.

VPL Director Sara Coffey said, "It's in these challenging times that artists get to work and we see how the arts can be a powerful way of bringing visibility to people and issues and make an impact. The Everett Company has been doing extraordinary work in their home community of Providence, and has created a poetic and powerful dance-theater work that looks at one of the most pressing issues of our time: mass incarceration."

Since 1986, the Providence-based Everett Company has been devising multidisciplinary dance-theater works that tour nationally. Everett productions are developed through a research-driven multi-year process that examines questions of urgent interest to the ensemble and to society. Everett's newest work, the "Freedom Project" is a multimedia physical theater piece that interweaves gripping personal stories, evocative imagery, and athletic choreography in an examination of mass incarceration in America.

This is an evening of performance and civic dialogue that poetically and powerfully grapples with the pressing issue of mass incarceration and how it has an impact on our rural communities. Followed by a post-performance conversation with the artists and local social justice workers.

Two performances only take place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16, at 7 p.m., at New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat St. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door All student tickets are $10. They are available at


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