Montreal-based performance collective brings feminist lens to action movies


MARLBORO >> Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) in association with Marlboro College presents a work-in-progress performance, "Action Movie," by the multi-disciplinary and shamelessly sensational three-woman performance collective Wives. Hailing from Montréal as part of VPL's dance-residency exchange with Studio 303, "Wives" will be in residency with VPL at Marlboro College for a week to film on location and develop new movement material.

In "Action Movie," Wives examine the mass appeal of action movies from a feminist perspective and survey what kind of excitement can be had without the threat of violence, rape, or torture.

On Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., VPL will present an in the works showing of "Action Movie" in the Serkin Center for Performing Arts at Marlboro College in Marlboro, followed by a post-performance conversation with the artists. This event is free and reservations are not required.

Formed in 2009, Wives includes the movement based artists Julia Thomas, Emma-Kate Guimond, and Aisha Sasha John. Wives writes, "The name Wives signifies unconditional bonds, especially those between women, characterized by support, love and alliances." Their works have appeared at Rhubarb Festival (Toronto), Phenomena Festival (Montréal), SummerWorks (Toronto), Hatch performance residency (Toronto), and others. Their particular approach to mixing media in performance situates them between or on the margins of theatre, dance, sculpture, video, and performance art. Their work produces a tension in how to look, hear and feel and attempts to incite a wide range of experiences from seduction to alienation.

Since 2006, VPL has supported a diverse range of over 400 artists working in dance, theater, and music. Through research, development and production residencies at VPL, artists have created award-winning performance work that tours nationally and internationally. This dance-residency exchange with Studio 303 grew out of VPL's SEED Program, a new initiative that supports regional dance makers with fees and residencies in New England and Québec. To learn more about VPL's opportunities for local choreographers,

This Vermont Performance Lab residency and in the works showing are made possible with support from the Arts Endowment Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Arts Council, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Québec Government Office in Boston, Marlboro College, and VPL's Creation Fund donors.

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