Wednesday November 21, 2012

GUILFORD -- Vermont Performance Lab, in conjunction with The Live Arts Brewery, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University and The Chocolate Factory Theater, announces The Hatchery Project, a multi-year collaborative residency partnership to support dance and performance artists.

With lead support by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional funding by the National Endowment For The Arts and the four partner organizations, The Hatchery Project will devote approximately $600,000 over the course of three years to specially designed multi-site creative residencies for four artists: Luciana Achugar, Beth Gill, Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar (Big Dance Theater) and Reggie Wilson.

Each of these artists will receive financial and administrative support to conduct residencies at the four partner sites; and will tailor these residencies to their particular artistic practices and goals. The Hatchery Project’s support of these artists is intended to emphasize the artist’s creative needs and goals outside the cycle of grant applications and premiere dates.

"We’re excited to link our work and our small rural communities with a national effort that will enable us to connect with such exemplary performing arts organizations and bring these exceptional artists to Vermont," says VPL Director Sara Coffey.

In the first year of The Hatchery Project, choreographer Reggie Wilson and members of his First Heel Performance Group will be in residency with VPL in March 2013 to record vocal tracks for the sound montage for his newest work, "Moseses Project."

Wilson, known for his research into vocal and religious traditions in the African diaspora, will share his work with Vermont audiences through a "Community Shout" event at the Broad Brook Grange as part of his residency. During an intensive week-long residency in August 2013, the crew of Big Dance Theater will come to VPL to work with young singers to experiment and develop the sound score for their new dance-theater piece, "Adam Smithee," at the studios at Guilford Sound. Both residencies are designed to engage the local community in the artists’ creative process.

The Hatchery Project is the response to a demonstrated need for more comprehensive support for dance and performance artists in areas related to research and development; and a desire to engage audiences and peers from a diverse set of communities in the processes of art-making.

About the partners

* Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography is the only national center for choreography in the world located in a major research institution, and operates from one of the premiere dance facilities in the United States. The center is embedded within the Florida State University School of Dance, offering unparalleled opportunities for contemporary choreographers to hone their artistic practice and develop new work inside a creative community. MANCC encourages resident artists to bring dancers, designers, dramaturges, composers, and other appropriate collaborators that would enhance their creative inquiry through physical, conceptual, experiential, or scientific means.

* The Chocolate Factory Theater is an artist-founded, artist-run presenting organization with its own multi-use facility in Long Island City, Queens. Now in its seventh year, The Chocolate Factory has become an important hub for the New York performance community, providing commissioning and residency support for dance, theater, music and multimedia artists.

* Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (founded 1996) began the LAB program in 2009 in an effort to address the developmental needs of artists in Philadelphia and to create an artistic destination for artists to engage with the robust artistic community within the city. LAB offers a rehearsal studio and fully-equipped black box theater exclusively for research, experimentation and full production residencies in combination with a variety of presenting efforts that focus entirely on the developmental process. Educated and engaged audience interaction plays a central role in the development and research of material throughout all of LAB’s process-oriented programming.

* Vermont Performance Lab is a laboratory for creative research and community engagement. Over the last six 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 1,500 students, families and seniors in Windham County through workshops, informal performances and art-making experiences. VPL often partners with local organizations to host such residencies and create meaningful connections between artists and communities.

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