In this time of isolation and distance, VDA mourns the loss of public dance performances, particularly our 2020 Gala and the chance to witness innovative choreographic work. Rather than lose out on this wonderful opportunity to enrich our community, we are creating an alternative digital project to connect, expand, and keep dancing together.
Beginning in July, we will feature an artist interview series, focusing each week on a single Gala choreographer’s creative process. Each artist will highlight a certain movement score, choreographic exercise, or creative tool that has been meaningful to them in recent months. We invite anyone interested in participating to follow the artists’ prompts and try them for yourself. Then, engage back with the VDA community through a short written or filmed response of your experience.
On the VDA website, each artist spotlight page will include a written interview and video version of these creative practices. Live interviews with VDA intern, Maia Sauer, will occur on VDA’s Instagram page on Thursday evenings to introduce that week’s artist and their particular score or movement practice. Finally, after the series is complete, Maia will compile a video of responses from community members as a way to commemorate the project and honor the resilience and strength of the Vermont dance community.
Artist 1: Laurel Jenkins
July 6 - Newsletter & website feature
July 9 at 7p - Instagram Live conversation
Artist 2: Elizabeth Kurylo
July 13 - Newsletter & website feature
July 16 at 7p - Instagram Live conversation
Artist 3: Nicole Dagesse
July 20 - Newsletter & website feature
July 23 at 7p - Instagram Live conversation
Artist 4: Julie Peoples-Clark
July 27 - Newsletter & website feature
July 30 at 7p - Instagram Live conversation
Artist 5: Bridget Struthers
Aug 3 - Newsletter & website feature
Aug 6 at 7p - Instagram Live conversation
Aug 15 - Deadline for community response videos
(emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Aug 23- Time TBA- Facebook Watch Party of "Dancing Digitally Community Showcase"
We are pleased to announce that this project is supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of Vermont Humanities Council.