Dancing Uphill 2020

Highlighting UVM dance student performers, the concert includes choreography by UVM dance faculty, UVM composition students, and professional guest dance artists. The show will include works by dance faculty Julian Barnett and guest artist Lauren Blue (UVM Class of 2012). Guest artist Laurel Jenkins has created a new work that will feature UVM and community dancers performing together. Paul Besaw and Lida Winfield have created a new work that featured UVM and Middlebury College dancers performing together. UVM student choreography by Giovanna Carlson, Annabel Diestel, Katie Henry, Jenny Powers, Chloe Schafer, and Mickey Zadworny. Directed by Besaw; technical direction and design coordination by Bert Crosby.
Evening performances Wednesday-Saturday January 22-25th. 7:30pm nightly.

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The Dance Program at The University of Vermont provides the opportunity to develop and expand technical, creative, and theoretical dance knowledge and facilitates rich and meaningful interaction between students, faculty, guest, and community artists. The heart of the program lies in the practice and theory of modern/contemporary dance, but multiple styles and approaches are offered, including African dance, ballet, Brazilian dance, Capoeira, composition, hip hop, improvisation, site performance, somatics, and more. The Dance Program is part of the Department of Theatre and Dance, and enjoys a close working relationship with the Department of Music as well. UVM Dance offers multiple performances, master classes, and workshops throughout the academic year, often in partnership with the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.

Participating artists

Elizabeth M. Seyler, PhD, is a dancer, writer, editor, and instructor. Since 2002, she has specialized in dancing and teaching gender-neutral Argentine tango. Her latest love is loosely structured movement improvisation for play and performance. Elizabeth works as an assistant editor and proofreader at Seven Days, an associate editor at Dance Chronicle, a freelance writer, and a part-time tango instructor. She holds a PhD in dance from Temple University, an MEd from the University of Vermont, and a BA from Cornell University.

Choreographer and dancer Hanna Satterlee grew up in East Montpelier, Vermont and has spent many years traveling through dance, both nationally and internationally. Hanna has produced her own choreographic and dance installation work, and has performed with professional companies in Vienna Austria, Stolzenhagen Germany, Baltimore, Manhattan, Brooklyn, San Francisco and throughout the state of Vermont. In May 2017 Hanna founded the Vermont Dance Alliance, with a strong belief that the culture of dance will continue to flourish and expand throughout the edges of our beautiful state. Hanna serves as the Executive Director, both managing a statewide network of dance artists, partners and patrons, as well as producing and curating high-quality dance events and opportunities for the public. Hanna is as passionate for the form of dance as she is in connecting people to it. Hanna holds degrees and certifications in dance therapy, psychology, performance, choreography, vinyassa/yin/restorative yoga, non-profit management and arts integration. Hanna shares these passions as an intergenerational educator, interdisciplinary performer and collaborator, experimental curator and event producer. Join Hanna during this time of social distancing for movement classes online! Please email hannasatt@gmail.com for more information.

Julian Barnett is a performer, choreographer, educator, and arts advocate. He creates performances that examine the social-political possibilities for transformation and empathy, through the lenses of philosophy, musicology, science, and the supernatural. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Northern California, Julian has lived and worked in New York (as well as the Netherlands and Germany) for the past 18 years and continues to keep a strong connection there. He is thrilled to be in Burlington, joining the faculty at the University of Vermont's Dance Program and interacting with the community of artists. Prior to UVM, Julian was on faculty at Middlebury College, and has also taught at Princeton, NYU Tisch, Juilliard, CalArts, and other contexts. As a student, Julian earned his BFA in Dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and his MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Julian's life in dance has been guided by the strong mentorship from choreographers he has had the privilege of working with including, Steve Paxton, Jeanine Durning, Wally Cardona, Larry Keigwin, Lar Lubovitch, Kota Yamazaki, Johannes Wieland, and others.

Laurel Jenkins’ choreography emerges from rigorous experimentation and interdisciplinary dialogues in the realms of contemporary dance, opera, music and theater. She engages with the choreographic process as a radical space for reimagining our collective human experience. Her work has been presented by Lincoln Center, Disney Hall, REDCAT, Automata, the Getty Center, Show Box LA, Danspace, Berlin’s Performing Presence Festival, and Tokyo’s Sezane Gallery. She recently choreographed Bernstein’s MASS with the LA Phil and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. In addition, she has choreographed for LA Contemporary Dance Company, The Wooden Floor, California State University, Long Beach, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jenkins was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2007-2012, and developed original roles in Brown’s final works. Jenkins also danced in New York with Vicky Shick and Sara Rudner. She performed the role of Ismene in Peter Sellars’ staging of Oedipus Rex conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. This spring she will perform solos by Merce Cunningham in Los Angeles as a part of the Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event. Jenkins is the recipient of a Vermont Arts Council Grant, an Asian Cultural Council Grant, holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence, and an MFA from UCLA....

Lida is an accomplished dancer, choreographer and spoken word artist. Since 2006, she has created original solo, duet and group work; merging storytelling, dance and visual art to create captivating and poignant performances that have taken place on and off the stage. Lida has traveled nationally and internationally as a performer and educator working with diverse populations in conventional and unconventional settings. In 2011, she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College with a focus on the transformative power of the expressive arts. Lida develops and creates dances that are quirky, provocative, and physically honest. Lida challenges herself and her audiences to participate in dance as an open dialogue. Her art and her choreography are creations which tell stories, ask questions, explore limits, and celebrate beauty in what is awkward, raw, and vulnerable. She is inspired by the human capacity to cope, to imagine and to transform. Her work is informed by wilderness, socioeconomic divides, disabilities, access, the search for place or home, the magical and the quiet details of everyday life. Lida is currently teaching in the dance department at Middlebury College.

Partners

The Middlebury College Dance Program seeks to develop the creative artist and artist/scholar through critical study and regular practice in contemporary, world dance techniques; improvisation and choreography; history, theory, and cultural studies; experiential anatomy and kinesiology; and performance. Along with classes, the Middlebury Dance Program hosts a series of master classes and workshops that are free and open to the public. Artists are brought in from all over the world to share their perspective and put into practice the notion that Movement Matters.

The Dance Program at The University of Vermont provides the opportunity to develop and expand technical, creative, and theoretical dance knowledge and facilitates rich and meaningful interaction between students, faculty, guest, and community artists. The heart of the program lies in the practice and theory of modern/contemporary dance, but multiple styles and approaches are offered, including African dance, ballet, Brazilian dance, Capoeira, composition, hip hop, improvisation, site performance, somatics, and more. The Dance Program is part of the Department of Theatre and Dance, and enjoys a close working relationship with the Department of Music as well. UVM Dance offers multiple performances, master classes, and workshops throughout the academic year, often in partnership with the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.

When

January 22–25, 2020

Cost

General: $15 / Students: $10

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Published December 16, 2019