The Nelken Line: Call for Dancers!

Join VDA dance artists Jessie Owens and Allison Mott to learn and dance the “Nelken Line” at Traces on Saturday, June 15.

The Nelken line is a component of the late Pina Bausch’s 1982 work, “Nelken.” Lines are a recurring element in many of Bausch’s works. They feature dancers repeating simple gestures and steps as they form long lines across the stage.

Pina Bausch’s dance company, Tanztheater Wuppertal has started the “Nelken Line Project” and have encouraged people world-wide to take part by gathering every day people in public places, dancing the line and sending them a video of the event.

On June 15th, we will meet at the top of Church Street at 4:30pm to learn the movement and then we will dance the line down to Main Street. Please join us! Everyone is welcome! No dance experience necessary!

If you would like to learn the movements before June 15th, there is a link to the tutorial in the sidebar.

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Participating artists

I've been dancing since I was wee! Mostly modern, some improv, some choreography.. I studied Ballet, Modern and Jazz technique as a young teen at the Brooklyn College Preparatory Center for the Arts in NYC, Noyes Rhythm in Connecticut since a small child, and performed with Lida Winfield in multiple performances including dancing for Bess O'Brien's documentary All of Me, Heather Bryce and Joy Madden here in Vermont. In Vermont I was a founding organizer of the Burlington International Contact Jam (reboot) and a main organizer for the last 8 years, and also a founding organizer of Traces! with Hannah Satterlee last year -- second annual occurring here in a few weeks. Dance, nature, music are all essential for my life and I've made my days reflect that. I am venturing recently into Burlesque and the crossover into body acceptance and loving it.

Jessie Owens is the founder of Ergo Movement, a collaborative performance project based in Burlington, Vermont. She holds a BA in Dance from Smith College, where she attended as an Ada Comstock, or non-traditional scholar. She is the current Vice President of the Vermont Dance Alliance, where she is working to support dance in all of its forms.


June 15, 2019
4:30–5:00 PM




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Published May 17, 2019