The Storytellers

Choreographer Joy Madden and a spirited company of dancers weave together dance, music and storytelling in a beguiling tale of heartbreak, humor and overcrowding in an Irish Catholic family.

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Joy Madden is a choreographer, performer and bodyworker. She has performed throughout the US and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2001 she co-founded The Moving Laboratory, an innovative performing arts incubator in Boston, MA. She served as the managing director of Boston Dance Alliance from 2000-2003. Since moving to Vermont in 2007, her work has been presented by The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington Dances, Arts Riot and The Burlington Fringe Festival among others. In recent years, Joy has focused on site specific performance, creating pieces for art galleries, parking lots, farms and forests in Vermont and New York. In 2014 and 2015, she served as Community Mentor for Stephan Koplowitz’s online course, Creating Site Specific Dance and Performance Works, by California Institute of the Arts. Joy is presenting her evening length performance “The Storytellers” at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington, VT August 25 & 26 and at the Philly Fringe Festival, Philadelphia, PA September 21-23, 2017.

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Jessie Owens is a performing artist, choreographer, and the owner/practitioner of Fulcrum Massage and Bodywork. She is the founder of Ergo Movement, a collaborative performance project based in Burlington, Vermont, whose intention within this venture is to expand the appreciation of dance and performance on a local scale in Vermont, while fostering collaborative relationships with other artists and performers. Jessie holds a BA in Dance from Smith College, where she attended as an Ada Comstock scholar. There she created her own works, and performed in works by choreographers Chris Aiken, Candice Saylers, Joy Davis, Katie Martin, and Annie Rudnick. While at Smith, her work, An Accidental Flourish Caused by a Sudden Change of Direction was selected to represent the Smith College Dance Department’s undergraduate work at the American College Dance Festival Association at Boston University in 2014. From 2002 to 2012, she performed with Burlington’s Spielpalast Cabaret, a non-profit dance and theater company, modeled after German Weimar Era cabarets, and was the group’s art director and co-producer from 2005 until 2013. With Spielpalast, she co-produced performances annually in Burlington and throughout Vermont, as well as the group’s venture to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2011. She is...

Laila grew up dancing in Central Vermont, discovering her commitment to movement at an early age. Her childhood was rich in diverse examples of artists, teachers, and learners who taught her that creative work can have endless forms. Having always felt pulled in multiple directions, Laila studied dance and movement integration in early education at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, in efforts to align her passions for dance and working with young children. At Hampshire College Laila performed works by Katie Martin and Deborah Goffe, and studied with Angie Hauser, Stephen Petronio, Constance Vallis-Hill, and Cynthia McLaughlin, among others. She now works as a preschool teacher at a therapeutic early education center, working to integrate creative movement into her classroom. Laila is thrilled for the myriad of possibilities that the Vermont Dance Alliance brings forth, and is very grateful to connect with other artists.


August 25–26, 2017




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Published June 27, 2017