Vermont Dance Alliance Members 2017 Fall Retreat

Come together for a weekend of masterclasses, creative work sessions and informal performances, all outside at the beautiful Sable Project land in Stockbridge, VT. Camping and shared meals complete the intimate experience.

FRIDAY-
4pm Arrive, set up camp! Tour the land
5pm Welcome Circle/ Opening Dance
6:30pm Potluck Dinner- bring a dish to share
BONFIRE!
Retreat participants camp overnight.

SATURDAY-
8-9am Breakfast
9:30-12:30 Morning master classes-
9:30-10:20- Releasing into Action with Laurel Jenkins
10:30-11:20 COMMUNION: improvisational practices in the environment with Tyler Rai
11:30-12:20 NEW FLAMENCO FUSION with Ciara Perez
12:30-1:45 Lunch & Siesta
2-5 Spend the afternoon in the outdoors creating something new in self-selected groups or as an individual soloist. Optional to share your creations in the evening showcase....
5:30-8:30pm Public "Food and Art Series" featuring performances by members of the Alliance! This performance and pizza party is open to the public- $10 donation for all for delicious wood fired pizzas!
9:30pm clean up and closing circle.
Optional for retreat participants to stay overnight.

SUNDAY- Clean up and depart.


Registration is now closed. Please consider still coming on Saturday for the public food and art series 5:30-8:30pm!

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Participating artists

Ciara Perez is an award-winning, Vermont based movement artist with a background in a variety of techniques. A Texas native who was gifted the experience to travel and learn from different cultures, Ciara uses influences from global and tribal communities when working on stage and site-specific performances and productions. She has worked within her communities as an instructor, choreographer, performer and explorer to help spread her love of dance and art. Her movement practices and performances incorporate poetry, spoken word, painting and movement and are focused on strength, hope and dedication towards a better future and overcoming the hardships of today. She performs and instructs for conferences, schools and various events around the country. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance & Production as well as in Anthropology, and is working towards a Master of Fine Arts degree. Ciara continues to expand her knowledge and deepen her praxis to spread movement, art, love and hope to audiences all around the world. www.iamciara.com

Choreographer and dancer Hanna Satterlee grew up in East Montpelier, Vermont and has spent many years traveling through dance, both nationally and internationally. Hanna holds a Masters in Fine Arts/Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College (VT/WA) and 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. Now based in Burlington Vermont, Hanna is the current director of 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. In addition, Hanna teaches and performs on freelance basis. Her current choreographic project is titled "FLOAT." CLASSES: Yoga at Sangha Pine, Burlington: Vigorous Vinyasa, Mondays 4:30-5:30 Flow, Wednesdays 9-10am Yoga at Evolution Yoga, Burlington: Vinyasa 1/2 Sundays 8:45-10am

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.

Laurel Jenkins choreography has been presented by the Getty Center, Automata, REDCAT, Danspace, and in Berlin, Coventry, and Tokyo. Jenkins has been commissioned to choreograph for L.A. Contemporary Dance Company and The Wooden Floor. She was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company (2007­-2012) and performs in Vicky Shick’s dances and in the opera Oedipus Rex/Symphony of Psalms directed by Peter Sellars. Jenkins holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, an MFA from UCLA, and is the recipient of an Asian Cultural Council Grant.

Marissa began dancing at a young age, and has been an active lover of movement and artistry in many forms throughout her life. After a several year hiatus, she is entering back into the dance world eager to dance, create, connect and perform. Currently on the board of The Vermont Dance Alliance, she is passionate about collaboration and helping to connect community and resources. She received a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Hampshire and a minor in Dance. She has since pursued Natural Health and Wellness practices and education. Her love of movement has fused with a strong energetic awareness and intuition, as well as deep appreciation for sciences. This has led her to explore a career as a Movement Educator and Energy Worker. She is the owner of "Align," in Burlington Vermont. She is beyond grateful to be dancing and connecting with the local dance community, returning "home" to dance. In her free time, she explores the natural world through outdoor adventures, and has a special affinity for climbing/dancing on rocks. She strongly believes that the natural world is always offering us inspiration to align with our natural rhythms. “Come forth into...

Noah Witke Mele is a queer artist/performer/writer. His works strives to blur the line between life and art. Noah has been featured at Phantom Theater, the Helen Day Art Center, Ello, and Balaclava.Q. Noah is a certified master teacher in DEEP [Death Electric Emo Protest] AEROBICS by Miguel Gutierrez. His favorite food might be chocolate cake.

Roberta Guido is a performance artist working in improvisational dance, visual art, and writing under the moniker RMG/lightentry. They received their BFA in Dance from the College at Brockport in 2015 and hail from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This summer they performed in Pittsburgh Performance Art Festival with Ru Emmons, became a depiction of "blind freedom" at Jailbreak Music and Arts Festival, and presented their solo dance work "Outside Red, Insides Soft" at Mark Morris in New York City. This year they attended FRESH Festival in San Francisco and last year they spent time at The Sable Project in Stockbridge, Vermont as a Artist in Residence. They are excited to be attending Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy in the fall.

I'm interested in: what defines a body? How do our bodies relate us - to each other, the world? My training and experience includes a wide breadth of contemporary, improvisational, and adaptive styles, with a childhood foundation in ballet, jazz, and modern dance. I have studied with integrated companies such as AXIS Dance, Stopgap, Candoco, as well as individual teachers, choreographers, and experienced performance mentors. My performance history ranges from yoga studios in small Vermont towns to Danspace St Mark's in New York City to festivals in the UK and Germany. I am available to teach - dance topics, adaptive strategies, and more; to perform; or to engage in the creation of new work.

I am a movement artist, improvisor and somatic educator. I practice performance as contemporary ritual and engage in interdisciplinary creative processes as a means for anarchy, connection, integration and healing. I host workshops that use improvisation and scoring to foster creativity amongst community, and develop the intersections between urban and rural environments, materiality, movement and perception. I hold a B.A. in Dance and Community Studies from Bennington College, a certificate in Somatic Education (Moving On Center/USA), and am currently completing a certification in Anna Halprin's Life/Art Process (USA). I believe in collective creativity as the means to wholeness and a re-definition of progress.

Partner

Sable Arts Projects, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to fostering environmental stewardship, healthy food, and a forum for the practice, development, creation, and sharing of arts in rural Vermont and beyond. The Sable Project Residency Program brings emerging artists of different backgrounds together to live and work on the land, off the grid, to produce food and art.

Sponsor

The farm families that own Cabot Creamery Co-operative love what they do. And they’ve been doing it for a long time—every single day since 1919. Almost 100 years later, we’re proud of our thriving farms, strong communities, and happy, healthy cows that produce the rich, buttery milk that we use to make Cabot’s award-winning cheese and dairy products. We like to think those awards mean we’re doing something right. Of course, you’re a big part of this too. If you love eating our cheese as much as we love making it, then we’ll get to keep doing what we do for generations to come. We’re in this together—and we’re grateful for your support.