When Women Were Birds

Murmurations dance will craft, create, cultivate, and remember a mythology; When Women Were Birds. Based on Deleuze and Guattari’s theories about multiplicity and becoming animal, these concepts will be explored through movement, music, poetry, and food.

When Women were Birds, we knew otherwise.

We knew our greatest freedom was in taking flight at night,
when we could steal the heavenly darkness for ourselves,
navigating through the intelligence of stars and the constellations of our own making in the delight and terror of our uncertainty.

The imagery will be abstract and surreal as a way to blur science, felt truth, and personal myth. The story will be created through dance, original music, poetry, and food amidst a vibrant setting in the natural world. Audience members will explore the environment and find themselves part of the piece. Interspersed within Bread and Butter Farms, the natural environment and working farm setting will speak to our connection to place and our relationship with animal and one another.

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Nicole Dagesse is a Vermont native whose rural upbringing in the forests and fields is a direct inspiration for her movement style and choreographic desires. Combining her training in Modern Dance, Contact Improvisation, and Aerial Dance, Nicole approaches each new site with inquisitive play and rigorous movement research. Nicole earned her BFA in Dance and BS in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she was immersed in the creativity of the local dance scene. Nicole cites Wire Monkey Dance as a major influence in her work. It was while playing on the scaffolding that her 3-dimensional movement patterns began to develop, and her love of partnering work took flight. After several years dancing in the Boston area, Nicole felt it was time to continue her dance education as an artist and teacher, and moved to Boulder, Co. to pursue an MFA in Site Dance and Somatic Practices. The rugged terrain and the endless blue skies provided the perfect opportunity to hone her voice as a site artist. The grounding and balancing study of the Alexander Technique was a necessary complement to her physically demanding work, and Nicole was increasingly interested in the parallels between body and earth. After earning her Masters of Fine Arts, Nicole taught and choreographed in North Carolina, where Murmurations Dance was born. Now back in Vermont, Nicole lives with her husband, adventurous three year old, and beautiful newborn where she uses her improvisational skills to experiment with motherhood, artistry, work, pleasure, and play. Nicole is also a Yoga Teacher specializing in Vinyasa Flow and Pre/Postnatal Yoga.

Participating artists

what is alive in your body? what is alive in my body? how does it move you? how do you move it? trained in somatic bodywork and movement therapy. human being, mother, constant improviser, activist, artist, business owner, dancer.

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 inspired by the intelligence of forests and trees. OTHER CLASSES: Vigorous Vinyasa Mondays 4:30-5:30 and Flow Wednesdays 9-10am Sangha Pine, Burlington Vinyasa 1/2 Sundays 8:45-10am and Tuesdays 5:45-7pm Evolution Yoga, Burlington

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 scholar. 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 the current Vice President of the Vermont Dance Alliance, where she is working to support dance in all of its forms. Upcoming performances: May 6, 3pm: 3 @ 3 at River Arts in Morrisville, VT featuring a work-in-progress by Danielle Tekut, an ERGO Movement collaborator. May 24, 8pm: Emma Back's "Little World" Album Release, featuring Senayit, Colin McCaffrey, Meredith Muse, Jessie Owens, and Hanna Satterlee in an evening of multi-media performance and community engagement.

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.

Liesje grew up in Vermont, studying dance by age 4. She received a BA in Dance at Naropa University and went on to study at Moving On Center in California and New Dance Development in the Netherlands. As a Rolfer, Liesje teaches functional movement to her clients, and teaching embodiment and dynamic movement at retreat centers and senior centers. She loves to make dance pieces.

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.

Sponsor

Halyard Brewing Co uses fair trade and organic ingredients to brew alcoholic ginger beer.

When

August 5–6, 2017

Cost

Sliding Scale, $25-$50/ticket

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Published July 7, 2017