As part of the 2021 VDA "Traces" Outdoor Dance Festival, VDA is so excited to produce a Virtual Film Festival of dance films based on our theme of water and water conservation. All artists were encouraged to fully embrace the theme of water as the initiative for this work.
The film festival will occur June 3rd-5th, 8pm nightly on Youtube Live, free and available to the public.
Donations greatly accepted via vermontdance.org/donate
Featuring works by six incredible artists!
Namaya – Poet, Artist, Playwright, and multifaceted performance artist, wrote the book and CD Vermont My Home On Blue Heron Pond. Other works on Vermont include the CD “the Green Mountain Radio Hour.” His latest book is “Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida.” He has performed on 5 continents and tours of his celebrated show “Vermont My Home.” More info at www.vermontpoet.com. This past year, he created a new photography project, “Love in an Age of Plague: Love in an Age of Desire,” with Vermont Dance Alliance dancers. His creative hub is at www.namayaproductions.com.
Tina Forés-Hitt was brought up between the USA and Europe. She began her dance training at the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza en Valencia, Spain and after graduating she became a member of the Diverse Space Dance Theatre in Austin, Texas. She started her BA in contemporary dance at ArtEZ Academy of the Arts in Holland and completed her studies at SEAD in Austria. The Spanish-American dancer then became a member of the BODHI PROJECT 2017-18, which toured worldwide performing pieces by a variety of choreographers. Recently a mother herself, she's discovering the beauty of educating children through music, dance and play. As a licensed Zumbini instructor, she hopes to bring joy and fun to many more families in her community.
Denise Townsend: Dancer. Choreographer. Skilled Figure Model. Word & Movement Artist. Creative Approach: I am working, studying and offering my perspective to encourage the pursuit of encountering difficult emotions and truths about the self. I want to validate the ability for us all to think about our thinking. I enjoy contemplating about liberation as the capacity of holding space and offering love when change is taking place.
Precious Jennings is adjunct faculty at Columbia College Chicago instructing in the Theater and Dance Department. Her current textile-based project called “Align the Fibers” devises from the art of spinning and naturally dyeing fiber to create a sustainable arts performance practice, in solo and collaboration. Megan Schneeberger (Object Permanence) is a movement artist and frustrated citizen in Charleston SC. She grew up in the Bitterroot Valley in Montana where she began her dance training at River Street Dance Theater in Hamilton. She holds a BFA in Choreography and Performance from the University of Montana.
As a fine art photographer, Carla Kimball has exhibited in multiple venues throughout the Vermont and New Hampshire Upper Valley region. For the last 10 years she has studied, performed, filmed and photographed the dancers of Ensemble Marie with choreographer Marie Fourcaut. As part of a solo photography exhibit in 2020 at AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH, Carla produced a video a movement response to the exhibit featuring Marie. With the Pandemic realities that all performers face, Carla has recognized the value of documentary and artistic films for dancers that goes beyond a simple video capture of a staged production. After completing several intensive film workshops to add to her video skillset, Carla has since filmed and edited dance videos with several Upper Valley choreographers and continues to collaborate with Marie Fourcaut on creative movement adventures.
Tracy Penfield - Artist- is returning to creative dance and performance after many years of running SafeArt out of Chelsea VT. The Passing Project is a collaboration of mine with Tamara Hurwitz Pullman, with whom Tracy danced with in Montana in the early 80's.