2018 Lab Artist: Lida Winfield
Lida Winfield is a Vermont-based choreographer known as an accomplished dancer, choreographer, spoken word artist and educator. She creates original solo, duet and group work; merging storytelling, dance and visual art to create captivating and poignant performances. Lida has traveled nationally and internationally working with diverse populations in conventional and unconventional settings. She considers her artistic practice inextricably linked to her role as an educator and is dedicated to using the performing arts as a tool to move herself and others forward intellectually, developmentally, spiritually and socially. Lida approaches her work as a collaboration of body, brain and spirit in the artistic and educational world.
Lida has taught and performed in a variety of places including, but not limited, to Roger Williams University, National Dance Association Conference, Skidmore College, the Bates Dance Festival and Habla: The Center for Language and Culture in Mexico. In 2011, she toured an original duet work with Ellen Smith Ahern and intermedia dance company Double Vision across Europe. Lida studied at The School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, VT, with a focus on the transformative power of the expressive arts. In 2016, she was honored with the Rebecca Blunk Fund Award for professional development and creation of new work. In 2017, she received a National Performance Network grant for the commissioning of her new work, IMAGINARY. Lida is currently a visiting professor in the dance department at Middlebury College, Vermont.
As part of VPL’s Confluence Project, Lida will be working with students at the Marlboro Elementary School and stream scientists as part of an arts-integrated curriculum focused on the study of water and watersheds. Later in the summer Lida will return with her collaborators to further develop IMAGINARY, a quirky, funny, innovative and socially poignant performance that explores perception in relationship to the imagination.