VPL's 2017 Open Lab

This year VPL's hosts its annual Open Lab event in Brattleboro to coincide with the Southern Vermont Dance Festival. The 2017 Open Lab features works by emerging local artists from Vermont, Maine and Western MA and international artists from Lithuania, England and Quebec. VPL is planning two festive afternoons that will include informal showings, local food and opportunities to meet and talk with the artists. On Saturday we will have a beer garden with delicious local food and Vermont craft brews from Whetstone Station and Halyard Brewing.

Performances are FREE and open to the public - no reservations required

OpenLab Saturday

July 15 @ 3pm

@ the Art Barn at Hilltop Montessori
Brattleboro, VT

Florence Rice Hitchcock and the Theory of the Soft Earth
Sara Smith + Candice Salyers

This multimedia performance created by Sara Smith (Greenfield MA) combines dance with animation and mock documentary to explore ideas and the interconnectedness and indeterminacy through the story of Florence Rice Hitchcock, a nineteenth-century geologist who has visions of twentieth-century science.  

B+B Project: American Dreams
Greta Grineviciute + Agniete Lisičkinaitė

B+B are two platinum blond girls from Lithuania (like twins) who like to dance, sing, travel and spread love all over the world. These wide-eyed alter egos of Grineviciute and Lisičkinaitė have been chronicalled as they've been exploring the world over. Their two weeks in Southern Vermont will be captured on film and transferred to the stage through B+B Project.

OpenLab Sunday

July 16 @ 3pm

@ the Art Barn at Hilltop Montessori
Brattleboro, VT

Voice and Vessel
Hanna Satterlee + Delaney McDonough + Caitlin Scholl

In Voice and Vessel, this interdisciplinary dance-based trio will create a moving tableau that uncovers how we visually/sonically/physically voice and express in different ways, and how we each uniquely carry information in the vessels of our minds and bodies.

Ellen Furey + Malik Nashad Sharpe

Nationalism is the beginnings of a duet between Malik Nashad Sharpe (London/NYC) and Ellen Furey (Montreal). The research comes out of the desire to aestheticise plurality-in-practice by fiercely rebuking insurgent nationalism. It is an attempt to detail both the affect and the effects of neoliberalism, as well as to address the artist's longing for multiculturalist futures.

These residencies and performances are made possible with support from:
National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts and Vermont Community Foundation

And with support from VPL's Community Engagement Circle Supporters:  
A.L. Tyler, David Ross Builders, Rockingham Arts and Museum ProjectSilver Forest, and Wayne Corse Excavating

OpenLab beerOPEN LAB: Pop-Up Beer Garden

July 15 - after the 3pm performances

@ the Art Barn at Hilltop Montessori
Brattleboro, VT

VPL has arranged for a beer garden featuring Vermont craft brews from Whetstone Station and Halyard Brewing. Beer will be served up at the pop-up cash bar after the performances and will be accompanied by snacks and opportunities to meet the artists!

The Everett Company

Friday + Saturday
September 15 + 16 @ 7pm

@ the New England Youth Theatre
Brattleboro, VT

presented by VPL

The Providence-based Everett Company has been devising multidisciplinary theater works that are developed through a research-driven multi-year process that examines questions of urgent interest to the ensemble and to society. The FREEDOM PROJECT is the Everett Company’s newest dance-theater work that interweaves personal stories, evocative imagery, and athletic choreography in an examination of mass incarceration in America.  More here...

Made possible with support from:
New England Foundation for the Arts Expeditions grant program

and VPL’s Community Engagement Circle Supporters:
Silver Forest and Youth Services

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