The Brattleboro Reformer, August 10, 2016

BRATTLEBORO - Choreographers Michael Bodel from Putney, and Audrée Juteau from Montréal, Québec will have overlapping residencies at Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) this August as part of VPL's SEED Program, a new initiative that supports regional dance makers with fees and residencies at VPL and Studio 303 in Montréal. Bodel and Juteau are developing new dance works that will be presented in a shared evening as part of VPL's In The Works series on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Arts Barn at Hilltop Montessori School in Brattleboro.

Each year, VPL provides artists with residencies and support to research and develop new work in dance, theater, film and music. This year, VPL expanded its reach to include the SEED Program as a way to directly support local artists creating new dance works. VPL and Studio 303 selected Audrée Juteau and the WIVES collective from Montréal, and Aretha Aoki and Michael Bodel from New England for the pilot year of the program.

Michael Bodel's new multi-disciplinary dance piece, "there are caves and attics," is rooted in a 1966 radio essay by Michel Foucault that blends movement, scent, and lip-synching.

Emerging performer and choreographer Audrée Juteau will develop her latest work Strange stranger at VPL as part of the unique residency exchange with Studio 303 in Montréal. In her recent works, "Poisson and Sam affecte," Juteau performed with her dog to experiment with chance and presence in live performance. Now with "Strange stranger" she draws on inspiration from Lewis Carroll's tale "Alice in Wonderland," and uses hypnosis techniques to explore various altered states of being.

The work-in-process showing of "Strange stranger" and "there are caves and attics" is free and reservations are not required. There will be a conversation with the artists immediately following the In The Works showing.

The 2015-2016 SEED Program is a partnership with Studio 303 in Montréal as part of a dance residency exchange between New England and Québec, and these residencies and In The Works showing are made possible in part with support from the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, the Vermont Community Foundation, the Vermont Arts Council, the Québec Government Office in Boston and VPL's Creation Fund donors. This IN THE WORKS event is part of Vermont Arts 2016 – a project of the Vermont Arts Council.

Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) is a laboratory for creative research and community engagement. Since 2006, VPL has brought artists of regional, national and international stature to the grange halls, studios and classrooms of rural Vermont through its innovative artist residency program. Last year VPL's community and education programs served more than 1,700 students, young professionals, families and seniors in Windham County through workshops, informal performances and art-making experiences. VPL often partners with local organizations to host such residencies and create meaningful connections between artists and communities.

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Studio 303 began operations in 1989 when three choreographers created a communal space where dancers could train, rehearse and perform. By day a dance studio, the space was transformed once a month to informally present new works within the Vernissage-danse series.

In 1994, Miriam Ginestier and Paul Caskey took over as Co-Artistic Directors, and under their direction new recurring events expanded the organization's interdisciplinary profile such as popular fundraising cabarets, Bruits du Noir, Edgy Women, the Home Show, and projet/projo. From 1996 to 2005, Studio 303 also housed Gallery 303 (often voted Montreal's best gallery by Montreal Mirror readers), and for three years co-presented FA3 – an international performance art festival. Studio 303 created a residency program for emerging artists (1999), expanded the Edgy Women event into a festival (2005), and instigated several artist exchange initiatives.

Since 2005, Miriam Ginestier has been the sole artistic director. In 2009, Studio 303 celebrated its 20th anniversary with VINGT, a choreographic "exquisite corpse" presented at Place des Arts. Studio 303 created SPARK in 2010: an intimate arts showcase and exchange between Montréal artists and international presenters. The Edgy Women Festival celebrated its 20th and final edition in 2013 in situ at a local boxing club, inspiring artists and audiences with its sports/art/gender theme.

In 2013, Studio 303 lost its Canadian Heritage funding after 12 years of consistent support. To accommodate this loss, the organization has downsized its presenting activities and refocused its energy on its roots as an artist-run professional development and creation centre.

Audrée Juteau is a Montreal based performer and choreographer. Her research and creations revolve around the questions of presence and affect. Fascinated by the relationship between the concrete space of the performance and its fictive space - the place without a place where the performance has the power to bring us, she is particularly interested in the point where they meet : a zone of interchangeability in which the perception of the spectator is destabilized and where possibly lies an aesthetic experience of affect. She anchors her practice in a receptive and sensorial body.