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Video stills March 2015:2125 Stanley Street

Dear Friends:
As spring turns into summer, we are excited to share the following news with you.  Thank you to all those who supported our sold out performance of 2125 Stanley Street at Amherst College in April, and to the wonderful reception of  at the Dance Hall in Kittery, Maine. We were touched by the rich and varied audience feedback, ranging from an appreciation of "fluid, dynamic, diasporic movement, translating concepts of home and making the piece accessible" to "tactile, sensual, critical, thoughtful, present" to  "the echo of past lives continues to be felt in our bones." 

Saturday, June 6th, 6:30 p.m.  
2125 Stanley Street in New York City

We are delighted to bring our work to Topaz Arts in Queens, NYC.  Did you know more languages are spoken in Queens than in any area of its size in the world?   Take the train to Woodside, come see our show Topaz and grab dinner at SriPraPhai afterwards for delicious Thai food.

Topaz Arts
Saturday June 6th, 6:30 p.m.

55-03 39th Avenue
Woodside, NY
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Free admission. 

To reserve your seat please
This open showing of of 2125 Stanley Street is made possible, in part, by TOPAZ ARTS, Inc. with support from NYS DanceForce with funds from NYSCA Dance Program.  

Labor Day Weekend 2015: Save the Date!
2125 Stanley Street will be adapted for the 2015 Vermont Performance Lab Progressive Performance Festival September 4-6th.  We are so excited to return to VPL, an amazing performance incubator where we first able to develop Stanley Street in an incredible creative residency.

Funded in part by New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

About the work:
2125 Stanley Street is a contemporary dance performance exploring deeply personal notions of home. A rigorous collaboration between dancers/co-creators Dahlia Nayar, Margaret Sunghe Paek and cellist/composer Loren Kiyoshi Dempster (see bios below) the performance adapts as it migrates to various spaces: a studio, a theater, a gallery, a community grange, a buddhist church. We excavate the everyday and the mundane in search of a poetic consciousness, infusing basic tasks with virtuosity and nostalgia, summoning fragmented multilingual memories and lullabies from our childhoods.  Ultimately, 2125 Stanley Street aims to invite the audience into a home that unfolds through movement, sound and intimate exchange, a home that is is both familiar and yet cannot exactly be located.   See a video link for the work here

Special thanks:
Dahlia would like to thank the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Vermont and all the audience members who supported the May 9th performance with Candice Salyers in artist Alisa Dworsky's installation: Motion Line Form 

Special Thanks:  2125 Stanley Street has thus far been supported through residencies with the Vermont Performance Lab,  Bates Dance Festival and is also funded in part by the New England Foundation of the Arts' National Dance Project Special Projects Grant, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  Donations to further support this project can be made here.  For more information, please visit
About the Artists: 
Dahlia Nayar's works have recently been selected for the Venice Biennale/Danza Venezia Showcase for Emerging Choreographers, Dance Place in Washington DC, the 2012 Next Stage Dance Residency at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh, and the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY. In addition, her site specific projects have been performed at the National Botanical Gardens, the Kennedy Center and the Complejo Cultural, in Puebla, Mexico. She was a National Dance Project Regional Dance Lab artist in 2007. From 2008-2010, she received the Jacob Javits Fellowship during which time she received her MFA in Dance/Choreography from Hollins University. She has been a guest artist at Salem State College, College of the Holy Cross, Long Island University in Brooklyn, Marymount Manhattan College, Duke University and Smith College.

Margaret Sunghe Paek is dedicated to collaboration and sees dance as a life practice. She is a Lower Left collective artist ( and is deeply influenced by her relationships with contact improvisation, Ensemble Thinking, Alexander Technique, Barbara Dilley, Nina Martin, Shelley Senter, Dahlia Nayar, Loren Dempster and their daughter. In NYC, Margaret teaches for Movement Research and Manhattanville College, and her work has been presented at the Whitney Museum Biennial 2012, Judson Church, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, and Joyce Soho.

Loren Kiyoshi Dempster uses a combination of computer, electronics, cello and extended techniques to create and perform music. An active chamber musician, composer, and improviser he performs with the Dan Joseph Ensemble, Trio Triticali, and Left Hand Path among many others. Ever interested in the relationship of movement and sound, he has recently performed for choreographers and collaborators Harrison Atelier, Jonah Bokaer, Merce Cunningham, Chris Ferris, Dahlia Nayar, Margaret Paek, and projectLIMB.
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