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Dear Friends:

As summer catapults into fall, we are excited to share the following news and upcoming performances.

2015 Vermont Performance Lab Progressive Festival
We are in residence this week with the Vermont Performance Lab, adapting 2125 Stanley Street for the Dianich Gallery.  Performances this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend alongside two other exciting festival works that take the audience on a choreographed walking tour of Brattleboro and a sci-fi hybrid theater work. More information here.  

VPL's Progressive Performance Festival is made possible with funding support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Vermont Arts Council, the Samara Fund, and VPL's Creation Fund donors, and media sponsorship from The Commons.
2015 Award:  Best of Stage And Screen
2125 Stanley Street was selected by Down East Magazine for its 2015 Best of Stage and Screen category: "In April, The Dance Hall in Kittery hosted Maine’s most compelling recent dance performance. Dancers in Dahlia Nayar’s 2125 Stanley Street gorgeously explore domesticity and notions of home using mops, laundry, and other domestic props in beautiful and unexpected ways..." Our thanks again to Drika Overton and the Dance Hall for hosting us.

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.

Save the Dates for upcoming performances this fall by these amazing fellow artists:

October 2nd and 3rd, 2015: Sara Smith shares her new work Florence Rice Hitchcock and the Theory of the Soft Earth at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, Massachusetts, more info here.

October 29th, 2015: Candice Salyers performs A History of Levitation II at the Redfern Arts Center in Keene, New Hampshire, more information here.

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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