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Dear Friends: 

We wish you peace, safety and sanity in the new year.   We continue to tour 2125 Stanley Street, across the country in 2017 and hope you can join us at one of the performances listed below.

Recent: Chicago
In October we kicked off our NDP-supported residency and performance tour in Chicago.  We are so grateful to Links Hall, A-Squared Theater Workshop, Storycatchers, the Chicago Dancemakers Forum and High Concept Laboratories, and generous audience members.

Next: Upcoming Tour Dates 2017:

February 9,10,11th, 2017: Redfern Arts Center/Thorne Sagendorph Gallery at Keene State College

October 13, 14 15th, 2017, The Wriston Galleries at Lawrence University presented by the Conservatory of Music, Appleton, Wisconsin

October 21st, 2017 Joint Conference of the Congress on Research in Dance and Society of Dance History Scholars at The Ohio State University, Urban Arts Space

November 3, 2017 Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

November 4th 2017, Bowdoin College, New Brunswick, Maine

We are grateful for the 2016-17 NDP Touring Award, which has enabled  us to continue to adapt the project to new spaces and reach new audiences. Our tour includes performances in a variety of spaces, and residency activities including master classes/workshops with dance/art/film/music departments, conversations on themes of diaspora and cultural hybridity, on belonging and non-belonging. 

To inquire about bringing this work or supporting future works at your campus, venue or institution, please contact our Touring Coordinator, Jane Forde

As an extension of Stanley Street's theme on belonging and non-belonging and makeshift homes, a portion of the proceeds of our tour will be going Refuge Point, in support of the organization's efforts to resettle more than 10,000 refugees a year.  

With gratitude,

About the work:
2125 Stanley Street is a contemporary dance performance exploring deeply personal notions of home. Dancers/co-creators Dahlia Nayar, Margaret Sunghe Paek and cellist/composer Loren Kiyoshi Dempster (see bios below) adapt the work 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. Named "Best of Stage and Screen" 2015 by Downeast Magazine, Stanley Street is a recipient of the National Dance Project Touring Award for 2016-17 . See a video link for the work 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 and the National Dance Project Touring Award with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment of the Arts.  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 and Jacob Javits Fellowship recipient.  She holds an MFA in Dance/Choreography from Hollins University and 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 among others. She is a 2016 recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Choreography and recently relocated to the Los Angeles area.

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
The practice of teaching is integral to her creative process, and Margaret has been a movement educator for over twenty years. In 2015, Margaret accepted a position teaching dance in the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University.

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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