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Images from Traces: an interactive post-performance exhibit at the Thorne-Sagendorph Gallery, Keene State College Feb-March 2017. Photos courtesy of A. Halliday.
Dear Friends: 

Wishing you a renewal of hope and energy this Spring.  Please find our recent and upcoming news below.  Our work would not be possible without Support for the Arts.
With gratitude,

Keene, NH:

We are so grateful to the Redfern Arts Center and Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College for our February residency.  We appreciated the opportunities to guest teach the Studio Art students, Dance Department, Music Department and Communication Departments in addition to performing and creating a post-performance interactive exhibit Traces in the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery.

Summer 2017:
Dahlia, Loren and Margaret are thrilled be in residence this summer at Links Hall in Chicago.  We will be working on our next piece, "from" (working title), as part of Links' Summer Intensive series Co-mission.  Continuing our investigation into belonging and non-belonging, deeply personal histories, and our nation’s current and recurring debates over bans, building walls and keeping the “other” out, we ask, "How can we offer destabilizing notions of identity to a world that historically prefers to categorize, reduce, capture, pigeon-hole? Can we be in the presence of the unfamiliar without needing to name it? Can we recognize the unfamiliar as an extension of ourselves? Can the concept of “from” be placeless, inclusive, evade assumptions and vibrate with potential?”

Fall Tour Dates 2017:
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.

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

Collaborator News: 

NYC Danspace:
On March 26th, Dahlia was honored to join an incredible cast of dancers to perform in Margaret Sunghe Paek's powerful work "Resident Artists: Re-Assembled", as part of Danspace Food for Thought series, curated by Nami Yamamoto.  

Middlebury College, Vermont
April 29-30th, 8 p.m. Middelbury College Natatorium: Composer Loren Kiyoshi Dempster has been composing an exciting new underwater score for choreographer Gabriel Forestieri's Breathe. 

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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