Interdisciplinary Performance Tour:
A collective of interdisciplinary artists from throughout Vermont came together to offer an immersive performance tour throughout the Horsford Gardens and Nursery grounds. Live music, poetry, dance, performance. September 11 & 12, 2021 at Charlotte, VT.
Excoriate the Morning Glory
Poetry: Mathew Clouser
Mathew Clouser’s work is concerned with mischief and fragility, reading poems from his work in progress entitled Excoriate the Morning Glory.
Nicole Dagesse/Murmurations Dance
What is the tug of the gut, that pulls you back or drags you forward? As you weave your life, can you trace back the trail? How far does it go, and what do you find there? Investigations of root, lineage, and place create the score for this duet of rope and human.
Dance: Neva Cockrell
Vocals: Raphael Sacks
Transformation is inevitable. Change is happening, more change is coming. The stretching and discomfort has begun, at some point the pain will increase, as will the magic and wild unknowable life force within. One will become two. Two will become three. How can we meet the transformation of our lives? What is there in the moments just before (re)birth?
E is for Everything I am Feeling Right Now
Jessie Owens and Matt LaRocca: Contemporary Dance and Music
Channeling the emotions that drive us on a daily basis, E is for Everything I am Feeling Right Now is inspired by the good, the bad, the ordinary, the beautiful, the ugly, and more. Every single thing. All of it.
See What Is Not Said
Dance: Hanna Satterlee
Original Music: “Kingsbury Branch” by Otto Muller
Performed by TURNmusic
Recorded by Up North Mixing
“Kingsbury Branch,” a project in listening to place. It began with a series of field recordings from throughout the Kingsbury Branch watershed in central Vermont, and using a range of techniques, Otto transcribed melodies and harmonies from these source recordings, creating a suite of eight movements for clarinet, trombone, viola, contrabass, and digital playback. By pairing this abstract artistic content with site-based movement, this performance is an invitation for the audience to become the author. Place your own feeling into the why of the work, the how of the body, the mix of the sound, the change over time. What does this dance, in this moment, in this place mean to you? Sound becomes dance, becomes sight, becomes feeling. While holding multiplicity, how do we each make meaning?
Completely original archival body solo
Dance and Voice: Taylor Zappone:
Music: Open Mike Eagle
This is a work in progress designed to explore my body as a library of movement.
My Body as the Topic Coming Around Again // Vol 1 (Land)
Direction: Rebecca Pappas
Dance Performers: Ellen Smith Ahern, Taylor Zappone
How do we know what we know about our bodies and their right to take up space? How has dance training taught us about beauty, freedom, and the land we occupy? What has been ignored? This duet for outside space considers the ground we stand on and the impossible task of naming, seeing and indexing all the overlapping histories of a site.
Combining her training in Modern Dance, Contact Improvisation, and Aerial Dance, Nicole Dagesse is a site artist who approaches choreography with inquisitive play and rigorous movement research. She is the artistic Director of Murmurations LLC, an aerial dance studio and a site dance company in Burlington, Vt. Nicole’s role as mother is central to her understanding of movement and body, and her children are two of her greatest artistic collaborations.
Mathew Clouser (he/him/they/them) is a poet living in Vermont where he attended NECI and Goddard College. He is the author of the poetry collections Dereliction Omnibus and Who Do You Think Works Here? His chapbook Your Toes in Death’s Mouth was a semifinalist for the 2021 Tomaž Šalamun Prize.
Neva Cockrell is a dancer, director, and choreographer who uses dance-theater as a tool for social change. She joined Pilobolus in 2016 and began serving as Dance Captain in 2017. With Pilobolus she has toured to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, China, Mexico, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai. In 2010 she co-founded her own interdisciplinary company, Loom Ensemble, and has toured new work and taught in US, Europe, and UAE. In addition to touring the world as a performer and director, Neva runs the Art Monastery, an artist collective and contemplative community in Vermont. She has been teaching embodiment practices for over a decade, including opening Physique 57’s first international studio in Dubai and developing her own movement technique, Catalyst Training.
Raphael Sacks, (he/they) is a voice and theater artist from NYC, and co-director of Loom Ensemble. Outside Loom, Raphael currently works with Constellation Chor (Lincoln Center, NY Philharmonic, Judson Church); and Sandglass Theater (as a performer and Music Director of “Babylon: Journeys of Refugees”) Other performance credits include English National Opera London, Art Monastery Italia, and in NYC at Lincoln Center with Urban Research Theatre, BAM with Meredith Monk, and La MaMa with Loom. www.RaphaelSacks.com
Jessie Owens and Matt LaRocca have been creating and performing together since 2016. Their collaborations include Inside Out Side In, an evening length performance in 2017, They Say a Lady Was the Cause of It, a contemporary dance opera in 2020, and Bread and Dance, an annual site-specific experience at Brot Bakehouse School and Kitchen. Jessie Owens is a performing artist, choreographer, and the owner/practitioner at Fulcrum Massage and Bodywork. Matt LaRocca is a composer, performer, and educator. He works as the creative chair of the Vermont Symphony and teaches composition and theory at UVM.
Hanna Satterlee creates performance experiences and conceptual artworks for stage, site and film. Hanna holds degrees and certifications in dance therapy, psychology, performance, choreography, vinyassa/yin/restorative yoga, non-profit management and arts integration. Hanna shares these passions as an intergenerational educator, interdisciplinary performer + collaborator, experimental curator and event producer. Hanna is the founder of the Vermont Dance Alliance and is as passionate for the form of dance as she is in connecting people to it.
Otto Muller is a composer, educator, and interdisciplinary artist, whose work employs installation, participatory performance, hybrid poetics, and delicately crafted chamber music to interrogate the dynamics of place, grief, and complicity, and create temporary spaces for shared reflection. His concert music has been performed internationally by Duo Stump-Linshalm, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Formosa Quartet, the Slee Sinfonietta, and other ensembles at festivals including Tzlil Meudcan (Israel), Zvuk i Vryska (Bulgaria), June in Buffalo (USA), and Klangraum (Germany), and has been funded through the Vermont Creation Grant, the New York New Music Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Muller received his PhD at the University at Buffalo, and has studied with David Felder, Amy Williams, Amnon Wolman, Chaya Czernowin, and Steve Takasugi. He teaches at Northern Vermont University and is also the co-founder of the BFA program in Socially Engaged Art at Goddard College. His research includes publications on noise aesthetics, rural sound practices, and critical arts pedagogy.
Taylor Zappone is a dancer, choreographer, teaching artist and poet who has been based in Connecticut for 2 years. A Waterbury native, Taylor is thrilled to be back dancing and advocating for the arts in her home state. After receiving her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2017, she spent a year as a freelance dancer and choreographer in New York City. There she performed and presented some of her own work at several venues in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Since returning to Connecticut, Taylor has been lucky enough to work with the Judy Dworin Performance Project, Peter Kyle, and Rebecca Pappas. She is eagerly looking forward to her first season as a Resident Artist with The Dance Collective.
Rebecca Pappas makes dances that excavate the body as an archive for personal and social memory. Her work has toured nationally and internationally and she has received residencies from Yaddo and Djerassi, and funding from the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Mellon Foundation. In 2021 she is a CT Office of the Arts Fellow. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
Ellen Smith Ahern has been dancing with the VT community since 2009, collaborating with Lida Winfield, Pauline Jennings, Hanna Satterlee, Hannah Dennison and other wonderful, local artists. Based now in the Upper Valley, she also performs with CT artists, Rebecca Pappas and Taylor Zappone. She is honored to get to share this performance opportunity with Rebecca and Taylor, connecting artists and audiences across a wider swath of New England.