The 4th Annual Southern Vermont Dance Festival is preparing to celebrate the breadth and beauty of movement with a four-day schedule of classes, performances, community events, and more in Brattleboro on July 14-17. Preparing the way is “MOVEMENT 2016,” a multi-venue installation of twenty-two exhibits featuring “movement-inspired art of all kinds.” Beginning on Gallery Walk Friday, July 1, and continuing throughout the month, these venues are showing work by sixteen artists who celebrate movement and dance in paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and more—some work will be available for sale.
The Southern Vermont Dance Festival was birthed out of the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene and the Brooks House Fire, and has an equal focus on promoting the arts and art excellence, and being an economic driver for the community. Brenda Lynn Siegel, Executive and Artistic Director of the Festival, has a degree in choreography from Hampshire College and has worked as a choreographer, performer, and dance teacher locally, throughout New England, and further afield. While Modern Dance is her specialty, she also teaches Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Belly Dance, and Astanga Yoga, and for a dozen years has run a popular Break Dance camp for local youth. Seeing the need for a consistent and concerted effort to revive and help sustain the local economy, she decided to concentrate her effort where she knew best and in the community with which she was most familiar
Siegel knew that dancers would come, that they would shop and eat, and would be excited about Brattleboro’s downtown community. And she knew that she could excite the community about dance. The benefits of a dance festival would be for everyone: “Performances would involve world-renowned choreographers, dancers, and faculty from around the globe to teach classes and perform. There would be ticketed galas, receptions, and informal concerts. There would be community events completely free to the public, thus inviting people to spend a weekend in Brattleboro, and classes for everyone from the person who has never set foot in a dance studio to the well-established professional. There would be something for everyone.” This festival would make Brattleboro a dance hub and attract people throughout the year to vacation, see dance, see theater, and enjoy art exhibits.
New to this year’s festival is a Black Tie BBQ at Rudyard Kipling’s home, Naulakha, in nearby Dummerston, complete with a promenade performance! Only 50 tickets will be sold for this special evening. Performances this season will take place at the Latchis Theater, the newly renovated Stone Church, Naulakha, and other sites in and around the community. The festival will also host some major players in the dance world including our very own Mucuy Bolles, former dancer with Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and owner of Brattleboro’s Three Stones Restaurant—in addition to Dances by Isadora, The Wondertwins, Adrienne Hawkins, and more!.
In its 4th season, SVDF has launched an ambitious capital campaign to raise $200,000 over the next seven months to establish itself as a sustainable organization. The festival has grown, and in order to continue to serve both the dance community and the local economy, it needs full-time staff. This financial goal will support two complete years of the festival, three modest full-time salaries, and a fair stipend for the choreographers who show their work. As Siegel points out, “It is no longer a one-woman job. In order to have the capacity to successfully market the festival and apply for the right grants, we must match our outstanding growth with economic means. It is important for the local business community to support the arts and for artists to think about how their events affect the economy. When we all stand together and support each other, we all succeed.”
Southern Vermont Dance Festival has made its focus one of driving the local economy, and this year it is asking the community to give back, to say loudly and clearly that it wants SVDF to continue this focus on community growth and sustainability. All are welcome to become involved in this year’s festival by giving generously, by volunteering, or even by hosting an artist. To purchase a festival pass or tickets to the galas, check out SVDF’s brand-new website at www.southernvermontdancefestival.com, and get in touch by email at email@example.com. Be sure to get your tickets and passes early!
This year’s multi-venue exhibits not only offer a reason for folks to explore the downtown but also present movement through different mediums, once again showing that dance is for absolutely everyone. “Movement is the essence of our being, and we all have some form of movement within us—it’s about finding the movement that allows us to feel free,” says Siegel. Explore and enjoy!
The Marina Restaurant
28 Spring Tree Rd. (Down behind 464 Putney Rd. – where the West River meets the Connecticut)
The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14-17) presents the Movement 2016 exhibit “A Community of Movement”—six photographs by Diane Sharp and Annie Macy show the streets of downtown Brattleboro coming alive with dancers taking flight.
This casual waterfront eatery with sunset view is open daily 11:30-10, Sun. Brunch served 10-1.
Riverfront at Depot Street
26 Depot St. (behind the BMAC)
Exhibit info: (802) 258-1574
Evie Lovett, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening July 1 during Gallery Walk are installations of the NEA-funded public art project From the River, To the River by Elizabeth Billings, Evie Lovett and Andrea Wasserman. Relax on the new granite benches, view “River Portrait”—a 25’x8′ photo collage.
Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery
36 Bridge St.
The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (SVDF) presents Movement 2016: “Images from the 2nd Annual Festival,” 17 photographic highlights of the 2014 Festival by Diane Sharp, Ted Thomas, and Jeffrey Lewis. Depicting the complete abandon that dance can offer, these images from around town and photos from the stage feature local movers and teachers with guests from all over the country. The Whetstone offers inspired food, local craft beers, and specialty drinks in a picturesque waterfront location with free parking. Lunch and dinner daily 11:30-10, Fri.-Sat. till 11.
Superfresh! Organic Café
30 Main St.
The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (SVDF) presents the Movement 2016 exhibit “Bodies in Motion” by Virginia Driscoll. Created in an active style of painting, these 15 forms move through the space of the canvas often representing bodies moving through their environments. Driscoll studied intermedia arts at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Her work has been displayed at Launchpad Gallery, Woman Tree Gallery, and Switchyard Studios, among other venues in Portland, Oregon.
Hours: Mon. & Wed. 10-4, Thurs. 10-9, Fri. & Sat. 10-10, Sun. 10-9; closed Tues.
River Rock Collective
51 Main St. (lower-level entry on Arch St.)
The Movement 2016 exhibit “Human Movement Encased in Glass” by Zachary Grace. These blown-glass vessels were inspired by the human form in motion. This exhibit opens the 2nd week in July and will remain open through the rest of the month.
Open daily 10-7.
In-Sight Photography Project
45 Flat St., Ste. 1
The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14-17) presents the Movement 2016 exhibit “NYCB Principals at the Latchis” by Jeff Lewis, who took photographs of four principal dancers from the New York City Ballet performing at the Latchis Theater in April 2015 as a fundraiser for the Southern Vermont Dance Festival. This is a snapshot in time when the grace and precision of the New York City Ballet came to Brattleboro! Lewis captures these elite dancers at the top of their field. The In-Sight Photography Project empowers youth through photography, regardless of ability to pay. Call the office or visit online for more info.
Latchis Hotel & Arts Complex
50 Main St.
The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14-17) presents two related Movement 2016 exhibits at the Latchis.
A. LATCHIS GALLERY: “The Motion of Emotion: Part 1” by Siiri Lane. Colorful and intense, beautiful and calming, like the emotions they evoke, these smaller-size recent paintings are inviting in their femininity. Lane earned her degree in Fine Arts at Bennington College.
B. MAIN THEATRE: “The Motion of Emotion: Part 2” by Siiri Lane. These larger-format works are from an earlier period and exhibit a different aspect of Lane as an artist and a person moving through life. Open July 1, 5:30-6:30, during movie showings, and by appt.
C. HOTEL LOBBY: Featured are sculptures, mostly in wood, by Herb Hayes, who began this work in earnest on a Newfane farm after retiring from his job as an executive at United Technologies Corp.
Installations of the NEA-funded public art project “From the River, To the River” by Elizabeth Billings, Evie Lovett and Andrea Wasserman. “River Wall,” a kinetic sculpture on the parking garage, evokes water patterns. Imagery of community members and water are combined in the video “Projected Water.” At 6 pm, Town officials and artists welcome the community on site.
Restless Rooster Café & Coffee Bar
134 Elliot St.
The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14-17) presents the Movement 2016 exhibit “Color and Movement” by Clare Adams. 5 works from this exhibit are also on display at Latchis Theatre Gallery “My new work celebrates the joy of dance and the excitement the Festival brings to Brattleboro. These monotypes were made on her antique etching press, which has recently been moved to my new studio in Saxtons River. Using figurative stencils and multiple color layers, I overlaid positive and negative forms to create a sense of movement and spontaneity.”—www.clareadamsart.com.
Open daily 7-2, serving Breakfast & Brunch till 1 weekdays, 2 on weekends.
The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14-17) presents the Movement 2016 exhibit “Move, Breathe, Feel” by Zachary Stephens. Movement, gesture, and form work in conjunction with the camera in these images of dancers from Luminz Studio, creating a lyrical visual narrative. A collaboration with Aurora Corsano, the images capture several years of dancers telling their stories and expressing themselves through dance and movement. A photographer and educator, Stephens is program director at In-Sight Photography Project and photojournalism instructor at Landmark College—www.photozach.com. Zach’s work has appeared in many major newspapers and magazines and has also been shown in several New England galleries.
The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14-17) presents the Movement 2016 exhibit “The Essence of Humanity” by abstract visual artist Richard Ray. His fresh and thought-provoking images, coupled with poetry, show that dance as an art is the soul of humanity. Ray captures the movement and essence of each piece by layering abstract work into his photographs. Images by Ray can also be seen throughout July at the Moore Free Library gallery in Newfane. The café uses fresh, local and organic ingredients.
Open Tues.-Sat. 11:30-8, till 8:30 for Gallery Walk.
Headroom Stages Galleria
17 Elliot St., 2nd floor
The Southern Vermont Dance Festival presents three Movement 2016 exhibits: “Costumes For Dance,” “Anxiety in Motion,” and “Photographs of India”…. Ege Cordell designed costumes for Brattleboro School of Dance and Brenda Lynn Siegel for many years. Six of her costumes are displayed with corresponding photographs showing the costumes’ motion when put to work…. “Anxiety In Motion” depicts the art of choreography as dancers work through movement to create a piece that gets the audience to understanding what anxiety is, how it feels, and what it does to us when we feel it…. Jessica Callahan Gelter is exhibiting “Photographs from India,” where color and movement are found at every turn. Also showing, on Gallery Walk night only, are Interactive Kinetic Wire Sculptures by Zebediah Galipeau that will be moved to Brattleboro Savings & Loan for most of July.
Brink Gallery at Brattleboro Printmakers
20 Elliot St.
(603) 313-7569 – Leigh
Go through gate & downstairs
Virginia Driscoll. Based in Bellows Falls, Driscoll is an actor and visual artist whose work celebrates dance and the fleeting interaction of coming together and escape. She paints with acrylic and mixed media on paper or canvas.
Gallery Hours: Fri. 5-8, Sat. & Sun. 11-4, and by appointment.
Mocha Joe’s Café
82 Main St.
The Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14-17) presents the Movement 2016 exhibit “Images of 2015’s 3rd Annual SVDF,” a collection of 16 photographs by Paxton Angell and Annie Macy. Highlighting gala performances, informal concerts, classes, and community events, this exhibit captures the essence of SVDF’s motto “Where Movement Meets CommunityStop by during the Walk and all month for a sip of Joe, locally baked treats, and a view of the photos.
Vermont Artisan Designs
106 Main St.
Featured in July are new paintings by Paul G. Stone and by Nance Driscoll. In addition, the Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14-17) presents the Movement 2016 exhibit “Symmagery on Yoga Mats” by Tara Gordon, who photographs nature up close and uses mirror-imaging to create her Symmagery products. Tara’s goal is to aid users in aligning themselves with the world in body, mind, and spirit. Gallery A portion of sales of featured artists’ work goes to the Groundworks Collaborative. Visit online or stop by 7 days to see work by over 300 artists and craftspeople.
Gallery in the Woods & Dante’s Infurniture
145 Main St.
In Gallery 1, Eric Boyer is showing “Convergence: Sensuous Sculpture from Wire Mesh,” one of the Movement 2016 exhibits sponsored by the Southern Vermont Dance Festival (July 14-17). Skilled in life drawing and exposed to classical Greek sculpture, Boyer creates carefully wrought torsos and geometric vessels collected internationally. Open daily 11-5:30.
Penelope Wurr: Glass & Gifts
167 Main St.
The Southern Vermont Dance Festival presents a Movement 2016 exhibit by Penelope Wurr. These etchings, lithographs, and photographs were produced during her postgraduate year at Central School of Art in London and were inspired by Penelope’s London photos in the early ’80s. “The Dance Center” and “Her Reflection” series were shown in a Royal Academy of Arts summer exhibition. (See Festival article and SVDF website.) Also on display is Penelope’s Fine Contemporary Glass, as well as fine jewelry, an exceptional array of cards, personal accessories, and furnishings for home and garden. Open Mon.-Sat. 10-6 (often late on Fri.), Sun. 11-6.
Key Bank Window
185 Main St.
The Southern Vermont Dance Festival presents the Movement 2016 exhibit “SVDF Through the Years.” This exhibit of images from the Southern Vermont Dance Festival include three photographs taken by Jeff Lewis, Annie Macy and Kiqe Bosch that show SVDF’s evolution. In addition to these images, the display presents details of this year’s Festival and shows its growth in progress over time. See where the Festival has come from and where it is heading!
Brattleboro Savings & Loan
221 Main St.
The Southern Vermont Dance Festival presents two Movement 2016 exhibits: “Images of an Inaugural Festival” by Kiqe Bosch and “Interactive Kinetic Wire Sculpture” by Zebediah Galipeau…. Bosch’s 13 black-and-white images from the 2013 Festival celebrate the variety of movement presented in SVDF’s first season. Bosch captured the joy of movement and the intimacy of the mover…. Galipeau’s kineti wire sculptures require observer interaction to realize their movement and reveal how their individual elements, when united, achieve a singular goal. During Gallery Walk on July 1, they will be displayed at Headroom Stages and then move to BS&L. On July 16 & 17, they will be at The River Garden and then return again to the bank.