A Sense of Place: Celebrating a Creative Community
6pm-7pm Art Show and Picnic
7:15pm Dance Concert Begins
9pm Contra-Dance with music by Alison Aldrich, Called by John Bolster

NOTE: This dance concert celebrates the space of the Robin Hood Park Amphitheater. The audience will need to travel throughout the space to see the dances. Please refer to your program, and follow the instructions of the ushers between pieces.

1. GPS (a work in progress)
Choreographed and conceived by Paula Aarons in collaboration with the dancers
Music: Albert Mathias, Einsturzende Neubauten
Performance: Paula Aarons, Gretchen Carmel, Noah Carmel, Aurora Corsano, Elle Gantt, Megan Geer, Amy Gershfield, Angelica Falcinelli, Mike Mattil, Val Snowdon, Emily Villeaneuve, Tasha Warshaw & Zoe Warshaw

2. Hide & Speak
Choreography: Angie Muzzy
Music: Mogwai, Belanescu Quartet
Performance: Jessica Howard, Ali McRae, Becky Midler & Nina Robinson-Poole

3. Excerpt from To Tell “a dandelion effect”
Choreography and Peformance: Becky Midler
Music: Ceilizemer,  Mary Hopkins

4. EveryBody Dances: A Community Dance Experience

“Humans, even nomadic ones, need a sense of home.  Home need not be one place or any place at all, but every home has two essential elements: a sense of community and, even more important, a history.” – Eric Weiner, The Geography of Bliss

Choreography: Jessica Howard, Cindi L’Abbe and dancers
Music: David Ross (samples: Set Fire to Flames, Dave Brubeck, voices and text: dancers)
Performance: Laina Barakat, Ali McRae, Angie Muzzy, Matthew Ragan, Lisa Rogers, Madeleine Sepe, Val Snowdon, Michael Soldati & Nic Tremblay
Set Design: Laina Barakat, Derek Crowe & Chris Engle

5. Dirt: this is my body
Choreography: Cindi L’Abbe
Text: Cindi L’Abbe & Carrie Kidd
Music: David Ross
Performance: Becky Midler & Hannah Whitley

6. Nothing Left but Love
By: Michael Soldati
Soundscore: Michael Soldati
“Nothing Left but Love” is a three part dance/theatre experience that explores the act of creative destruction through the loss of the Soldati family home, the grieving process and how to move beyond tragedy.
The audience is invited to take part in the second and third parts of this experience.
NOTE: The Performer may give you a hug.

7. 2.4 Time Enough
Choreography: Stephanie Ritchie Logan and dancers
Music: The Magnetic Fields
Performance: Cindi L’Abbe, Becky Midler & Val Snowdon

Among the many talented local artists and dancers presenting work at A Sense of Place on July 24 (see that tab up there? Click it!) is Paula Aarons. We’re very excited and honored to have her work presented at the event, and for good reason:

Performing many solo roles, Paula Aarons toured worldwide with the
Nikolais Dance Theater and completed a number of New York City
seasons in conjunction with The Murray Louis Dance Company. In
addition to Nikolais, Paula has also had the pleasure of working with
Pearson Widrig Dance Theatre, Susan Hefner and Dancers, Jerry
Pearson, Mimi Garrard, and Gerald Otte. Most recently she completed
her MFA through Hollins University and the American Dance Festival and
has been on faculty at Dickinson College for the past two years. In
addition to her MFA Paula also received her M.Ed. from Antioch New
England with her thesis work done in India. She then spent the next 6
years teaching in public schools. In 2001, she left the classroom and
began doing residency work and formed a pick up group called Short
Ladies Dance that performed for two years. She served as Program
Director for Creative Arts at Keene at MOCO Arts where she also taught
modern dance and choreographed for musical theater for many years. In
addition, she was also the Program Director of The Academy of Art and
Design, a school of choice program at Monadnock Regional High School.
She has been an adjunct faculty member at Antioch New England
Graduate School and at Keene State College designing courses that
integrate dance and art into educational models. At the present time
Paula is set to be on faculty at Marlboro College in the fall, is actively
pursuing certification in Pilates and is creating new dance works for her
new pick up company, ReGroup Dance, that address social political
issues.

Come check out Paula’s newest work, which explores community and reactions to the environmental toll of the recent BP Oil Spill. The work is site adaptive (as is most of the A Sense of Place event) and allows the audience to connect on many levels.