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News Choreographer Shannon Hummel Brings Contemporary Dance to Marlboro College

Marlboro, VT— Artistic director and choreographer Shannon Hummel and her company, Cora Dance, will enrich Marlboro College with their talents for a week in late October.

Marlboro is collaborating with the Vermont Performance Lab to bring Brooklyn-based Hummel and Cora Dance to Marlboro’s campus for an artistic residency, during which the dancers will develop a new work, inspired by the music of Richard Einhorn’s “Voices of Light” and explores the extremes of brutality and tenderness in relationships.

Hummel’s works are vivid explorations of the human condition that lay bare the emotional underpinnings of movement. Her work has been commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop and Dixon Place among others and has appeared in many venues, including the Huntington Arts Festival, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, James Madison University, Rhode Island College and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

During the residency there will be opportunities for the community to get a glimpse of Hummel’s work and her artistic process. Hummel will offer a master class in modern dance on Thursday, October 25 from 4-5:20 PM in the Serkin Center dance studio. The class is free, but size is limited, and priority will be given to Marlboro students, and students of the Windham County Career Center Performing Arts Program. Contact Professor Kristin Horrigan at802-258-9278 to register for the class.

For younger performers, Hummel will be offering a free performance workshop on Wednesday, October 24th from 3:30-5PM for students in grades 5-8 at the Marlboro Elementary School. To register please contact Lisa Hecht at the Marlboro After school Program: 802-246-6277.

Marlboro College and Vermont Performance Lab will co-present an informal showing on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 at 8PM at the Serkin Center for the Performing Arts. The evening will feature both finished and works in-progress performed by members of Cora Dance followed by a “Talk Back.” The public is invited to attend but space is very limited. Reservations may be made by email at VPL.reservations@gmail.com or by calling 802-348-7967.

The upcoming dance residency with Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance is the second residency co-hosted by Marlboro College and Vermont Performance Lab since 2006.

The partnership between Marlboro and Vermont Performance Lab to host dance residencies grew out of a mutual interest in supporting creativity. The work at the College between students and faculty has creativity at its core and this resonates with VPL's mission is to support the creative process of artists working in contemporary music and dance.

When VPL's Director of Dance Projects, Sara Coffey, was incubating the idea of starting up a residency program in Southern Vermont, she turned to her former professor of dance, Dana Holby, for advice. Holby was influential informing the partnership between VPL and Marlboro College. They started slowly, Coffey invited artists to the area for a brief pre-residency visits,which often included teaching a master class, workshop or a discussion around dance at the College. Dance artists who have visited the campus have been inspired by Marlboro's unique approach to learning and its stimulating environment. The residencies are a win-win: through the dance residencies college students have access to professional artists and the dance-making process and dance artists who are working in urban areas have access to a state-of-the-art dance studio in an inspiring and pastoral setting.

For more details, visit VPL’s website: www.vermontperformancelab.com and click on “Residencies”or “Events” or call Lisa Christensen in the Marlboro College Public Affairs office at (802) 258-9259or log on to our Web site www.marlboro.edu and click on the “About” and “News”links.

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