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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:37 am 

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News Release
Contact: Nina J Berger,, 617-971-9340

Cutting-edge contemporary dance festival presents all-Boston-premiere season
featuring the 2007, 2008 & 2009 recipients of the Summer Stages Dance/Baryshnikov
Arts Center Residency Project

(Concord, MA) - Amy Spencer and Richard Colton, founders and artistic directors of
Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy, have announced the 2009 Meet the Artist
Performance Series,
featuring faculty and resident choreographers from this acclaimed
summer dance festival performing their work and
participating in conversations with the audience. Highlighting the
2009 season is Summer Stages continuing partnership with the
Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) with presentations of the 2007, 2008 and
2009 Summer Stages Dance/BAC Residency Project recipients at
Concord Academy and The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. The Meet
the Artist performances give audiences the chance to meet today’s
leading contemporary choreographers in an intimate and informal
setting. The New York Times calls it "intelligent and thought-provoking," and The
Boston Globe says "the Summer Stages Dance festival always packs a punch with
stellar guest artists."

Richard Termine

Armitage Gone! Dance

Ligeti Essays, The Watteau Duets and excerpt from Mashup
“Fiercely pure….Armitage follows a path cleared by George
Balanchine…” Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice

Thursday July 9 at 8pm

Performing Arts Center at Concord Academy

$25, Students/seniors $15

Opening this year's festival will be three works of edgy classicism that span three
decades of Karole Armitage’s career. Ligeti Essays
(2007) is a suite of concise, jewel-like movements choreographed to
music by the great Hungarian composer György Ligeti. Armitage's
now-classic The Watteau Duets (1985), explores the different stages of a pas de deux
in dance… and in life. The work is set to music by David Linton
performed live by the explosive keyboard- and-drum duo TALIBAM! In an excerpt from
her newest work, Mashup, Armitage continues to push and
play with classical vocabulary and explore a new era of contemporary
dance. Inspired by the work of French Situationist philosopher Guy
Debord, especially his The Society of the Spectacle, the piece is set to an original
score by Daniel Iglesia's that combines Mozart's 1779 Sinfonia Concertante with punk
classics by X-Ray Spex.

George Lange Photography

Nell Breyer/Alissa Cardone/Lorraine Chapman/Bronwen MacArthur

The Disappearing Woman

Summer Stages Dance/Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency Project 2008

Saturday July 11 at 7:30pm
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

100 Northern Avenue, Boston

$25, $15 for ICA members and students/seniors

For tickets visit or call the ICA box office at

The World Premiere of a new media/movement collaboration by New England
dance artists and choreographers Nell Breyer, Aliisa Cardone, Lorraine
Chapman and Browen MacArthur will examines the "disappearing woman"
through choreographic and media elements. The
piece was commissioned and developed by Summer Stages Dance, in
association with the Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Institute of
Contemporary Art/Boston, the Regional Dance Development Initiative of
the New England Foundation for the Arts, and Vermont Performance Lab.

ShaLeigh Comerford

Chris Elam/Misnomer Dance Theater

Being Together

Summer Stages Dance/Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency Project 2007

true original, Mr. Elam is one of the most individualistic of modern
dance voices today.” Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times

Thursday July 16 at 8pm
Performing Arts Center at Concord Academy

166 Main Street, Concord
$25, $15 students/seniors

Whether creating dance for film, the web, installations or the
stage, Misnomer is daring, inventive, and unpredictable. Being
Together continues Misnomer’s history of collaborating with renowned
composers, featuring original music by Bang on a Can All-star’s Evan
Ziporyn. Known for its improbable partnering and unique movement
language, Misnomer offers an evening of curious encounters, outrageous
undertakings and transformative dance.
the company’s innovative off-stage efforts to find new ways of
connecting, the three dances comprising Being Together — Too Late Tulip,
Rock.Paper.Flock. and Zipper
— are themselves about the nuances and complexities of human
interaction: our quest to connect, understand and be understood. The
new work has been developed over the past year through awarded
residencies and commissions from Summer Stages Dance, Baryshnikov Arts
Center, NYU’s Skirball Center and The Yard.

David Parker & The Bang Group

A 10th Anniversary Celebration at Summer Stages Dance
“Parker’s dancers have vivid dramatic presence, and spot-on timing.”

—Karen Campbell, the Boston Globe

Thursday July 23 at 8pm
Arts Center,
166 Main Street, Concord
$25, $15 students/seniors

David Parker & The Bang Group will offer a special event this
summer to celebrate their tenth annual season at Summer Stages Dance.
Artistic relationships of this depth are rare and something out of the
ordinary is called for...

Parker and his company will offer a rollicking cabaret-tinged show with
singing, dancing, highlights from the last ten years of shows, and some
on-the-spot choreography bringing the audience into the creative
process itself. Parker will serve as the evening's
hoofing-and-crooning guide spiking the proceedings with stories and
explanations that animate his devotion to dancing and making dance.
This is a luxurious occasion for the Bang Group to reveal how they do
what they do and to open a new kind of dialogue with their beloved
Summer Stages audience.

Special Event

Gabri Christa and Germaul Barnes

Mama etcetera, a site-specific work

Summer Stages Dance/Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency Project 2009

Saturday July 25 from 10am - 3pm
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

100 Northern Avenue, Boston
Free with museum admission

The World Premiere of Mama etcetera, a site-specific dance and film work, by
Gabri Christa and Germaul Barnes that will be specially created for The
Institute of Contemporary Art’s Harborway and The Barbara Lee Family
Foundation Theater.

Choreographers Project Showcase

Featuring new work by Germaul Barnes, and Resident Fellowship Artists

Saturday, July 25 at 8pm

Performing Arts Center at Concord Academy

166 Main Street, Concord
$25, $15 students/seniors

A showcase of new work developed by Summer Stages Dance
Choreographers’ Project Fellows; and
featuring an original piece by dancer/choreographer, and former
principal with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Germaul Barnes,
performed by Summer Stages Workshop participants.

performances at Concord Academy run one hour and end with an additional 15-minute Q&A
with the artists, and are held in the fully
air-conditioned 400-seat Performing Arts Center, except where noted. On
Thursday evenings, audience members may also attend a pre-performance
open rehearsal of a work-in-progress - sometimes held outside on the lawn, weather

Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy is an intensive dance
workshop and festival that has earned a distinctive reputation for its
emphasis on mentorship and on the creation of new work, and for
presenting leading contemporary dance artists in an acclaimed series of
public events. The workshop, July 5-26, takes place in a 2,500 square
foot state-of-the-art dance studio and performance space designed by
award-wining architect Graham Gund on the campus of Concord Academy,
an independent secondary school where the performing ad visual arts are
a central part of the curriculum.

For more information and tickets, visit or call 978-402-2339.


Amy Spencer and Richard Colton, founded and direct
Summer Stages Dance, a nationally renowned dance workshop and
performance series that takes place during July in Concord,
Massachusetts. As performers, their professional careers began in New
York City in the 1970s. Spencer and Colton were members of Twyla Tharp
Dance and the White Oak Dance Project, under the direction of Mikhail
Baryshnikov. Colton was a member of American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey
Ballet, and Spencer was a collaborator/performer with Pilobolus and
Martha Clarke. They served as resident choreographers for American
Repertory Theater for a decade, and founded and directed SPENCER/COLTON
DANCE, a company of dancers and actors they created in 1989. They are
three-time recipients of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Artists
Grant in Choreography for their choreographic work. Their production,
Billy Nijinsky, won Best Production 2002 at the New York International
Fringe Festival, and their adaptation of the novel Einstein’s Dreams
was awarded the Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Award.

have taught both nationally and internationally and have been on the
faculty of the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced
Theater Training at Harvard, The Boston Conservatory and the University
of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. They currently co-direct the dance
program at Concord Academy where Summer Stages is hosted.

Karole Armitage
(Choreographer and Artistic Director, Armitage Gone! Dance) began her
professional career in 1973 as a member of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre
de Genève, Switzerland, a company rooted in the Balanchine aesthetic
and devoted exclusively to his repertory. From 1976–1981 she was a member of the
Merce Cunningham
Dance Company where she danced in leading roles across the globe.
Armitage created her first piece, Ne, in 1978, followed by
Drastic-Classicism in 1981. Throughout the 80s she led her own New
York-based dance company and incorporated the Armitage Ballet in 1985.
In 1984, after a performance of her Watteau Duets
at Dance Theater
Workshop, Mikhail Baryshnikov invited her to create a work for American
Ballet Theatre. In 1987, Rudolph Nureyev asked her to create her fourth
dance for the Paris Opera Ballet. Its success led to many European
commissions. In 1990, Armitage was appointed Director of
MaggioDanza in Florence, Italy, where from 1995 to 1998 she supervised
45 dancers in the classical repertoire and created her own work. From
1999 to 2002 she was the resident choreographer of the Ballet de
Lorraine in France, which toured her work throughout Europe. In 2004,
she made a triumphant return to New York when the Joyce
Theater invited her to create a new ballet. Armitage Gone! Dance was
launched in 2005. In the same year, she served as the Director of the
Venice Biennale Festival of Contemporary Dance. Last spring Armitage
was awarded France’s most prestigious award, Commandeur dans L’ordre
des Arts et des Lettres. Most recently, she created the choreography
for the critically acclaimed revival of the 1960's musical HAIR, directed by
American Repertory Theater's new artistic director Diane Paulus.

Germaul Barnes
is Artistic Director/ Founder of Viewsic Expressions, a multi-media
dance collective, based in Brooklyn, New York. He has showcased his
talents around the world including France, England, Portugal, Spain,
Russia, Germany, Japan, England and Africa. Barnes former dancer with
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company for 9 years, where he received
one of the highest honors in dance the Bessie Award. In 2003, Arts
International Grant helped fostered his continuous anthropology study
in Ghana, West Africa. Barnes teaching experience is extensive, and
includes assisting and demonstrating for the legendary Katherine
Dunham, and serving as an instructor at the University of Illinois at
Urbana- Champaign, Skidmore College, University of Buffalo, Black
College Dance Exchange, Ghana National Dance Theater, Dance Olympus,
Atrack Dance Collective, Cleo Parker Summer Intensive, and the 92nd
Street Y, among many others.

Nell Breyer
is a Research Affiliate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's
Center for Advanced Visual Studies. Nell was an ARM Fellow at Dance
Theater Workshop 2003-2004. Her research explores how we perceive
motion. Her work explores dynamic human histories through daily motion
patterns in public space video installations and live performance.
Breyer received her BA in Art & Humanities [Yale University, 1994],
MsC in Cognitive Neuroscience [Oxford University, 1997], and MS in
Media Arts & Sciences [MIT, 2002]. Breyer’s work, supported by
numerous grants and fellowships, has been presented internationally and
in the United States. “In creating public artwork, I aim to engage viewers through
and images. I want commuters to actively explore their kinetic and
visual imagination. I want them to observe the character and cycles of
pedestrian movement routinely activating highly trafficked spaces.” “Time
by Breyer was an interactive installation commissioned and produced by
the World Financial Center Arts & Events (2005). Excerpts fom this
piece were exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rovereto and
Trento, Italy (2006). Other recent public art commissions include:
“RE:actions” for Harvard Square’s LumenEclipse art kiosk (2006), and
‘still life’ for Boston’s City Hall. In 2004, the interactive
installation and performance series, “i:move,” which was first presented at the
Boston CyberArts Festival in 2003, was shown at the Dance Theater Workshop gallery.

Alissa Cardone
(choreographer, dancer)"a frightening snowflake under a microscope,"
Cardone's performances have been said to "release form from the
unconscious heart into the conscious mind" and "to occupy time while
suspending it." Her work has manifested on both stage and street, in
solo and group composition, in dance films and concentrate n
interdisciplinary collaborations with Kinodance Company, voted one of
Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" in 2008. Cardone trained with Min Tanaka
(Body Weather Farm), has collaborated and performed with Paula
Josa-Jones/Performance Works, Nora Chipaumire, Elaine Summers &
#### Ohno and continues to study and perform for Nijinski of Butoh'
Akira Kasai. Cardone was one of five US-based butoh dancers chosen by
Kasai for Japan Society's centennial commission "Butoh America"
(October 2007) at the New York Butoh Festival. In Japan she was
featured in his "Nobody Eve" (Tokyo & Kyoto, 2003) and in 2004
received a fellowship from Asian Cultural Council to study intensively
with Kasai, Nihon Buyo with Minosuke Nishikawa and to collaborate with
contemporary dancer Naoka Uemura on the multi-media production "Wonder
Girl" (Tokyo, 2004).

Lorraine Chapman
has danced with Eliot Feld Ballet/NY and Ballet British Columbia under
the artistic direction of Balanchine muse Patricia Neary, as well as
for several Boston-based choreographers including Amy Spencer, Richard
Colton, Diane Arvanites-Noya, Jose Mateo, and Marcus Schulkind. She
received her training at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and L’Ecole
Superieure De Danse Du Quebec as well as from Boston veterans Francis
Kotelly and Samuel Kurkjian. As an independent choreographer Chapman
has created works for The National Ballet of Canada’s Choreographic
Workshop, Impulse Dance Company, Choreographers Group, the Northwest
New Works Festival in Seattle at On The Boards-Behnke Center, and The
Bessie Schonberg Residency at The Yard. She received a commission from
Alberta Ballet for their Festival of New Works: Arias 2004 sharing the
bill with internationally acclaimed solo artist Margie Gillis and more
recently from Festival Ballet of Providence for Up Close On Hope. Amy
Spencer and Richard Colton awarded Ms. Chapman with a Choreographer’s
Project Fellowship for Summer Stages Dance 2005. She is currently
dancing in her own work, in David Parker's highly acclaimed Nut/Cracked
in his Boston cast, and is one of Dance Magazine’s "Top 25 To Watch"
in 2008.

Chris Elam graduated
from Brown University and received his MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch. He
has been on the faculty at Brown University and The State Conservatory
for the Arts in Turkey, and a guest choreographer at eight
universities. Elam is often booked to speak, most recently on his role
as a social entrepreneur in the arts at Brown University. Approaching
his work from the viewpoint of an ethnographer as well as a
choreographer, Elam’s study of traditional dances informs the technical
and conceptual complexity of his contemporary choreography. In 1999,
Elam spent 7 months with a Topeng dance master in Indonesia, training
and performing in temple ceremonies. He has also brought Misnomer to
perform and teach in the Amazon region of Brazil. In 2004 he spent 3
months in Havana choreographing a work on DanzAbierta, a national dance
company of Cuba, which was presented at the National Theater and
televised in 40 countries. Misnomer's unique aesthetic and extensive
online work has lead to
collaborations and projects with Bjork, Apple Computers, Business Week,
and Danish Dance Theater. Renowned composers Andy Teirstein, Scott
Killian, Mike Vargas, Jesse Manno, the Talujon Percussion Ensemble, and
Evan Ziporyn have set scores to Misnomer's dances. In December of
2008, Misnomer broadcast a live webcast of their New York performances
of Being Together to more than 2000 viewers in 19 countries.

Gabri Christa. director
of DanzAisa Performance and Film where dance, theater and film merges,
and the Caribbean, Europe and the Americas converse. She is a
Guggenheim Fellow and a recipient of many other grants for both her
choreography and film work. The Dance Conduction Continuum is a project
of DanzaIsa as well as the film series Another Building (
She holds a BA in Dance from the School for New Dance Development and has a MFA
from the University of Washington.

Bronwen MacArthur
has performed in New York, throughout the U.S., Europe and South
America. Since 1999, her choreography has been shown in Russia,
France, New York, and throughout New England. In 2006, she co-founded,
with Emily Coates, the dance theater lab, Motion In Dialogue (MIND)
which most recently presented its work at the CORD (Congress on
Research in Dance)/SDHS (Society of Dance History Scholars) joint
conference in Paris, France. MacArthur Dance Project made its debut in
May 2007 and was presented at the International Festival of Arts &
Ideas and the Shubert Theater in New Haven, CT. A summer residency
reunited MacArthur with Olga Pona's Chelyabinsk Theater of Contemporary
Dance, from Chelyabinsk, Russia. Also last summer, MacArthur was a
participating artist in the Regional Dance Development Initiative - New
England, an initiative of the New England Foundation for the Arts’
National Dance Project. Currently, MacArthur is collaborating with
composer Matthew Suttor and curator Tim Young on a production of Blaise
Cendrar's memory poem La Prose du Transsiberien to be performed at
Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale. MacArthur is a guest artist at
Connecticut College and in spring 2008 will co-teach, with Joseph Roach
and Emily Coates, a seminar in the Theater Studies department at Yale.

David Parker
grew up in Lynnfield, Massachusetts and began studying tap and ballet
in Boston as a teenager. One of his first pieces, Bang and Suck was
presented by Dance Theater Workshop on its Fresh Tracks series in 1992.
It went on to win numerous awards and citations including a prize from
the Fourth International Competition for Choreographers of Contemporary
Dance in Groningen, Then Netherlands, a special citation from the jury
of the Kurt Jooss Award in Germany (which included Pina Bausch), a
citation for emerging choreographer at the Nijinsky Awards in Monaco
and numerous ten-best-of-the-year lists. In 1995 Parker founded The
Bang Group, a rhythm-based theatrical dance troupe serving Parker’s
intelligent fascination with the percussive possibilities of the
dancing body. The work is widely anarchic and subversive but
based on an abiding love of formalism.

Nina J. Berger
46 Dunster Road
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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