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Summer Stages Dance

at concord academy

News Release
For immediate release: June 16, 2009
Contact: Kati Mitchell, or 617.470.3378
Nina J Berger, or 617.971.9340
Electronic Images available

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
July 9-25, 2009

(Concord, MA) - Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy presents 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."

Thursday July 9 at 8pm
Armitage Gone! Dance

“Fiercely pure….Armitage follows a path cleared by George Balanchine…” Deborah
Jowitt, The Village Voice
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.

Performing Arts Center at Concord Academy, 166 Main Street, Concord
$25, Students/seniors $15

Saturday, July 11 at 7:30pm
Nell Breyer/Alissa Cardone/Lorraine Chapman/

Bronwen MacArthur – The Disappearing Woman Summer Stages
Dance/Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency Project 2008
This world premiere multimedia work addresses the anxieties of three women in an
increasingly dispersed, high-speed culture. For choreographer/media artist Breyer,
and dancers/ choreographers Cardone, Chapman, and MacArthur, digital media serves as
an enveloping, inescapable extension of the body itself. These leaders in the New
England dance community explore the crossover between each individual’s movement
language, media, and aesthetics. 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, Vermont Performance Lab and Marlboro College. The
Disappearing Woman is the third work created and presented as part of an ongoing
partnership between Summer Stages Dance and the ICA.

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston $25,
$15 for ICA members and students/seniors

Thursday July 16 at 8pm Chris
Elam/Misnomer Dance Theater in Being Together Summer Stages Dance/Baryshnikov Arts
Center Residency Project 2007
“A true original, Mr. Elam is one of the most individualistic of modern dance voices
today.” Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
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.
Mirroring 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.
Performing Arts Center at Concord Academy, 166 Main Street, Concord
$25, $15 students/seniors

Thursday July 23 at 8pm
David Parker & The Bang Group A 10th Anniversary
Celebration at Summer Stages

“Parker’s dancers have vivid dramatic presence, and spot-on timing.” -Karen
Campbell, The Boston Globe

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.

Performing Arts Center, Concord, 166 Main Street, Concord
$25, $15 students/seniors

Saturday, July 25 at 10am and 3pm Gabri Christa and
Germaul Barnes - Mama, etceteraSummer Stages Dance/Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency
Project 2009
The World Premiere of Mama etcetera, a site-specific dance and film work (inspired
by the work of visual artist Louise Bourgeois), by Bessie Award-winner Germaul
Barnes and Guggenheim Fellow Gabri Christa. The new work will be specially created
for The Institute of Contemporary Art’s Harborway and The Barbara Lee Family
Foundation Theater.
In an ode to family and motherhood, audience members will join Boston–area dancers
and singers, led by Germaul Barnes and Gabri Christa to create a moving human
sculpture that will form a processional (while singing lullabies from around the
world) that will move from the beautiful ICA Harborway into the ICA Theater where
the group will join a video installation. (Part of Play Date: Your Body in Art —
the ICA’s monthly Play Date family programming that runs from 10-am-4pm. For more
information visit ... dy-in-art/)

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston
Free with museum admission
Saturday July 25 at 8pm
Choreographers’ Project Showcase Featuring new work by
Germaul Barnes and Resident Fellowship Artists
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.
Performing Arts Center at Concord Academy, 166 Main Street, Concord
$25, $15 students/seniors

All 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 permitting.
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
For information and tickets, visit or call 978-402-2339.
For tickets to the July 11th performance of The Disappearing Woman visit or call the ICA box office at 617-478-3103.

For further information, interview requests, and high resolution images please contact or call 617-470-4478.


Amy Spencer and Richard Colton, founded and have directed 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.
They 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

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 received a Tony Award
nomination for her choreography for the critically acclaimed revival of the 1960's
musical HAIR, directed by American Repertory Theater's new artistic director Diane
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 actions 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 Translations” by Breyer was an interactive installation
commissioned and produced by the World Financial Center Arts & Events (2005).
Excerpts from 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.
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
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.
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
David Parker grew up in Lynnfield, Massachusetts and began studying tap and ballet
in Boston as a teenager. Dance Theater Workshop presented one of his first pieces,
Bang and Suck 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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