Pamela Vail Surfs the Synapses!

Pamela Vail, photos by Ben Carlson

Not to be missed! Saturday, August 14 at 7pm at the White Mountain School in Bethlehem, NH: Pamela Vail will perform her solo Surfing the Synapses at Cultivate….

Surfing the Synapses reveals a creative process, which relentlessly leaps from one impulse to the next. Through quirky, idiosyncratic movement and sporadic vocalization, disparate trains of thought are channeled and embodied, accompanied by incongruent sounds and never-fully-realized melodies. With humor and sensitivity, honesty and full-force physicality, the process of creation is exposed, turns in on itself and simultaneously becomes the final product. Ultimately, a delightfully simple discovery is made; one woman’s plight for continuity communicates a universal human experience.

Pamela Vail (Lancaster, PA) is a choreographer, performer, improviser, and teacher. She is a co-founding member of the Architects, a performance improvisation ensemble, with whom Vail teaches, creates, and performs—both choreographed and improvised work—nationally and internationally. Vail is also a founding member of critically acclaimed New York City-based Yanira Castro + Company (now a canary torsi), with whom she has performed, toured and taught extensively since 1995. Vail has had the pleasure of working with choreographers Terry Creach, Heidi Henderson, and Peter Schmitz, among others. She teaches master classes and performs her own choreography nationally and internationally, and is currently Assistant Professor of Dance at Franklin & Marshall College. Vail holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. in dance from Smith College, and has been dancing since she was six years old.


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