Save the Date for Cultivate 2012:

Mark your calendars now and join us in August for a weekend of workshops, performances, discussions, live music, and social events aimed at building community in the North Country. Join us in our new festival home at the Colonial Theatre on Main Street in Bethlehem!

Thursday, August 9 – Sunday August 12, 2012

more info coming soon!

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If Buildings Could Speak

Philadelphia based choreographer Tori Lawrence finds inspiration in the architectural and environmental treasures hiding within her city, most recently in Founder’s Hall at Girard College, a Greek revival masterpiece built in the mid 19th century.  The time-worn building is the source of inspiration for her newest site-specific dance installation, Awakened Ruins which she will perform with her company at the Philly Fringe Festival in September.

Lawrence speaks poetically of her fascination with decay:

“Paint chipping from the walls, age-weathered windows, rusted flourishes, lumber fastenings, fallen pillars and painted domes that once were.  Historic relics of the past mystify and inspire me with their raw beauty—providing rich arenas for exploration.  Enthralled by the process of how architecture and sculpted spaces mature/age over time, I attempt to create a world that embodies such a process. If the aged crack in the cold marble floor could come alive, how would it move?  How can I embody the beauty of this decaying landmark? I envision the dancers being the floors, columns, arches and walls themselves.

Each place is like a human being.
Innards exposed,
dignity stripped.
Traces of life remain within these “fallen” buildings.
They once stood in glory,
but are now faded, overlooked, withdrawn.
If buildings could speak…

Lawrence is joined by Emily Herchenroether, Ashley Lippolis, and Pamela Vail  (members of the Lawrence-Herchenroether Dance Company,)  to perform excerpts from the new work on Friday, August 19 as part of Cultivate.

a new reason to celebrate dance and community!

Award winning artists from around the region gather to cultivate dance and community in the White Mountains in a day-long dance event in Bethlehem, NH on Saturday, August 14, 2010!

CULTIVATE: A Seasonal Showing of Dance Works, is curated and directed by Katherine Ferrier and presented in partnership with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire’s Extending the Dance Map initiative, which aims to bring dance to rural schools.

A day of dance workshops and performances featuring local and regional dance artists and educators, from New Hampshire, New England and beyond, including:

  • Tiffany Rhynard (Middlebury, VT) Guest Artist at Middlebury College
  • Pamela Vail (Lancaster, PA), Assistant Professor at Franklin and Marshall College
  • Lisa Gonzales (Chicago, IL) Assistant Professor at Columbia College, Chicago
  • Katherine Ferrier (Littleton, NH) Independent artist/educator
  • Suzy Grant (Chicago, IL) Dance Graduate of Columbia College and Independent artist/producer
  • Sally Bomer (Peterborough, NH) Lecturer at Franklin Pierce College
  • Emily Anderson (North Conway, NH), Bennington College Dance student and New Hampshire native
  • Vicki Brown (Tuscon, AZ) Composer, Performer, Musician with Movement Salon, AZ
  • Emily Beattie and Eric Gunther (Boston, MA)

Stay tuned for details about workshops, directions, and how you could become involved in Cultivate!