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In Performance: Progressive Performance Festival (Brattleboro, Vermont, USA)


Progressive Performance Festival

3 artists – 3 venues – 1 ticket to a full evening of movement

June 2-4 in downtown Brattleboro

Continuing VPL’s experimental approach to presentation and performance, the Progressive Performance Festival is designed as a full evening where performers and audiences will be on the move. Featuring performance works by three outstanding dance-makers who create playful and thought-provoking work for small audiences, this non-traditional format is designed to bring audiences and artists together to stimulate conversation and the imagination.

Each evening an audience of 35 will gather at the Blue Moose Cafe to pick up tickets and chat over drinks and tapas before being transported by bus to three performance sites in Brattleboro. (Tickets are also available to the individual shows.) The Festival features the work of three contemporary choreographers who have come to Vermont from Minneapolis, Northampton and New Haven to develop new work as part of VPL’s Lab Program. These artists make work that bridge, stretch and deepen the definition of contemporary dance.

emily-fishEmily Johnson/Catalyst

“A stunning example of an emerging contemporary American aesthetic” – Houston Chronicle

The Thank-You Bar is a performance that combines dance, live music, storytelling and visual image to create an interactive work that engages audiences and offers the question, “what is a true home?” Created and performed by Alaska-born choreographer Emily Johnson with composers/musicians James Everest and Joel Pickard, the Thank –You Bar connects ideas of displacement, longing, and language to history, and shakes up preconceived notions of culture, architecture, and igloo-myth. Visit Emily Johnson’s residency section.


rugAdele Myers & Dancers

“Ms. Myers can indeed shape an onstage world.” – The New York Times“Theater in the Head” is a highly kinetic satire about fame. The piece takes place on a 4’x6′ pink shag carpet, it is a quest for intimacy between performers and their audience. Developed with composer Josh Quillen (of So Percussion), the 45-minute ensemble work incorporates Myers robust athleticism fused with theatricality and understated humor. Visit Adele Myers’s residency section.


candice-movingCandice Salyers

Candice Salyers is a solo performer and choreographer who creates kinetic installation pieces that juxtapose slow-moving body transformations with visual environments. Her melding of dance and conceptual art results in inviting performance works that bridge the visual and performing arts. Her works challenge the assumption of the female body as objectified by the viewers gaze. In “Significant Figures,” Salyers’ moving body creates an experience where active viewing and imagination are welcome. Visit Candice Salyers’s residency section.


on-line @
in-person @ The Blue Moose Store + Cafe, 29 High Street, Brattleboro, VT

Ticket information – 802-257-3361

Festival Ticket $40

Festival ticket includes admission to all 3 shows on the same night + tapas + transportation

6:15PM ticket pick up and tapas @ The Blue Moose Cafe, 29 High Street, Brattleboro, VT


Single ticket $15 + Student Rush ticket $5 (night of show only – at the door with valid student ID)

7PM Emily Johnson/Catalyst – THE THANK-YOU BAR

@ Luminz Studio, 74 Cotton Mill Hill, 3rd floor, Brattlboro, VT

8:15PM Adele Myers & Dancers – THEATER IN THE HEAD
@ New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat Street, Brattleboro, VT



@ The Creamery Bridge, Guilford Street, West Brattleboro (parking in the Memorial Park parking lot)


VIP Add-On ticket $10

The VIP Add-On ticket includes reserved VIP seats at the dance performances plus admission to the closing night

event on Saturday June 4th – a late-night concert with BLACKFISH – the musical duet who perform live with
Emily Johnson in The Thank-You Bar.
11PM @ Luminz Studio, 74 Cotton Mill Hill – 3rd floor, Brattleboro, VT
(from the VPL Website)


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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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