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WHM – Premonitions – Dance/Poetry Exit Dance Theatre and guests
March 5 @ 7:30 pm
The Actors Studio of Newburyport’s Women’s HERstory Month committee is delighted to announce its celebratory program for this year’s Women’s History Month. “We have assembled an incredible suite of inspiring stories and performances,” says Camille Garro, (WHM Committee Chair). “It’s a melding of dance, theater, music and film, celebrating women and their myriad accomplishments and contributions today and throughout history. The year’s participants include: Custom House Maritime Museum, The Dance Place, The Firehouse Center for the Arts, the Museum of Old Newbury, People’s United Methodists Church and The Screening Room. Please join us for a month of very special events and performances.”
Exit Dance Theatre will be presenting new pieces and new film projects on March 5th as part of TASN’s Herstory Month Festival.
New choreography by Erin Staffiere, Jen Steeves, and Fontaine Dubus offer the same depth and passion that Exit has been known for since its beginning in 1987. Staffiere’s new piece, Taranta, (working title), is based on women from the Salento region of Italy who would go to the church, and throw themselves to the ground flailing and spinning. This ritual has been said to cure spider bites, but was also intended to express women’s desire to be free from the oppression of a strict and patriarchal culture. Taranta features eight dancers.
Guest performer, Victoria Grinnings will be dancing a solo which she choreographed in collaboration with Dubus. The piece is set to prose poetry written by Blake Hammond, a young writer based in Lowell, Ma.
Performers include: Fontaine Dubus, Wendy Durham, Nicole Duquette, Sarah George, Erin Staffiere, Jennifer Steeves, Yori Thomas, and newest member, Anna Wallack, plus appearances by Kayla Waldron and Edward Speck.
Venue: The Firehouse Center for the Arts
When: Saturday, March 5, 7:30pm