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Middlebury Celebrates “The Place of Dance” April 6

March 21, 2014

Publication of Andrea Olsen’s New Book To Be Honored with Performance, Workshop, and Photo Exhibitions


Middlebury, VT—The Middlebury College Dance Program will celebrate the publication of faculty member Andrea Olsen’s book, The Place of Dance, with three public events this April: an exhibition of photographs opening April 4; a participatory workshop on April 5; and a collaborative performance of dance, music, light, and text on April 6. Olsen’s new book includes 125 images and 30 interviews woven into teaching stories and informational text. Created with co-author Caryn McHose and published by Wesleyan University Press, this book and the associated events are for anyone interested in living in their bodies with awareness.


The performance honoring “The Place of Dance” will take place on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 2:00 P.M. in the Dance Theatre of the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts. It will highlight the talents and visions of 11 artists from the book, including Middlebury College faculty, emeritus faculty, alumni, and current students. Artists will include dancers Christal Brown, Catherine Cabeen, Peter Schmitz, and Doug LeCours ’15; speakers Alex Draper ’88, Caryn McHose, Dana Yeaton ’79, and Helen Young; lighting designer Jennifer Ponder; and musician/author John Elder. Olsen will present a new dance based on seaweed, in collaboration with San Francisco visual artist Josie Iselin. The Middlebury performance is part of a series of international events, with featured artists from various regions performing together in diverse locales. Admission is free, and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The performance will be preceded on April 5 by an experiential anatomy workshop entitled “Finding Your Feet,” led by McHose and Olsen. The focus will include ease of movement through alignment and orientation skills. The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 5 from 2:00–4:00 P.M. in the Dance Theatre of the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Enrollment will be limited to 30 participants; those wishing to attend are encouraged to preregister at

The third event in this celebration is a photo exhibition of images from the book, on view at Middlebury College’s Davis Family Library through mid-May. A related display of images from An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed by Josie Iselin will be on view in the library atrium from April 4–18, 2014.

The Mahaney Center for the Arts is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south, on the campus of Middlebury College. Free parking is available. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to


Bottom photo by Alan Kimara Dixon

Mahaney Center for the Arts
Middlebury College
South Main St./Route 30 South
72 Porter Field Rd.
Middlebury, VT 05753
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