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Trebien Pollard Presents “Seeing the Unspeakable” April 2

March 16, 2015

Solo Dance Concert Will Explore Race, Gender, and Sexual Identity

Middlebury, VT—On Thursday, April 2, Trebien Pollard will present excerpts of his new solo performance concert “Seeing the Unspeakable,” which chronicles issues of race, gender and sexual identity. At the core of this work is the growing pace of identity politics and the lingering presence of so-called political correctness.

With “Seeing the Unspeakable,” Pollard explore many complex and timely questions. “How have our parents’ achievements helped to redefine the identities and distinctiveness of the next generation? Has society moved beyond the centuries-long struggle for liberation to embrace a new era of promised equality and inclusion?” The work weaves music, visual images, and spoken word with contemporary dance styles to emphasize the individual and his relationship to the world around him, while also functioning as a reckoning for old stereotypes, beliefs, and practices. The piece contains strong content and is for mature audiences only.

Trebien Pollard

Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Trebien Pollard is a multi-disciplinary artist working on the cross-pollination of dance, costume design, poetry, music, and installation art. His work explores the varying relationship between popular culture and the corporeal appetite of the human experience. He uses expressive movement, theatrical layering, and structural experimentation to create intimate portrayals of our own humanity. The textural, visual, and sonic elements communicate nonlinear narratives that translate dialogue into many different codes of communication. His work challenges perceptions and conventional story-telling techniques.

“Seeing the Unspeakable” will take place on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 7:00 P.M. in the Dance Theatre of the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south, on the campus of Middlebury College. Free parking is available. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $10 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to

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