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“Little is left to tell,” choreographed by Tzveta Kassabova

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Faculty Dance Concert to Take the Stage February 26

February 10, 2015

Featuring Scotty Hardwig, Tzveta Kassabova, Trebien Pollard, and Christal Brown

Middlebury, VT—For the first time in over a decade, the Middlebury College Dance Program will present a Faculty Dance Concert, showcasing the work of their four outstanding embodied scholars. The February 26 performance will introduce Middlebury audiences to the work of new faculty members Scotty Hardwig, Tzveta Kassabova, Trebien Pollard, as well as that of returning faculty member and dance chair Christal Brown.

Brown organized this concert to emphasize the dance faculty’s strengths as educators, scholars, and professional artists in their own right. “As chair, I would say the impetus for presenting the faculty concert was to have the opportunity to showcase the work of faculty on a single evening, and to display the diversity of artistic voices within our program.” All four dancers/choreographers will contribute pieces to the evening.

Scotty Hardwig

Artist in Residence Scotty Hardwig is a dancer, choreographer, and digital media artist originally from the Appalachian mountains of southwest Virginia. His installations, dance-for-camera films, and stage works have been shown nationally and internationally, with a focus on interdisciplinary creative processes that involve techniques as wide-ranging as architecture, musical composition, computer programming, poetry, sculpture, fashion design, and film. For this concert, Hardwig will present a collaborative performance work created with Kern Samuel, a Trinidad-born visual artist currently based in New York City. Their new interdisciplinary work, “hollow topographies”, will explore themes of organism, otherness, and transnational identities as expressed through a bleak wilderness of color and expressive acts of physical mediation. Hardwig created the choreography and performance design, while Samuel created the costumes and set design.

Tzveta Kassabova

Assistant Professor of Dance Tzveta Kassabova is a Bulgarian-born independent choreographer, costume designer, and installation artist who was named one of the “25 to watch” in 2012 by Dance Magazine. She holds three masters degrees, and at various times in her life she has been a gymnast, physicist, and meteorologist. She has always been fascinated by the concept of space, and is constantly trying to address it, both in her choreography and design. Her contribution to the Faculty Dance Concert is “Little is left to tell,” choreographed by Kassabova, performed by Emmakate Geisdorf, Joey Loto, and Lacey Moore. The piece takes its inspiration and includes text from avant-garde 20th century writer Samuel Beckett’s short play “Ohio Impromptu.”

Trebien Pollard

Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Trebien Pollard is a multidisciplinary 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, challenging perception and conventional story-telling techniques. Pollard will perform “Shaking the Devil: the black swan effect,” an excerpt from his solo concert “Seeing the Unspeakable,” to be presented at Middlebury April 2. The work explores the transformation of feelings of isolation and grief.

Christal Brown

Assistant Professor of Dance and Dance Program Chair Christal Brown is an artist, educator, and activist who seamlessly merges her interest and abilities into products of purpose. Imbued with cultural relevance, Brown’s seductive narratives and captivating kinetics harness a unique visceral gravitas. As an alumna of Urban Bush Women, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and Chuck Davis’ African-American Dance Ensemble, Brown is well versed in the power and problematizing that dance offers and uses her artistic work to maximize the reach and impact of issues that affect us all. Brown will present two pieces: “I’m Fine” (2011), written and performed by Brown, and the premiere of “In Plain Sight,” choreographed by Brown and performed by Middlebury College dance student Meredith White ’16.

The Middlebury College Faculty Dance Concert will take place on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 8:00 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

Image credits, from top:

“Little is left to tell,” choreographed by Tzveta Kassabova

Artist in Residence Scotty Hardwig, photo by Alan Kimara Dixon

Assistant Professor of Dance Tzveta Kassabova, photo by Christine Martin Stone

Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Trebien Pollard, photo by Alan Kimara Dixon

Assistant Professor of Dance/Dance Program Chair Christal Brown, photo by Alan Kimara Dixon


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