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Maree ReMalia and collaborators will present the interdisciplinary performance work “The Ubiquitous Mass of Us” on March 17–18 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Photo Renee Rosensteel.

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Choreographer Maree ReMalia Presents “The Ubiquitous Mass of Us” March 17–18

March 3, 2017

Performers from Many Artistic Disciplines Will Explore Identity, Space, and Expression

Middlebury, VT—Maree ReMalia and her group merrygogo will present two evenings of live dance performance entitled “The Ubiquitous Mass of Us” on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. This evening-length, escalating journey features nine performers from across artistic disciplines who question the bounds of their identities. The performance is suited for all ages, seasoned performance goers, and those new to the theater.

In this performance, ReMalia and her collaborators question the bounds of their identities and the way they take up space. They ask, who are we as individuals? Who are we together? How far beyond what we conceive of ourselves can we go? What are the myriad ways in which we inhabit space? What are the visible and invisible boundaries we create? How are these questions impacted by and connected to contemporary issues in a larger context? The resulting performance bares the complexity of the performers’ individual and collective identities through a broad range of physicality and newly-discovered expressions.

“The Ubiquitous Mass of Us” premiered in 2014 at the New Hazlett Theater in Pittsbugh, PA, and was named as one of “Pittsburgh’s Top 10 Contemporary Dance Performances” by The Examiner.

At Middlebury, the event will include performers David Bernabo (also the sound designer), Joseph Hall, Taylor Knight, Zac Lounsbury ’16, Moriah Ella Mason, Maree ReMalia, Jil Stifel, Anna Thompson, and Rachel Vallozzi (also the costume stylist). Other contributors include set designer Blaine Siegel, lighting designer Michael Gianitti, and videographer David Cherry. The event is sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Movement Matters Residency, and the Dance Program.

The performance is part of a suite of educational and artistic outreach activities including  a workshop “Gaga, Improvisation, and Repertory Experiments” on Tuesday, March 14 at 3:00 P.M., and a pre-show warm up with the cast on Saturday, March 18 at 6:45 P.M. Both events are at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre, and are free and open to the public. No previous dance experience is necessary. These events are sponsored by the Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts.

About Maree ReMalia

Born in South Korea and raised in Medina, Ohio, Maree ReMalia is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer at Middlebury College, facilitating the two-year project Movement Matters. Calling both Washington, DC and Middlebury her home, she travels frequently throughout the U.S. working as a choreographer, performer, and teacher. merrygogo is her platform for creating project-based performance works with communities of shifting collaborators.

ReMalia’s choreography has been commissioned by Gibney Dance DoublePlus Festival under the curation of Bebe Miller, and has been presented in the U.S. and abroad at venues including Cleveland Public Theatre’s Big Box and DanceWorks Series (OH), Daegu International Dance Festival (South Korea), Dance Place New Releases Choreographers Showcase (DC), Movement Research at the Judson Church (NY), Summer Portraits (Israel), the CURRENT SESSIONS (NY), and Three Rivers Arts Festival (PA). As an educator, ReMalia facilitates classes in Gaga, improvisation, and creative process in academic, community, and conservatory settings.

ReMalia holds a BA in Education for Social Change and Cultural Studies from Prescott College (AZ) and an MFA in Choreography and Performance from The Ohio State University. She earned her certification to teach the Gaga movement language through the first official Gaga teacher training program in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2011–2012.

 

“The Ubiquitous Mass of Us” will be presented on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 8:00 P.M. in the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre. The Mahaney Center is located on the campus of Middlebury College, at 72 Porter Field Road, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $15 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://www.middlebury.edu/arts.

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(group shots): Maree ReMalia and collaborators will present the interdisciplinary performance work “The Ubiquitous Mass of Us” on March 17–18 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Photo by Renee Rosensteel

(solo shot): Choreographer Maree ReMalia, photo by Alan Kimara Dixon

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