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Vertical Dance Company BANDALOOP Returns to Middlebury September 13–16

September 27, 2017

Performances Kick Off Mahaney Center for the Arts 25th Anniversary Season

Middlebury, VT—BANDALOOP returns to Middlebury to kick off the 25th anniversary season of the Mahaney Center for the Arts, with public performances at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 PM on Saturday, September 16. A pioneer in vertical performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography, and the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side.

BANDALOOP first made a splash at Middlebury in 2004, when they performed on the Davis Family Library for its opening and then-President Ron Liebowitz’ inauguration. Middlebury alumnus Mark Stuver ’97.5 was a dancer in the company then, and returns with BANDALOOP now, as artistic associate, leading the company’s work as they craft a performance specifically designed for the Mahaney Center for the Arts plaza.



BANDALOOP honors nature, community, and the human spirit through perspective-bending dance. The dance company’s indoor/outdoor work has been presented in theaters and museums, on skyscrapers, bridges, billboards and historical sites, in atriums and convention halls, in nature on cliffs, and on screen. BANDALOOP honors nature, community and the human spirit by bringing dance to new audiences, activating public and natural spaces, and re-imagining what dance can be.

They say what we do is death-defying. I’d say it’s life-affirming.
Amelia Rudolph, Founder/Artistic Director

BANDALOOP was founded in 1991 by Amelia Rudolph, in an effort to create a dance company that called on her experience with and passion for movement, climbing, artistic expression, and connections to the environment. Over the last 25 years, Rudolph and her dedicated dancers and staff have created a company that constantly pushes the limits of how people view their relationships with their environment and each other, and how they understand and experience dance and movement.

BANDALOOP is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the company creates work for its biannual home season and for 15–30 touring performances presented around the globe each year. The company has performed on architectural landmarks and skyscrapers around the world including in Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Seoul, Soweto, Verona, Lisbon, Muscat, Atlanta, Houston, New York and other urban centers. The recent Bandaloop video “Waltz on the Walls of City Hall” received over two million views on YouTube.

Education and outreach are an intrinsic part of the organization’s mission. In addition to its ongoing work with Oakland youth at Destiny Arts, BANDALOOP offers regular classes, camps, and intensives at its home studio and in the mountains. BANDALOOP fulfills its mission by bringing performances directly to people; its performances reach audiences—including those not familiar with dance—and inspire them to examine their perspectives on dance, community, and artistic expression, and inspiration. Audience demographics are diverse, from the person on the street, to dance aficionados, climbers, and families. To date, BANDALOOP has performed in front of nearly a million people in over 17 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, and Asia.


BANDALOOP at Middlebury

In addition to workshops and master classes for Middlebury College students, BANDALOOP will offer three public performances at the Mahaney Center for the Arts plaza on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 PM (please check go.middlebury.bandaloop in case of inclement weather). Free parking is available in the MCA parking lot, on Route 30, on campus, and near Athletics, but please consider carpooling, walking, biking, or taking an ACTR bus on performance days. Free.

Middlebury College alumnus Mark Stuver ’97.5, artistic associate for BANDALOOP, will offer a public career talk on Friday, September 15 at 12:15 PM in the Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre. Free.

BANDALOOP’s activities at Middlebury are funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. For more information, go to or call 802.443.3168.


Photo credits:

(top right, top center, second from top/left, and third from top/right) BANDALOOP, photo Bob Handelman

(Mark Stuver photo, bottom) Mark Stuver '97.5 of BANDALOOP, photo Jorg Badura

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Middlebury College
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