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Lida Winfield Dance Presents IMAGINARY

February 18, 2020

Playful, Poignant Dance Theatre Work to be Performed March 13–14 at the MAC

Middlebury, VT—Playfully blending elements of dance, theater, storytelling, and original live music, Lida Winfield Dance brings the innovative company work IMAGINARY to the Mahaney Arts Center on March 13 and 14. The work challenges how we understand ourselves, others, and the world by sifting through facts, allegations, and possibilities.

"These magnificent moments of absurdity and righteous silliness… left me thinking more cheerfully, more seriously, more wholly about the way we see the world we inhabit and the people we share it with." —Bates Dance Festival

The production brings together the creative capacities of five accomplished artists, many with Middlebury connections: dance faculty member Lida Winfield; music professor Matthew Evan Taylor; alumna Ellen Smith Ahern ’05; Joseph Hall; and former Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer Maree ReMalia.



At a time when fearmongering about “the other” is at its peak, exploring our perceptions around identity is critical. IMAGINARY investigates our real and imagined perceptions of each other and the impact these impressions have. What do we have in common? How are we different from each other? How does imagination contribute to our fears?

Since IMAGINARY’s premiere in 2018, the original performance team has reconvened for residencies at Vermont Performance Lab and at Jacob’s Pillow, one of the oldest and most prestigious dance centers in the country. With a residency at Bates Dance Festival in July 2019, the team reworked parts of the piece and added composer Matthew Evan Taylor, who not only created original live music for the piece, but became a fully moving member of the work.

IMAGINARY is a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by the Middlebury Performing Arts Series, in partnership with the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, and The Yard.


About the Performers

Ellen Smith Ahern ’05 grew up dancing in Illinois and came east to study at Middlebury College. Since then, she has worked with creative dance artists across the country and throughout the world. Now based in Connecticut, she studies community organizing through social work and continues to create, teach, and perform as an independent artist.

Joseph Hall is a black, queer, transracial adoptee, facilitator, podcast lover, creator, critic, and the youngest of five. He is Deputy Director at BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, as well as a producer, curator, and performer working in NYC and Pittsburgh. Before relocating to New York in 2014, Hall was Producing Director at Pittsburgh’s Kelly Strayhorn Theater.

Born in South Korea and raised in the Midwest, Maree ReMalia is a choreographer, performer, teaching artist, and certified Gaga instructor. Her choreography has been commissioned and presented by festivals and venues in the U.S. and abroad. Since earning her MFA at Ohio State University, ReMalia was selected as the Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer for Middlebury College’s Movement Matters Residency, and has been on faculty at Bates Dance Festival, Lion’s Jaw Performance + Dance Festival, and Point Park University. She currently teaches at the University of Florida.

Lida Winfield is an innovative dancer, choreographer, spoken word artist, and educator. She has been the keynote presenter for educational conferences across the U.S., performing her work In Search of Air: Growing Up Dyslexic. Winfield has taught and performed at colleges, festivals, and venues around the U.S. and in Mexico, and in 2011, toured original duet work with Ellen Smith Ahern across Europe. Winfield studied at The School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and earned an MFA from Goddard College.

Matthew Evan Taylor is a composer, performer, and music educator. He earned a Bachelor of Music in saxophone performance, and after a five-year stint touring as a founding member of Sony’s Moses Mayfield, moved to Miami to earn his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where he was also an instructor. Taylor’s work has been performed by Imani Winds, Turtle Island Quartet, Cyrus Chestnut, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, among others. He began teaching at Middlebury in 2017 and has collaborated extensively across disciplines to create new work.

Performance Details

Lida Winfield Dance will present IMAGINARY on Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14 at 7:30 PM at the Mahaney Arts Center’s Dance Theatre. The Mahaney Arts Center (MAC) is located on the campus of Middlebury College, at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south/S. Main Street. Free parking is available curbside on Rt. 30 or in the MAC parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Tickets are $22 for the general public; $16 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, and emeriti; $10 for youth; and $6 for Middlebury College students, and are on sale at (802)443-MIDD (6433) or




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Lida Winfield and her collaborators will perform the magnificently absurd and righteous dance theatre work IMAGINARY at the Mahaney Arts Center on March 13 and 14. Photo Colin C. Boyd

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