Lida Winfield Dance: IMAGINARY; 03/13–14, 2020

Friday–Saturday, March 13–14 

Lida Winfield Dance IMAGINARY 

7:30 PM, Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theatre 

Mixing dance, theater, storytelling, and original music performed live, IMAGINARY is a quirky and innovative yet socially poignant work that explores perception in relationship to the imagination. The performance sifts through facts, allegations, and possibilities, bringing together the creative capacities of six amazing artists, many with Middlebury connections: Winfield, visiting assistant professor of dance; Laurel Jenkins, assistant professor of dance; Matthew Evan Taylor, assistant professor of music; alumna Ellen Smith Ahern ’05; Joseph Hall; and former W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer Maree ReMalia.

Tickets: $22 General public/$16 Midd ID holders/$10 Youth (18 and under)/$6 Midd students

IMAGINARY is a National Performance Network (NPN) 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.


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A nexcerpt from IMAGINARY—with Maree ReMalia and Lida Winfield—during a work-in-progress showing at Middlebury College



IMAGINARY by Lida Winfield Dance

Performers • Artistic Team

Ellen Smith Ahern grew up dancing in Illinois and came east to study at Middlebury College. Since then, she has worked with many artists, including Jane Comfort & Company, Lida Winfield, Kate Elias, Tiffany Rhynard, Polly Motley, David Appel, and El Circo Contemporaneo. Thanks to a wide array of supporters and collaborators, Ellen has had the opportunity to dance throughout the world. Based now in Connecticut, she studies community organizing through social work and continues to create, teach, and perform as an independent artist. Please visit

Joseph Hall is a black, queer, transracial adoptee, facilitator, podcast lover, creator, critic, and 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. He is a Bessie Selection Committee member and co-curator of Pearl Diving Movement Residency at PearlArts Studios in Pittsburgh. Before relocating to New York in 2014, he was Producing Director at Pittsburgh's Kelly Strayhorn Theater, where he created original programs including My People, a film and performance series celebrating the lives of queer people of color, and the residency and showing series Fresh Works. As a performer, Joseph has worked with choreographers Staycee Pearl, Maree ReMalia, and Jasmine Hearn, video artist Suzie Silver, and hosts The Andy Warhol Museum's annual Trans-Q Live! Thank you to Lida Winfield for your vulnerability and honesty. 

Laurel Jenkins' choreography has been presented by REDCAT, Automata, the Getty Center, Show Box LA, Danspace, Berlin's Performing Presence Festival, and Tokyo's Sezane Gallery. She choreographed MASS, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel for the LA Phil at Disney Hall, and this July MASS will be at Lincoln Center. In addition, she has choreographed for LACDC and The Wooden Floor. Jenkins was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2007-2012, dances with Vicky Shick, and performed the role of Ismene in Peter Sellars' staging of Oedipus Rex, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Jenkins is the recipient of an Asian Cultural Council Grant, holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence, and an MFA from UCLA. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Middlebury College in Vermont.

Born in South Korea and raised in the Midwest, Maree ReMalia choreographs dances and facilitates movement experiences with individuals across disciplines, identities, and experience levels to celebrate a range of bodies and expressions. merrygogo is her platform for collaboratively crafting contemporary dance works; her disciplinary mash-ups consider what exists beyond normative categorizations and showcase expressions that are abstract, eccentric, honest, hilarious, pedestrian and virtuosic. Her choreography has been commissioned by Gibney Dance DoublePlus Festival (NY) under the curation of Bebe Miller and has been presented in the U.S. and abroad at venues such as Dance Place (DC), Kelly Strayhorn Theater (PA), and Daegu International Dance Festival (South Korea). She travels frequently, facilitating movement experiences in professional, academic, and community settings. From 2015-2017, she worked as the Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer through Middlebury College Movement Matters Residency. Maree earned her MFA at The Ohio State University and is a certified Gaga instructor. She is currently adjunct faculty at Point Park University. 

Lida Winfield is an innovative and accomplished dancer, choreographer, spoken word artist, and educator. She creates original solo, duet, and group work, merging storytelling, dance, and visual art to create captivating and poignant performances. Lida has traveled nationally and internationally, working with diverse populations in conventional and unconventional settings. She considers her artistic practice inextricably linked to her role as an educator and is dedicated to using the performing arts as a tool to move herself and others forward intellectually, developmentally, spiritually, and socially. Lida approaches her work as a collaboration of body, brain, and spirit in the artistic and educational world. Lida has taught and performed in a variety of places including, but not limited, to Roger Williams University, National Dance Association Conference, Skidmore College, the Bates Dance Festival, and Habla: The Center for Language and Culture in Mexico. In 2011, she toured original duet work with Ellen Smith Ahern and intermedia dance company Double Vision across Europe. Lida studied at The School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, VT, with a focus on the transformative power of the expressive arts. In 2016, she was honored with the Rebecca Blunk Fund Award. In 2017, she received a National Performance Network grant for the commissioning of her new work, IMAGINARY. Lida is currently an Assistant Visiting Professor in the Dance Department at Middlebury College, Vermont.

Artistic Team

Colin C Boyd (set design), sculptor, grew up in a family of tinkerers, storytellers, naturalists and historians who influenced his desire to fabricate objects to tell stories about. Colin continues on this trajectory as he produces installations, mechanizations and videos with intent to explore the nature of things in odd, fanciful and mostly futile ways. Recent exhibitions include: Masters of War (2017) Albany Center Gallery; Out of Site (2017) Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA; The Mechanical Bear and Thunderbird's Wilderness Dream (2017) Yeah Maybe Artist Residency in Minneapolis, MN; Future Perfect: Picturing the Anthropocene (2016) Artist in Residence, University at Albany Museum of Art; Abecedarious: 26+1 works by Colin C Boyd and Michael Oatman (2014) The Art Center of the Capital Region Troy, NY; as well as other group exhibits at the Opalka Gallery at Sage College in Albany, College of William and Mary, Union College, Salem Art Works, Albany Institute of History and Art, and Kidspace at Mass MoCA. Colin studied Studio Arts at Munson Williams Proctor Institute School of Fine Art (AS, 1999), the College of Saint Rose (BFA, 2002) and the University at Albany (MFA, 2008). He currently works in the Studio Art Program at Middlebury College and is co-founder/board member of a non-profit arts organization, Collar Works Art Space in Troy, NY.

Peter Jones (music) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and improviser with a wide stylistic range. He has been an active musician in the dance field for over 30 years as a composer, performer, educator and accompanist. He has created numerous scores for choreographers including Viscous Beauties for Kevin Wynn, 21stCentury Stride for Danny Buraczeski's Jazzdance, and The Metal Garden for Sean Curran. All of these pieces premiered at The Joyce Theater in New York. Most recently he created the score for Village of Waltz for the Houston Dance company Hope Stone and a score for the New Mexico Ariel Dance Company Project Motion. He has released nine CDs of music on his own recording label, Joneschord Music, and has been in residence at the Bates Dance Festival for 22 years. Currently, he is musical director for the dance program at Mount Holyoke College.

Jennifer Ponder (lighting design) has been the Lighting Designer and Technical Director for the Middlebury College dance program since 1997. She has designed lighting (both pre-meditated and improvised) for theater and dance in the U.S. and abroad, including Flynnspace, Shadowland Theatre, SUNY New Paltz, Bennington College, the Yard on Martha's Vineyard, the Kennedy Center, the Dallas Theatre Center, Glimmerglass Opera, the American Dance Festival, Cuba, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, and various tiny theaters in NYC. She holds an MFA from Southern Methodist University.

Mira Veikley (costume design) is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Middlebury College, where she teaches classes in costume design, creativity, and fashion history. She splits her time between Vermont and New York City, where she often travels for work and to visit family. NYC design credits include Arcadia (PTP/NYC), the Choreographic Institute Fall 2014 (American Ballet Theater), and Ugly Lies the Bone (Fordham University). Regional credits include Around the World in 80 Days (Hangar Theatre) and Figaro (Curtain Call Theater). Credits for film include One Trick Deiter (Manhattan Film Festival) and Little Revolutions (Edinburgh Film Festival). Mira has assistant designed productions at major venues all over NYC, including The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center, and Second Stage Theatre. Mira has a BS from Cornell University and an MFA from New York University, and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

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