Posted: February 25, 2002
MIDDLEBURY, VT - Dance choreographer and filmmaker Tamar Rogoffs visit to Middlebury College is as timely as it is introspective. As war and its various permutations grip our attention at the start of the 21st century, Rogoffs quest to depict a soldiers reality looks to wars past, including her fathers experience in World War II.
Combining music, video and text with dance, her centerpiece multidisciplinary performance, "Daughter of a Pacifist Soldier," will take place at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, in the Dance Theatre of the Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Route 30). Rogoff also offers her celebrated 1994 film, "Summer in Ivye," which will be shown at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in Dana Auditorium on College Street (Route 125).
Based in New York, Rogoff presents a uniquely multi-faceted approach to art, history and life. Her work grew, after her fathers death, from her desire to understand his war experience. Using oral histories and writings of veterans of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam, Rogoff created "Daughter of a Pacifist Soldier."
Rogoff began work on this production three years ago "when war was far from our shores," she said. "It was a childs wish to know her father. The reason for listening in our present climate seems a preservation tactic. In order to have peace, we need knowledge."
The result is a multi-layered presentation that explores soldiering. Using six performers and various artistic mediums, Rogoff transforms true stories into theater.
To prepare for their roles, the performers each worked with a war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. The actors met with the veterans over a nine-month period to conduct and record interviews, which are used in the production.
Composer Ralph Denzer weaves parts of veterans conversations into his score; photographer and video artist Harvey Wang creates photographic portraits and an abstract video landscape; and Time magazine writer Josh Tyrangiel edits the text from interviews and writings.
Rogoffs film, "Summer in Ivye," is set in the town where Rogoffs family lived for generations and where, in 1942, Nazi soldiers executed the towns entire Jewish population of 2,500. The film surrealistically recreates life in that once-thriving Jewish town with a collection of actors, dancers, musicians and local townspeople. "Summer in Ivye" has English subtitles, but a variety of languages are heard throughout the film: Polish, Yiddish, Russian, Lithuanian and English.
Both the film and the dance performance are sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series and the dance programs Different Views Series.
the film "Summer in Ivye" is free. Tickets to the
performances of "Daughter of a Pacifist Soldier" are $10 for
general admission and $8 for seniors. For tickets and
information, contact the College box office at