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The Alumni Solos Project

Peter Schmitz joins with the Dance Company of Middlebury to create an alumni solos project with artists Paul Matteson ’00, Pamela Vail '90, Simon Thomas-Train '09, and current student Otto Pierce ’14. Three versions of the solo will be performed at the Creativity and Collaboration Clifford Symposium, as part of A Curious Invasion in collaboration with PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER.  Solo performances will continue throughout the year, including the DCM performance at Middlebury in January, tour to the Monterey Institute of International Studies and San Francisco over winter break, and at various host sites available for viewing on the internet.

About the choreographers and musicians:


Catherine Cabeen joins the Middlebury Dance Faculty as Assistant Professor in Contemporary Dance and Choreography, beginning fall 2012. Catherine is artistic director of Catherine Cabeen and Company in Seattle, WA and former dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. For more information see




Paul Matteson ’00 recently completed his fourth year as a member of the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company and joined the faculty of the Amherst/Mount Holyoke Colleges and the Five College Dance Department.  He received a New York Dance and Performance Award (BESSIE) for performance in 2002, and he choreographs and presents his own work at numerous universities and festivals around the world. Photo Bob Handelman



Peter Schmitz has been involved in the creative and performing arts for over 25 years as a dancer, choreographer, actor. As a professional dancer/choreographer, Peter has worked through out the United States, Amsterdam, Germany, France, England, New Zealand and recently in Ankara, Turkey. He was a founding member of Dance Gallery, a small modern dance company, a member of Creach/Co in New York City for over 8 years, and has performed in the works of Wendy Woodson, Ann Carlson, Richard Colton/Amy Spencer. Peter currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He has choreographed for New World Theatre, Medicine Show Theater and Potomac Theater Project and is a member of Actors Equity.


Andrea Olsen is Professor of Dance and the John C. Elder Professor of Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, in Middlebury, Vermont (USA). She’s the author of Body and Earth, An Experiential Guide, (UPNE 2002) and Bodystories, A Guide to Experiential Anatomy (Station Hill 1991/UPNE 2002) in collaboration with Caryn McHose. Andrea performs and teaches internationally and is on the faculty of the teacher-training program for Yoga Center Amherst in Massachusetts. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in New Zealand in 2003, working with Maori, Samoan, and Cook Island dancers and teaches annual Body and Earth Training Programs in the US and abroad. Andrea is working on her third book, The Place of Dance: A Guide to Embodied Awareness and has recently traveled in South Korea, Bali, and Europe exploring themes for this work. Photo Alan Kimara Dixon

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