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Monday, May 7, 2018

Dance Artists Meredith Bove and Lailye Weidman in Residence at A.P.E. Ltd Gallery



WHAT: Dance Artists Meredith Bove and Lailye Weidman's "Uncertain Distances" Residency
WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery 126 Main Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: May 20-June 2, 2018

• Open Gallery Hours: Monday, May 28–Thursday, May 31, 2-5pm
• Public Performance: June 1-2, 8pm, followed by a discussion with the artists and other local dancemakers
• Workshop: Saturday, June 2, 2-4:30pm

From May 20–June 2, dance artists Lailye Weidman and Meredith Bove will be in residence at A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery for Uncertain Distances, a collaborative project combining solo dance-making and dramaturgical practices. The residency focuses on the artists’ interests and histories as solo dance-makers, and their desire to choose companionship over isolation during processes of creation.The artists will oscillate between roles of performer, dramaturg, witness, researcher, archivist and caregiver for two solos: “Cathedral” (Bove, 2017) and “Showman” (Weidman, 2016), asking, “How does sharing our experiences and perceptions of one another's work impact the creative process?” These solos will be presented in public performances on June 1 and 2, 8pm.

During the two-week residency, the artists will use the gallery space for documentation and archival practices. The ephemera generated from conversations and dramaturgical practices will serve as maps to orient and guide, and will be exhibited to the public during open gallery hours, Monday, May 28-Thursday, May 31, 2-5pm.

Join the artists for a workshop at A.P.E. Gallery on Saturday, June 2 from 2-4:30pm, where participants will engage in solo making and peer-feedback, as well as explore tools for creative companionship.


Bios:
Meredith Bove is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and writer, originally hailing from Vermont. She approaches movement and solo-making as a practice for befriending her mutable body. Her work has been seen at various venues and festivals across the US and in Berlin, Germany. As a performer, she has appeared in the work of Jérôme Bel, Luis Lara Malvacías, Sharon Mansur, Stephanie Miracle, Sarah Beth Oppenheim, and Jillian Peña among others. Meredith teaches in the Theatre and Dance Department at Keene State College, and writes for ThINKingDANCE (Philadelphia) from afar. meredithbove.wordpress.com

Lailye Weidman is a choreographer and writer based in Massachusetts. Her recent projects include an homage to the resonance of hardcore music, an ensemble dance theater work investigating consent and consensus, a storytelling solo tracing sounds and textures of place and displacement, and a site-specific performance and community dialogue with scientists from National Seashore. She is part of Femmelab, a research and movement collective with Anna Hendricks and Julia Handschuh; and she collaborates with the Movement Party to produce an annual site-based dance festival on Cape Cod. She teaches improvisation and dance studies in academic and community settings and is an assistant editor for Contact Quarterly.

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