Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy

Summer Stages Dance, Concord Mass., USA, photographs by Jaye R. Phillips; and April E. Stone
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Country and Region United StatesMassachusetts
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival Concord, Massachusetts, USA
Festival Contact Information

Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy
166 Main Street
Concord, Massachusetts 01742 USA
Phone: (01) 978-402-2339
Fax: (01) 978-402-2210

Festival Description

Founded in 1996 at Concord Academy by faculty members Amy Spencer and Richard Colton, Summer Stages Dance is a rigorous training program for students of contemporary dance and a laboratory for choreographers to develop new work. The SSD/CA intensive workshop and Meet the Artist Performance Series have earned a distinctive reputation for the emphasis on mentorship and on the creation of new work, and for presenting leading contemporary dance artists in an acclaimed series of public events. The Workshop, July 8-28, takes place in a 2,500 square foot state-of-the-art dance studio space designed by award-wining architect Graham Gund on the campus of Concord Academy, an independent secondary school where the performing and visual arts are a central part of the curriculum. Public performances take place at Concord Academy’s 400-seat Performing Arts Center (PAC), and at the stunning harbor front Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theatre at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston.

Festival Dates July 9 - 28, 2012, 2013 cancelled
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Festival Events:

Programming 2012:
  • Thursday, July 12 at 8:30 pm at ICA/Boston
    Two Alike, by Jack Ferver with set by Marc Swanson
    Co-presented with the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
    • A collaboration between choreographer/performer Jack Ferver and sculptor Marc Swanson, this meditative and visceral performance explores the shattering affects of abuse on queer youth. Ferver acts as the emotive flesh and voice inside Swanson’s eerie mirrored set/sculpture, delivering a performance that twists and turns between past and present with pastoral prose, frightening confessionals, and haunting choreography built from interviews between the two artists, improvisation, and states of trance. One of the most riveting performers in American dance, Ferver has been called a “contemporary chameleon” and his work has been compared to the brilliant video artist Ryan Trecartin in its use of fast choreographic jump cuts and rapid-fire dialogue. This performance will mark Ferver’s first performance in Boston. Based in New York City, Ferver is a choreographer, writer, performer and teacher. Self-identity, development, conflict and nostalgia are all re-occurring themes found in the works of artist Marc Swanson. Working in a diverse range of mixed media that incorporates photography, sculpture, drawing, collage, video and installation, he’s been recognized as “the archetypal constructivist for today.” Swanson was born in New Britain, Connecticut, and now resides in Brooklyn, New York. This collaboration marks the sixth iteration of SSD/CA and the ICA’s ongoing partnership exploring the relationship between contemporary dance and other artistic disciplines.
    • Performance information — Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, ICA/Boston, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston
      $25; ICA Members, students $20 (with identification)
      Includes museum admission on day of performance or
  • Thursday, July 26 & Friday, July 27 at 8:30pm at ICA/Boston
    How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run, choreographed by Merce Cunningham with Interface, a new work choreographed by Rashaun Mitchell
    Co-presented with the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
    • The Merce Cunningham Trust was established by Merce Cunningham to preserve, enhance, and maintain the integrity of his choreography and to make his work available to the public. The Trust has recently launched the Cunningham Fellowship Program to support individuals in restaging Cunningham’s dances. Rashaun Mitchell—who will be staging Cunningham’s amusing and enlightening work How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run —is one of a select few awarded this fellowship during the program’s pilot year. Following an intensive workshop with Robert Swinston, Director of Choreography for the Trust, Mitchell will restage How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run for special guest dancers during a three week residency at Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy. Premiered in 1965, How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run is performed with stories from John Cage’s Indeterminacy — a series of paragraph-long stories, anecdotes, thoughts and jokes — with one story read aloud per minute. The program will also feature Mitchell’s new work Interface, a quartet developed with musical collaborator Thomas Arsenault (Ableheads), and design by Fraser Taylor and Nicholas O’Brien. The work is being workshopped at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York this spring. A former Merce Cunningham Dance Company member and Concord Academy alumni, Mitchell was last seen at the ICA in the summer of 2010, performing with the poet Anne Carson in their collaborative works Bracko and NOX, as part of the ICA and SSD’s CO LAB: Process and Performance Series, a joint project between the ICA and Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy featuring some of America’s best artists coming together in dynamic collaborations between the visual arts, music, poetry and dance.
    • Performance information — Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, ICA/Boston, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston
      $25; ICA Members, students $20 (with identification)
      Includes museum admission on day of performance or
  • Saturday, July 28 at ICA/Boston at 12pm
    David Parker & The Bang Group in Backward and in Heels
    Co-presented with the ICA as part of their monthly “Play Date” Family Programs.
    • Performing a suite of dances displaying The Bang Group’s trademark rhythm and humor, Choreographer David Parker and his dancers will open up their process and show how they build humor out of rhythm and predicament using Velcro costumes, bubble-wrap, Chinese take-out, elbow grease, their voices and their own eight feet. A touchstone for the performance will be Misters & Sisters, a dance/theater cabaret by and about David Parker and Jeffrey Kazin, and their performing alter-egos. In addition to the performances, there will be an interactive exploration of the company’s improvisational work, wide-ranging use of percussive dance forms, and how they generate kinetic wit.
    • Performance information — Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, ICA/Boston, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston
      Free tickets will be available on the day of the event only. Space is limited; first come, first served. or
  • Saturday July 28 at ICA/Boston at 3:30pm
    Choreographers’ Project Showcase
    Featuring original work by Seán Curran and Choreographers’ Project Fellows
    • A showcase of new work developed by Summer Stages Dance Choreographers’ Project Fellows and featuring Left Exit/10 Beginnings, an original piece by Seán Curran set to John Cage’s Music for Piano 2, performed by Summer Stages Workshop participants.
    • Performance information — Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, ICA/Boston, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston
      $25; ICA Members, students $20 (with identification) or


Practical Info:

  • All performances are held in Concord Academy’s fully air-conditioned 400-seat Performing Arts Center, except where noted. On Thursday evenings, audience members may also attend a pre-performance open rehearsal in the dance studio.


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