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CCSRE Life Stories: Penny Campbell

Learn more about the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity at Middlebury College.

“Life Stories of Middlebury College” is a multi-phase initiative intended to gather people’s experiences while at the college, particularly reflections that highlight issues of diversity. In her interview,  Penny Campbell talks about the circuitous route she took to Middlebury, from Bennington College where she became inspired to pursue improvisational dance, to bus driving and protesting in Burlington, living and dancing in Japan, gathering all the dancers in Vermont and finally becoming part of the Dance faculty at Middlebury.  Over the years she has learned Spanish, traveled to Cuba and the Dominican Republic; improvisational dance has its root in Black and African culture – hip hop in particular influences modern dance and that is where her interests lie.

 

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Penny Campbell

Senior Lecturer in Dance

Antonia Losano

Associate Professor of English and American Literatures

 

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In reaction to dance competition reality shows that evaluate who is qualified to dance, Big APE presents Everyone Can Dance, a community-based performance project that celebrates the contagious allure of movement and the dynamic capabilities of the human body. The project includes a statewide tour and a four-week residency with Middlebury College students and local community participants. The company held several open rehearsals so anyone could watch the performance take shape. Members of the company, as well as over 50 community members, suddenly appeared in front of the bank during Middlebury’s Chili Festival.  The High-Tech Hoedown was created by Tiffany Rhynard and members of the group.

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Curricular Connections: Tamar Rogoff Performance Projects

Learn more about Neuroscience and the Arts at Middlebury College.

The interface between science and art is the core of this residency. Innovative choreographer and current Guggenheim Fellow Tamar Rogoff, and actor/dancer Gregg Mozgala share their findings from two years of daily work expanding the limitations and possibilities of cerebral palsy through dance. Three days of free classes and discussions culminate in the public, ticketed performance of Diagnosis of a Faun on October 29 and 30.

Video top right: CBS Sunday Morning story, original broadcast December 2009

Video bottom right: Audience members leaving the Friday night, October 29th performance were asked “If you could describe Diagnosis of a Faun in one word, what would it be?”  Responses were as varied as they were enlightening.

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