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Expermental dancers bring whimsy to Mount Tremper Arts

June 11, 2018 11:30 am

MOUNT TREMPER — Mount Tremper Arts presents a site-specific dance work by six performers as part of the Watershed Lab 2018 season on June 16. Guest curator Mina Nishimura plays match-maker to three groups of artists and MTA’s bucolic grounds. In this oddly perfect marriage, MTA’s unique spirit and environment feed inspiration to the artists, who in turn activate and nurture the space.

After a weeklong residency, the performers will use different spaces on the MTA grounds, combining Julie Mayo’s absurd yet thoughtful use of body, language, and space; Athena Kokoronis + Laurel Atwell’s use of intuition as a driving force to say where the structure and the frames of art and life appear, overlap, and are removed; and BOOM BAT GESTURE’s vivid energy and fearlessly experimental and mischievous spirit.

BOOM BAT GESTURE Performance Group (BBG) builds work through improvisation, collaborative processes, and multi-media tools, cultivating a unique voice in abstract storytelling and dark humor. Athena Kokoronis experiments with dance economies on a domestic scale and addressing choreographic problem-solving with time, sensitivity, and intimacy. She is the founder of Domestic Performance Agency. Laurel Atwell has recently become more interdisciplinary as Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research, and her work has been presented at Abrons Arts Center, Dixon Place, Danspace Project, and others. Julie Mayo is a choreographer and performer creating works that value the intersection of the uncanny and the quotidian, the comic and the tragic, and the individual and the collective. Mina Nishimura performs internationally and began creating her own work in 2005. She’s taught at Movement Research, Bennington College, Earthdance, and Brooklyn Studios for Dance.

Spring Springs! will be performed at 8 p.m. June 16 at Mount Tremper Arts, 647 South Plank Road, Mount Tremper. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 845-688-9893, or at the box office one hour before events.