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Community Connectors: Shipyard Project Revisited

From May 28, 2020 to May 28, 2020



This event is FREE, however if you would like to support NHTP programming please visit our TIP JAR


Join NHTP as they gather with artists and community members responsible for the Shipyard Project, which brought Liz Lerman's Dance Exchange to Portsmouth, NH between 1992 and 1996 sparking decades of community arts programming and city-wide development.

In challenging times artists come together to build projects and programs that support their community and in this moment of global crisis NHTP is exploring the long term impact of arts programming as a tool for community development!

A panel of special guests including Liz Lerman, (Founder Dance Exchange) Peter Bowman (Former Shipyard Commander), Jane Forde (Former Artistic Director of The Music Hall), Genevieve Aichele (NHTP Founder and Executive Director), and Sarah Duclos (Artistic Director Neoteric Dance Collaborative and youth participant in the Shipyard Project) will come together to discuss the creation and implementation of the Shipyard Project, and its lasting effects on both the work of the artists involved and the community as a whole.
The Shipyard Project created one of those great moments in time when the learning was happening equally on all sides.

The Dance Exchange, because of what was in front of them, was charged with developing many new ideas, processes and ways of working, which eventually informed new artistic projects and expanded the abilities -at every level- of each dancer in the company. The community, in turn, witnessed, participated in, and had an opportunity to see -in the most unexpected ways- how dance and storytelling could have an impact on their lives. The combination was truly electric!

The implications of it are long lived, both for the Portsmouth community and for the Dance Exchange, in terms of how it affected our own artmaking practices.

The guests will gather on zoom with additional participants joining via Webinar with access to the Q&A function. Registration is required in order to receive the attendance link. The attendance link will be sent to registrants via email on the morning of the event. 

Community Connectors is a program which gathers individuals, organisations and institutions to discuss the most pressing issues facing the community through the lens of the artistic work of New Hampshire Theatre Project. These casual conversations are facilitated to spark connections across many fields and industries. They are always FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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