Aug. 5: Shaker Inspirations: A Day of Music and Dance

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Shaker Inspirations: A Day of Music and Dance

Date: Saturday, August 5, 2017

Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Daytime events. 5:30 pm: Evening performance of The Zealous Laborers.

Admission prices: A day and evening pass, including the evening performance and a chance to picnic on the grounds is $35 (no charge for members). General admission prices for only daytime events from 10-5.

Come and celebrate the Shaker legacy of dance and music with a contemporary twist. This inaugural event offers an opportunity to see diverse dance performances and learn about the influence of Shaker music. In between, picnic on the grounds, explore the buildings and enjoy the unparalleled scenery the Village has to offer! An evening performance of a Shaker-inspired dance collaboration between Boston based choreographer Lorraine Chapman and NYC based choreographer David Parker danced by their companies LCTC and The Bang Group, The Zealous Laborers, concludes this exhilarating day. The first draft of this piece premiered at the Village last August and has now been reworked into an evening-length performance. Join us!


Program of events:

11:00 am: A Midsummer’s Night Dream performed by Ballet Misha








12:30 pm: “Give Good Gifts” – The Simplicity of Shaker Music presented by Roger Lee Hall, Ethnomusicologist and Composer










2:00 pm: Plymouth State University Dance Program performances choreographed by Amanda Whitworth and Mariah Rasmussen










4:15 pm: Performance by the Canterbury Singers


Evening Performance:

5:30 pm: Introduction from choreographers Lorraine Chapman and David Parker

6:00 pm: The Zealous Laborers performance

Zealous Laborers pic one






Check out the video below on the dance performances last year!

More information on the Shaker Dance Revival Project.


Performers’ Bios:

Lorraine Chapman

Lorraine Chapman danced professionally with Eliot Feld Ballets/NY and Ballet British Columbia as well as for several Boston-based choreographers including Amy Spencer, Richard Colton, Diane Arvanites, Jose Mateo, and Marcus Schulkind.  As a choreographer Chapman has received several grants and has created works for numerous venues, festivals and companies including On The Boards-Northwest New Works, The Yard, World Music/CRASHarts, Dancing Nor’easters-Arts & Ideas, Alberta Ballet, Summer Stages Dance, Festival Ballet of Providence, SOAKING WET, Stonington Opera House, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Inside/Out. Yes, Virginia – Dance, Flynn Center Performing Arts, The Dance Complex, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Dixon Place, and Citigroup Theater Alvin Ailey.  She officially formed LCTC in 2002 ( which is now one of Boston’s most notable contemporary dance companies.  LCTC was represented by Pentacle – a NYC-based management support organization 2013-2016.  Chapman’s awards include a Boston Dance Alliance Rehearsal & Retreat Fellowship, a Brother Thomas Fellowship from The Boston Foundation, a Boston Center for the Arts Dance Residency and a Summer Stages Dance/Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency as well as being featured in Dance Magazine as one of “25 To Watch”.  She received her training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and L’Ecole Superieure De Danse Du Quebec as well as from Boston veterans Frances Kotelly and Samuel Kurkjian. She teaches at the Northeast School of Ballet’s Conservatory, Urbanity Dance, and the Ballet Arts Centre of Winchester.


Amy Fortier:

Amy Fortier is the director of Ballet Misha, and its affiliate school Dimensions in Dance in Manchester NH.  Amy trained privately with Michelle Leslie, at Boston Ballet on the professional track, and later received a scholarship to attend Walnut Hill School for the Arts, a boarding school for young artists in Natick, MA.  Amy graduated with high honors from Goucher College with a triple concentration in Dance, English Literature, and Art History, where she was given lead roles in pieces choreographed by dancers from the New York City Ballet, Ballet Austen, Nashville Ballet, and the Pennsylvania Ballet. In 2003, Fortier received her Master’s Degree in Literature and Art History from the University of London where she was a fellowship scholar. In London, she continued training with dancers from the English National Ballet.

In 2007, Amy founded Ballet Misha, a non-profit dance company committed to bringing high caliber dance performances into the New Hampshire Community.   As Director of Ballet Misha, Amy has choreographed and directed several full length ballets including The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Wild Swans, as well as numerous shorter works and contemporary pieces.  Ballet Misha has collaborated with The Currier Museum of Art, The Manchester Community Music School, The Manchester public Library, Canterbury Shaker Village, ArtFront NH, InTown Manchester, as well as brought dance into many local schools.   


Roger Lee Hall, Ethnomusicologist and Composer:

One of the most active researchers of Shaker music. For over 40 years he has performed Shaker music in   churches, colleges and elsewhere. He interviewed the Shakers at Canterbury and Sabbathday Lake, Maine and excerpts of these interviews are on the disc titled, “Blended Together.” He is the author of many music articles for magazines and academic journals and he has prepared three multimedia DVDs with audio and video examples: “Give Good Gifts”; “The Humble Heart” and “Simple Gifts.”  Also, he is an album producer of CDs featuring Shaker music including his own compositions with these titles: “American Places”; “Celestial Praises” and “Gentle Words.”


David Parker

David Parker, together with Jeffrey Kazin directs The Bang Group, a New York-based, contemporary dance company dedicated to rhythm as a source for dancemaking.  The Bang Group has toured and performed widely throughout the United States and Europe and enjoys regular home seasons in New York City at New York Live Arts (and its predecessor, Dance Theater Workshop,) Danspace Project, DanceNow/NYC, Symphony Space and other venues.  TBG also has a second home in Boston cultivated through long term partnerships with The Institute for Contemporary Art, Summer Stages Dance, Boston Center for the Arts and The Theater Offensive.  The company is also in residence at The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard and at the West End Theater in New York City.  Parker is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow in choreography and has won numerous awards and grants both nationally and internationally.  This upcoming season the company will be touring Parker’s “Mouthful of Shoes” and “Nut/Cracked” throughout New England and is delighted to be back for its second season with Lorraine Chapman/The Company at The Canterbury Shaker Village.


Mariah Rasmussen:

Mariah Rasmussen is a dancer and choreographer from North Eastern Connecticut. She started dancing at a young age and went on to further her education at Plymouth State  University where she studied Dance and Wellness Administration. During her time at PSU, Mariah worked with companies and choreographers such as Jesse Robb, Mziyanda Mancam, Helen Simoneau, and Urbanity Dance. Through Plymouth State University, she showcased her works in a variety of setting and since graduating, has presented work at Canterbury Shaker Village, NH, Plymouth State University, and in the Urbanity Underground Showcase, MA. Currently, Mariah is a member of Urbanity Underground in Boston. When Mariah isn’t dancing and performing in Boston you can find her teaching students of all ages in CT and beyond.

Song Title – “Needles” by So Percussion
Title of piece – “Huntress”
Dancers – Erica Courtemanche, Kendra Fox, Mariah Rasmussen


Amanda Whitworth:

Amanda Whitworth is a teaching artist residing in central New Hampshire with a passion for interdisciplinary collaboration and networking.  She continues to work as a performer of dance and physical theatre with choreographers and organizations both nationally and internationally. Ms. Whitworth is committed to diversifying her work in the arts and partners  with organizations, institutions and educators to advocate and promote dance.  Currently,  she directs the dance program at Plymouth State University as well as creates works of interdisciplinary art and theatre through her company Tributary Dance.  Whitworth is pleased to work with an collaborative group of educators and artists to reestablish the New Hampshire Dance Alliance which inspires dance advocacy, education and networking  in Northern New England.


Canterbury Singers:

The Canterbury Singers originated at the Canterbury Shaker Village many years ago. Volunteers working for the Village, along with some staff, formed the group to continue the musical legacy of the Shakers. The group has grown larger in recent years, and performs authentic Shaker music as well as inspired arrangements by a variety of composers. Outside of the Village, the group also includes music of early America, including hymnody and a variety of arrangements of American folk songs, in its’ presentations.



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