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FEBRUARY 16 - 18

The Field Center proudly presents the 1st annual VERMONT DANCE + PERFORMANCE exchange taking place FEB 16-18.


Specifically geared toward contemporary dance and performance artists living and working throughout Vermont, this is a weekend for artists, producers and teachers focused on new, contemporary and experimental work to gather, dance and share their experiences working within the Vermont dance ecology. Co-produced alongside VT based artist Sam Kann and others, this event will feature classes from teachers in VT colleges as well opportunities for members of the community at large to share and spend time together.

All meals provided. Overnight options limited to 25 people.

This event is a community-centric event. We have built it to be as financially accessible as possible for Vermont-based artists! For that reason we have built a tiered pricing structure built for working artists with levels in the hops that those with more financial security will give generously to the event! No additional discounts are available at this time however please reach out to us via email if you need to discuss financial matters.


Fee at any tier includes access to any/all of the programs during the weekend include:

  • Bed | Overnight spots limited to 25 people first come first serve - please inform us in the registration form if you plan to stay one or both nights

  • Meals [6 meals total] 

  • 2 Classes

  • Talks and 'Round-Tables'

  • Registration is NOT prorated. Registration at any tier allows full access. Registrants can attend for 1 day or all 3 and come and go as needed. Overnight guests MUST confirm which nights they are staying and will be given beds as available.


PLEASE consider registering at the highest possible tier that you can afford!

These higher contributions allow us to keep this event accessible and affordable and determine how and whether we can do this again! If you value these sorts of events and can do so, consider paying at the $80-$100 tiers.



  • Arrive around 5pm

  • Have dinner

  • Field Center Intro / Talk

  • Optional: Studios open

  • Quiet after 10pm



  • 8:00 - 9:00 Optional: CDP

  • 9:00 -10:00 Breakfast

  • 10:30 - 12:30 First Class - Laurel Jenkins

  • 1  - 2 Lunch

  • 2:30 - 3:30 Makers Roundtable

  • 3:30 - 5:30 Second Class - Mina Nishimura

  • 6:30 - 7:30 Dinner

  • 8:30 - 9:30 Optional: Shake



  • 8:00 - 9:00 CDP

  • 9:00 - 10:00 Breakfast

  • 10:30 - 11:30 Teachers Roundtable

  • 11:30 - 12:00 Closing circle

  • 12:00 - 1:00 Clean + Leave!


Mina Nishimura is a dance artist from Tokyo whose practice and research focus on ever-changing relationships between internal landscapes and external forms, as well as images and movements. Buddhism-influenced and Butoh-based concepts and philosophies are reflected across her somatic, performance and choreographic practices.

After graduating from Ochanomizu University in Tokyo with BA in Performing Arts Education, Nishimura continued to study at Merce Cunnigham Studio in New York. After completion of the professional training program, she has performed and collaborated with groundbreaking NY-based choreographers and theater directors such as John Jasperse, Dean Moss, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Vicky Shick, Kota Yamazaki, Nami Yamamoto, Ursula Eagly, RoseAnne Spradlin, David Gordon, DD Dorvillier, Neil Greenburg, Daria Fain, Trajal Harrel, Yoshiko Chuma, Mårten Spångberg, Cori Olinghouse, Moriah Evans, John Jesurun, Ellen Fisher and Stephen Earnharst, while deepening her Butoh practice mainly with Kota Yamazaki. In the latest years in NY, she has also performed with SIA on Saturday Night Live, in PRADA/Miu Miu Women’s Tales directed by Celia Rowlson-Hall and in MV of Late Sea. 

Upon her return from Senegal (2003-04) assisting cultural exchange dance project, FAGAALA, choreographed by Germaine Acogny and Kota Yamazaki, Nishimura started making her own work. Her works have been commissioned and presented by NYU Skirball Center, Danspace Project, Gibney Dance, Mount Tremper Arts Center, UC Davis (CA), Bennington College (VT), The Metropolitan Autonomous University (Mexico), Dance Theater Workshop, Whenever Wherever Festival (Tokyo), The Kitchen/Dance and Process, among other dance organizations.

Laurel Jenkins is a dancer, choreographer, educator, and mother. Her choreography emerges from rigorous experimentation and interdisciplinary dialogues in the realms of contemporary dance, opera, music, and theater. LA Weekly writes that she creates “extraordinary movement/sound pieces in which the body becomes the most versatile of instruments, playing the music of an invisible dimension.” Through an ever-evolving choreographic process, Jenkins reimagines the contours of our collective experience, by engaging themes of individual interiority, human relationships, and our connection with that which is beyond human.  

Jenkins’ work has been presented by Lincoln Center, Disney Hall, REDCAT, Automata, the Getty Center, Show Box LA, Danspace, Berlin’s Performing Presence Festival, Tokyo’s Sezane Gallery, and Paris’ Cité Internationale des Arts. She choreographed Bernstein’s MASS with the LA Phil and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. In addition, she has choreographed for LA Contemporary Dance Company, The Wooden Floor, and many universities including UNL. Jenkins was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2007-2012, and has danced in works by Vicky Shick and Sara Rudner. Jenkins performed in the opera Oedipus Rex/Symphony of Psalms by Peter Sellars and solos by Merce Cunningham in the Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event. Jenkins is the recipient of a Vermont Arts Council Grant, an Asian Cultural Council Grant, a French Institute Fellowship, holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence, an MFA from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, and is certified to teach the Skinner Releasing Technique. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Middlebury College in Vermont.

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