The Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) kicks off the second edition of their Progressive Performance Festival today, September 4th. Founded by Sara Coffey in 2006, VPL is an incubator space for contemporary dance, music and performance. Festival organizers have selected artists that "touch on themes of social justice and cultural memory, and shift the way we relate to our hand-held devices."
The performance art powerhouse -that is- Carmelita Tropicana (aka Alina Troyano) and her award-winning, filmmaker sister, ELA TROYANO, will preview their latest sci-fi film/performance/lecture hybrid, Schwanze-Beast today and tomorrow. The work encounters topics like climate change, gender, species preservation... and also poses the question “What separates human from beast?”
Because Performance Is Alive strives to share the voice of artists directly, I reached out to Carmelita and Ela regarding their new project. Despite an insane rehearsal schedule, they generously provided further insight into their project which can be found in full below. Enjoy and get out to Vermont! - Quinn