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A collaboration between filmmaker Tori Lawrence and dancers Emily Climer, Ellie Goudie-Averill, and Marie Lynn Haas. Together they create site specific works by developing improvisational scores for the dancers, musicians, and the camera. They created movement-driven footage on 16mm film in and around the landscapes of Rochester, Vermont in the the summer of 2018 and 2019.

Film screening at the Hilltown Open Studio Tour on September 30th and October 1st, 2023. 


Tori Lawrence is a choreographer, filmmaker, and educator who creates site-specific multimedia performances and dance films. Her recent screendance projects have been filming and hand-processing super 8mm and 16mm analog motion picture film. Her environmentally-based work inspires an imaginative and sustainable way of looking at, thinking about, and using space.  She's currently collaborating with San Francisco-based choreographer Sara Shelton Mann on a new performance installation set to premiere in 2021. Tori has been a dance lecturer at Middlebury College, the University of Kansas, and a guest artist at Franklin & Marshall College, Wilson College, Drexel University, and Connecticut College. She’s been awarded residencies and fellowships at Yaddo, Djerassi, Chez Bushwick, Ucross Foundation, Charlotte Street Foundation, Dance Ireland, and Budapest’s Workshop Foundation. Her projects have been funded by New England Foundation for the Arts, Dance Films Association, Vermont Arts Council, and Lighton International Artists Exchange.

Originally from the Midwest, Ellie Goudie-Averill is a dance artist and educator who works with dancers of all ages on technique and performance. Since graduating with her MFA in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa, she has served as a professor at Temple University, Bucknell University, the University of Kansas, Franklin & Marshall College, and Connecticut College. In the past, she has danced professionally for Susan Rethorst, Lucinda Childs, Bronwen MacArthur, Group Motion.  Ellie is a regular collaborator and dancer with Tori Lawrence + Co. in dance films and site-specific works and has been with the company for seven years.  She currently teaches at Keene State College and at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought/Hawley Street Ballet in Northampton, MA.  Ellie's dance reviews and other dance writings have appeared online at thINKingDANCE and BAC Stories.

Emily Climer is a dancer and writer based in Brooklyn, NY.  She has recently shown her choreography as part of Sundays on Broadway (NYC), Split Bill at Triskelion Arts (NYC), The Third Barn (PA), and the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (MA). As a performer, she has worked on projects by Mina Nishimura, Emma Rose Brown, Susan Sgorbati & Elliot Caplan, Tyler Rai, and Tori Lawrence & Co. Emily regularly collaborates with improviser Marie Lynn Haas, as well as teaches Susan Sgorbati's Emergent Improvisation. She is an administrator for Cathy Weis Projects. In addition to her dancing, Emily writes and edits materials for emerging readers as part of the Humanities Team at Great Minds, an education non-profit. She has a BA from Bennington College and an MFA from the University of Iowa.

Ron Rost, a multi-instrumentalist living in Addison County, has been an accompanist for the dance program at Middlebury College for over 20 years. He performs with many different groups of musicians around Vermont, currently playing keyboards, Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer, etc. Some groups include The New Nile Orchestra, Gumbo Yaya, The Dirtminers and sometimes The Eames Brothers. In the past few years he has worked with high school students from The Walden Project and does percussion work with kids from the Success Program at Mary Hogan Elementary School.

Deborah Felmeth is a musician, singer, weaver, gardener, and avid photographer. She divides her time between Vermont and Syria. Her book Syria: Remember Me is filled with photographs that humanize the people of Syria beyond the headlines, and is available on Amazon.

film stills by Tori Lawrence

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