Don't miss this exciting and unique evening of diverse modern dance choreography and theatrical movement. Guests artists Joan Wiegers and Sara Greene and Director/Choreographer Kelly Doremus-Stuart have created works for the The New England College Theatre students that push their creativity to the limit. The program also include pieces choreographed by Joan, Sara and Kelly that will be performed by dancers from the larger New Hampshire community.
Joan Wiegers is the founding director of the dance program at Plymouth State University and a modern dance choreographer. After earning her bachelor’s degree in philosophy, Wiegers moved to New York City and studied at the renowned Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. From there, she taught dance in the Boston area, at such prestigious schools as the Boston Conservatory and Harvard House School of the Arts. Eventually, Wiegers relocated to New Hampshire and joined the faculty at New Hampton School, where she founded the dance program and taught dance for ten years, all while performing both as a solo artist and with dance companies. After two decades of teaching dance at PSU, Wiegers—eager to challenge herself as a dancer—took a sabbatical for the 2007-2008 school year. During this time she studied aerial dance at the New England School for Circus Arts and taught dance at several schools. It was during her sabbatical that Wiegers decided she wanted to continue to challenge herself in new ways as a teacher, dancer, and choreographer. While the decision to leave Plymouth State wasn’t easy, Wiegers is enjoying the time she now has to devote to building on her training in aerial dance, performing, and teaching. And she’s always on the lookout for new challenges.
Sara Greene is the founder and "chaufer" of the Ciel Rouge Moving Co. Originally from NH, Sara is a performing artist with a broad range of technical and creative skills and over 15 years of touring experience. She began her athletic training at age 7. Her artistic interests were also encouraged from a young age with exposure to live performance, film, literature and music. Uncertain of how to reconcile her physical and creative sides, Sara was thrilled to discover the genre of physical theater and the "new" circus. Her performing debut took place on the streets of Ireland with a group called Circus Culture. She has since worked with Circus Chimera, Circus Flora, Kelly Miller Circus, the Big Apple Circus and Cirque du Soleil. Unusually passionate about rope and cable and heights, she is best known for her work as a tent specialist/rigger and aerial performer. Sara hopes to have her own tent one day.