Zoe is a familiar face to many in the Rutland Region as a dancer, teacher, and sculptor. We are so excited to have her join us for Orpheus and Euridice.
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I live in Sudbury, VT (originally Hubbardton) and work as a dancer, choreographer, sculptor, and dance/art teacher. During the school-year I teach dance at a local dance studio, in summer I run art camps for kids, and in the in-between times I lead workshops in art and dance at local rec centers, libraries, and schools, choreograph for local theater companies, and work on my own choreography and artwork when I can. A lot of my time and energy is also currently devoted to raising my very busy 3-year-old daughter!
What is excites you about VTOP's production of Orpheus?
I am very excited by the site-specific aspect of this performance. I am interested in site-specific art, particularly dance, in my own work and have thoroughly enjoyed the beauty and challenges of all the site-specific projects of which I've been a part. I have danced on the concrete platform of a bridge crane, on the edge of a granite quarry (including on a platform installed just below the surface of the water), in a breeding barn, on the roof of a cow barn, as well as many other farm locations, and multiple sites around the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, located on the grounds of West Rutland's former marble quarry. I am excited by the rawness and rich history of the Vermont Marble Museum space! I am also thrilled to be dancing in an opera, something I have never done before!
What are some of your favorite musicals or dance companies?
Some favorite shows include Rent, Les Misérables, Hair, and Cats. I have always and will always love and be inspired by the work of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Beyond this there are way too many to list!
How did you get your start as a dancer?
I started dancing at age 7. I took predominantly ballet from then through high school, but was also introduced to modern dance in 6th grade and fell in love. I switched to predominantly modern in college and have stuck with it ever since! I graduated from Smith College with a double major in dance and sculpture. I love sharing my passion for this art form with my students and audiences.