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Friday, April 24

Axis Mundi

Performance & Lunch Discussion
Time: 11:00am
Location: Museum of Art, Johnson Gallery

Visiting Assistant Professor Jonathan Vandenberg, Artist-in-Residence in Dance Scotty Hardwig, and Middlebury Theatre and Dance students


Working in collaboration with Middlebury Theatre and Dance students, Visiting Assistant Professor Jonathan Vandenberg will direct a performance installation in the Museum of Art’s largest gallery. Axis mundi (“axis of the world”) is the concept in many traditions of a liminal realm between lower and upper domains, such as between the terrestrial and the celestial. Historically, this concept has been investigated through diagram, painting, sculpture, and architecture. In this performance installation, a radical Axis “diagram” emerges. Through simple, deliberate movements, two performers enact a wordless drama of its own polarities, including birth and death, eros and thanatos, finite and infinite.

Note: This is a performance installation. Visitors may arrive anytime during the hour-long showing from 11am to noon. An “Off the Wall” discussion moderated by Artist-in-Residence in Dance Scotty Hardwig with the collaborators will be offered immediately after the performance from noon to 12:30pm followed by lunch. Lunch is provided. FREE.

Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Director of the Arts, and the Theatre Department.