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The Flynn Center is pleased to announce that Toby MacNutt of Burlington is the newest recipient of the Vermont Artists’ Space Grant. During the 10-week creation process, she will develop a series of dance pieces with emphasis on choreographic movement. As a dancer and person with disabilities, MacNutt has a unique relationship to the world and hopes to elucidate these differences through choreography. MacNutt’s project questions what constitutes a single body or a plurality, and the nature of bodies in relationship. Working with crutches—an external, removable item—MacNutt explores the various forces that define and depict relationships in dance: shape, motion, proximity, touch, gaze, and initiative.
The Flynn Center Vermont Artists Space Grant (formerly known as the New Arts Space Assistance Grant or N.A.S.A. Grant) Grant provides Vermont artists the opportunity to create new work in a setting that is conducive to working deeply and exploring new territory. The grant—open to an individual artist or a group of artists for a project in theater, dance, music or a combination thereof—provides for the freedom to create and experiment, allowing the awardee to incubate ideas and change direction as the piece evolves. Emphasis therefore is not placed on the awardee presenting a finished and polished piece; in fact the opposite is true of this grant, which culminates in an informal, work-in-progress showing. Awards include six hours of creation time per week for approximately 10 weeks in either the Chase Family Dance Studio or the Hoehl Studio Lab and an opportunity for an informal public showing of the new work in either of the two FlynnArts studios or in FlynnSpace. In addition, awardees will be considered for inclusion in the Flynn’s Vermont-centric Deeply Here Festival in the 2012-13 season. Past grant recipients include Marianne DiMascio, Carol Caldwell-Edmonds, Megan Burgess, Emily Frappier, Ellen Smith Ahern, Hanna Satterlee, Margot Lasher, Jen Berger, Joy Madden, Rachel Siegel, Selene Colburn, Heat & Hot Water Productions, Kathryn Blume, Kara Golux, Roderick Russell, Alia Thabit, Susan Reineke, Bruce Duncan, Shoshanna Boray, Annette Urbschat, Allison Goldfarb, Miriam Start, Peter Lind, and Sarah Brock. More information about the Vermont Artists Space Grant and how to apply is available online