Vermont Performance Lab is a new type of performance incubator in the foothills of Vermont. VPL takes creation of new work beyond the walls of the studio and into the community by fostering experimental approaches to research and performance. VPL's Lab Program provides performing artists with research and development residencies where artists have the resources needed to create new work and to engage in VPL's rural community around the creative process.
During each residency VPL brings artists and audiences together through meetings, collaborative research, informal dinners, work-in-progress showings, talks, workshops and performances. VPL's Lab Artists often develop work in response to the people, history and landscape of Vermont.
Through its Lab Program, VPL provides:
* A new resource in the performing arts field for regional and national artists to focus on the creative process in relation to community
* Opportunities for collaborative research with scholars, students, local experts and community members
* Access to state-of-the-art dance and recording studios, community spaces and non-traditional performance sites
* Support and facilities for choreographer-composer collaboration
Currently VPL works with 4-5 artists each year, and participation in the Lab Program is by invitation.