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March 7, 2013

Shifting perspectives

Actors Studio performance brings audience on a journey -- literally

The Actors Studio in Newburyport is celebrating Women’s History Month with a special program that will incorporate music and dance — while taking the audience on a little walk around the building.

Cellist Kristen Miller and Fontaine Dubus, owner of Exit Dance Theatre, partnering with actor/director Marc Clopton, owner of the Actors Studio in the Tannery Marketplace, will present “Incarnation, A Performance in Motion” this weekend and next Friday and Saturday.

“This is a show where the audience will not be sitting in their seats staring at a stage watching people do stuff for an hour,” Miller wrote in an email. “The show travels. The audience travels. Sometimes the audience is looking down on the performance. At other times, because there are aerial dancers, they will be looking up. This is literal, but truly with each piece, perspectives shift.”

The performance tells the story of “Everywoman,” Clopton said, using dance, music and words. As the performance progresses, the audience will travel to various locations around the Tannery, beginning with the Actors Studio, through the hallway and ending at The Dance Place.

“I have written a series of new pieces that Fontaine and Exit Dance Theater are choreographing,” Miller added. The pieces use cello, loop box, delay pedal and spoken word. Sometimes, even the dancers are speaking. There is great overlap, and it is really fun to see. Marc has written some beautiful text to go in the show as well. There is a sort of story to follow in the performance, but so much of it is open to interpretation.”

Clopton, Dubus and Miller began working on the performance last fall. Each year, the theater marks Women’s History Month with several events. In addition to this piece, the theater is hosting a dance party on Saturday, March 30, featuring Girls’ Night Out Quartet.

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