WINDHOVER ANNOUNCES “QUARRY DANCE 5”
at Barker’s Quarry in Lanesville
Leverett Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Performances are: FRIDAY, July 29th at 5:30PM
SATURDAY, July 30th at 11:00AM & 5:30PM
SUNDAY, July 31st at 1:00PM
Windhover Performing Arts Center has presented spellbinding and engaging Quarry Dances for the past four years on Cape Ann. The New York City-based dance company, Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre, returns again this summer for a residency at Windhover to create and choreograph a site-specific quarry dance for the public. The audience for the quarry dance performances continues to expand, and people come from Boston and the surrounding areas.
For Quarry Dance 5, the Dušan Týnek dancers will use the architecture, cliffs, ledges, paths and water of Barker’s Quarry to celebrate this special place. The uniqueness and beauty of the quarry will be embraced and honored as in previous dances. Boston based live saxophonist Russ Gershon will accompany all four quarry dances.
Mr. Barker of Barker’s quarry was a quarryman who owned many acres of land and had a thriving granite business in the 1890’s until the early part of the 20th century. The quarry sits on the Selma & Gabriel Kleimola Reservation and is partially privately owned by a Kleimola family descendant as well as publically owned by the Essex County Greenbelt Association. The Kleimolas were from Finland, and they were lured to the Lanesville area by way of Ellis Island with eagerness to start a new life!
Performances of Quarry Dance 5 are free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. No reservations are required. The performance will last just over one hour. In case of rain, the performance is cancelled.
An art exhibit on silk interpreting the beauty and resilience of the quarries will be shown by artists Susan Quateman and Leslie Bartlett and will be on view during the entire run. There will be two educational free quarry talks offered by the ECGA (Essex County Greenbelt Association) following the performances on Friday evening and on Sunday afternoon that will last a half hour.
As there is no parking on Leverett Street, arrangements have been made to park at the Lanesville Community Center at 8 Vulcan Street, and also at the St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Orthodox Congregational Church in Lanesville. A shuttle van provided by the company “Ride on Transportation” will run back and forth from the Lanesville Community Center to the quarry on Leverett Street starting 45 minutes prior to performance times and after the performance is concluded. The suggested fee for the shuttle is $1.00 per person each way. The St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Orthodox Congregational Church in Lanesville are both within close walking distance to the Lanesville Community Center shuttle service. It is about a ten to fifteen minute walk to Barker’s quarry (at the end of Leverett Street) from the various parking areas, and we encourage as many people as possible to plan to walk.
The shuttle will begin 45 minutes prior to each performance and run continuously until the performance starts. It will return guests back to the Lanesville Community Center following the performances. We are requesting that no private vehicles be driven on Leverett Street going to the quarry during the shuttle and performance times in order to allow for an unimpeded flow of traffic.
Note: Seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis and chairs will be provided. In addition, people are welcome to bring blankets to sit on, as well bring their own water and soft drinks. Please do be advised that space is limited. For further information, please check the Windhover website which is: www.windhover.org or call 978-546-3611.
Major funding has been made possible by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. This program is also supported in part by a grants from both the Rockport and Gloucester Cultural Councils, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.