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Quarry Dance

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.

Quarry Dance 4 on top of granite ledge together

Windhover Gala Fundraising Event – Fête Du Moment (Celebration of the Moment)

Following upon the tremendous success of Quarry Dance 3, Windhover invites you to a GALA FUNDRAISING EVENT:  Fête Du Moment (Celebration of the Moment). 

Windhover Performing Arts Center has been given a matching grant for exciting new plans to build an indoor theater. This will extend the season of live performances from May through October and allow for the continuance of excellent dance and theater events regardless of the weather.   The goal will be to provide the audience with an exceptional experience at Windhover at all times.

In celebration of this grant and with a commitment toward building this theater and realizing this vision, we are hosting a two hour gala presenting Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre and Sarah Swift Slifer in a short program of dance during this intimate evening that also includes culinary treats, live jazz music, champagne and conversation.  Dušan Týnek and his troupe from New York City performed the last three quarry dances on Cape Ann as well as their own choreography in the past on the Windhover stage.  They are returning to perform a duet. Sarah Slifer Swift, a well-known performer on Cape Ann and award-winning choreographer, will present a solo dance she created while on artist’s retreat at Windhover.

Jazz pianist Joe Mulholland will perform some jazz riffs on keyboard.

Tickets are $55.00 per person and include festive drinks, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, the dance and music program – and an opportunity for great camaraderie.

Please join us as we launch our efforts to match the grant for a theater, and to rally around the expanding vision of historic Windhover. This Fête Du Moment will take place on the grounds of Windhover rain or shine, both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting.)

SPACE IS LIMITED, so please send in your check today.
Checks are to be made payable to Windhover and sent to the following address:
Windhover, Box 2249, Rockport, MA 01966
(phone: 978-546-3611)   Actual address is: 257 rear Granite Street, Rockport, Ma. 01966

Paypal is also available online through the Windhover website: www.windhover.org
For any questions, please send to the following email address: windhover@verizon.net
(Windhover is a 501(c) 3 corporation and contributions are tax deductible.)

Lisa Hahn, Co-Director of Windhover