“In Search of Air: Growing Up Dyslexic,” a dance and theater performance with Lida Winfield, and workshops, too!

2014.winfield.webArts Council of Tamworth is excited to bring Vermont dancer, choreographer and spoken word artist Lida Winfield to Tamworth for four days of school and community workshops, and to present her piece “In Search of Air: Growing Up Dyslexic,” at Runnells Hall in Chocorua on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM. In this dance and theater performance based on her experience growing up with a learning disability, Lida shares the gifts and heartache that accompanied her struggle to learn to read—which did not occur until her early twenties. This show is a mixture of funny, sad and ironic moments strung together in a creative and captivating format. Lida’s presence on stage expresses her life so clearly that it brings us closer to our own. Tickets for the Wednesday evening performance will be on sale at the door. Choose Your Own Ticket Price, $5 to $30 for adults, $0 to $5 for youth to 18. Ticket revenues help support free workshops and performances in school and community—please invite your friends! https://vimeo.com/113412865

Lida will offer two workshops for the public. On Monday, March 16, join us for a professional development workshop for teachers in all grades and subjects, 3:30-5:00 PM at the K. A. Brett School in Tamworth, NH. In this experiential workshop Lida will share tools for using movement in the classroom to support diverse learning styles. Come at 2:00, if you’re able, to see a performance of her show before the workshop. On Tuesday, March 17, Lida will offer a Dance and Movement Workshop for all ages and abilities, 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Runnells Hall, Chocorua, NH. No experience is necessary. Both workshops are free; donations welcome. Lida will be in residency at K. A. Brett from March 16-19; interested homeschoolers are welcome to participate. Contact the school at 603-323-7271 for the schedule.

Since 2006, Lida Winfield has created and performed nationally and internationally original solo, duet and group work, merging storytelling, dance and visual art to create captivating and poignant performances that invariably cause audiences to laugh and cry, sometimes simultaneously. As a performer and teaching artist, she travels the country as a Keynote Performer/Presenter addressing issues of education, disability, access and the power of the arts. Her work reaches diverse populations—youth at risk, refugees, homeless families, adults with physical and mental disabilities, college students, rural and urban youth, professional artists and educators. Since 2007, she has taught teachers how to use dance in the classroom as an instructional tool through the Flynn Center Words Come Alive!. 

NEFA_black_RGB_small_0Lida Winfield’s residency is sponsored by generous business sponsor The Other Store and is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, with support from the K. A. Brett School, The Tamworth Foundation, the Tamworth PTA, and from media sponsors The Conway Daily Sun, 93.5 WMWV and Magic104FM. Tamworth Caregivers can provide rides to performances and workshops for those otherwise unable to attend; contact them at 603-323-7697. Mark your calendars now for the extraordinary Tim Eriksen and The Trio de Pumpkintown on June 5th and 6th. More info: artstamworth.org, 603-323-0104.