Conversations in Vermont
Conversations in Vermont: Lisa Nelson is a digital artist publication and online research resource that highlights the work and life of dance and video artist Lisa Nelson. It revolves around many hours of audio-recorded interviews with Lisa Nelson, conducted by Myriam Van Imschoot between 2001 and now. Their conversations zoom in on crucial aspects of Lisa Nelson’s art making and teaching. Key notions such as ‘stillness’, ‘attention’, and ‘image’, give a specific insight into Lisa Nelson’s practice, but also into dance making at large.
The interviews are accompanied by an extensive anthology of texts written by and about Lisa Nelson, from early writings in Contact Quarterly to recent essays. Altogether this publication, made in collaboration with the artist, gives a rare overview of of her prolific work and honours her finetuned ideas as they have been shaping the uncomprising potential of the senses for action and composition in and outside of the realm of dance. Its legacy is felt in the practices of many artists.
In 2019 Sarma and Oral Site will release the second chapter of Conversations in Vermont, which will focus on the work and life of dancer and choreographer Steve Paxton.
interviews Lisa Nelson & Myriam Van Imschoot | editors Lisa Nelson, Myriam Van Imschoot & Tom Engels | dramaturgy Tom Engels | design & technical support Julien Bruneau | transcriptions Kevin Fay & Kristien Van den Brande | production Sarma | co-production Kaaitheater, STUK, Centre National de la Danse | made possible with the support of the Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie.