Actors Studio of Newburyport honors women’s history

Fontaine Dubus of Exit Dance Theatre and cellist Kristin Miller will present "Incarnation: A Performance in Motion" at The Tannery Mill #1 in Newburyport Friday and Saturday (March 8-9) and March 15-16.
Fontaine Dubus of Exit Dance Theatre and cellist Kristin Miller will present "Incarnation: A Performance in Motion" at The Tannery Mill #1 in Newburyport Friday and Saturday (March 8-9) and March 15-16.

MOVING FORWARD: The Actors Studio of Newburyport, which has a long tradition of celebrating Women’s History Month each March, is kicking things off with a different sort of event this year.

“Incarnation, a Performance in Motion” will be presented Friday and Saturday and March 15 and 16 at The Tannery Mill #1  in Newburyport.

Presented by Marc Clopton  of The Actors Studio, Fontaine Dubus  of Exit Dance Theatre,  and cellist Kristin Miller, it incorporates dance, original cello scores, and text as it flows from one space to another in The Tannery.


Beginning at The Actors Studio, the performance goes to the lofty hallway of the building, and culminates at The Dance Place’s Studio II Black Box. Each location offers the audience a different perspective.

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Clopton, an actor and director, is executive director of The Actors Studio. Since 1971, he has been involved in creating and producing new plays in Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and in Newburyport.

Exit Dance Theatre has collaborated with Miller for years because her music inspires movement.

In this live music/choreography/spoken-word performance, Exit has created solos, duets, and company pieces to Miller’s original songs. Choreography is by Dubus, Stephen Haley, Tricia Walsh Piacentini, Darlene Doyle, and Damon Jespersen.


Haley’s piece, set in The Dance Place’s black box space, features aerial performances.

Miller layers poetry and antique cello sound through a live digital recorder. She has released four solo CDs and is the recipient of several awards, including the Zara Nelsova Cellist Award for excellence in performance.

Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18; $15 for students and senior citizens. Visit 

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Poet and spoken word artist Mayda del Valle  presents a White Fund Lecture, titled “The

Author Mayda del Valle

Passion of Poetry and the Power of Artistic Expression” from 8:45 to 10 a.m. Thursday at Lawrence High School, in partnership with Northern Essex Community College. The event is open to the public and free. A native of the south side of Chicago, del Valle began performing her own writing while in high school and relocated to New


York City after graduating from Williams College with a bachelor’s degree in art. In 2001, she won the National Poetry Slam Individual Championship, becoming the youngest poet, and the first Latino person to win the title. . . . History writer and journalist Stephanie Schorow  discusses her new book, “Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Tewksbury Public Library. The book takes readers to some of Boston’s beloved and enduring neighborhood barrooms. Schorow is the author of six books on Boston history.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Beauty is Everywhere,” an exhibit of photographs by Matthew Muise,  is at The Gallery at Grosvenor Park  in Salem through April 14. An opening reception with the artist will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. March 3. . . . An exhibit of paintings by Lois Moore of Ipswich is at Sovereign Bank in Manchester-by-the-Sea beginning Thursday. A reception will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. On display are watercolor and pen-and-ink house portraits Moore does on commission, along with mixed-media expressionistic florals,

Sculptures by Daniel Rocha are on display in the Stetson Gallery at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead throughout March.

and watercolors of local landscapes. . . . “Neo-Baroque Minimalism, and All That,” an exhibit of paintings and sculptures by Daniel Rocha  of Lowell, is featured through March in the Stetson Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Church  of Marblehead. An opening reception will be held from noon to 2 p.m. today. Rocha is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art. His work has been exhibited throughout New England in galleries, museums, and universities and is included in collections as diverse as those of the Royal Bank of Scotland and Fidelity Investments. He also created a mural for the headquarters of Eastern Mountain Sports. 

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