Artist: Maddie Bailey
Special Dance Performance
The following is a rehearsal video of “Stolen Dress,” a poem by Tess Gallagher from her new collection "Is, Is Not" set to music and dance by Vicki Lloid in collaboration with Allison Michelle Keppel. Ms Gallagher and Ms Lloid have been collaborating for many years and both are excited to be able to premier this new work as part of ArtWalla’s virtual First Friday Art Tours. Sound engineering and videography in the video are provided by Rob Snow.
The poem below is Stolen Dress by Tess Gallagher, which is playing in the background of the rehearsal video.
I was walking through a vast darkness
dress that had to be stolen? Fear washed
while the stolen feeling of the dress sparkled
waves, this queasy feeling I would be
I flung those high heels into the depths,
Vicki Lloid and Contributors
Choreographer and performance artist Vicki Lloid made her name in New York as the audition and rehearsal assistant for the Phoebe Neville Dance Company, with whom she performed in a variety of venues, including the 92nd Street Y, Riverside Church, and St. Mark’s in the Bowery. Lloid’s time in New York also included stints with the Mary Anthony Dance Company and The Bicycle Shop Dancers of Brooklyn.
In 1991 Vicki moved to Walla Walla and accepted a post teaching Modern Dance at Whitman College, where she stayed on for twenty years and created over forty original dance theater productions many of which involved collaborations with poet Tess Gallagher. Her dance works have also appeared in Seattle alongside the choreography of Donald Byrd, Wade Madsen, and Deborah Wolf in Seattle’s Against The Grain/Festival of Men Dancing. Her evening length work EVEN SO... was presented by Peninsula College for the Raymond Carver Festival in Port Angeles and at Charles Smith Wines and the Gesa Powerhouse Theater in Walla Walla. She has also presented Carver’s Lemonade both in Port Angeles and Walla Walla and last year, the Suitcase Players performed an original thirty minute work called The Traveler at Impress Salon, Waterbrook Winery and DAMA Wines in downtown Walla Walla. This season The Suitcase Players are booked to perform for ArtWalla, Waterbrook Winery and The Foundry Vineyards among other venues.
Allison Michelle Keppel has performed in both the US and Europe, and danced professionally for Spectrum Dance Theater, Palindrome Intermedia Performance Group, DASS Dance, InEffect Hip-Hop Company and the 5th Avenue Theater. Ms Keppel is currently on the faculty of the Summer Dance Lab at Whitman College and has taught Jazz Dance and Yoga at SDL for 13 years. She performed in Vicki Lloid’s dance work “Lemonade”, to a poem by Raymond Carver, in Walla Walla and Port Angeles. Allie has also performed with the Walla Walla Symphony and for ArtWalla’s Black and Gold Gala in 2012.
Tess Gallagher is the author of ten previous books of poetry, including “Midnight Lantern”, "Dear Ghosts" and "Moon Crossing Bridge”. She is also the author of four collections of short fiction and two books of nonfiction. She spends time in the West of Ireland and also lives in Port Angeles, Washington.