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      Full Circle: The Art & Heart of Aging in Burlington

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      April 11, 2014 - April 13, 2014


      Burlington, Vermont, United States
      Burlington, Vermont 05401

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      Full Circle: The Art & Heart of Aging

      Location of Festival
      Burlington, Vermont, USA

      Festival Contact Information

      Full Circle Festival
      P. O. Box 184
      Burlington, VT 05402 USA
      Phone: 802-448-5592

      Festival Description

      FULL CIRCLE: THE ART & HEART OF AGING is a weekend festival dedicated to the gifts and challenges of aging. Writers, artists, actors, dancers, comedians, filmmakers, and fitness experts will present work that inquires how we might embrace our final years. The festival will bring all members of the community together to think, feel, and talk about ideas that challenge and frighten us. FULL CIRCLE’s creative programming will foster dialogue across the generations to counter our cultural fear of aging and the rise of ageism.

      At FULL CIRCLE we’re going to look at the “other side” of aging. The part that’s celebratory and creative, about potential, not limitation, about gaining wisdom, not losing our memories We’re going to bust some myths wide open and have a whole lot of fun in the process. Join us in April 2014 in Burlington, Vermont for the first FULL CIRCLE.

      FULL CIRCLE will illuminate a wide range of concerns about aging and offer information about community services available for elders. Healing arts professionals will lead workshops in body/ mind integration, fitness and senior athletics, rites of passage, activities for children, and more. Performances, films and presentations will be followed by Q & A and discussion sessions. Festival events will provide an environment for open and easy discussion, inquiry, learning, and laughter.

      In venues through downtown Burlington — Memorial Auditorium, Contois Auditorium, FlynnSpace, Burlington City Arts, Main Street Landing, Union Station and SEABA Gallery — FULL CIRCLE will host a weekend of fun and educational programming: Friday night keynote; Intergenerational activities; Presentations and discussion groups Films; Theater; Comedy; Music; Dance Performances; Interactive art installations; Workshops; and a Resource Fair

      Festival Dates
      April 11 - 13, 2014

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      Programming 2014:

      • Pre-Festival Events — Recille Hamrell/Young Writers Project/Charlotte Central School
        • March 17, 2014 - Five seniors from Recille Hamrell’s story-sharing group at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library will present powerful and engaging stories to two classes of seventh graders at Charlotte Central School.
        • March 24, 2014 - Hamrell, the seventh grade teacher, and Kathy Folley of the Young Writer’s Project will work with the seventh graders to generate personal stories to be told aloud.
        • March 31, 2014 - The senior story tellers will return to serve as audience for the students to share their stories.
      • Keynote Address
        • A Shadow or a Friend - How Words Travel With Us All the Way, Awarding-winning poet/author Naomi Shihab Nye talks and reads from her work at Ira Allen Chapel, followed by reception and book signing.
      • Comedy Shows
        • “Laugh Till You Die”: What does a physical comedian do when he reaches the autumn of his life, sustains an injury and realizes the arthritis is here to stay?…He writes a show about it! Accident-prone and dangerously funny, Tom Murphy kicks the art of solo-performance into overdrive. His relentless brand of soul searching repartee and sublime slapstick captivates audiences and leaves them crying “uncle”. This is a fun show for children and the entire family!
        • Vermont Comedy Divas: Founder of the Vermont Comedy Divas, Josie Leavitt, and three members of the country’s only all-female touring stand-up comedy troupe bring hilarity to our perspectives on aging in an evening comedy show!
      • Dance/Movement/Fitness
        • “Long Gone”: Intricately blends dance and storytelling to celebrate heartfelt, funny and irreverent memories of those long gone. Weaving movement and spoken word, choreographers Lida Winfield and Ellen Smith Ahern explore how our dead continue to live and evolve through memory and imagination. Passionate about making dance an open dialogue between performers and audiences, Ellen and Lida’s work finds beauty and humor in this challenging topic that connects us all.
        • “Dawn to Dusk”: World premiere of choreographer Lida Winfield’s intergenerational dance, commissioned especially for Full Circle. “Dawn to Dusk” explores the gifts, challenges and transition of aging with a sense of beauty, dignity, awkwardness and humor. Through dance, theater, music and story with performers who range in age from under two to mid seventies, we get to travel through time all the while catching glimpses of where we have been and where we are going.
        • NIA Demonstration: The certified Nia Instructors from South End Studio in Burlington will be leading a 30 minute interactive Nia demo for bodies of all ages! Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all ages, shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Through this joyful and playful movement practice, our bodies can reap immediate and profound benefits at any age and throughout the aging process. The practice of Nia fosters strong, flexible, agile, mobile and stable bodies and is easily adapted to individual needs and abilities. Step into your own joyful journey with Nia, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live. GOOD FOR FAMILIES w/CHILDREN
        • Senior Athletic Demos: Vermont Senior Games will host several fitness stations and athletic games. People 50+ encouraged to try them out!
        • Fitness Workshops: Brief introductions to the benefits of Pilates and Tai Chi.
        • Senior Line Dancing: The Heineberg Highsteppers are a line dance troupe of women who have reached the elegant ages between early 60’s - late 80‘s. Come watch and also join in the fun, dancing to music from the 40’s through the present. Led by director Donna Zeo, steps are derived from ballroom and square dance — with the motto: “Fun first, feet second!”
        • “Family Drumming & Dancing with Jeh Kulu”: Bring your kids and grandkids and have some fun learning West African drumming and dancing with Jeh Kulu! GOOD FOR FAMILIES w/ CHILDREN
        • “Paneurhythmy“: Movement workshop with Rupa Cousins. Paneurhythmy is a simple circle dance from Bulgaria, created by Peter Deunov a mystic from the early 20th century. In this healing practice, intention and movement unite to support integration and evolution of the body, mind and spirit. Paneurhythmy practice promotes joy in the dancer and in the circle. People of any age and any belief system can participate — Rupa’s teacher danced until almost 90!
        • “Yoga with Martha Whitney”: Celebrate yourself with a gentle, enlivening yoga practice. Enjoy the pleasure of movement and breath in this morning class designed for every body and level of experience. Martha has been studying yoga and body-mind therapy for 22 years: her mindful and welcoming yoga environment fosters enhanced self-acceptance and well-being.
      • Music
        • Jenni Johnson and the Junketeers: Singing jazz, blues and funk, Jenni’s full, smooth voice offers an ideal format for the collection of American jazz classics, blues, swing and funk music for which she is known and loved throughout Vermont and beyond.
        • Noyana Singers: Following the film screening of Holding Our Own: Embracing the End of Life, the VNA’s hospice chorus will sing a brief sampling of the musical repertoire they offer to those who are dying and their families throughout Chittenden & Grande Isle Counties. Their music includes upbeat favorites, folk music, songs from other countries, hymns and chants.
        • Social Band: Social Band, a unique Burlington-based choral group, combines poetry with stunning harmonies to create a musical reflection on the cycle of life, from birth to death – and everything in between. Social Band draws upon a variety of compatible choral traditions to create their thoughtful, inspiring and fun-loving musical journeys – vocal music that awakens the mind, stirs the soul and lifts the heart!
        • Blue Gardenias: A Vermont jazz vocal trio that delivers a highly entertaining and tuneful romp through a variety of genres. Singers Juliet McVicker, Taryn Noelle, and Amber deLaurentis are accompanied by Vermont jazz legend Tom Cleary on the piano. Their repertoire shimmers with dead-on three part harmonies straight out of the American jazz, country and rock songbook.
        • Full Circle: Full Circle is a group of five friends who have been making music together, in various combinations, since 1978. The women of Full Circle make music with recorders, hammered dulcimer, harp, guitar, percussion and voices. Their extensive repertoire includes Celtic songs and dances, folk music from around the world, and music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
      • Panel Discussions
        • “Culture and Aging”, panelists from Vermont Refugee Resettlement discuss the experience of being an elder in other cultures.
        • “Aging and Growing: Creative Choices for the Second Half of Life”: panel discussion about options for creative aging: study, travel, volunteering, spiritual development
          —Gary Eley, Vermont Senior Games, Move for Well Being
          —Miriam Black, Road Scholars
          —Paula Fives-Taylor, Microbiologist ->Hospice Volunteer
          —David Blistein, Owner Ad Agency ->Author, Scriptwriter
          —Roddy Cleary, Minister Emerita, Unitarian Universalist Church
        • “Where Will We Live”: panel discussion about residential options for our later years: home w/ outside assistance, co-housing, senior residential community, home share, nursing home.
          —Patrice Thabault, Home Instead Senior Care - Fiona Patterson, Co-housing
          —Kirby Dunn, HomeShare
          —Erin Knox, Senior Residences
          —Paul Kervick, Living Well
      • Additional programming
        • The extensive and diverse programming schedule also includes Art Exhibits and Interactive Art Exhibits, Films, Workshops and Hands-On Workshops, Talks, and Theater.

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