Performance Residency Creation Sessions

Project creator and director Megan Buchanan will work with her collaborators in public rehearsals/creation sessions on a series of Sundays from October 23, 2022, through January 22, 2023, 1-3 p.m., to devise the second iteration of REGENERATIONS: Reckoning with Radioactivity, an interdisciplinary performance project of poetry, dance, projection, and live music that focuses on the spent radioactive fuel, radioactive water, and soil left behind by Vermont Yankee in Vernon, Vermont; explores some of the impacts of nuclear energy throughout the world; and includes expressions of grief and love for the earth.

Residency Schedule: 

  • Sunday, 10/23, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, 11/20, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, 11/27, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, 12/11, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, 12/18, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1/8, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1/15, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, 1/21, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Performances will take place on Friday, January 27, and Saturday, January 28, at 6 p.m.

Performers include Grainne Buchanan, Liza Cassidy, Marcella Eversole, Jake Klar, Sarah LaPlante, Hannah Mohan, Nellie Prior, Dana Renault, and Rachel Yoder.

For this second iteration of the project, the artists will draw inspiration from Renate Aller: The Space Between Memory and Expectation, an exhibit of large-format photographs and one site-specific installation on view from October 22, 2022, through February 12, 2023. Aller will consult with Buchanan on the project.

Megan Buchanan is a poet, contemporary dancemaker, educator, and activist. Her poetry collection Clothesline Religion (Green Writers Press, 2017) was nominated for the 2018 Vermont Book Award. Her work has been published in journals and  anthologies, was featured at Art at the Kent in 2020, and is currently part of the collaborative poetry and land trust project Writing the Land. Her work has been supported by the Arts Council of Windham County, the Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Performance Lab, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Born in Laguna Beach, California, a few miles north of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, Buchanan started a nuclear freeze club in middle school and was arrested at the Nevada Test Site (on unceded Southern Paiute and Western Shoshone land known as Newe Sogobia) along with hundreds of other activists. These early experiences sparked a lifelong dedication to sacred sites and environmental justice activism. She moved to Vermont with her two children in 2010. In addition to her work as a poet and performer, she currently works as a teacher at three area schools. 

This is an in-person series of events.