October 19th: Turn Turn Turn

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Don’t miss The Company in a performance of Turn Turn Turn: Pete Seeger in Dance and Music.

October 19th at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

Performance at 7:30pm.

About the Performance

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the iconic folk musician and political activist, Pete Seeger. The Vanaver Caravan, one of America’s most celebrated folk music and dance troupes, pays homage to its friend and mentor, delving with artistic integrity and deep affection into the extraordinary life and musical legacy of Pete Seeger.

The longtime friendship between Bill & Livia Vanaver and Pete Seeger blossomed into collaboration in 1996, when Pete suggested he play for The Vanaver Caravan dancers. This forty-year relationship and professional collaboration laid the foundation for their new full-length program, Turn Turn Turn

Turn Turn Turn honors Pete’s music of social justice and humanity. Now, more than ever, The Vanaver Caravan feels moved to bring Pete’s music with its relevant message, to the stage through dance and new musical arrangements. With five musicians and seven dancers, this program takes the audience on a journey through American history, focusing on the U.S. from the 1930′s through the 2000′s. The show includes styles from clogging to swing dance and Zulu “Gumboot” dancing. Audience participation is encouraged and there is an opportunity for young people to perform alongside the Company. This dance and musical tribute with archival projections, Turn Turn Turn incorporates such legendary Pete Seeger songs as: Kisses Sweeter than Wine, We Shall Overcome, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Guantanamera, Wimoweh, and Turn, Turn, Turn. Recently performed excerpts of Turn Turn Turn have had audiences on their feet, and at times moved them to tears. Energized by Pete’s enduring message, audiences are inspired to make our world a better place.

The current cast of accomplished dancers & musicians includes: Livia Drapkin Vanaver, dancer/choreographer; Samantha & Brian Lawton-stars of the Swing Dance World, and dancers from around the world; Carla Giudicelli, Rafal Pustelny, Emily Vanston, and Ray Davis.

These Vanaver Caravan musicians have been with the Company since the late 70’s: Bill Vanaver, folklorist, composer, multi-instrumentalist/singer, and musical director; Evan Stover ~ fiddler extraordinaire; Linda Richards, Director of Music for the Clearwater; Toby Stover keyboards and percussion; Henry Chapin ~ bassist, singer, and veteran folk performer.

Based on a script by Dominic Orlando, Pete's story weaves throughout the production as “connective tissue.”  Davey Steinman coordinated the archival slides and visuals from Pete’s life and songs.

October 19, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

Chandler Center for the Arts

71 N Main St

Randolph, VT 05060

Cost: $42, $34, $27

Contact: 802-728-6464


Photo by Lois Greenfield. 2017.

Photo by Lois Greenfield. 2017.