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The Encounter: Rockland

The Encounter: Rockland was created in partnership with The Rockland Strand.


A live work of physical theater, The Encounter: Rockland (2023) featured 11 local performers ages 11-72. It exists within the larger project, The Encounter, which is being created with communities around the world, merging professional, pre-professional, and non-professional performers.


The work is an encounter with oneself , pulling from what we are currently carrying in our bodies–grief, hope, fear, desire, newfound power- and pairs it with our dreams in this moment of reconciliation with time, as we dig our lives out of the pandemics of this age. The burgeoning result is a cross-geographic, global conversation about the ferocious power of the body as a form of communication and the potency of movement as a connective language.

The Encounter: Rockland

Choreography and Direction by Kimberly Bartosik 

Creative Associate Burr Johnson 

Performed by local community members Carol Brown, Annie Miller, Ann Hedly, Elio Shackelford, Fred Adair, Debbie Farre, Lee Anderson, Lulu Churchill, Kori Dinnean , CeCe Kulick, Kristin Meyer

Lighting Design by Seth Whited

Sound by Frankie Napolski (Buffalo) arranged by Kimberly Bartosik

Photos by Marti Stone and Jim Duggan 

The Encounter: Rockland is part of The Strand Theatre’s New Century series. The project is made possible, in part, with grant support from Maine Arts Commission and by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

Press: The Courier Gazette

The Encounter: Rockland premiered at The Rockland Strand August 4-5, 2023 in Rockland, ME. 



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