Mertle and Gertrude

Mertle and Gertrude ResidencySouthern Storytellers Martha Brim and Gayle Doherty danced their wise tales with their aged (to perfection) bodies in this week-long residency. They taught composition and folk dancing classes, as well as modern and ballroom. Brim and Doherty’s Women’s Study Roundtable discussion titled “Bodies, Minds and Muumuus: a dialogue about women, dance and mature bodies” offered a peak into what drove them to create their dance theater work “Mertle and Gertrude, two old friends” which was performed later that evening. “Mertle and Gertrude” is a collaboration of dance duets, solos and scripted dialog between Martha Brim and Gayle Doherty (AKA Mertle and Gertrude). While they were in Alfred, Martha also created a new dance work with the Alfred Dance Faculty – D. Chase Angier and Robert Bingham to be performed later in the year.

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