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Exploring Neurodiversity Through Dance

“Perfect Girl Upside Down” — dancers from left are: Isabelle Graham, Lilia Ambler, Eric Acevedo, Maggie Fiske, and Tristan Walsh in the back. Photo by Sonia Plumb.
What does it mean to be neurodivergent and how can the performing arts explore the fascinating subject that is the diversity of the human mind? 

Central Vermont residents will have the opportunity to witness, learn, and explore on June 14 at 7:30 p.m. and June 15 at 2 p.m. (relaxed performance) and 7:30 p.m. (general audience) when the Sonia Plumb Dance Company opens its 2024 season at the Barre Opera House with “The Cure(d),” a multi-layered performance aimed at fostering understanding and acceptance within our communities. 

At the heart of the performance lies a profound message: that individuals with neurodivergent experiences are not simply disabled or different, but are valuable contributors to our society. Through captivating choreography and expressive storytelling, the performance invites audiences to delve into the complexities of neurodiversity and embrace the beauty of human differences. 

“The Cure(d)” will feature two performances for general audiences, as well as a sensory-friendly performance specifically tailored for neurodivergent audience members. 

“I am thrilled to be able to bring this production to the Barre Opera House, the community I grew up in,” says Sonia Plumb, SPDC founder and artistic director. 

In addition to performances, there will be two free (but donations welcome) neurodiverse-friendly dance classes on Saturday, June 15 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Tickets to “The Cure(d)” are $30 general admission and $15 for seniors, students, and kids. Tickets can be purchased at barreoperahouse.org/shows or at the door.