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Friday Jul 7, 2017 - Sunday Jul 9, 2017

Dancers’ Workshop in partnership with Jackson Hole Land Trust presents Ann Carlson, Award-winning choreographer and visionary performance artist in an unconventional experience for families, animal lovers, dance admirers and outdoor enthusiasts. 

Doggie Hamlet is a full-length outdoor performance spectacle that weaves dance, music, visual and theatrical elements with aspects from competitive sheep herding trials, investigating the relationship between humans and animals. Recalling the rustic impression of a landscape painting, the work is performed on protected land by four dancers, one boy, one American Sign Language interpreter, two herding dogs, and a flock of 30 sheep. Through story, motion, site, and stillness, Doggie Hamlet explores instinct, sentience, attachment and loss.

"'Doggie Hamlet' lives in both the symbolic world and the real world, and while she might not be spelling out a message, she's asking questions: What does it mean to follow? What is instinct, and how does that differ from a reaction? What is our relationship to animals and to land?" - The New York Times 

July 7, 8 & 9 


Snake River Ranch*

No parking; no dogs allowed*

Shuttle begins at 5:30pm*


$35 Adult
$25 Student
plus $2 Box Office fee per ticket
Tickets through The Center Box Office at 307.733.4900 or online


Thursday, July 6
Snake River Ranch* (shuttle begins at 4:45pm)
Free, not ticketed; $10 suggested donation

with Dog Handler Diane Cox

Saturday, July 8
Snake River Ranch* (shuttle begins at 9:15am)
Free, not ticketed; $10 suggested donation


All performances and events take place at the Snake River Ranch
Please note that the "Doggie Hamlet" performances, the Open Rehearsal and the Dog Demonstration will take place outside, seating is on hay bales, and you will be walking on ranch land. Please dress/plan accordingly. Feel free to bring a blanket or a stadium seat. For the "Doggie Hamlet" performances - in the event of inclement weather, you will be notified at the email address attached to your ticket order of any changes to the performance.

*NO PARKING and NO DOGS allowed at Snake River Ranch
Please allow time to take a brief shuttle from off site parking in the Ranch Lot at Teton Village to the performance site. More details below. For ADA arrangements and other details, contact DW at 307-733-6398. 

Parking, Shuttles & Concessions
All patrons must park at the Ranch Lot in Teton Village and take a complimentary shuttle from the Ranch Lot to the event site. For all three performances, the Dog Demonstration and the Open Rehearsal, we recommend that you arrive 45 minutes prior to start time to ensure that you have enough time to park your vehicle and ride the shuttle. There will be plenty of things to do when you arrive early - a food truck by Maho Catering, beverage concession, sheep goods to sample and woolen handicrafts for sale!

For each 6:30pm performance, Will Call will be located at the Ranch Lot in Teton Village. It will open two hours prior to show time. You may also pick up your tickets in advance at The Center Box Office (open Monday-Friday, 12-5 PM). 

If you chosen to have your tickets delivered to your "Mobile Phone App", you should have received an email containing a link to download the Walletini App. Your tickets will be available in the app and must be presented upon arrival to the Ranch Lot. If you selected the "Print At Home" option, please be sure to print your tickets in advance. 

If for some reason you are unable to attend this event, please consider donating your tickets. All proceeds benefit Dancers' Workshop. Donations can be made over the phone or in person at The Center Box Office (307.733.4900).



More About Ann Carlson
Ann Carlson works as an interdisciplinary artist whose work borrows from the disciplines of dance, performance, theater, as well as visual, conceptual and social art practices. Ann's work takes the form of solo performance, site-specific performance projects, ensemble dances and performance/video. Carlson often works within a series format, creating performance structures over a period of years that adapt to multiple sites. Carlson is the recipient of numerous awards and over thirty commissions for her artistic work. Awards include, 2016 Creative Capital Award, 2015 Doris Duke Award for Performing Artists, two American Masters awards, four Creative Capital MAP fund awards, a Rockefeller Seed Grant; a USA Artist Fellowship; a Guggenheim Fellowship; a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship; and a Fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, among others. Carlson has made a number of performance works in collaboration with animals. Her award-winning work Animals included dances with goats, a dog, a fish and a kitten and toured through-out the US and Europe. Carlson has made two works on horseback, Dead, made for the opening of the Walker Art Center's Sculpture Garden in Minneapolis, MN and West, a collaboration between Carlson, video maker Mary Ellen Strom and Risky, a quarter horse mare at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Ann recently collaborated with Minneapolis Children's Theater to create Animal Dance, a work for a very young audience, infants - 4 year olds. In Animal Dance, Carlson dances with a rabbit, a tortoise, baby goats, a dog, a chicken and a fish. Doggie Hamlet is the latest work in this series investigating the relationships between humans and non-human animals. These performances of Doggie Hamlet marks Carlson’s first collaboration with Babs Case and Dancer’s Workshop.

More About Diane Cox
Diane has been on the Alfred University Sculpture/Dimensional Studies Faculty since 1991. She previously received a BA in Environmental Biology from The University of Colorado (1971), and an MFA in Sculpture from the Art Institute of Chicago (1989). In 1996, Diane purchased 200 acres of undeveloped land near Alfred, NY. In 1999, she got her first border collie, "Monk", and 5 sheep to keep him busy. They began competing in novice classes at sheep dog trials throughout the northeast when Monk was 2 years old. Wull, now 5 1/2 years old, was imported as a puppy from the Lake District in northern England, and competes in open classes. Lala, now 3 years old, was imported as a puppy from Wales. Last summer, Diane and the dogs spent two months in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming, where they shepherded a flock of 3,200 ewes and lambs. In their collective memory, it was the most important time of their lives.

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