The Body Keeps the Score

The Body Keeps the Score

Dancing with Trauma and Recovery

DanceLink presents "The Body Keeps the Score: Dancing with Trauma and Recovery", a theatrical modern dance about the embodied nature of trauma.

Conceived and directed by Sarah Carlson

Music by Vernon J. Mobley

Based upon Bessel Van Der Kolk's book of the same name, the program features choreography by Sarah Carlson and music by Vernon J. Mobley. Filmed at the IceHouse Tonight Series at the Charles A. Brown Icehouse in Bethlehem, PA in 2018. More info: scdancelink.org

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About the Artists

Sarah Carlson


Sarah Carlson (director) is the Founder & Artistic Director of DanceLink, a project-based company which seeks to bridge people, ideas & understanding through the power of movement. Sarah danced professionally for 10 years in NYC with numerous companies including Alexandra Beller/Dances, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Clare Byrne Dance, Paul Mosley Dance and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. As an independent choreographer, her own work has been presented throughout the US at venues such as Gibney Dance in NYC, On the Boards in Seattle, and The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard as well as in Benin, Africa. Sarah is a co-director of the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange & a licensed massage therapist. Sarah is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Cedar Crest College and has been on the dance faculty at Lehigh University, Muhlenberg College, DeSales University, and the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2007, she completed a Fulbright Grant studying Vodou ritual dance in Benin, Africa furthering an on-going inquiry into sacred dance forms. In 2008, Sarah founded DanceLink to promote community and to use the wisdom of the body to unpack the big questions, often spiritual in nature. DanceLink’s projects have received funding from the Pennsylvania Partners for the Arts, the Cultural Coalition of Allentown, the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange, the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium and the King County Arts Commission. Sarah received a BA in French and European Studies from Connecticut College and an MFA in Dance from the University of Washington.

Vernon J. Mobley

Vernon J. Mobley (composer) has been a musician for more than 3 decades. As a drummer/percussionist he has worked tirelessly to craft an unmistakable sound and style that is unrivaled in the Lehigh Valley. His roots are of Gospel and his skills carefully cultivated while playing in church with his father (organist) and his brother (bassist & guitarist).
Longing for the opportunity to further use some of his talents and share his extensive musical knowledge with jazz aficionados, Vernon organized Fusion Jazz Trio in 2002. These days Vernon J. the drummer can be seen playing the drums with his award-winning band Fusion Jazz Trio, jazz sextet FunkXpress led by bassist Gene Perla(Miles Davis), funk quartet Post Junction with John Fadem or with guitar eccentric guitar ensemble Galvanic Ignition. In addition to being a drummer's drummer Vernon has been a church organist for the past 23 years at Community Fellowship Cathedral in Allentown, PA. In 2016, Vernon J. scored "The Island", a one act play by a local Lehigh Valley playwright for Allentown Public Theater. In 2017, Vern scored the music for “What Lies Within: Dancing with Race and Identity,” a collaboration between DanceLink and Basement Poetry. In 2018 Vernon was commissioned to write music for a dance ensemble piece “Blister” by choreographer Angela Sigley-Grossman. This piece is a response to historian Sarah Helm’s text on Ravenbruck, the Nazi concentration camp for women. Vernon J. is a faculty member DeSales University serving as an accompanist for the dance department.

Recording Available

"The Body Keeps the Score" explores the universal spectrum of trauma in a program inspired by Bessel Van Der Kolk’s well-known text of the same name.

The dance examines how trauma can get lodged in the body and interrupt both individual and communal well-being.

The recording of this incredible performance is available for rent.

Watch it Here

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