Defining Gravity With Dance at the Field Gallery

She-figured Dance presents Defining Gravity, a premiere modern dance performance and sunset reception for the benefit of the Somarela Fund on Tuesday, August 11, at 5:30 p.m.

The outdoor dance performance features a site-specific stage with traditional theatre-style seating behind the Field Gallery in West Tisbury. Jil Matrisciano, artistic director of She-figured Dance and co-owner of Rise Vineyard Performing Arts, is presenting the program, featuring two new premiere works, alongside two works of her company’s most appreciated repertory.

The performance benefits the Somarela Fund, which supports and fosters grassroots organizations addressing the problems surrounding the HIV/AIDS epidemic in northern Botswana. The fund began as a living memorial to J. Player Crosby’s passion and commitment to the people and wildlife of South Africa. As part-time residents of Menemsha, the Crosby family continues to further the vision by working with Vineyard supporters in creating awareness for this lifesaving work.

Following the performance, there is a reception at which audience members can enjoy the culinary talents of Jan Buhrman, bid on silent auction items direct from Botswana, meet members of She-figured Dance and the Somarela Fund, and have the opportunity to win an African safari trip for two.

For tickets, please call 508-524-7311 or visit and click on Vineyard Event. Tickets are limited.