Vineyard Arts Project is back with another season of cutting-edge dance, opera and musical theatre residencies, each concluding with a public performance of works in progress. Artists in residence at the Edgartown arts incubator this week include a modern ballet company and the writers, cast and director of Far From The Tree, a new musical based on Andrew Solomon’s best-selling book of nonfiction subtitled Parents, Children and the Search for Identity. Michael Greif, famed for directing the Pulitzer-winning musicals Rent and Next to Normal and the current hit Dear Evan Hanson, said Far From The Tree uses Mr. Solomon’s own parenting challenges to frame material from the book.

“He’s inspired and charged by his memories of the interactions he’s had with families of special needs children,” Mr. Greif told the Gazette at the Vineyard Arts Project campus Tuesday.

At an outdoor dining table, the musical’s composer Robert Maggio, lyricist Kristin Maloney, librettist Justin Warner and music director Lynne Shankel were collaborating, each with an open musical score.

“The best musical material is the material that has the most emotional stakes,” Mr. Greif said, and Mr. Solomon’s book, along with his life story, are deeply charged with emotion.

“It’s rich material,” Mr. Greif said.

Summer season begins on June 30 with the Ashley Bouder Project. — Ray Ewing

That’s the sort of story that appeals to Ashley Melone, founder and artistic director of Vineyard Arts Project.

“I’m excited by that piece and am really drawn to it, because I’m a parent,” said Ms. Melone, who has an 18-month-old daughter and is expecting another baby in September. “I really identify with the love and fear and worries that new parents have.”

The company will perform a reading, with music, of Far From The Tree on July 5 at 7 p.m. at Vineyard Arts Project.

Prior to that, on June 30 at 7 p.m., the arts incubator opens its season with the Ashley Bouder Project, previewing five pieces by contemporary choreographers.

Ms. Bouder, a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, will perform a solo choreographed by Lauren Lovette and a pas de deux with Taylor Stanley by Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa. The program also includes Ms. Bouder’s own In Pursuit Of ..., Liz Gerring’s Duet and a group piece by Abdul Latif.

The ensemble has been using its first Vineyard Arts Project residency to rehearse the pieces for a concert next week at New York’s Joyce Theater.

Far From The Tree, directed by Michael Greif, is July 5. — Ray Ewing

“We’ll get a little preview of what they’re going to do at the Joyce,” said Ms. Melone.

“I’m really thrilled that we have a lot of dance this year,” Ms. Melone added. “That’s my first love and how I was trained as an artist, so I’m excited to be bringing a lot of great dance companies to the Island.”

On July 6, Swedish choreographer, filmmaker and dancer Pontus Lidberg presents an evening-length dance theatre work called Siren with original music by Swedish composer Stefan Levin. The piece will also be featured in an upcoming dance film Mr. Lidberg is making.

This is not Mr. Lidberg’s first appearance at Vineyard Arts Project, Ms. Melone said, but it is his first as leader of his own company.

Cirio Collective returns for its fourth residency next month, with a performance on July 20, headed by brother and sister team, Jeffrey Cirio (a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre), and Lia Cirio (a Boston Ballet principal). The group is working on a pair of world premiers: a pas de deux designed by Mr. Cirio and a company piece by Andrea Schermoly.

Los Angeles-based No)one. Art House (pronounced Number One Art House) brings 16 dancers and choreographer Chris Emile to the Vineyard to work on a new dance movement for opera called Prism, to premiere this fall with LA Opera. Newcomers to the residency program, they’ll perform July 27 at 7 p.m.

Perennial visitors The Public Theater will be back in August working on a new musical called Poster Boy, directed by Oskar Eustis, the Public’s artistic director. The Vineyard performance will be August 25 at 7 p.m.

The Black Iris Project, founded by choreographer Jeremy McQueen, returns for its second residency in 2018 to continue work on a new ballet to premiere in 2019. The largely minority company will perform Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.

Vineyard Arts Project is also continuing its education programs for young people: Rosie’s Theater Kids and a musical theatre training lab for young teens, Ms. Melone said.

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