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Thordis Niela Simonsen will bring her latest book, Dances in Two Worlds: A Writer-Artist’s Backstory, to life tonight with Building on Memory, a performance of her ongoing work as a writer, painter and photographer.

Rooted in her journeys to Greece over more than twenty years, the book and the live exploration are both a memoir of her life from childhood to the present and an exploration of a dream that she turned into reality: After an extended stay in Greece in 1984, Simonsen purchased a stone peasant house in the village of Elika and spent years rebuilding it by hand. Along the way, she realized the way that the structure played a role in her life, far beyond that of a personal restoration project.

“What is the light in my life, and how is this house a metaphor for my movement toward light in my life?” Simonsen asks when speaking about the house and its many roles in her world.

The artist now uses the home to host workshops for small groups of women interested in traveling abroad to write and create. Tonight’s performance will touch on this experience through her own words and visual artistry, and will incorporate a conversation with the audience. Building on Memory runs at 7 p.m. tonight and 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Denver Women’s Press Club, 1325 Logan Street. Tickets, $15 to $35, are available at the door. For more information on Simonsen and her performance, visit
Sat., Nov. 10, 7 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 11, 4 p.m., 2012


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