Events downtown

Feb 06

The Moorings of Mackerel Sky
Location: 76 Congress St, Portland, Maine 04101, US
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Vivid Motion Dance is proud to collaborate with local author MZ to present new dance works inspired by MZ’s debut novel, The Moorings of Mackerel Sky. See the spoiler-free show live and go home with your copy of the book – three weeks before it is available for the general public!
This all ages show runs for one night only at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6th at The Hill Arts on Munjoy Hill in Portland ME. Tickets are on sale now at and include a signed advance copy of the novel.
They say Mackerel Sky was founded when Captain Burrbank first saw Nimuë the Mermaid and forgot the sea. Stricken by love, he moored his tall ship and made camp on the highest cliff, hoping to forever gaze upon her beauty. That camp became a settlement, the settlement a town, the town a community both blessed and cursed by their tempestuous affair.
Three hundred years later, the legend of the Mermaid and the Captain who loved her still invigorates and haunts the inhabitants of the small Maine lobstering town. In this close-knit town famous for its infamous mermaids, community is built through love and lore—willful elements that the townsfolk will have to harness if Mackerel Sky is to endure for another three hundred years.
WHO: MZ & Vivid Motion Dance, Portland’s innovative and kinda quirky dance company
WHAT: The Moorings of Mackerel Sky
WHEN: Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. and at 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Hill Arts (formerly St. Lawrence Arts), 76 Congress Street, Portland
All tickets include a signed hardcover copy of the book. Tickets are $45 in advance/$50 at the door and are available at or
Vivid Motion Dance is a nonprofit, volunteer dance company for long-time dancers who want to bring dance back into their lives, and a place for anyone who always wanted to be a dancer but never had the chance. Audition for a show, volunteer backstage, come to our pay-what-you-can dance classes, or catch a performance. From book trailers to ballet to burlesque, it’s all here!
MZ (Emily Zack) is a choreographer, a classically trained ballerina, songwriter, and a contemporary and burlesque dancer. She studied theatre at Tisch School of the Arts, earned her BA in French from the University of Southern Maine and the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in England. The Moorings of Mackerel Sky is her debut novel.