Moti Zemelman

Moti Zemelman, MFA, is based in Greenfield, MA and began practicing Contact Improv 27 years ago. Over the past 20 years he has taught and performed across USA, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Europe and Israel. In 2008-09 he taught as Dance Professor at the Instituto Naciónal de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Moti has been both a teacher and a board member at Earthdance Retreat Center in Plainfield, MA. He was an original member of Wire Monkey Dance Co.

New Year’s Jam | CELEBRATE

December 27, 2012 - 5:00pm - January 1, 2013 - 3:00pm

Our biggest Contact Improvisation event of the year! What better way to let go of holiday stress and ring in the New Year than to dance till the wee hours? Frosted air, a ritual bonfire, twinkling winter stars, and plenty of warm bodies on the dance floor. Every year it’s a special event, co-created by the people who attend.

Zany Angels

The Zany Angels Dance Theatre Company is a theatrical troupe of highly trained dancers who use performance as a transformational, heart-opening, and life-affirming experience for both themselves and the audience.

Figure Space: Session 3

The culmination of a series of intensives exploring Material for the Spine and The Tuning Scores


November 4, 2012 - 5:00pm - November 16, 2012 - 3:00pm

Paxton and Nelson

Falling Leaves Jam | Breathe in Autumn

A three-day contact improvisation gathering facilitated by Catherine Lessard and Philip Shinnick

October 25, 2012 - 5:00pm - October 28, 2012 - 3:00pm

As the leaves turn to multicolored fall, come harvest the fruits of contact improvisation in community.  One of the most beautiful times of year to enjoy the beautiful Berkshire Mountains, celebrate old friends and new growth.

Facilitated by Catherine Lessard and Philip Shinnick

Transnational Dance Immersion: Ethical Fusion and Informed Cultural Exploration

 A transnational ‘tribal’ fusion that defies categorization

October 19, 2012 - 10:00am - October 21, 2012 - 3:00pm

Fascinated by her own multi-heritage background, Donna studied the classical traditions of many cultures before finding a “home” in Silvestre Technique and transnational ‘tribal’ fusion.

Donna Mejia

Donna Mejia (Assistant Professor, CU Boulder Theatre and Dance Department)  is a choreographer, scholar, instructor, and performer specializing in contemporary dance, traditions of the African and Arab Diaspora, and emerging fusion traditions in Transnational Electronica.  This genre provides a rich arena for the study of cultural imperialism, gender representation and electronic/digital globalization.

Hannah Fox

Hannah conducts dance and theatre workshops internationally, teaching and performing in Cuba, Norway, Japan, Hong Kong, Northern Ireland, Brazil, Germany, West Africa, as well as all over the United States. Hannah is the artistic director of Big Apple Playback Theatre (BAPT), an improvisational physical theatre troupe in which actors perform audience members’ life stories.  BAPT brings connection, reflection and entertainment to local schools, non-profit agencies, conferences, colleges, prisons, domestic violence shelters, diversity programs, and public theaters.

Lauren Ardman

Lauren Ardman has been performing with Hudson River Playback Theatre since 1997, and is a graduate of the School of Playback Theatre. She continues to be excited and fascinated by the Playback, both as a creative endeavor, and as a way of being a part of positive social change. About 4 years ago, Lauren discovered Contact Improvisation and fell in love!  Dance has brought her great joy, and has brought depth and newness to her Playback work.

Stephen Katz

Stephen Katz is a cellist and award-winning composer. He has premiered his cello compositions at Carnegie Recital Hall and toured internationally with the Paul Winter Consort and the Essex String Quartet. He has also worked extensively with dance and theater artists, including members of Pilobolus, Wire Monkey Dance, Beverly Blossom, and has been a Visiting Artist at Amherst College. One of his film scores won the Jury Prize Gold Medal at the Park City Film Music Festival.

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