Western Mass Moving Arts Festival

A forum for cross-disciplinary performing arts training and exchange

August 16, 2012 - 5:00pm - August 19, 2012 - 3:00pm

Celebrating 8 years of the WMMAF!  Join us for a weekend of interdiscipinary movement workshops and performances with these local and national artists:  Margot Bassett, Davina Cohen, Karl Cronin, Krista DeNio, Debra Disbrow, Julia Handschuh, Kristin Horrigan, Lani Nahele, Terre Unite Parker, Jen Polins, Peter Sciscoli and Ben Spatz.

The Julius Ford/ Harriet Tubman Healthy Living Conference

An inter-generational, social justice and community training ground

July 30, 2012 - August 3, 2012

The Julius Ford/ Harriet Tubman Healthy Living Conference (JF/HTHLC) is a week long, intensive gathering for young people, educators, organizers and facilitators, to engage in key identified aspects of healthy living, critical thinking and communication skills, integrative arts and performance, nutrition, contemplative practices and sustainable

July 4th Jam | COMMUNITY

A five-day Contact Improvisation gathering

July 3, 2012 - 5:00pm - July 8, 2012 - 3:00pm

A special time of year and a special jam when we welcome many of our longtime community members and their families to come and dance. The grass is high, bees are buzzing, the garden smells and tastes like heaven, and contact improvisation is our focus in the studios and in the woods.

Nomadic College 2012

An annual gathering organized by the Axis Syllabus Research Community 

June 4, 2012 - July 1, 2012

The Nomadic College (NC) is an annual gathering organized by the Axis Syllabus Research Community hosting workshops, lectures, a choreographic laboratory, jams and artist residencies. After many years traveling all across Europe, the NC is happy to return to North America in June 2012 to reside at the beautiful Earthdance.

Angie Hauser

Angie Hauser is a dance-artist and teacher. Her work and research is grounded by questions of improvisation, performance, and collaboration. Since 2000, Angie has been a member of the Bebe Miller Company. She received a 2006 BESSIE award for her work with the company. Her dancemaking projects include collaborations with many gifted artists including Chris Aiken, K.J. Holmes, Darrell Jones, Andrew Harwood, and Kathleen Hermesdorf. She has also danced with the companies of Elizabeth Streb, Liz Lerman, and Poppo Shiriashi.

Chris Aiken

Chris Aiken is a leading international teacher and performer of dance improvisation and Contact Improvisation.

Earthdance Work Weekend and Community Meeting

Reunite and renew the community and grounds of Earthdance

April 27, 2012 - 12:00pm - April 29, 2012 - 7:00pm

This is a time when we gather to reunite and renew the community and grounds of Earthdance.  Come to connect with others and help to work on the land, clean up the grounds and prepare for Summer!  

Figure Space

Session 2 | The Tuning Score


April 15, 2012 - 5:00pm - April 27, 2012 - 3:00pm

The Tuning Score, a performance research format, asks what do we see when we're looking at dance. How does composition arise in the body and its environment? The research focuses on the physical base of the imagination.

Steve Paxton

Steve Paxton has researched the fiction of cultured dance and the 'truth' of improvisation for 40 years. He performed with the Merce Cunningham Dance Co. from 1961-65, and was one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater, Grand Union, Contact Improvisation, and Touchdown Dance for the visually impaired (UK). He lectures, performs, choreographs, and teaches primarily in the US and Europe. In recent years, he has presented work at MOMA, at DIA Chelsea and Beacon, and was awarded the Golden Lion from the Venice Biennale and a NY Bessie Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lisa Nelson

Lisa Nelson is a dance-maker, improvisational performer, and collaborative artist who has been exploring the role of the senses in performance, and observation of movement since the early '70s. Stemming from her work with video and dance, she developed an approach to real-time editing and performance she calls Tuning Scores.

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