Faculty

John Sprague, Jr.

John Sprague, Jr. is a composer, recording artist, and multi-instrumental improvisational musician, who specializes in music for movement, dance, and contemplation. As a dance musician he works for the Five College Dance Department in Amherst, MA and performs in improvisational settings around New England. As a musician for listening and contemplation, John has performed at festivals, cafes, yoga centers, conferences, and weddings around the New England region for over 30 years, with a special focus on celebrations and contemplative settings. He has released five albums of original music. His 2002 CD release, Moving Spaces, was nominated by JPFolks, a large independent music organization, for best instrumental album of the year, and one of the pieces on the album “Early Sun” won 3rd prize for best instrumental piece of the year.

Simona Aronow

Simona Aronow has practiced Authentic Movement since 1975. She is a Dance/Movement Therapist through Antioch University (1978), certified by Laban/Bartenieff Institude for Movement Studies, NY (1987), and also a hands on somatic practitioner. Her passion is Authentic Movement and Embodied Spirituality as vehicles for personal healing and transformation. Simona is on faculty for the Embodying Spirit, En-Spiriting Body Training Program directed by Rabbi Diane Elliot at Bosch Bahai Retreat Center, CA.

Jane Wang

Jane Wang is a composer, music improvisor, and plays the double bass, toy piano, piano, cello, and various other musical instruments. She is also an installation artist, performance artist, pedestrian movement artist, and a member of the Mobius Artists Group. Born in Oxford, England she now resides in Watertown, Massachusetts. She is pleased to have collaborated with many wonderful Contact Improvisors including Liz Roncka, Olivier Besson, Shakti Smith, Stephanie Cohen, Melanie Hedlund, Rick Roberts, Gene Broadway, Neige Christenson, Billie Jo Joy, and Lani Nahele.

Tony Silva

Tony Silva is an adjunct faculty member of the Five Colleges consortium in Western Massachusetts, where he has accompanied dance classes since 2003. Before that he was himself a dancer for 20 years. He plays often for improvisers at Earthdance and VIDAM. Tony blends electronics with acoustic instruments to produce a punchy mix that motivates dancers.  he creates rich sonic atmospheres with a wide variety of instruments, from synthesizers, percussion and chimes, to guitars and flutes. A consummate dance improviser himself, Tony is great at following the vibe of a room and supporting a group of dancers' deep exploration.

Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell

Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, a faculty member of Tamalpa Institute, cherishes the body as a primary medium for learning, creativity, and growth. She has taught creative arts to people of all ages in a variety of contexts, from a private elementary school for girls to the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For the past 7 years, Elisabeth has supervised graduate students in Lesley University’s Self-Designed Master’s Degree Program and has served on the Board of Directors of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. Elisabeth is delighted to be the first faculty member to offer the Tamalpa work in NY and MA.

Romain Bigé

Romain Bigé is a dancer, philosophy teacher and dance scholar based in Paris, France. An agrégé of philosophy, he is currently pursuing a PhD in the École Normale supérieure on the Poetics of Contact Improvisation and the concept of movement in contemporary French philosophy (bergsonism and phenomenology). He is interested in the way movement practices shape sensory cartographies and give way to original modes of relating to others.

He has intensively been exploring Contact Improvisation since 2012, throughout the US and Europe, but mostly in Paris where he co-founded L’oeil et la main (www.lolm.eu), a CI collective which hosts Paris annual Contact festival (RiCI). He is also part of me-lieu, an all-male improvisational and site-speci c dance collective based in Paris. Lisa Nelson, Nancy Stark Smith, Matthieu Gaudeau, Joerg Hassman were and are his main in uences, along with Steve Paxton whom he had the chance to spend talking time with while researching the archives of CI in the US.

He teaches an annual Philosophy of Art class in PSL* Research University (ENS-Henri IV), proposing to bridge the practices and works of art with contemporary philosophies. With Asaf Bachrach, he collaborates to the ICI Project –aka From Joint Improvisation to Interaction– a CNRS laboratory on neuroscience and danced improvisation (more info on labodanse.org/ici). He also teaches philosophy classes to dancers at the National Conservatory of Dance and has developed a quarterly contact & philosophy workshops series in collaboration with Matthieu Gaudeau.

Kristin Horrigan

A contact improviser since 1998, Kristin Horrigan has taught and performed contact improvisation at festivals, studios, and universities in the USA, Germany, Denmark, Japan, Australia, and Argentina. She holds an MFA in choreography from The Ohio State University and teaches as a Professor of Dance and Gender Studies at Marlboro College in southern Vermont.  In her CI research and teaching over the past few years, Kristin has been focused on cultivating our ability to be interested, looking at the relationship between composition and play in CI, teaching CI technique in a way that preserves the accessibility of CI for people of all abilities, and exploring the ways gender influences our CI dancing.

John Leo

John Leo won the Gold Medal in the 2008 New York Clown Olympics for wiggling his little butt and bribing the judge. Before that, he lived in Juneau, Alaska for seven years where he Burlesqued brazenly and Clowned bashfully. Before THAT, Mr. Leo graduated from Sue Morrison's Clown Through Mask, Dell 'Arte School of Physical Theatre ('99), Bard College (BA Drama/Dance '97) and Juniper Hill Elementary School where he squeaked out  "Fiiiive <voice crack> Golden Riiiings" in his first (of a looong line of) embarrassing performances.  No worries, though.  Mr. Leo's humiliations have won him Best of SF Fringe 2003 and Best Comedy of the SF Fringe 2008 (Peg-sss-us).  He has toured all over North America with his OneManOneChihuahaua Clown Show Number's Up!; Mexico (2004) and Guatemala (April 2010) with Clowns Without Borders and is currently a "pediatric clown doctor" with the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit in NYC area hospitals. Mr. Leo also teaches Clown to med students (Big Apple Circus' Flip-Side of the Charts), to hippies (Earthdance) and to little monsters at LEAP.  He curates tinydangerousfun! (Ditmas Park, BK) and collaborates with Falconworks (Red Hook, BK), and Jay Dunn.
 

Lisa DePiano

Lisa DePiano is a certified Permaculture designer/teacher and co-founder of the Montview Neighborhood Farm, a human-powered farm and edible forest garden in the Connecticut River Valley. She has a Master's degree in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts and loves working with people to create the world they would like to live in. She also enjoys local history, community radio, playing contra dance mandolin and riding with the worker-owned, bicycle-powered, hauling service Pedal People.

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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. She performs, teaches, and creates dances in diverse spaces on many continents, and maintains long-term collaborations with other artists, including Steve Paxton in PA RT (1978) and Night Stand (2004), Daniel Lepkoff, Cathy Weis, Scott Smith, and Image Lab - a Tuning Score performance ensemble. She's received various encouragements along the way, including a NY Bessie Award and an Alpert Award in the Arts. She has co-edited Contact Quarterly dance and improvisation journal since 1977 and is currently at work on a Tuning Scores-based videogame. She lives in Vermont.

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. Paxton is a contributing editor to Contact Quarterly dance journal and published a DVD-rom, Material for the Spine, with Contredanse in Brussels. In January 2015, he premiered choreography in collaboration with Robert Ashley's Quicksand at The Kitchen in NY. He lives on a farm in Vermont.

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