Join us for our NEW class series
Sundays 3pm-415pm Eastern time
In Western Massachusetts we will be expecting snow and ice for the next couple of months while we long for the thaw and to see buds on the trees. In the meantime, we are excited to keep our movement offerings plentiful, varied, contemplative and invigorating. The Sunday Series is stacked with facilitators across the US and beyond and we are so excited to kick it off with Pedro Pablo LIVE from EARTHDANCE! Additional facilitators include Sara Shelton Mann, Nicole Bindler, Julianne Carino, Funda Gul, Rowan K Ching, and Tina Breiova.
Sundays 3:00-4:15 EST
Other time zones: 2:00-3:15 CST, Noon-1:15 PST
January 24th - Pedro Pablo LIVE from Earthdance
January 31st - Sara Shelton Mann, followed by a jam with live music by Albert Mathias
To remember and celebrate the life of Kathleen Hermesdorf. Presented in collaboration with freeskewl.
February 7th - Tina Breiova
February 21st - Julianne Carino
February 28th - Funda Gul
March 7th - Nicole Bindler
March 21st - Rowan K Ching
* All classes are online only
See class descriptions and bios below.
Pay per class:
Sliding scale $4.77- $76.00
Suggested payment per class is $18
We appreciate the need and importance of this work and these presenters.
We have chosen the honor system to self designate what payment option feels true for you right now. We will also welcome generous donations to subsidize other attendees and Earthdance Operations. We know that Covid-19 has created more need than ever so please reach out to us with any questions or concerns for attendance based on financial circumstances. Financial circumstances should not be an obstacle for accessing these events and so no one is turned away.
Sliding scale transparency:
$4.77 pays for approximately 15 minutes of staff admin time, $76 pays for 3+ hours of staff meeting time to dream up next programming.
Please register below for the class you are interested in.
Teacher and class descriptions:
PEDRO PABLO/ January 24th
Ground / I am nature - We will work our way in and out of the floor, and move into embodiments of nature/energy states.
Pedro Pablo (they/them) is a Venezuelan-raised, Minneapolis-based queer performance maker. Founder/director of Viva la Pepa (www.vivalapepa.org), a collective of multi-generational queer performers in the Twin Cities. Their works are fueled by the overlapping values of Latinx and Queer cultures: melodrama, passion, decadence, and sensuality. An inaugural Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, Pedro embarked in a collaboration with Argentinian choreographer Celia Argüello, spending time together in the southern hemisphere researching bodies and movements in revolution across the Americas. Their last work performed in the US, Holy Doña, re-imagines the crucifixion as a queer performance ritual; they performed a preliminary duet iteration of this work in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Pedro co-directs a children and family theater program Drag Story Hour, and entertains the adults at night as their draglesque persona Doña Pepa. Currently a teaching artist with Upstream Arts and with the Pillsbury House Theater.
Register PEDRO PABLO/ January 24th
SARA SHELTON MANN/ January 31st
Chi Cultivation moving into the Physical/Emotional Energy Body - Chi cultivation: A series of movement and breath exercises that articulate the spine, work the muscles, and touch all the meridians of the body. These practices raise your physical energy, as well as your consciousness, builds strength and vitality while moving through space and interacting with others. From here, we will move into the physical and emotional energy systems as an active physical, visual, spiritual exploration. You as spirit in and content. The big picture.
*Followed by a jam with live music by Albert Mathias To remember and celebrate the life of Kathleen Hermesdorf. Presented in collaboration with freeskewl.
Sara Shelton Mann has been a choreographer, performer, and teacher since 1967. In 1979 she moved to San Francisco to work and developed the performance group Contraband. Among her awards are a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 7 Isadora Duncan Awards, including a special achievement award for “erasing time: celebrating 30 years a radical dance legend” (Sara Shelton Mann with David Szlasa and Norman Rutherford), Djerassi Artist in Residence Awards, Headlands Center for the Arts Residency 2016, Lifetime Achievement Bay Guardian Award, 10 Women Who Made a Difference, Bay Guardian "Goldie" Award, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists award (2016). Her Movement Alchemy training is an ongoing teaching project and is influenced by certifications and studies in the metaphysical and healing traditions. Sara’s performance work is a platform for collaboration and research in consciousness.
Register SARA SHELTON MANN/ January 31st
TINA BREIOVA / February 7th
A long term quest - We will turn inside out various movement principals with intention to find variability and expand the intellectual and physical horizons.
Tina Afiyan Breiova has collaborated with companies including Roberto Olivan Dance Company, Thomas Ryckewaert, Juliane Von Crailsheim, Cie Willi Dorner, Milan Tomášik & Co and Cirk La Putyka. For film she has worked with artists including Paul Thomas Anderson, Thom Yorke, Damien Jalet, Laurat Delforge, Angelika Novokrepovskaia, Simon Riechel, Ran Li and with the movement departments of Warner Brothers Pictures & Universal Pictures.
Tina is a member of Ferus Animi//Terra Nova research collective. Her teaching practice is informed by her time as a student at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, the Duncan Centre Conservatory in Prague, and ongoing research under the teachings of Hannes Langolf, Lloyd Newson, Cameron Shayne, Professor Gui Arashiro, Wim Hof, Linda Kapentanea & Jozef Frucek, David Zambrano, Coral Ortega, Salva Sanchez and Julyen Hamilton.
TINA BREIOVA / February 7th
JULIANNE CARINO/ February 21st
Opening all the eyes of the body - As Deane Juhan writes, "As it turns out, I learn about my body in exactly the same way that I learn about any other object, by feeling it. Without this active and continual tactile exploration, the organism literally loses its sense of where it is in all its pieces and parts, and rather quickly begins to fail to regulate appropriately its many complexly interwoven systems."
We will indulge in explorations of tactile stimulation that invite checking in, awakening, and caring for the body.
Julianne Cariño is an internationally-based movement and multimedia artist. Her practice is tuned through improvisation with a focus on Contact Improvisation, chronic pleasure, connecting to the more-than-human world, and the dance of self-preservation. Julianne’s choreographic work is centered in the excavation of ancestral patterning and wisdom. She confronts the tension and beauty of the indigenous body through performance and somatic inquiry. Julianne is a Shambhala energy practitioner and a lifelong student of plant medicine. Her performance work has premiered at Dixon Place (NYC), Jennifer Muller/The Works (NYC), Nublu (NYC), Bates Dance Festival (Maine), Brooklyn Arts Exchange (Brooklyn), 92Y Harkness Dance Center (NYC), Ponderosa (Germany) and Earthdance (Massachusetts), among others. Julianne was awarded the Bessie Schonberg Scholarship by American Dance Festival in 2016 and the BAX Alumni Space Grant in 2017.
Register JULIANNE CARINO/ February 21st
FUNDA GUL/ February 28th
Connecting with the “SELF”: Our connection with others starts with our connection with ourselves. I see 'Movement' as one of the best ways to connect with myself, find who I am, and communicate it to others. In this class, we will explore different ways (inspired by Yoga and Systema) to get to know our bodies better and see how it facilitates to understand ourselves as a whole.
Funda is a Native of Ankara, Turkey. She has studied various movement disciplines beginning with Aikido in 2005 eventually earning her Black Belt. Funda is a certified instructor-in-training in Systema and a certified instructor in the Krishnamacharya lineage of Yoga. Other movement principles that Funda is currently engaged in are Tai-Chi, Qi Gong, Contact Improv, House Dance, Slack-lining, Climbing, and Archery. She is also one of the Contact Improvisation instructors at Movement Research. Funda applies her martial arts skills to her movement teaching, in particular to Contact Improvisation. Her training in Yoga allows her to easily individualize the practice at hand according to students' needs and abilities. This approach also helps her create an all-inclusive space for practicing movement. Her main inspiration for movement follows the idea of “Function creates the form,” the idea that she has discovered during her martial arts and yoga training. In addition to being a talented mover, Funda also holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Register FUNDA GUL/ February 28th
NICOLE BINDLER/ March 7th
Reemergence: intentionality in the aftertine - In this class we will dream, scheme, and move together using tools from consent practices and polyvagal theory to envision rebuilding in-person dance communities in ways that tangibly address inequities laid bare by the pandemic.
Nicole Bindler is a Philadelphia-based dance-maker, Body-Mind Centering® practitioner, educator, writer, and activist. Her performance work and teaching have been presented at festivals, conferences, and intensives throughout the U.S., Canada, Argentina, and Europe, and in Tokyo, Beirut, Bethlehem, Mexico City, and Quito. Her current projects include teaching about consent culture and disability justice in contact improvisation; somatic research on the embryology of the genitalia from a non-binary perspective; and collaborations with Diyar Theatre in Bethlehem, Palestine. She has recently organized with Jewish Voice for Peace-Philadelphia and as a member of Earthdance’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Her writing on dance, somatics, and politics has been published in Critical Correspondence, Contact Quarterly, Emergency Index by Ugly Duckling Presse, Jewish Currents, BMC® Currents, Curate This, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, Somatics Toolkit, American Jewish Studies Perspectives, and thINKingDANCE.
Register NICOLE BINDLER/ March 7th
ROWAN K CHING/ March 21st
Exploring Comfort Through Movement and Devising - I aspire to create an exploration of desire in which we move and speak in a way in which we can find a sense of comfort internally that translates to a sense of home/ownership of space externally. This workshop will include dance improvisation, journaling, structured poetry, and an option to create in the modality of your choice.
Rowan K Ching (pronouns they/them) is a queer, mixed ethnicity Asian-American committed to using art as a vehicle for healing and social change. Rowan’s work incorporates movement, text, somatics, improvisation, to explore the multiplicity of selfhood in and intimacy. Rowan holds a Bachelor's degree in Dance from Bates College and has worked as a touring company member for Sandglass Theater and First Generation Ensemble. Currently based on Lenape land (now Philadelphia), Rowan has worked as a teaching artist and consultant with Interfaith Philadelphia’s crafting community project. Rowan recently began a Masters in Acupuncture program, as they aspire to incorporate East Asian body philosophies into their own artistic practice while also learning a healing modality rooted in their own cultural heritages.
Register ROWAN K CHING/ March 21st