Earthdance Creative Living Project Hosts the 8th Annual Western Mass Moving Arts Festival

Earthdance Creative Living Project Hosts the 8th Annual

Western Mass Moving Arts Festival

August 16-19, Plainfield, Mass

Plainfield, Mass — Each year amidst the lush backdrop of New England Summer Earthdance Creative Living Project hosts The Western Mass Moving Arts Festival (WMMAF).  This weekend-long festival, which will take place August 16-19, invites people from a range of disciplines and skill levels to spend three-days of intensive study and creative retreat with locally and nationally renowned movement, music and theatre artists.  The days consist of intensives and workshops in a multiplicity of disciplines with ample time to enjoy Earthdance’s 100 acres of woods, fields and walking trails.  A faculty performance open to the public will mark the final night of the festival: August 18th at 8pm.

WMMAF offers a forum for cross-disciplinary performing arts training and exchange with artists who work in voice, movement, theatre, performance art and installation.  Morning intensives span three days, giving festival goers an opportunity to study in depth with an accomplished artist.  These intensives include Earth Song with Karl Cronin, a singer, composer and movement artist based in San Francisco; Awakening to Action: Contact Improvisation with Kristin Horrigan, Director of the dance program at Marlboro College and Dance Generators, an intergenerational dance company based in Northampton; and Voice as Movement and Active Song co-taught by Peter Sciscioli and Ben Spatz.  Sciscioli has worked closely with Meredith Monk since 2003 and was a member of Jane Comfort and Company from 2004-2010, Spatz is Artistic Director of Urban Research Theater in New York City.

WMMAF offers an unparalleled opportunity for urban and rural creative exchange in the Pioneer Valley, creating a vital conversation between local artists and those based in the city.  In addition to the morning intensives eight other artists will be teaching afternoon workshops in a range of disciplines including voice, site-specific movement, performance presence and documentation: Margot Bassett (NYC), Davina Cohen (NYC), Krista DeNio (Northampton), Debra Disbrow (NYC), Julia Handschuh (Northampton), Kristin Horrigan (Brattelboro), Lani Nahele (Northampton), Terre Unité Parker (Easthampton) and Jen Polins (Northampton).   

During the week leading up to the festival many of the faculty will be in residence at Earthdance for an interdisciplinary consortium of performance educators.  The residency, which is curated by Peter Sciscioli, brings together artists to exchange approaches to making work, and to dialogue about the role of interdisciplinary art making in academia and the culture at large.  The public will have an eye into this residency through the Earthdance website and blog where the conversations and experiences of the artists-in-residence will be documented throughout the week.  

A $50 discount for the festival is available if you register before July 15th.  See below for details or visit


Fees include Tuition, Room, and Board:
Student or Retiree/Regular/Professional
Full Festival Attendance: $275/$310/$345
2 Day Option: $215/$245/$270
Single Day: $85/$95/$105
Register before July 15th and save $50!
Commuter rate: subtract $15 per day
Same fee for Camping and Guest Lodge

EARTH SONG: using movement and voice to amplify the story of the earth with KARL CRONIN
Awakening to Action: Contact Improvisation with KRISTIN HORRIGAN
Voice as Movement and Active Song with PETER SCISCIOLI & BEN SPATZ

Freedom and Joy of Singing with MARGOT BASSETT
Embodied Dramaturgy: Sensing and Making Sense with DAVI COHEN
INSIDE OUT Pressing Presence with KRISTA DENIO
Seeds of a Story- Creating a Monologue through Character Development with DEBRA DISBROW
Documents and Translation with JULIA HANDSCHUH
Somatic Roots and Membranes with LANI NAHELE
Movement Ritual and Dance Explorations with TERRE UNITE PARKER
The Living Practice: Improvisational scores and juicy warm ups with JEN POLINS

For a full schedule and class descriptions click here.