Moving Arts Lab 2017: a festival meeting ground for interdisciplinary exploration

Facilitated by Peter Sciscioli

July 20, 2017 - 5:00pm to July 23, 2017 - 3:00pm

Come investigate and experience the ways that movement, sound, image and performance can inform human culture. With multiple workshops each day, teaching artists from the International Interdisciplinary Artists Consortium (IIAC) and participants from around the world create an embodied dialogue at the intersection of modalities – voice, improvisation, site-specific performance, physical theater, and more.

Open to all levels and backgrounds.

Special Discount ($175) for past E|MERGE participants, Moving Arts Lab teachers, July 4th Jam and Touch and Play participants!
Select "I am a former Moving Arts Lab teacher, E|MERGE, July 4th Jam, or Touch & Play participant" on registration form

Tuition, Room & Board (tiered for accessibility) 

Full Weekend
Professional: $300
Full:                $250
Subsidized:   $200 

Single days (available Friday & Saturday)

Professional: $85 
Full:                $75 
Subsidized:   $65


Single workshop option*
$10/workshop (special Hilltown discount!)
*Email Niri at with your workshop preference


Prices shown include meals and dormitory-style lodging.

Camping is $5 off per night | Commuting is $15 off per night.



Our Sliding Scale
The fees to attend Earthdance Jams and Workshops are priced on a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend.

Professional Rate: for those comfortably paying their rent or mortgage. The Professional Rate also helps us offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend.
Full Rate: for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Earthdance's operating costs.
Subsidized Rate: for those with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge.
Work Study is often, but not always, available to offset the costs for Earthdance events.
There are Scholarships available for this workshop. Please follow the link to apply.

Work Study
Earthdance cancellation policy

Participant Community Support

As Earthdance runs as a​ community, all participants contribute to 1-2 chore shifts (typically meal cleans) throughout the workshop and a Final House Clean on Sunday, July 23rd. These are great ways to connect more with your fellow participants, Earthdance staff, and to feel more at home here. We will be welcoming you into this collective home and thus so appreciate your contributions to our space!

Special Ride Offer

We're offering limited FREE rides from Northampton (about 45m SE of Earthdance). Pickup will happen 5pm on Thursday the 20th. Return ride will depart Earthdance at 4pm on Sunday the the 23rd. Please RSVP by July 1st to The first 6 spots will be free! Other personal rides and special pick-up times can be arranged for a fee.

Bring a Friend!
Bring a friend who has never been to the Moving Arts Lab, and you'll both receive $10 off your registration. Write your friend's name in the "additional comments" section of registration, and receive your discount upon arrival.

Single Days
Single days (Friday and Saturday) are available at $75 a day (includes workshops & meals, but not lodging) If you would like to stay overnight, please email

Moving Arts Lab Schedule





8 – 9am
8:30 – 10am


Breakfast clean

Breakfast clean

Breakfast clean

10 – 12pm

Choose from
3 Workshops:
Petra (Of Roots and Growth)

Choose from
3 Workshops:
Maré (Body, Land and Ritual)

Choose from
3 Workshops:

12 – 1pm
12:30 – 1:30pm


Lunch clean

Lunch clean

Lunch clean

1:30 – 3:30pm


Choose from
3 Workshops:

Choose from
3 Workshops:
Dan Bear/Deirdre
Conrado (Contemplative Drawing)
Petra (A Sweet Place)

Closing Circle

House Clean


4 – 6pm

Arrive 4pm-on
5 – 7pm

Choose from
3 Workshops:
(Somatic Practices and Visionary States)
Conrado (Just Keep Laughing)

Choose from
3 Workshops:


6 – 7pm 
6:30 – 8pm

Dinner clean

Dinner clean

Dinner clean





Dialogue Session

Faculty Performance

Workshop Descriptions & Teacher Bios:
Land Body Land with Esther Baker-Tarpaga
In this workshop we will begin with connecting with each other in a warm-up and then move into the outside space of earthdance. The goal is to connect with each other, with the Earthdance environment, and follow our impulses and sensations. We will work on deep listening, supporting the group environment, and installing our bodies and nature materials.
Artists Engaging Anti-Racism with Esther Baker-Tarpaga and Krista DeNio
We will create a framework for  this conversation inviting all participants to the table. Beginning with our work as anti-racist organizers and artists working to be white allies, we will consider this work in  the  larger context of ongoing social movements. Using this framework, we then will dive into personal excavation and consider where we each are in this conversation and related  action. Embodied work will be central to the dialogue,  including personal reflection and storytelling, contemplative work, improvisational exercises, writing, and dialogue in community.  

Survival camp with Krista DeNio
This workshop investigation is part of my current research for a project about human survival. The project observes the resilience of human and plant systems to survive and thrive through interdependence and resource sharing. Simultaneously, we are researching ways that we cut ourselves off from the networks of resilience we need to sustain our lives, specifically through mass incarceration. Working with imagery from the human body and plant systems, we will work outdoors in direct connection with nature and indoors in confined spaces. Through somatic work, writing exercises, improvisational work and experimentation, we'll take individualized journeys within a group process, which may (or may not) result in performative moments.

Esther Baker-Tarpaga is a performance artist and choreographer. She co-directs Baker & Tarpaga Project, a transnational performance project based in Burkina Faso and Philly. She recently performed at Baad!Ass Womens Festival Bronx, LabBodies LightCity Baltimore,  Saturnalia Queer Exxtravaganza Tijuana, and  InOut Festival Bobo Dioulasso. She has worked with David Rousseve/REALITY, Guillermo Gomez-Pena/La Pocha Nostra, and taught at University of the Arts, Ohio State, and was a Grant Wood Fellow at UIowa. She was Cultural Envoy in Guinea, Botswana, and South Africa and is a member of Philly Dance for Justice and co-founder of Meredith School Anti-Racist Group.
Krista DeNio is an interdisciplinary choreographer, director, performer, writer and educator, and Artistic Director of KD >>Moving Ground. She is committed to interdisciplinary collaboration that bridges performance work, education and activism toward a socially just world. Krista is a House Artist at CounterPulse. As a lecturer, she has worked most recently with U.C. Berkeley’s Theater, Dance and Performance Studies department and as a visiting professor and collaborator in Empathy Lab, a course developed with Anthropology professor Lochlann Jain, at Stanford University. Krista teaches dance and performance making throughout the Bay Area and country. She received her BA in Dance/Dramatic Art and Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major, Development and Human Rights from U.C. Berkeley and her MFA in Theater: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University.


A Story is a Place Between Us with Daniel Bear Davis and Deirdre Morris
We invite you to a story circle focused on experiences of inclusion and place-making in process and performance. We will seed the circle with stories of our own experiences using somatic practices to make performance work with marginalized groups. We will focus on how the creative process can be, itself, a process of place-making that builds new communities of radical generosity. Have you created performance with marginalized populations? Have you felt marginalized or colonized within a performance process? Have you been part of the creation of a new community through creative process? Share your successes and challenges, or just come to listen.

Daniel Bear Davis is an interdisciplinary performance maker and movement educator. He has taught Improvisation and Composition internationally since 2007 and has been teaching Axis Syllabus since 2013. Recently, his work focuses on collaboration with marginalized populations around personal stories. He has worked with veterans and non-veterans in collaboration with Krista DeNio and EchoTheaterSuitcase project, with inmates in San Quentin with Amie Dowling and The Artistic Ensemble. His most recent work explored intersections between the experiences of his students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the experiences of oppression expressed in interviews he conducted with Palestinians in the West Bank.

Deirdre Morris is an interdisciplinary performance maker, dramaturge, and working member of Dancing Earth (Indigenous Contemporary Dance) and Wise Fool New Mexico (physical theatre and circus spectacle). Her current research is looking at feminism, somatic generosity and affect in site specific performative installations utilizing generative 'Story Circles’ to bridge personal narratives and collective memory. Her work has been most recently presented at the ODA Theatre, Pristina, Kosovo, as part of their FEMART Festival, TAM Performance Space, Tarnovo, Bulgaria, Muszi, Budapest, Hungary, Art Basel’s Volta! Basel, Switzerland and La Fabrika Karabinova, Etienne, France.

Gateways into the voice with Debra Disbrow
Our voices are strong gateways into our emotions, associations, memories, and fantasies. Inspired by self- scripting/collective writing techniques, Roy Hart extended voice, physical theater/Grotowski, viewpoints and movement scores, we will experiment with the untold stories within our voices. Experiments with melody, song, text and storytelling will be encouraged through physical and vocal exploration, extending into writing and providing tools to generate material.

Debra Disbrow creates, performs, and directs ensemble theater and solo works that cross disciplines of music, dance, and theater. As a performer/co-creator, she has worked on the development of new performance work and directed solo works by Damaris Webb (Dixon Place, The 1 Festival, Ethos/ IFCC in Portland, OR) and Eliza Ladd (Performance Mix, United Solo, Dixon Place).  She also produces/directs voiceovers for video games and sings on various recordings and with her band in NYC venues. She teaches physical theater/ devised theater, the singing voice and movement improvisation. Debra is a founding member of Workshop for Potential Movement (dance theater) and Convergences Theater Collective and holds an MFA in theater- contemporary performance from Naropa University.


Awakening in music - pitch and pulse with Cândida Borges
first there was a sound… This workshop deepens your perception of sound and rhythm through an experimental and organic process. Noises, melodies, harmonies, shapes - all melt into movement. Pulse, impulse - and everything gathers into form. Musical forms, movement forms, rhythm and body. Time and text. A process of play and discovery with sound and its relation to your voice and other voices (harmonies), to your body (rhythm) and other bodies (polyrhythms), to an idea/shape/form. Using references of creations with sound based on Viewpoints, on “circlesinging” and on the Brazilian method of rhythm O passo, this workshop will awaken you musical perception and connection.

Cândida Borges is a contemporary musician and multi-disciplinary artist, composer, performer, educator and writer from Brazil. An Afro-European descendent, she has inherited musical traditions of Bahia and Rio de Janeiro through her strong family influences. She has Bachelors (2000) and Masters (2005) degrees in Piano Performance from Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ), and her career also explores her abilities as a singer and songwriter. As an educator, Cândida has been an Assistant Professor of Music for the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) since 2009, and a guest Professor for international universities, such as Montclair State University (US). Trained classically, she has also been making music for films, ballet, theater, collaborations with DJs and producers, and especially for her own career.

Just Keep Laughing – body, voice and politics with Conrado Falbo
What does it mean to keep laughing when things are anything but funny and how is it possible to do that? I have no answers but will gladly share many other questions in the form of movement/breathing/vocalizing practices related to the physical act of laughing. The idea is to investigate what it is to be affected by laughter and its power of contamination/transformation.

Meditative Drawing – Following the Line of Presence with Conrado Falbo
Years ago, I felt the urge of working on a meditation practice that could combine my love of drawing and the need of quieting the mind and just staying present with whatever was happening in the moment. This experience turned out to be revealing of many possibilities, metaphors, and movements contained in the simple act of drawing a line and following its way no matter where it may lead. This workshop comes from my desire to share and experiment with this basic idea. The proposed activities combine drawing and movement practices.
Conrado Falbo is a musician, vocalist, mover, teacher, and independent researcher. His work deals with the possibilities of voice in performance with a focus on improvisation as both a creative and interactive approach to artistic practice. Since 2011, as part of Coletivo Lugar Comum (an interdisciplinary artist collective based in Recife - Brazil) he's been experimenting with collaborative performance in public spaces. He's also been active in the Brazilian Contact Improvisation community both as a dancer and producer.


The Cypher with Jonathan Gonzalez
We will be referencing the operatives of the cypher as a social communing, or the freestyle –the free –the ciphe, as a decisive exchange and entanglement point of meaning made unstable by the engagement of its parts, or participants. Working through improvisation as a compounding multiplicity of the associative and demonstrative, the question of the rupture, the self, and the global will be contemplated. By imagining an unstable container, ourselves in action, through a dynamic negotiation of being in and with, we will return to readability to propose a practice of content production in generative decay. 

Jonathan Gonzalez is an artist and native New Yorker based between the United States and Berlin. He has been a Bessie Schonberg and POSSE scholar, Diebold Award recipient for Distinction in Performance & Choreography, New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Artist, Brooklyn Arts Exchange/Dancing While Black Fellow, and New Voice in Live Performance/Center for Performance Research. His work engages the nature of abundance and dimensionality in interdisciplinary performance as they relate to his history of training in multiple disciplines of artistic practice, and continued interest in collaborative processes. He has had the pleasure to work with artists such as Jomama Jones, Ligia Lewis, Cynthia Oliver, and Alex Baczyinski-Jenkins.

Somatic Practices and Visionary States with Maré Hieronimus
Through a combination of somatic practices, shamanic journeywork, and visioning, this lab will explore the relationship between body, inner sight and creation. How do we bring consciousness into body fully, and move more and more from this place? How do we engage the liminal and powerful space between waking and dream worlds? How do we allow the wisdom of the body to guide us into inner portals that that reveal hidden meanings and symbols, and bring forth the richest strata of our being?

Body, Land, and Ritual with Maré Hieronimus
Tapping deeply into the wisdom of the body, we will enter into the land. Listening to the language of the natural world, we will allow its plants and animals to be our guides and teachers. Using sacred object or huaca as an ally, we will engage in the practice of personal ritual as a creative act that reflects our deeper hearts longing set in alignment with our greater path as an artist, and human being. (This lab will continue the explorations set forth in Somatic Practices and Visionary States, though it is not necessary to have taken both.)

Maré Hieronimus is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary dance artist, performer and teacher who works across media, including in video, photography, voice, as well as sound-scoring, all towards the creation of her body-based work. Drawing from her interests in memory, mythology, sensory perception, embodiment, and the interface between body and landscape, she creates ritually based performance using the shifting field of the body as point of origin. Her work has been presented widely in NYC, regionally, and beyond. She is a 2016 Playa Summer Lake Fellow (OR), a 2015 Djerassi Resident Artist (CA), and a 2014/2015 E|MERGE Resident Artist (MA).


A little care* with Martín Lanz Landázuri and Arely Landeros
Our research together will be around  care- taking care of you and then someone else. We’ll start with an intimate check up, after waking up, assessing pain, discomfort, mind set, and then releasing through singing, movement, touching and/or writing. We want to create tools for everyday life for people to sustain and self maintain, but also generate awareness around affection and care. A combination of somatic techniques, bioenergetics and movement therapy tools…
*This workshop will be offered in two parts during the Lab.

Martín Lanz Landázuri is a choreographer and interdisciplinary artist based in Mexico City. He feeds his work through research opportunities, which he has conducted in México, New York, Cuba, Denmark, Uruguay, and Austria. He has considered New York City a primary peer since 2006 and was a 2009 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. Lanz Landázuri instigated the process-based festival Laboratorio Condensacion, which has taken place in Mexico, Brazil, and Uruguay and is now in its fourth year.


Arely Landeros is dedicated to performatic art and research in psycho-corporal therapy. She has studied psychology and has experience in social research and community interventions. She has coordinated Invisible Market within Laboratorio Condensacion, a meeting designed for the creation and interdisciplinary experimentation within the field of art and its social contexts. She has also participated in projects at the Institute for Research and Cultural Studies Museum (UABC), "Running into political ecuator” at PRISMA FORUM, Summer Scientific Research of the Pacific (UDG), KinoKabaret Cinema Lab Mexico City, "Foco al Aire” (dirs. Marcela Sánchez Mota and Octavio Zeivy), "Máquina de Teatro” (dir. Juliana Fraesler), and “Escandalizer” (dir. Martin Lanz).



Moving portraits: a sense of place with Jeanine McCain
In this workshop we will explore a realm where the movement artist can partner with a digital video form to deepen layers of connection between body, story, and environment. We will use improvisational writing and movement exercises to embody memory in connection to a sense of place. Through this process we will each work with a small piece of our own story told through movement. We will continue to improvise with these pieces to create short installations, incorporating digital aspects through video projection experiments that reveal the body as a landscape of its own for a portrait of embodied moving imagery.

Jeanine McCain is an interdisciplinary dance artist and educator. Her current performance research uses live dance and video integration to explore how the moving body expresses personal history and connection to our physical and cultural landscapes. Her work has recently been presented in New York, Philadelphia, Colorado, and at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. McCain is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Ursinus College. She holds a BA in Drama and Dance from the University of Montana and an MFA in Choreography and Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Free The Voice with Odeya Nini
A workshop dedicated to Vocal Expression, feeling and understanding the physicality of sound, freeing our minds of preconceived ideas of song, and opening our ears to new forms of sonic composition within ourselves. Both through introspective work and outward playfulness, we will explore the voice as an instrument that radiates from the imagination, body and movement, not limited to conventions of language, but rather able to convey myriad forms of communication. Come play, unwind, explore and Free the Voice!

Odeya Nini is a Los Angeles based experimental vocalist and contemporary composer. At the locus of her interests are textural harmony, gesture, tonal animation, and the illumination of minute sounds. Her solo vocal work extends the dimension and expression of the voice and body, creating a sonic and physical panorama of silence to noise and tenderness to grandeur. Odeya's work has been presented at venues and festivals across the US and internationally, such as The Hammer Museum, REDCAT, Joyce Soho, from Los Angeles to Mongolia, Madagascar and Vietnam. She has lectured on contemporary vocal techniques and composition at the university level and leads workshops exploring the creative and healing qualities of voice and movement. Odeya holds a BFA from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and an MFA in composition from California Institute of the Arts.


The embrace with Isadora Paz Taboada
In this improvisation-based workshop, we will work predominately with partnered exercises to explore the “embrace” as an instigator for both connection and conflict, with an emphasis on embodied dialogue. Some elements and codes of partnering within tango, flamenco and garifuna traditional dances (Afro Caribbean) will enrich our exploration, aiding in a spoken dialogue about the creation and perception of “community” in contemporary dance. No partnering experience is necessary, just a willingness to touch and be touched, and to be in conversation.

Isadora Paz Taboada is a Honduran-Argentinian dancer, choreographer, culture specialist and educator based in Tegucigalpa. She is co-founder of DA escenica and promotes intercultural dialogue, collective inquiry and experimentation through dance and movement.  She has been a resident artist in the United States and France, and has attained a Masters in Politics and Development Studies in the Netherlands. She offers conferences and workshops on the political dimensions of the body, identity and performance. In 2016 she started a collaboration with IIAC founder Peter Sciscioli organizing in Tegucigalpa the Encounter ¨Resonancias del Cuerpo¨ as a learning space and collective exploration of voice, movement and site-specific work.

Generator with Kensaku Shinohara
I would like to learn together how artists spend time in the studio to craft in physical context. We will begin with warming up the brain and eyes so that we can start to see the space differently. Using games, drawing, simple exercises and various compositional tools, we we will start building and deconstructing without self-judgment. The goal is to learn to generate materials instinctively and identify the pure essence of them.

Born in Sapporo, Japan, Kensaku Shinohara is an artist who brings an education in anthropology to bear on his work as a choreographer/performer. He has presented his works in New York City, Tucson (AZ), Milwaukee (WI), Pittsburgh (PA), Toronto (Canada), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Tainan (Taiwan), Tokyo, Yokohama, Akita, Sapporo (Japan). Shinohara is a recipient of a Queens Arts Fund New Work Grant (2016), Japan Foundation Grant for Arts & Culture (2016), Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership (2015-16).

Gills and Bellows* with Tatyana Tenenbaum
In this work we use our proprioceptive awareness to access our voices.  How do the mechanisms of the voice function as part of a larger muscular-skeletal form?  Through a series of intertwining exercises and methodologies we will investigate aspects of vocalization that include pitch, timbre and phonemic resonance, as felt experiences .  We will apply this knowledge to small, interactive scores that allow us to harness musical relationships through a largely abstract lens.   The goal of this work is to find more mobility, dimensionality and kinetic potential for the singing body. This investigation is rooted in physical practice. No experience with the voice is required.
*This workshop will be offered in two parts during the Lab.

Tatyana Tenenbaum is a choreographer and composer originally from Western MA.  Her work explores the phenomenal space of the singing body from interwoven perspectives of dance, performance, theater and music. Her interdisciplinary practice has been influenced by: NYC’s Contact Improvisation community at large, DIY organizing, CLASSCLASSCLASS, the work of Yoshiko Chuma, Daria Fain & Robert Kocik, Jennifer Monson, and numerous peers.  She has presented her work in New York, LA, Seattle, and Philadelphia.

Of Roots and Growth with Petra van Noort
On 'roots' and the deeply felt pitfalls and unexpected merits of having a cracked foundation. An embodied exploration of this concept from the dance-theatre piece I've been working on (in which I investigate Vanishing Twin Syndrome, a much more frequently occurring phenomenon than we imagine). Physically exploring what being less embodied feels like in the body, oneness vs. individuality, merging vs. separation, trust vs. fear. Exploring a merged, sensing state (womb-like) and exploring both un-rootedness and re-grounding.

A Sweet Place with Petra van Noort
Investigating the sacred feminine ability to use Pleasure as a directive force and a conjuring power. This creative force is so strong it has been suppressed throughout the ages, feared by many (including ourselves). It is now time to re-awaken it.  We’ll practice accessing emotion, reigniting various layers of life lived in the body, letting the sensual inform our true strength. Compassionately flowing with what is present, responding with confidence.

Petra van Noort, NYC-based and originally from The Netherlands, is a collaborative creator in both dance-theater (choreographing, performing, teaching) and the healing (reflexology, flower-essences, chakra yoga) arts. She enjoys collaborating in the creation of dance-theater and partnering and has done so in projects and the companies of the following strong front women: Wies Merkx, Jennifer Muller, in decade-long collaborations with both Susan Marshall and Tiffany Mills, and currently Jane Comfort. Petra’s connection with Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal resulted in a 15-year relationship, training and studying with and observing the company in 5 different countries.