Produced by Cory Neale & Mira Treatman
The E|MERGE Interdisciplinary Collaborative Residency is a two-week long creative residency where performance and visual artists, activists, scholars, scientists, and more come together as curated Earthdance Creators-in-Residence to explore methods of creation and collaborative decision-making through structures that allow for risk-taking—horizontal organization, collective decision-making, cross-disciplinary collaboration, nonlinear process, and more. E|MERGE provides a fertile space for pushing the boundaries of collaboration and leadership, undoing assumptions about creative processes, and exploring how creative practices transform our relationships.
The residency culminates in a final weekend of public installation, performance, and discussion: E|MERGE Presents 2020 March 6 & 7.
Meet the E|MERGE 2020 Creators-in-Residence below.
Earthdance enthusiastically encourages participation across social differences including race, sexual identity, gender, age, class, and ability. Earthdance is committed to ongoing learning about identity-based privileges, marginalization, inherent power dynamics, and how to be a more inclusive, equitable space. We have accommodations available for those who use mobility devices. Please inquire with your accessibility needs: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The E|MERGE 2020 Application is closed.
Read: Earthdance's Pledge to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
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Our Community Ethos
During all Earthdance events, participants contribute 1–2 shifts (typically Meal Cleans) and participate in a Final House Clean on Sunday. This is to enable a process of collective care for the space, where participants and staff work side-by-side to establish a shared sense of home. If, for whatever reason, you are not able to participate, please email email@example.com.
E|MERGE 2020 Creators-in-Residence
I am interested in creativity and creative process in general. All kinds of collaborations, structure, organizational models and creative disciplines. Creativity: how to exercise it and how to practice it.
Chloe Amos is a maker and performer based in her hometown of Mililani, HI. She teaches adult improvisational dance classes in Honolulu and occasionally organizes small performances of her work, often in unique or outdoor locations. In 2019, Chloe performed a site-specific solo during the opening of CONTACT: Acts of Faith Annual Exhibition. She studied dance and environmental philosophy at Bennington College. https://chloeamos.squarespace.com/
Chloe Crotzer (she/her) is a biologist, neuroscientist, and dancer. With dual degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Neuroscience, her personal work and artistic inspiration draws on her roots in biology and the cellular body. Engaged in studying cultural dance, she is continually curious about the body, mind, and spirit connection and believes that there is a strong connection to altering mind patterns through movement. Her current research is delving into how movement patterns alter one's internal biology, and therefore how they see and interact with the world. In this curiosity, she is questioning how we can utilize this knowledge to help build bridges across communities from an understanding of the inner biology unfolding within these communities.
Chris Oracle Miller
Middle-ancient privileged white guy (and post-modern oracle) from Maine drawn to flamenco, to dance, and to performance after previous incarnations as builder, activist, writer, and internet wizard.
Deniz TOKA's interest in making up things since childhood has led a path to design and upcycle. With a ballet background, she "fell into CI" in 2015 and is still strolling around. Since 2018 she has been taking Skinner Releasing Technique classes, accompanying her voice while improvising/dancing. She is excited about the fine line of performing and activism.
Devon Ross is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound engineer, and dancer living in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Through experimentation, improvisation, synthesis, and movement he composes odes to loss, awakening, oblivion, and redemption. Devon's dance and music is for the body uniquely. Telling it that things are already moving, and it's time for it to move up, away, and on. For the body: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Lital Firestone is an activist, performance artist, dancer, and mental health advocate for the trans community. After receiving a Masters of Public Policy at the University of Virginia, Lital moved to Israel/Palestine, supported by two fellowships to deepen their performance art experience, develop a podcast on freedom of movement in Gaza through Gisha, and build queer, anti-occupation activist community. Lital has worked at the intersections of body, art, and gender euphoria for several years through their poetry zine “Maverique" and several iterations of Chest Bruise, most recently performed at the Trans Theater Festival at The Brick in NYC. They received a Dorot Fellowship grant to develop and conduct queer performance workshops in Brooklyn this spring.
I am a queer, american-southerner, writer, performance artist and community organizer based in Brooklyn, NY. Grounded in embodiment practices used in art and therapy, my work is influenced by relational participation and rituals found in art and therapy. In an attempt to reflect these intersections, I primarily use my voice and body in live performances, film installations, and both literal and figurative mixed-media collages. As a current PhD student I am thrilled to be collaborating with the Earthdance community for E|MERGE 2020. https://michealhooker.com/
Mizu Desierto (They/Them) is an interdisciplinary artist and feminist farmer whose life = art research explores themes of gender fluidity, ancestry, social deviance, and radical creative living. They are the founder and director of Portland’s Water in the Desert, a hub of numerous projects, including: The Headwaters Theatre, Prior Day Farm & the annual festival that is Butoh College. WITD.org
Sasha Steckel Wolfe
Sasha Steckel Wolfe is a white queer Jewish farmer, mover, performer, and collaborator. She studied dance and environmental studies at The New School, and currently lives in Providence, RI. She has performed solo and in collaboration in Boston, NYC, Philly, Providence, and New Orleans in basements, living rooms, studios, theaters, and parking lots. Her movement practices integrate somatic-based improvisational scores, deep embodied listening, and collective landscape building with sound, objects, and bodies. https://vimeo.com/ellenzzz
Shira Lynn is a movement improviser, permaculturist, and environmental justice activist. She performs regularly with Tony Elbow in The Crossing Guard Parade Brigade and as Ms Wicker at festivals, markets, and fairs. At E|MERGE, she will be working to co-create a no-tech workshop/performance/ritual delving into the experience of ecological grief. She asks, "How do we live into this moment as we head toward probable extinction, simultaneously holding awe, beauty, rage, resentment, compassion, and despair in our arms—without disengaging?"
E|MERGE is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.