Moving Arts Lab 2019: a festival meeting ground for interdisciplinary exploration

Facilitated by Peter Sciscioli

August 22, 2019 - 5:00pm to August 25, 2019 - 3:00pm

Programming category: 


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.

2019 teaching artists
Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Deborah Black, Dan Bear Davis, Krista DeNio, Debra Disbrow, Federico Hewson, Ivana Ivković, Martín Lanz Landázuri, Arely Landeros, LEIMAY (Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya), Thea Little, Agnieszka Mendel, Deirdre Morris, Odeya Nini, Iskra Sukarova, Larissa Velez-Jackson, Edisa Weeks (See bios and workshops below!)

Faculty Performance
Saturday, August 24, 8pm
Performance $15 (Suggested Donation)
Dinner $10
Overnight $20

(Photo credits: Anna M. Maynard)

 

 

 

 





Full Weekend (Tuition, Room & Board All Inclusive):
Professional Rate: $330
Full Price:             $275
Subsidized Rate:   $220

Camping: $5 off/day  |  Commuting: $15 off/day

Single days: (available Friday & Saturday. Includes tuition + meals - does not include overnight stay)
Professional Rate: $90 
Full Price:                $80 
Subsidized Rate:   $70

Single class option: (please specify your workshop preference in "Additional Comments" section of the registration form)
$25/class
$35/single class + lunch
$15/class (special Hilltown Discount!)

Special Discount ($190) for past E|MERGE participants and IIAC participants!
Select "I am a former E|MERGE or IIAC participant" on registration form

Special Ride Offer
We're offering limited FREE rides from Northampton (about 45m SE of Earthdance). Pickup will happen on Thursday the 22nd. Return ride will depart Earthdance on Sunday the 25th. Please RSVP by August 12th to contact@earthdance.net. The first 4 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 $15 off your registration. Write your friend's name in the "Additional Comments" section of registration, and receive your discount upon arrival.

Work Study & Scholarship Opportunities
Earthdance Cancellation Policy
    
Earthdance Nudity Policy 
Earthdance Pledge

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.

Participant Community Support
As Earthdance runs as a​ community, all participants contribute to 1-2 chore shifts (typically meal cleans) throughout the weekend and a Final House Clean on Sunday, August 25th. 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!
 

2019 Moving Arts Lab Schedule
 

 

Thursday
8/22

Friday
8/23

Saturday
8/24

Sunday
8/25

8 – 9am
8:30 – 10am

 

Breakfast
Breakfast clean

Breakfast
Breakfast clean

Breakfast
Breakfast clean


BLOCK 1
10 –12pm

 

Choose from 3 Workshops:
Esther
Odeya
Iskra

Choose from 3 Workshops:
Dan Bear
Krista/Deirdre
Debra


Choose from
3 Workshops:

Arely
Larissa
Edisa (Laughtercises)

 

12 – 1pm
12:30 – 1:30pm

 

Lunch 
Lunch clean

Lunch 
Lunch clean

Lunch 
Lunch clean

BLOCK 2
1:30 – 3:30pm

 

Choose from 3 Workshops:
LUDUS/LEIMAY (WATER)
Thea
Edisa (Exploring the Personal and Political)

Choose from 3 Workshops:
Esther
LUDUS/LEIMAY (BECOMING)
Odeya

Closing Circle
1:30 - 2:30pm

House Clean
2:30 - 3:30pm

Departures

BLOCK 3
4 – 6pm

Arrive 4pm-on
Registration
5 – 7pm

Choose from 3 Workshops:
Deborah
Ivana
Larissa

 

Choose from 3 Workshops:
Federico
Martín
Agnieszka

 

6 – 7pm 
6:30 – 8pm

Dinner
Dinner clean

Dinner
Dinner clean

Dinner
Dinner clean

 

 

8pm

 

Orientation

Dialogue Session

Faculty Performance

 
 

Schedule subject to change


2019 Teachers and Workshop Descriptions


Active Listening: Collaboration, Improvisation, and Site Performance*
with Esther Baker-Tarpaga

This workshop focuses on active listening, collaboration, improvisation, and site performance. We will tap into all our senses to actively listen and explore the environment. We will begin with a guided sitting and moving meditation and a rhythmic warm up to get the blood flowing.  Facilitated exercises aim to build trust and radical tenderness between participants. We will create small dances, natural installations, and explore memory and lineage. We will dance inside and outside and be in collaboration with each other, the land, trees, and air. *This workshop will be offered in two parts during the Lab.

Esther Baker-Tarpaga is a choreographer and performance artist. She co-directs Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project and is a co-founding member of Propelled Animals, an interdisciplinary arts and social justice collective. Her work is focused on racial justice and site-specific performance. She currently teaches at Temple University in Philadelphia and her performance work recently toured Grinnell College, The Englert Theatre, Tamadia Arts Festival France, The Wassaic Festival NY, and BAAD!ASS Women’s Festival Bronx. She has danced with David Roussève/REALITY and Guillermo Gomez-Pena/La Pocha Nostra. She was an AIR at Marin Headlands and a US Cultural Envoy in Guinea, Botswana, South Africa, and Burkina Faso. She is currently an incubated artist at Headlong. http://www.btdanceproject.org/,  https://vimeo.com/288196476 
(Performance Reviews) http://littlevillagemag.com/review-of-disunity-a-service/http://bmoreart.com/2016/08/surreal-repetition-freaky-sexy-hurt-and-transformative-meditation.htmlhttp://www.post-gazette.com/ae/theater-dance/2014/02/24/Baker-Tarpaga-Dance-Project-involves-audience-from-the-beginning/stories/201402240038
 

Becoming Known: An experiment in creating from text
with Deborah Black

Everyone brings a text - original, prose, poem, play - something asking to be worked with and/or known more intimately. We work slowly to connect with our bodies and voices. We open up to watch and listen to each other, receiving words and actions. We loosen our hands to write from our bodies, from our experience. We enter into the unknown to create. What do the words tell us? What do we need to communicate? Maybe a song, a painting, a dance, a piece of theatre, an essay, or something we can’t yet know.

Deborah Black is a dancer, theatre maker, writer, and teacher. She grapples with the space between dance and theatre, currently deeply investigating the role of story in her work through penning a memoir. Deborah can also be found in the UK with three collaborators - Mary Pearson (dance/theatre film maker), Alyson Hallett (embodied poetry), and Natasha Nixon (director). She teaches Mary Overlie’s Six Viewpoints on-line and in-person in the USA and in Europe. www.deborahblack.net
http://somaticstoolkit.coventry.ac.uk/autonomous-bodies/

 

 

 

 


Rhythm Reclamation Exorcises
with Daniel Bear Davis

My creative ancestors primarily descend from Post-Modernism and the Judson Church era - with all its deconstructionist methodologies. The gifts of that inheritance are many, but relation to rhythm has not been among them. The common prompt to treat music as “just another dancer in the room” has perpetually confounded me. How does shame relate to the post-modern divorce from rhythm? How does control? Can we deindustrialize our definitions of rhythm? This workshop is part of my recent desire to reclaim the polyrhythmic intelligence of my own body and the land from which it rises. We will seek the possibilities of dance connected to the personal and collective power of polyrhythm while still drawing on the Post-Modern threads of abstraction and possibility.

Daniel Bear Davis (MFA) is an interdisciplinary performance maker and movement educator. He has been teaching and dancing Contact Improvisation, Axis Syllabus, and improvisational composition for over half his life. He has taught in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and throughout North America. Whether teaching physical skills or compositional practices, his intention is to foster tools for informed choice and increased possibility. He has been blessed with opportunities to perform with Guillermo Gomez Peña, Nancy Stark Smith, Nita Little, Pipaluk Supernova/Live Art Installations, Felix Ruckert, Kira Kirsch, Erika Tsimbrovsky, Scott Wells, Cid Pearlman, and many other inspiring body/minds.
 www.danielbeardavis.comhttps://vimeo.com/292349433https://vimeo.com/147910644https://vimeo.com/155039306
https://vimeo.com/235100837
 

Rooting, Routing, Reaching
with Krista DeNio & Deirdre Morris


This workshop is based in Krista and Deirdre's individual and collaborative research exploring the shared relationship between humans, our body systems and those of the natural world. Specifically we will explore the impact of our listening to and being with trees, as it relates with our creative practice and presence. Both contemplative and active, this workshop utilizes somatic, movement, theater and improvisation practices in tandem with the energetic sources of earth, water, tree and sky.

Krista DeNio is an interdisciplinary choreographer, director, performer, writer and educator. Artistic Director of KD>>MovingGround, she is committed to engaging interdisciplinary collaboration that bridges performance work, education and activism toward a socially just world. She is a House Artist at CounterPulse in San Francisco and a member of the International Interdisciplinary Artist Consortium. She received her BA in Dance/Dramatic Art and I.S.F. [Development and Human Rights] from U.C. Berkeley and her MFA in Theater: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University. www.kristadenio.com
https://vimeo.com/158980339https://vimeo.com/217409124

 

 


Deirdre Morris is a working member of Dancing Earth Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations (2010-present) and the Founder/Director of The Forgotten Body Remembers, a site for research into embodied experience of knowledge making in movement based practices and social justice ecologies. She is also the Executive Director at Earthdance. Her practice spans the mediums of dance, theatre, and site specific installations interested in the generation of cultural reciprocity that bridges personal narrative and collective memory. Deirdre's project 'Mapping the Feminine', is a series of intimate movement scores that are seeking to express the divining of natural feminine forces to locate a 'genetically felt' experience of devotional space. You can see more of her work at: theforgottenbody.comhttps://vimeo.com/280649484https://vimeo.com/user10495215/videoshttps://vimeo.com/276034993https://vimeo.com/305312866


Presence and Storytelling- Physical and Emotional Impulse
with Debra Disbrow

Using a combination of physical theater, comedy/theater improv, movement, writing and voice inspired by Grotowski, Keith Johnstone, Roy Hart and others, we will activate our image life and physical and emotional impulses through character, personas, relationship, humor and play. Short theatrical performances will emerge with stories that want to be told. 

Debra Disbrow creates, performs, and directs ensemble and solo works that cross disciplines of music, dance, and theater. She also sings on various recordings, produces/ directs voiceovers and is currently recording and performing with her band Swaaah. She teaches physical theater/devised theater, the singing voice, movement improvisation and exploring the intersection between them. She facilitates workshops in arts integration and creativity for educators and mentors teaching artists working in public schools. 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. https://swaaah.bandcamp.com/

 

 

A Series of Interventions
with Federico Hewson

Federico will talk about his experience in socially engaged art and social entrepreneurship, how this informs contact improvisation inspired by Jeremiah Day, as well as the principles and tactics of artistry in activism by Beautiful Trouble - a Toolbox for Revolution. Federico will also present for discussion and awareness the work of ecological artist Aviva Rahmani and the global environmental rituals of Trebbe Johnson: "When the gesture that pushes beyond individual isolation and into the unknown is aimed not just at breaking through a wall but at bearing an offer, then the real rebellion begins: a rebellion of beauty as activism."

Federico Hewson is a curator, artist, producer and performer. He was a performance artist in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. He produced, together with New York Dance Films, the Imagine festival for Earthdance featuring current dance film and virtual reality installations. He co-founded Same Planet Performance Project in Chicago and as an art activist launched the Valentine Peace Project in Amsterdam- an alternative expression of Valentine's day working with schools, poets and the Fairtrade floral industry. He is currently designing a book on flowers as symbols in activism and an art activist conversation series featuring American and German political artists in Berlin where he lives.  

https://artisticactivism.org/2016/12/federico-hewson/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jp7CsMOf1Sc



WALK POEMS - a workshop on dance & discourse
with Ivana Ivković

“So my question was walking, and my answer is… walking.” - Steve Paxton
The workshop will address the practice of walking through its historical, poetic, political and choreographic dimensions. From the peripatetic to flânerie and on to the pedestrian, the simple action of placing one foot in front of another maps a cartography of casual strolls, meditations, protest marches, artistic actions and dance choreographies. We’ll walk and talk, move and think, stumble and instagram. Participants are welcome to bring forth their own walking practices and to engage with the group through both practical and discursive approaches in posing strong questions on how we make, watch, teach, think, talk and walk the field of dance today. The workshop will be held in the English language, but non-English speakers will be accommodated, as will any non-walkers.

Ivana Ivković is a dramaturg whose interests lay on the intersections of theater, contemporary dance, new media technologies, sound art, and radiophony. Either on her own or as a member of Zagreb-based performance collective BADco. she has co-authored a series of artistic projects for the stage, gallery, screen, radiowaves and page since 2004 that have been presented internationally, including at the Steirischer Herbst Festival, Berlin’s Volksbühne and the Venice Biennale. She regularly holds workshops and presents at international festivals, symposia and conferences. 

http://badco.hr/en/about/https://vimeo.com/132556893, https://vimeo.com/132556893https://vimeo.com/85275875https://youtu.be/-hWOESFRgP4
 

M.w.t.t.t.
with Martín Lanz Landázuri
A laboratory focus in creating scores, using movement, writing, touching, talking and time. We will spend the same amount of time practicing writing, moving, touching and talking, organizing these actions in space and in the chosen order; trying to create trajectories that allow us to express, manifest or create an interdisciplinary language; translating concepts, ideas from one to the other, connecting them with the theme of your preference.

Martín Lanz Landázuri is an interdisciplinary artist based in Mexico City. He usually creates work for specific sites, bringing together ensembles of interdisciplinary artists, with the goal to integrate sound, movement, architecture, science and audience experience. Martín also collaborates,  generating international exchange projects with different collectives, projects or organizations, focusing on mobility, geopolitics and creative process. Currently he is teaching at the National Center for Arts in Mexico City. Martí’s work is supported by the National Fund for Arts and Culture in México (FONCA) to do an exchange between México, Brazil, Japan and the E.U. through Laboratorio: Condensación, a project co-lead with Arely Landeros. https://youtu.be/KA0L0NiByac?t=158https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiK2Zxdh-xkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDjpX8xPvmIhttps://youtu.be/3Cb0fffZTz8?t=168


M I C R O P O L I S
Movement and Space Itinerant Laboratory

with Arely Landeros

This workshop is a series of creative encounters which experiences the act of walking as an aesthetic instrument; Explore the limits of choreography by putting it in dialogue with other disciplinary fields, traversing the physical and symbolic space. On this occasion, we will make a drift that will inspire a collective psychogeography map that serves as a support for the experience as well as a vehicle for reflections and ideas around the walking practice. Theoretical and practical tools that will nourish the experience will be provided. Bring materials that you feel can make richer the practice, as well as devices for recording such as photo, video, audio...

Arely Landeros (Baja California, México). Interdisciplinary Artist and Cultural Promoter. Her work is an effort to contribute to collaborative creative processes and art research. She has studied psychology and experience in social research and community intervention. Producer of Espontánea!, Creative residency for emerging professional women. Co Producer of Laboratorio: Condensación, a meeting designed for creation and interdisciplinary experimentation within the field of art and its relational contexts. Currently she is working on Micropolis, an itinerant laboratory that explores movement and space through the practice of walking. Her work has been shown in Latin America, United States and Europe.


 

 

LUDUS/LEIMAY WATER
with Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya

A meditative movement class that creates a body both flexible and serene. Cultivate fluidity and softness through the use of water-based imagination and imagery. Based on principles developed through the LEIMAY’s study of Noguchi Taiso, LUDUS // Water focuses on the conditioning of a conductive body through the identification of the body’s own weight in relationship to gravity and the cultivation of internal rhythm and fluidity. Participants will utilize imagination and imagery to engage with and identify flow of energy. The meditative environment helps create a body both flexible and serene.

LUDUS/LEIMAY BECOMING
with Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya
Focuses on transformations through different states of the body cultivating the notion of space-body. Based on butoh’s cultivation of transformation and body materials, LUDUS // Becoming uses imagination to delve into a multitude of shapes, textures, worlds, and experiences. Students will constantly morph and change; becoming and ceasing to be. The work engages with expanding states of consciousness to enable multiple realms of perception and utilizes improvisation as a means of personal exploration. Each student’s individual physical potential is used to develop a unique and individualized movement world.

Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya are a Colombian and Japanese multidisciplinary artist duo. Their collaborative works manifest in live installations, performances, sculptures as well as publications, research, and community projects. Shige and Ximena are the co-founders and artistic directors of the arts organization LEIMAY and the performance group the LEIMAY Ensemble. They work out of their home studio CAVE located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Ximena and Shige have developed LUDUS, a practice that explores methods to physically condition the body of the performers and cultivates sensitivity to the “in-between space.”  LUDUS has been developed with the LEIMAY Ensemble through teaching, training, research, and distillation of years of direct transmission of embodied knowledge by Japanese Butoh pioneers, Noguchi Taiso practitioners, and Experimental Theater innovators.

Our work is rooted in questions of being, perception, interdependency and coexistence. We look to expose the multiplicity of spatial and temporal intervals that exist within the body, between materials and environments. We are curious about what emerges when the stability of habits, affirmation of binaries, social norm expectations, and the crystallization of identity dissolve and expose the potentialities of being. www.leimay.org
https://vimeo.com/manage/278959272/generalhttps://vimeo.com/manage/248685174/general
https://vimeo.com/278959272?
(Articles) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzQDfsHjCZW9bDFzMEYzcjM4LWM/view?usp=sharinghttps://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-primordial-becoming-of-ximena-garnica-and-shige_b_59bd1e9fe4b06b71800c39ab
https://howlround.com/bodies-edgehttps://www.dance-enthusiast.com/features/day-in-the-life/view/Butoh-with-Ximena-Garnica-of-LEIMAY-Cave-2013-07-12

Healing Games of Communication
with Thea Little

In this workshop we will explore the intertwining of gestures and vocal sounds that we create from a meditation that helps us to find our own characters to explore. The intention is to be healing to ourselves and to one another with room for humor and play. Once we make our “character capsule” vocabulary of gestures and vocals, we will mix them into various games to approach them from different angles and to make spontaneous choices based on awareness of one another. Next we will focus on ideas of independence as healing with poems, writing, and interpreting our writing in embodied ways.

Thea Little investigates the hybrid of performance art, dance-theater and experimental music through creating and performing solos and directing group works. Thea received her MFA in Dance from Hollins University/ADF and her BA from Columbia University. She has done choreographic residencies throughout Europe, The Lanchonete Residency in São Paolo, Brazil, the LEIMAY Fellowship, the LiftOff New Dance Alliance Residency, and the 100 Bogart Residency with Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation. Thea is proud to be on the Advisory Board of New Dance Alliance. She is also excited to be a National Sawdust Artist-in-Residence in 2018-2019. 
www.thealittle.comhttps://vimeo.com/295671432https://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/39/38/24-dancing-about-sculpture-2016-09-09-bk.html


POLIPHONY - THE KEY TO UNITY
with Agnieszka Mendel
The program of the workshop, based on polyphonic singing, polyrhythmic structures and musicality of breath, is an introduction to the basic techniques of connecting the voice with the body and movement. The aim of the workshop is to discover and expand the potential of your own voice, and by working on polyphonic singing to build a free stage presence and individual expression. The program usually consists of the following fields of work:

  • Sound quality - healthy and effective voice emission
  • Voice projection and physical effort
  • Learning songs
  • Alchemy of polyphony
  • Harmonious consonance and dissonance
  • Irregular rhythms potential  
  • Musicality of breath
  • Emotions enchanted in sounds
  • Topophony - singing in 3D
  • Bathing in cascades of sound
  • Finding security in polyphonic singing as a point of reflection for solo performances
     

Agnieszka Mendel is a vocalist, actress, and coach of voice and stage presence. She graduated from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology and the Gardzienice Theater Practices Academy. She is particularly fascinated by the possibilities of the human voice, which is why she has been collecting songs from various parts of the world and exploring various vocal techniques. For 15 years, she was closely associated with the European Center for Theater Practices Gardzienice, where she created leading acting and vocal roles in performances by Włodzimierz Staniewski. As part of her own artistic activity, she composes, writes texts and performs concerts. She is the leader of several music groups, including Tara Gayan and Yaron Trio. She has received numerous awards and scholarships in the field of culture. 

http://gardzienice.org/gallery/id/12/type/video.htmlhttp://gardzienice.org/gallery/id/11/type/video.html
http://gardzienice.org/gallery/id/16/type/video.html


FREE THE RESONANT VOICE*
with Odeya Nini
The Voice is an instrument that radiates from the soul, resonates in the body, and is pure energy and touch. This workshop is dedicated to Vocal Expression, sensing the voice, feeling and understanding the physicality of sound, freeing our minds of preconceived ideas of song, and realizing the transformational healing effects we have on ourselves and others when we use our voice with intention and love. Both through introspective work and outward playfulness, we will explore the voice as an instrument that radiates from the imagination, body and movement. *This workshop will be offered in two parts during the Lab.

Odeya Nini is a Los Angeles based experimental vocalist and contemporary composer. At the locus of her interests are performance practices, textural harmony, gesture, tonal animation, and the illumination of minute sounds, in works spanning chamber music to vocal pieces and collages of musique concrète. 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 has collaborated extensively with dancers, visual artist, filmmakers and theater directors as both a composer and soloist and has worked with artists such as Butch Morris, Lucy & Jorge Orta, The Industry & Wild Up. Odeya's work has been presented at venues and festivals across the U.S. and internationally. She has lectured on contemporary vocal techniques and composition and leads vocal sound baths, workshops and retreats exploring the creative and healing qualities of sound, 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. 
www.odeyanini.comwww.voicebath.comhttps://youtu.be/MBoqVplqSf4https://youtu.be/4VmvjRelEfg


Choreological approaches applied as an improvisational tool
with Iskra Sukarova

I would like to apply the practical knowledge of the Choreological approach stemming from Rudolf von Laban's methodology of dance analysis. The workshop will be focused on investigating the relationship between space and dynamics (effort). Through applying these methods we will search for the relationship between space and effort in movement practice. By applying the Choreological approach we will aim to find new creative methods as compositional tools in the process of structured improvisation.

Iskra Sukarova accomplished her contemporary dance studies at the National Conservatorium Superior in Lyon. In 2002 she obtained her Masters Degree at the Laban Center - London. She has completed numerous dance trainings with established artists. Sukarova’s pieces have toured regionally and internationally. She has been honored with fellowships such as CEC Arts Link (New York) and Dance Web (Vienna). Iskra was a principal soloist in the Macedonian Opera and Ballet since 1991. She is one of the founders of Lokomotiva-Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture, Macedonia’s first home for contemporary dance. She is also the co-founder and co-programmer of the contemporary dance festival Locomotion in Skopje and one of the founders of the Balkan Dance Network and the NOMAD Dance Academy project. Iskra is also a member of Movement Research’s Global Practice Sharing (GPS) network, and a member of the dance board as part of the Macedonian ITI Center. Since 2010, Iskra is a professor at University St. Cyril and Methodius-Faculty of Music Department for Dance pedagogy in Skopje. In February 2014 she obtained her PhD in Theatre Science through the Faculty for Dramatic Arts at the university.    

https://vimeo.com/21370873https://youtu.be/EecIj7XT8ushttp://www.nomaddanceacademy.org
https://www.facebook.com/ndamacedoniahttp://lokomotiva.org.mk/


The Healing State of Performance*
with Larissa Velez-Jackson
Using Larissa Velez-Jackson’s performance practice, Star Crap Method, as a guide, this workshop employs speech, movement, singing, looking, and writing in a relaxed way. Practitioners use various scores to personally construct their own fluid combination of these forms, multiplying their meaning-making capacity in real-time. With performance as a tool, we experience a rich state of being that breaks down the boundaries between perception and creative action, not unlike a living meditation. As such, we will examine the inherent healing potential of composing in the moment. *This workshop will be offered in two parts during the Lab.

Larissa Velez-Jackson (LVJ) is a NYC-based choreographer and multi-platform artist. She uses improvisation as a main tool for research and creation, blending dance, sound and deep humor. She has presented work at numerous NYC venues such as: American Realness Festival ’11 and ‘15 at Abrons Arts Center, Chocolate Factory Theater ‘14 and in 2017 at New York Live Arts with Yackez, a collaboration with her husband, Jon Velez-Jackson. LVJ has been nominated for a 2016 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and was awarded the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Grant to Artists award for 2016. http://www.larissavelez.comhttps://vimeo.com/296476744https://vimeo.com/234596566
https://vimeo.com/180138953 
(Performance Reviews) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/30/arts/dance/review-the-footwear-follies-of-zapatografia-shoegraphy.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/28/arts/dance/a-dance-troupe-adds-fresh-faces-the-youngest-is-66.html
 

Exploring the Personal and Political
with Edisa Weeks
Using personal memories and political events as source material, we will explore methods for delving into movement and text, and collaborating spontaneously and intuitively, to generate gutsy theatrical work.

Laughtercises
with Edisa Weeks
We will explore laughter as a liberating act, that encourages deep breathing, de-stressing and tapping into joy. Through a range of laughs from deep belly laughs to buoyant irrepressible giggles, we will invest in a collective physical exploration of communion, laughter and Joy. Please bring an object to build an altar of joy.

Edisa Weeks is a choreographer, educator, curator and founder of DELIRIOUS Dances. She creates multi-media interdisciplinary works that merge theater with dance to explore our deepest desires, darkest fears and sweetest dreams. Her work has been performed in various venues including The Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, as well as in storefront windows, senior centers, sidewalks and living rooms. She’s performed with Annie–B Parsons Big Dance Theater, Dance Brazil, Homer Avila, Jane Comfort, and Reggie Wilson Fist & Heel Performance Group among others. Weeks teaches at Queens College, and is currently working on THREE RITES: Life, Liberty, Happiness, which premiers in June 2020 in NYC, and interrogates why life, liberty and happiness were included in the U.S. Declaration of Independence. 

www.deliriousdances.comhttps://vimeo.com/240444496https://vimeo.com/314176763 
(Performance Reviews) www.danceenthusiast.comwww.newyorktheatrereview.com

 

 

Peter Sciscioli (facilitator) is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary performer, creator, educator and producer whose work encompasses dance, music, theater and film. Since 1997 he has been creating performance works through a choreographic lens with a wide variety of collaborators for concert, site-specific and theater venues around the world. In 2008, he created Peter Sciscioli Performance Projects, and in 2012 founded the International Interdisciplinary Artists Consortium, a network of artists and producers working across disciplines and cultures. As a performer, he has worked extensively with Meredith Monk, Jane Comfort and Daria Faïn, and appeared in work by Jonathan Bepler/Matthew Barney, Ping Chong, DD Dorvillier, Susan Marshall and Philip Glass/Mary Zimmerman, among others. He has taught his approach to Voice as Movement in countries from Mexico to Macedonia, co-initiated The Sounding Body workshop series at Movement Research (MR) in New York, and offers private lessons and coachings. Peter has been honored to receive support from MR’s Global Practice Sharing (GPS)  program to attend meetings with partners in Eastern Europe and the Caucuses, and to help bring several artists from the region to the U.S. to participate in IIAC and Moving Arts Lab at Earthdance. www.petersciscioli.com

 

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the ArtsTo find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

This project is supported by the GPS/Global Practice Sharing program of Movement Research with funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding