Cultivate is a grass-roots effort, designed to nourish and support community by 1) creating a space for contemporary dance to take root, develop and flourish, and 2) encouraging a conversation to develop between artist and audience.
Cultivate is more than just a dance festival; it’s a way to nourish community, and practice being alive and awake in our bodies, lives and world at large.
Katherine Ferrier created Cultivate four years ago, when she first moved to rural Northern New Hampshire. What was originally a one day gathering of a few friends, has grown into a lively four day festival that includes:
- 4 full days of dance workshops for all levels!
- FREE DANCE CLASSES FOR KIDS!
- Internationally award winning dance artists from all over the world come to Bethlehem!
- 3 evenings of dance performances on the Mainstage at the historic Colonial Theatre!
- a 12 hour town-wide art walk featuring the work of over 100 visual artists, musicians, crafters and performers!
- HORIZON: Bethlehem’s first ever Screendance Festival!
- spontaneous community events, flash mobs and surprise guests!
- shared meals and plenty of opportunities for artists and audience to linger and mingle.
Class sizes are limited! Advance registration is strongly encouraged for all workshops. For complete schedule, ticket reservations and registration info, please visit Cultivate on Eventbrite!
ABOUT KATHERINE FERRIER
Katherine Ferrier is an independent dance artist/educator, poet, visual artist and curator who has been improvising and making dances since the late 80’s. She earned her B.A. in Dance and Women’s Studies from Middlebury College, and M.F.A. in Dance and Performance from Sarah Lawrence College. A co-founder of The Architects, an improvisational quartet with a collaborative performance history spanning nearly 20 years, she is also the founder and Artistic Director of Immediate Theatre, an ensemble of movers, musicians, video and visual artists, lighting and set designers, collaborating together to create spontaneous dance theater works. An improviser at heart, Katherine delights in composing in the moment, be it with fabric, found objects, words or bodies in motion, and her various forms of creative research continue to inform and provoke each other, becoming quantum partners in a life-long practice of paying attention. She teaches and performs regularly throughout the US and abroad, and curates and directs Cultivate, a festival created to nourish a growing community of contemporary dance-makers and dance supporters in Northern New Hampshire. Katherine’s writing about dance has been published in Contact Quarterly and Kinebago.