About Katherine Ferrier

I make things. Dances, quilts, books, objects, poems and various hybrids. I am a chronic instigator, a curious collector, an avid collaborator.

Help us Kickstart Cultivate 2013!

Cultivate needs your help!

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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.
And we need YOUR help to bring it to life!  Kickstarter is a groovy crowd source fundraising platform that allows folks to make amazing projects, with the support of many backers each making modest donations.

Last year, over 200 backers raised $7000 in just over a week, with an average pledge of $35.  Incredible!  How does Kickstarter work, you ask?  It couldn’t be simpler!

  • Check out the nifty rewards you get for becoming a backer!  (tickets to a show, custom made art, dances made just for you!)
  • Choose which level of support best suits you!
  • Make a pledge using a credit card over the super secure website.  (No one gets charged until we meet our goal.)
  • Enjoy the great feeling of knowing you are helping bring something very cool to life!

On behalf of all of the Artists of Cultivate 2013, thank you for your support!

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Overwhelmed with beautiful proposals to come share work and be a part of this year’s Cultivate festival. An embarrassment of riches, a glorious overflowing. Mille gracias to all of you who care so much about growing a community from the ground up!

Look for this year’s line-up of artists to be announced mid-May!

Call for Proposals for Cultivate 2013

Cultivate returns to Bethlehem, NH August 15-20, 2013.  Do you have new work you’d like to show?  A proposal for a workshop?  An idea for ways that artists and audiences can meet, mingle and have a meaningful exchange?  Would you like to spend a summer weekend in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire, sharing your work and cultivating the community for contemporary dance and performance in the North Country?

Cultivate is a unique festival in a unique town. Artists are be housed comfortably within walking distance to the theatre and studio spaces, in the homes of Bethlehem residents who love and support contemporary dance and dance-makers.  Most meals are provided by community potluck, and offer artists and audiences a way to connect outside of the theatre. Each artist receives a modest honorarium for performing and/or teaching.  Performances take place on the stage of the Colonial Theater, the oldest continuously operated movie theater in the country, in addition to various sites around the village.

Looking for work that is low-tech, small-cast, and relatively family friendly. Also looking for engaging workshops for a wide range of age and ability.

E-mail proposals to Katherine Ferrier, Director and Curator of Cultivate: katherine(at)katherineferrier(dot)net

Proposals must include the following:

  • All contact info, including mailing address.
  • Description of work to be presented, including number of performers, technical requirements and a link to video if possible.
  • Workshop description, if applicable.
  • Short bio (100 words max)

Deadline March 31, 2013

Free Cultivate Posters to Download!

 

 

 

 

huge shout out to the enormously talented Tori Lawrence, who designed all the gorgeous Cultivate graphics you’ve been seeing all round Facebook and the North Country. Go check out more of her work here!

Extending the Dance Map in Northern New England

Cultivate:  Extending the Dance Map in Northern New England

A conference for teachers, dancers, parents and school administrators interested in integrating dance and movement into education in the North Country.

Click here to REGISTER for this great conference!

8:00-9:00    registration | coffee | networking

9:00-9:15    introductions

9:15-10:30  Round Table Discussion: Dance in Our Schools | Where are we now?  Where do we want to be?

A panel of dancers, educators and arts administrators discusses the challenges and opportunities of bringing dance into schools. Panelists include Emily Anderson, a recent graduate of the Bennington College dance program and a participant in Extending the Dance Map; Ashley Hensel-Browning, a Vermont juried teaching artist and fellow of Extending the Dance Map; Jeanne Limmer, NH State Council on the Arts Arts in Education roster artist and director of the Jeanne Limmer Dance Center and Axis Dance Company; Marcia McCaffrey, arts consultant, New Hampshire Department of Education and a dance educator; and Marcia Murdock, director of the dance program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Keene State  College.

10:30-12    Workshop:  Finding Empathy: Movement as a Tool for Students, Teachers and Parents  |Jeanne Limmer
Experience, explore and discuss strategies for teachers, parents and students to address issues of bullying, and cultivate compassion and understanding through movement and dance. Limmer is a NH State Council on the Arts Arts in Education roster artist and director of the Jeanne Limmer Dance Center and Axis Dance Company in North Conway.
12:00-1:00   Lunch & time for discussion, peer learning, networking

1:00-3:00    Workshop: Dance and Learning:  An Integrated Partnership  with Stephen Clapp

Based on a Collaborative Integrated Curriculum Model using both state curriculum frameworks and National Dance Standards, this participatory workshop explores tools for integrating the arts with non-arts disciplines in school settings. Clapp is a choreographer, theater artist and writer and has served as a faculty member for the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and guest artist with companies around the country. He is Director of Maryland’s Dance Box Theater.

3:00-4:00    Closing discussion: Moving the Process Forward: The need for more dance in our schools!

4:00-4:30     Evaluation, networking

Conference cost: $25 ($15 for Arts Alliance members); $15 for high-school and college students ($10 for AANNH members). Lunch included. Scholarships available.

This conference is presented through a partnership with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, as part of  Extending the Dance Map, an initiative to bring more dance to rural northern New England schools, with support from the Dana Foundation and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

Thursday, August 9 | 8:00am – 4:30 pm | Town Hall Meeting Room, Second Floor,  Bethlehem, NH

Cultivate comes to The Colonial!

The historic Colonial Theatre, in the heart of Bethlehem, NH, is the home of Cultivate 2012!

Thursday, August 9

7:30pm Meet and Make | FREE on the Side!

Watch as Cultivate dancers and musicians, many of whom will have met only a few hours before the show, collaborate improvisationally to create a spontaneous performance before your very eyes. Meet and Make is a free improvisation event where dance and music meet in the moment, creating a unique and unrepeatable performance of instant composition bound to be fresh and inspiring!

9pm Linger and Mingle Relax on the Colonial Patio after the performance with a beverage and welcome the artists of Cultivate to Bethlehem! Bring your questions and curiosities as we encourage conversations to develop between artists and audiences.

Friday, August 10

7:30pm Bounty: Dance Works by the Artists of Cultivate (Program A) |$10

Artists of Cultivate present an evening of contemporary dance works. Artists include: Bethany Nelson, Sarah Gamblin, Jennifer Kayle, Cori Olinghouse, Kai Kleinbard, Alicia Christophi-Walshe and Goldie Peacock, with special musical guests.

9pm Linger and Mingle Relax on the Colonial Patio after the performance with a beverage and welcome the artists of Cultivate to Bethlehem! Bring your questions and curiosities as we encourage conversations to develop between artists and audiences.

Saturday, August 11

7:30pm Harvest: Dance Works by the Artists of Cultivate (Program B) | $10

Artists of Cultivate present an evening of contemporary dance works. Artists include: Monkey House Dance, The Architects, Pamela Vail, Katherine Keifer Stark, Stephen Clapp& Community Dancers, Ellie Goudie-Averill, Angie Muzzy and Jessica Howard and special musical guests.

9pm Linger and Mingle Relax on the Colonial Patio after the performance with a beverage and welcome the artists of Cultivate to Bethlehem! Bring your questions and curiosities as we encourage conversations to develop between artists and audiences.

Sunday, August 12

7:30 pm PINA  | $8 or $6 for members of the Colonial

Magnificent, breathtaking, mysterious. A tribute to choreographer Pina Bausch. A cinematic eulogy. An immersive, gorgeously shot tribute to the people who express life through movement. Pina is a feature-length dance film with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer, who died in 2009. Wim Wenders takes the audience on a sensual, visually stunning journey of discovery into a new dimension: straight onto the stage with the legendary ensemble, he follows the dancers out of the theatre into the city and the surrounding areas of Wuppertal-the place, which for 35 years was the home and centre for Pina Bausch’s creativity.  Opens on Sunday, Aug 12th and runs through Wednesday, August 15th
“This meditation on movement and space, transportation and transcendence is not to be missed.” -Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
See Trailer

Seniors can dance at Cultivate!

Alicia Christophi Walshe, teaching, “Puttin on the Ritz” | photo by Mary Hutton

Puttin on the Ritz!!  

A movement class for Seniors

taught by Alicia Christophi-Walshe from Dublin, Ireland

Friday, August 10 | 9:00-10:30 | Little River Studio

Get fit! Be Creative! Meet New People! A workshop designed for older adults, in which participants are gently guided through dance sequences set to music. Class begins with a seated warm-up followed by standing and traveling sequences that incorporate elements of contemporary dance technique, Laban’s fundamentals and social dance, all the while focusing on maintaining flexibility, balance and co-ordination. This workshop is guaranteed to be fun, and is suitable for older people of all abilities (no previous dance training necessary). Please dress in comfortable clothing, sneakers or flat shoes.

register for this class on Eventbrite!

Alicia Christophi-Walshe (Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish-based dance artist originally from Boston where she  graduated from The Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Dance.  Alicia regularly collaborates with other dance artists, composers, and visual artists to create visually stunning and engaging work. Her choreography has been performed in NYC, Boston and Ireland at various venues and festivals, some of which include Dance New Amsterdam, Greenspace, OBERON, Project Arts Centre as part of the first Project Brand New, The Backloft, Courthouse Arts Centre, Riverbank Arts Centre, Longford Dance Festival and I.F.O.N.L.Y.  Alicia’s work is generously supported by Dance Ireland, Culture Ireland and Wicklow Arts Office.

Directions to Little River Studio:located at 40 Jodo Way, Bethlehem, NH.

Driving: From Main Street turn onto Agassiz Road (also marked as Rt. 142).  Take first left onto Cross Street, and first left onto Jodo Way.  The studio is located on the top floor of the big garage at the end of the street. Parking is limited, along the side of road.  Please be courteous of our neighbors!

Scenic walking route: Walk through the grassy lot behind the Irving Station (2164 Main Street) to the edge of the woods. Watch your step for rocks and roots! Follow the short path down, and cross the foot bridge.  The dance studio is up the stairs…look for the red door!

 

Cultivate 2012 Workshops!

Cultivate has a workshop for everyone! Whether you are a complete beginner or a professional dancer, you’ll find a class to inspire and move you.   Explore contact improvisation and partnering with Bethany Nelson or Katherine Keifer Stark & Loren Groenendaal.  Experiment with different approaches to composition with Karen Krolak or Ellie Goudie- Averill.  Let your wild side show in Goldie Peacock’s high energy, NYC nightlife-inspired class, step outside the familiar and try Eccentric Dance with Cori Olinghouse, or hone your virtuosity with Sarah Gamblin. There are three classes for kids (one of them is for whole families to take together!) and a special workshop for seniors. Wrap up your festival with The Architects, as they take you on a deep journey of paying attention and tuning into love as a resource for composing in the moment.

Cultivate teachers: Katherine Ferrier | Ashley Hensel-Browning | Alicia Christophi-Walshe

Friday, 8/10

9:00-10:30am Alicia Christofi-Walshe | Puttin’ on the Ritz! (Seniors’ class) LRS

Get fit! Be Creative! Meet New People! A workshop designed for older adults, in which participants are gently guided through dance sequences set to music. Class begins with a seated warm-up followed by standing and traveling sequences that incorporate elements of contemporary dance technique, Laban’s fundamentals and social dance, all the while focusing on maintaining flexibility, balance and co-ordination. This workshop is guaranteed to be fun, and is suitable for older people of all abilities (no previous dance training necessary). Please dress in comfortable clothing, sneakers or flat shoes.

9:00-10:30am Ellie Goudie-Averill | Finding your Center, Finding the Floor TH

Finding your Center, Finding the Floor (Stop, Drop and Roll!) In this highly physical and fun technique class, dancers will explore ways to give in to and defy gravity.  We will cultivate drive and weight release as we work towards efficiency of movement and dynamic shifts.

11:00-12:30pm Katherine Keifer Stark & Loren Groenendaal |Architecture of Two TH

Push, pull, lift, share, initiate, shift, make space, take space, fall, catch.  Dance with, around, on, and under a partner as we explore moving, composing, and learning movement phrases in pairs.  We will begin quietly with guided explorations of our own internal architecture, shift into building relationships and skills with a partner, and culminate in a dynamic duet phrase.

4:00-5:30 Goldie Peacock | From Cage to Stage LRS

From Cage to Stage is an improvisational dance workshop based in New York nightlife performance experience. In this class, we will bring nightlife to our daytime dance by improvising with combinations of musical, spacial and qualitative variables and constraints akin to those experienced by a go-go dancer. Putting our physical selves in this metaphorical cage will actually jumpstart and free up our creativity to compose in the moment. Class will begin with a high-energy warm-up incorporating movement from a variety of dance and fitness genres, before moving into guided improvisational exercises and then, PARTAYYYY!  For improvisers and booty-shakers of all stripes. This class is rated PG-13.

4:00-5:30 Karen Krolak | Physical Poetry from Imperfect Bodies  TH

Physical Poetry from Imperfect Bodies lead by Artistic Director of Monkeyhouse, Karen Krolak. Over the last two decades, Karen has developed a choreographic practice for discovering the idiosyncratic vocabulary presented by obstacles. While many of her pieces involve self-imposed limitations, e.g. a shirt of nails, an 18 foot long sleeve connecting two dancer, or a two foot long stilt attached to one leg, her creative process helps performers to embrace their physiological vulnerabilities and emphasize their unique strengths. Open to dancers of all levels.

Saturday, 8/11

9:00-10:30am Angie Muzzy & Jessica Howard |Shake and Shout! (kid’s class) TH

This modern based class embraces fun, athletic movement phrases for any student who has lots of energy to burn.  Participants will move safely in and out of the floor, upside down, right side up in an assortment of ways. They will also learn various improv structures to create their own collaborative dance at the end of the class with their peers and teacher(s). (All ages welcome)

9:00-10:30am Cori Olinghouse | Freestyle Practice LRS

Drawing influence from Eccentric Dance*, an entertainment genre that evolved from the underground nightclubs of the 20’s and 30’s, with origins in Vaudeville, Charleston, and Lindy Hop, we will develop our own improvisational freestyle languages using elements of physical transformation. Students will learn basic eccentric dance techniques (rubber legging, Charleston, clowning) and will also explore rhythm, story-telling, and healthy movement mechanics. Students will have the opportunity to re-interpret eccentric dance and build their own movement languages and characters. *Eccentric Dance is a form of visual comedy that uses a vocabulary of idiosyncratic movements that is characterized by a highly rigorous and extreme physicality. Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton are two of the stars that emerged from this movement. Eccentric dance also came from such masters as: Snake Hips Tucker, James Barton, Danzi Goodell, Hal LeRoy, and Buster West.

11:00-12:30pm Ashley Hensel-Browning | Making Dances: Family Style TH

This workshop encourages families to play, move, and create together with the intention of exploring the physical space and their relationships with each other to make movement phrases. We will use improvisation and choreography structures that encourage full-body movement, curiosity, and play to build dances to share with each other. We will begin by exploring the space we are dancing in through observation, movement play, and sharing stories/memories. Gradually we will move into guided dance-building with the intention of sharing our work with each other, celebrating the space and people we are dancing with. Workshop is open to all families and ages. $10 per person

11:00-12:30pm Bethany Nelson | Harvesting Dance: A Site-Specific Workshop  LRS

This all ages, all abilities workshop investigates what makes a space ripe for site-specific dance and then asks; how do we harvest its fruit for artistic creation? We will look at the functional, aesthetic, social, political, historical, communal, and ritual essence of selected spaces and consider how we communicate with that essence. Working in groups, we will select 2 spaces to harvest, create and perform a dance with that space, and articulate the intention behind our choices.

2:00-3:30 Ellie Goudie-Averill | Instant Dances:  Our Common (Object)ive  LRS

In this playful and challenging workshop, festival artists will come together to create original dances … in only half an hour!  Each group of dance makers will be given the same set of items/props and a “toolkit” for instant dance making.   The resulting dances will be performed for ArtWALK visitors and will show the personal and original ways diverse choreographers grapple with the same objects and create together!

2:00-3:30 Kai Kleinbard | Robot Invasion! (kid’s class) TH

Robot Invasion (Ages 5 and up) From C3PO to Tick-Tock, to Data, to Wall-E, robots come in all shapes and sizes. In the late 1970’s a dance form, called “popping” emerged on the West Coast as a way to imitate robots to rhythmic beats. By embodying robots, students will use their imaginations to create their own unique robots-inspired movements and characters. Freedom of expression and improvisation will be encouraged and further developed through art projects that build costumes, sculptures, and drawings (using recycled materials). Join Kai as he leads students through a world of transformation.

4:00-5:30 Sarah Gamblin | How We Become Bad-Ass TH

What does it mean to be virtuosic? When do kinesthetic imaginings override the compulsion to seek validation? Or if that compulsion is already overridden, how do we lovingly and imaginatively gear up for to rigor on a body level? With language based in somatic principles, we will employ partnering and improvisation to prepare for set movement material. We will work on our dancing from at least two levels: the level of the body via mechanics, strength, stamina and motor skills; and the level of the kinesthetic imagination– exercising a reflexive attitude in the dancing body to bring purpose, intention and imagination to performance.

Sunday, 8/12

9:00-11:00am The Architects | Last Dance (Last Chance for Love) TH

To pay absolute attention, we make a space for love to move into and through us. To conduct moving research, (re-search, looking again), we can refresh our perception and increase the probability of appreciation. From this stance, openness to the moment comes with ease, along with openness to change, openness to others, to different choices, to the myriad ways of dancing “together.” As we look again through the various lenses of the body (the sensory energy field of the heart, the intelligent decisions of the gut, memory, knowledge of form, different angles of vision), our compositional intuition can function with utmost integrity, recognizing a relationship to the whole ensemble, allowing an appreciation of our own experience, but also firing up our love for what we make together.