more glimpses of Cultivate

photos by Arthur Fink, taken at Cultivate, Aug 14, 2010

(photos| clockwise from top left: Sally Bomer, Lisa Gonzales and Pamela Vail, Katherine Ferrier, Pamela Vail, Emily Beattie, Suzy Grant, Tiffany Rhynard, Kathy Kohatsu)

glimpses of Cultivate!

a collection of images by Arthur Fink

Medieval Latin cultvre, cultvt-, from cultvus, tilled, from Latin cultus, past participle of colere, to till; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots

  1. To improve and prepare (land), as by plowing or fertilizing, for raising crops; till.
  2. To loosen or dig soil around (growing plants).
  3. To grow or tend (a plant or crop).
  4. To promote the growth of (a culture).
  5. To nurture; foster.
  6. To form and refine, as by education.
  7. To seek the acquaintance or goodwill of; make friends with.

Cultivate was a tremendous success, fulfilling its mission to grow the community for contemporary dance in the North Country!  From the opening night concert at SOCIAL 2055 by Vicki Brown, to the sold out house at the White Mountain School on the 14th, audiences and artists alike were enlivened and energized by the convergence of dancers, art-makers and concert-goers on the tiny town of Bethlehem, NH.  Above are just a few glimpses of the day as seen through the intuitive lens of Arthur Fink.

Stay tuned here for the announcement of the next Cultivate,already in the works!  Consider becoming a fan of Cultivate on Facebook, bookmarking this page or subscribing to Cultivate‘s website so you’ll be the first to know when there’s exciting news.

(Many thanks to the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire for its generous support of Cultivate!)

Arthur Fink cultivates deep listening and looking…

photos by Arthur Fink

Exciting news!  Arthur Fink, well known for wearing many hats, among them that of highly intuitive dance photographer, is joining the crew of Cultivate, and will be working with us throughout the weekend.

he says, of his work:

I document the work and energy that goes into dance — not just the final performance. Being in the studio as dances are created, or even as dancers prepare themselves, feels like being in a delivery room as children are being born. Amidst pain or anguish, tempered with rhythm and support, and bolstered with faith, new life emerges. It’s physical, sometimes sensual, often spiritual. Too often this process is ignored, as image makers look only at the final result — the dance.

more ways to connect with Arthur:

Studio / Gallery in Portland, Maine, and also on Peaks Island  207.615.5722

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for news about shows, art and spirit and creativity workshops,
creativity coaching, wedding, birth, and other event photography.

Sally Bomer offers a poetic glimpse of “Quotidian”

Each showing of Quotidian is an accumulation of gestures and imagined spaces, one from each of 30 days leading up to and including the day of performance, with additional inspiration from the particulars of venue and viewers, so the  process of creating the piece leads literally to the moment of performance.

still image from Bomer's "Quotidian"

Quotidian is presented as part of Cultivate, a day long celebration of contemporary dance, Saturday, August 14th, at the White Mountain School in Bethlehem, NH.  Performance at 7pm.

Emily Beattie and Eric Gunther expose layers of language

Emily Beattie, in "accidence"

Not to be missed! Saturday, August 14 at 7pm at the White Mountain School in Bethlehem, NH:  Emily Beattie and Eric Gunther perform accidence.  Here, a statement by the artists:

Accidence, by definition,  is the inflectional morphology; the part of grammar concerned with changes in the form of words by internal modification or by affixation, for the expression of tense, person, case, number, etc.

The narrative of the text by Timothy Ryan Olsen gave us the idea of using the text itself as a map. Beneath the story, beneath the meaning of the words and sentence fragments, is a deep grammatical structure. What would happen if we used this structure to choreograph a dance? If we let the text play us instead of trying to control it? These are the questions that we are dealing with in this solo dance experiment.

The interesting part is learning how the audio soundtrack, which is a mix of words and supportive music, plays out in the perception of the audience. The second layer is looking at how the performer is going to perceive the words and then physicalize them to the best of her ability. The projected element provides more information about the narrative of the situation. These all slam together all at once.

Reserve your ticket today by heading over to The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire!  See you on Saturday the 14th!

Pamela Vail Surfs the Synapses!

Pamela Vail, photos by Ben Carlson

Not to be missed! Saturday, August 14 at 7pm at the White Mountain School in Bethlehem, NH: Pamela Vail will perform her solo Surfing the Synapses at Cultivate….

Surfing the Synapses reveals a creative process, which relentlessly leaps from one impulse to the next. Through quirky, idiosyncratic movement and sporadic vocalization, disparate trains of thought are channeled and embodied, accompanied by incongruent sounds and never-fully-realized melodies. With humor and sensitivity, honesty and full-force physicality, the process of creation is exposed, turns in on itself and simultaneously becomes the final product. Ultimately, a delightfully simple discovery is made; one woman’s plight for continuity communicates a universal human experience.

Pamela Vail (Lancaster, PA) is a choreographer, performer, improviser, and teacher. She is a co-founding member of the Architects, a performance improvisation ensemble, with whom Vail teaches, creates, and performs—both choreographed and improvised work—nationally and internationally. Vail is also a founding member of critically acclaimed New York City-based Yanira Castro + Company (now a canary torsi), with whom she has performed, toured and taught extensively since 1995. Vail has had the pleasure of working with choreographers Terry Creach, Heidi Henderson, and Peter Schmitz, among others. She teaches master classes and performs her own choreography nationally and internationally, and is currently Assistant Professor of Dance at Franklin & Marshall College. Vail holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. in dance from Smith College, and has been dancing since she was six years old.