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


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

Kids dance for FREE at Cultivate!!

Young dancer enjoys a kids’ class during Cultivate 2011 | photo by Arthur Fink

Cultivate is for Kids too!  On Saturday, August 11, Cultivate joins forces with the Bethlehem ArtWALK to provide three exciting workshops, for kids and families! Taught by award-winning and nationally recognized teachers, these classes are sure to get your young dancer moving!  For more information, and registration click on the title of each class. 


9:00-10:30am Angie Muzzy & Jessica Howard |Shake and Shout!  (Bethlehem Town Hall)

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). (ages 8-teens)

11:00-12:30pm Ashley Hensel-Browning | Making Dances: Family Style (Bethlehem Town Hall)

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 (preferably outside if weather allows, however, an inside space can be great as well) 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.

2:00-3:30 Kai Kleinbard | Robot Invasion!  (Bethlehem Town Hall)

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, as Kai leads students through a world of transformation. (ages 5 and up)