Announcing the Cultivate 2012 Artist Line-Up!!

Pleased to announce the artist line-up for Cultivate 2012, now in its third year!

  • Alicia Christofi-Walshe (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Stephen Clapp (Mt. Rainier, MD)
  • Katherine Ferrier (Bethlehem, NH)
  • Sarah Gamblin (Denton, TX)
  • Ellie Goudie-Averill (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Ashley Hensel-Browning (Chester, VT)
  • Jessica Howard (Fall River, MA)
  • Jennifer Kayle (Iowa City)
  • Katherine Keifer Stark (Philadelphia,PA)
  • Kai Kleinbard (New York, NY)
  • Monkeyhouse (Boston, MA)
  • Angie Muzzy (Troy, NH)
  • Bethany Nelson (Jackson, MS)
  • Cori Olinghouse (New York, NY)
  • Goldie Peacock (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Pamela Vail (Lancaster, PA)

and special musical guests, TBA !!

Save the date for Cultivate!  This year, from August 9-12, Bethlehem, NH will come alive with dance as award-winning dance artists and musicians from around the region and beyond will gather for a weekend festival full of workshops, performances, discussions and social events.

  • dance workshops for kids, adults, beginners & professionals!
  • performances at the historic Colonial Theatre!
  • site-specific performances around Bethlehem!
  • networking and peer learning events for North Country dancers, teachers and students!
  • film screenings!
  • artist and audience linger & mingles! 
  • and more!
clockwise from upper left: Jennifer Kayle, Ellie Goudie-Averill and Katherine Keifer Stark, Cori Olinghouse, Ellie Goudie-Averill, Pamela Vail, Stephen Clapp.

Got Work?

Cultivate

CULTIVATE: August 9-12, 2012

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 White Mountains sharing your work and helping me cultivate the community for contemporary dance and performance in the North Country?

Artists will be housed comfortably in town, within walking distance to the theatre and studio spaces.  Some meals will be provided, and each artist will receive a modest honorarium for performing and/or teaching.  Performances will be on stage at the Colonial Theater, one of the oldest continuously operated movie theaters in the country.

Looking for work that is low tech, small cast, and relatively family friendly.

Also looking for exciting classes for a wide range of age and ability.

E-mail proposals to Katherine Ferrier
katherine(at)katherineferrier(dot)net
Proposals should include the following:

  • all contact info including mailing address
  • description of work to be presented, including number of performers and a link to video if possible
  • workshop description, if applicable
  • short bio (100-ish words)

Deadline May 1, 2012

Calling all Cultivators!!!

9 days left.  $4,715 to raise.  Kickstarter is all or nothing funding! If we don’t make our goal, all pledges are cancelled and we will have no funding for Cultivate!  Now is the time to support grass-roots community action.  Make a pledge, tell your friends, send this link to your contact lists, and send us good mojo!!

Thank you to everyone who has been steadily supporting the important work of Cultivate!!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/katherineferrier/cultivate-growing-the-dance-community-in-northern/widget/card.html

Performance as Transformation: Amanda Hamp makes space for possibilities to emerge

In the first decades of the 20th century, the pioneers of modern dance rejected the long-standing convention of dance-making, in which a male ballet master choreographed onto a female ballerina.  Isadora Duncan,  Mary Wigman, and Martha Graham are three notable detractors who blazed the trail, and in each of these pioneer’s oeuvres are solos that the artist herself choreographed and performed.  Their sources were varied, but the artists pursued a common goal: to express personal experiences and perspectives in order to communicate with an audience something larger than themselves.

About a century later,  Iowa-based Amanda Hamp humbly sets out to do this five times, in her evening length work Loss, the Great Escape and Other Memories.  Comprised of five separate solos,  Hamp originally choreographed the work to be performed by five different dancers. Now she challenges herself to perform them all.  She writes:

“I’ve been feeling and thinking of performance differently this past year.  More and more, it’s about the exchange between the performer/performance and the audience.  Or, between the people in the room and the universe.  It’s less about the choreography or the dancing, and more about what flows back and forth through those mediums.  It’s about what experiences, meanings, associations, inspirations, reminders and possibilities flow between audience and performer through the vehicle of performance.  

I work to soften myself so that something larger than myself can happen.

Hamp will perform 2 of the solos, “The Rest of Alice” and “Dwelling” at Cultivate, and will also facilitate a session of work that serves as the foundation of her physical and creative practice: Open Source Forms, or OSF.

OSF is an expansion of its predecessor, Skinner Releasing Technique, and has been developed by Stephanie Skura based on her years as a teacher, improviser, choreographer, performer and SRT core faculty member. In this session, Hamp will guide movement studies, imagery-based experiences, and brief partner exchanges for conveying kinesthetic information. Wherever the participant is in their own process, OSF facilitates softening and letting go of tensions, holdings and habitual patterns so that other possibilities can emerge.

class:    Open Source Forms
time:     Friday, 2-4pm
place:    Great Hall, WMS
cost:      $25 (or, included in any Fest Pass)
for:        Anyone, regardless of prior experience, wanting to let go of unnecessary     movement tensions, habits and patterns.
more:   visit Cultivate on Eventbrite to reserve your spot!

If Buildings Could Speak

Philadelphia based choreographer Tori Lawrence finds inspiration in the architectural and environmental treasures hiding within her city, most recently in Founder’s Hall at Girard College, a Greek revival masterpiece built in the mid 19th century.  The time-worn building is the source of inspiration for her newest site-specific dance installation, Awakened Ruins which she will perform with her company at the Philly Fringe Festival in September.

Lawrence speaks poetically of her fascination with decay:

“Paint chipping from the walls, age-weathered windows, rusted flourishes, lumber fastenings, fallen pillars and painted domes that once were.  Historic relics of the past mystify and inspire me with their raw beauty—providing rich arenas for exploration.  Enthralled by the process of how architecture and sculpted spaces mature/age over time, I attempt to create a world that embodies such a process. If the aged crack in the cold marble floor could come alive, how would it move?  How can I embody the beauty of this decaying landmark? I envision the dancers being the floors, columns, arches and walls themselves.

Each place is like a human being.
Innards exposed,
dignity stripped.
Traces of life remain within these “fallen” buildings.
They once stood in glory,
but are now faded, overlooked, withdrawn.
If buildings could speak…

Lawrence is joined by Emily Herchenroether, Ashley Lippolis, and Pamela Vail  (members of the Lawrence-Herchenroether Dance Company,)  to perform excerpts from the new work on Friday, August 19 as part of Cultivate.

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.

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.