Sara Smith and Sarah Baumert explore the unfamiliar

what she saw and how it felt

In her 1940 essay-memoir “Paris, France,” Gertrude Stein wrote “Familiarity does not breed contempt, anything one does every day is important and imposing and anywhere one lives is interesting and beautiful. And that is all as it should be.”

In January 2011, Sarah Baumert went to live and dance in Paris for a period of five months. Sara Smith, who had been for some time obsessed with ideas about perception and automatic response interruption, sent Sarah a series of reading, writing, depicting and movement exercises and experiment instructions aimed at forming a familiar relationship to unfamiliar surroundings. “What she saw and how it felt” is a presentation of some of the processing of Sarah Baumert’s experiences of seeing and doing and of Sara Smith’s understandings and imaginings of those experiences.

Smith and Baumert will present what she saw and how it felt  as part of Cultivate 2011, at the White Mountain School on August 20, 2011.  For more information, and a complete schedule festival, please bookmark this site and check back for a full schedule coming soon!
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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
www.arthurfinkphoto.com af@arthurfinkphoto.com  207.615.5722

Read his blog: www.InsightAndClarity.com

Click on this link to join his e-mail list (via Constant Contact)
for news about shows, art and spirit and creativity workshops,
creativity coaching, wedding, birth, and other event photography.

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!

Cultivate workshops announced!

Note:  All workshops will meet on Saturday, August 14, 2010
at the White Mountain School, Bethlehem, NH


10:00 – 11:30 | Kids’ Class: Push, Reach and Pull , with Jessica Howard $10

Jessica Howard

Students will build their movement vocabulary and move through space based on the concepts of push, reach and pull.  Jessica will move students in and out of and across the floor with focus on understanding the root an motivation of each motion.  The class will culminate with an in-class performance by the students of a dance phrase developed and manipulated from learned concepts.

This is a special workshop for young movers, ages 8-12.  No previous dance experience is necessary.

12:00 – 2:00 | Compositional Improvisation, with Pamela Vail and Katherine Ferrier  $15 ($25 if taken in combo with 2:30 class!)

Pamela Vail and Katherine Ferrier, photo by K. Krijijnowski

This class is for dancers interested in exploring improvisation both as spontaneous composition and for performance. We will be attending to the construction of compositional elements such as the initiation and generation of movement material, the expansion of individual movement vocabularies, the development of forms and the recognition and support of emerging structures. This class balances in-depth individual exploration with practice in spontaneous ensemble dance-making. The artistic value and integrity of one’s “voice” is sharpened in conversation with the whole and as we notice the aesthetic and poetic effect of our compositional choices. No previous formal dance experience is necessary, but a willingness to take risks is essential!

This workshop will be of particular interest to educators, offering creative strategies for integrating dance/movement into their daily teaching practice in order to help students access their inherent embodied intelligence.

2:30 – 4:30 | Smart Body Technique, with Tiffany Rhynard  $15 ($25 if taken in combo with 12:00 class!)

Tiffany Rhynard, photo by Alan Kimara Dixon

Smart Body Technique is training for the contemporary dancer utilizing weight based and release modalities, improvisation, and experiential anatomy. A series of sequenced exercises challenge dynamic range (from full throttle momentum to intricate gesture) and prepare the body for both athletic physicality and for mastering the artistry of complex phrasing. Smart Body Technique is informed by explorations in release technique, contact improvisation, yoga, and Pilates, as well as choreographic methods and film-making concepts.
This workshop is geared towards dancers with some previous experience, and will be of special interest to dance instructors who teach contemporary technique, as it addresses issues of integrating composition and improvisation into the mechanics of a technique class.