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

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!


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)

Cultivate 2012 Schedule of Events

Alicia Christophi-Walshe, Cultivate Artist from Dublin, Ireland

Thursday, 8/9

8am-4:30 pm  Cultivate: Extending the Dance Map in Northern New England [Bethlehem Town Hall]

A day long dance and education conference, presented in partnership with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. Presenters include: Stephen Clapp, Jeanne Limmer, Emily Anderson, and Ashley Hensel-Browning among others  Round table discussions, workshops for teachers, dancers, parents and school administrators interested in integrating dance and movement studies into education in the North Country. Lunch included, time for networking and discussion.  For more information, visit

5:30-7:00 Dinner

7:30pm Meet and Make | free and open to the public! [Colonial Theatre Patio]

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, 8/10

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

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

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

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:30 Bethany Nelson | End over End:Contact Improvisation TH

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

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

5:30-7:00 Dinner

7:30pm Dance Performance | Colonial Theatre Mainstage 

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, 8/11

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

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

9:00-9:00pm Bethlehem Art Walk! 12 hours of Art in Bethlehem!

A town wide celebration of art, with exhibits, programs for kids, live music and dance performances! Main Street comes alive as galleries stay open late, artists open their studios, and storefronts become ad-hoc art galleries.  For more information, please visit: Bethlehem Art Walk

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

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

12:30-2:00 Lunch

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

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

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

5:30-7:00 Dinner

7:30pm Dance Performance | Colonial Theatre 

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, 8/12

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

Time during the day to explore the beauty of the region!

7:30 pm PINA | Colonial Theatre (Wim Wenders’ film about German choreographer Pina Bausch)

TH    Town Hall | 2155 Main Street      LRS    Little River Studio | 40 Jodo Way

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.