Stay tuned for Cultivate 2012 line-up!

Many thanks to all those who sent in proposals for workshops, performances, community actions and other events.

The 2012 Artist line-up will be announced soon!

Save the date for an exciting long weekend as Bethlehem comes alive with dance:

Thursday, August 9 – Sunday, August 12

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what artists say about being at Cultivate

Cultivate provided me with an experiential haven for performance and movement practice.  (Kathryn McNamara)

It was rejuvenating and inspiring to move, explore, and create with this lovely group of people.  It was a rich artistic experience combined with an intimate relationship with the Bethlehem community. (Katherine Keifer Stark)

I think what was most valuable for me was to be surrounded by professional and supportive artists in the same field, which made it easier to take a risk in presenting such new work.  This also made for a warm audience/performer relationship. (Sally Bomer)

Come to the beautiful White Mountains of NH this August and share your work with a growing community of dancers, dance makers and lovers of dance!  Deadline to apply is May 1st. 

images of Cultivate 2011 | photos by Arthur Fink

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

Save the Date for Cultivate 2012:

Mark your calendars now and join us in August for a weekend of workshops, performances, discussions, live music, and social events aimed at building community in the North Country. Join us in our new festival home at the Colonial Theatre on Main Street in Bethlehem!

Thursday, August 9 – Sunday August 12, 2012

more info coming soon!

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!

Katherine Keifer Stark explores expectations

Ten years ago, Philadelphia-based choreographer Katherine Kiefer Stark found herself sitting on an airplane sandwiched between two bulky men.  Elbows tucked tightly into her sides, knees pressed together to maintain some personal space from the men on either side who comfortably occupied the shared armrests, legs wide, loudly talking to each other and occasionally questioning her as she read.

Today, Katherine continues to be fascinated with the real and imagined boundaries of gender, which led to the creation of her ever-evolving solo Rounds.  A structured improvisation exploring how gender boundaries and expectations are constructed and the role Katherine plays in that construction, Rounds will be presented as part of Cultivate 2011

Katherine will also be teaching as part of the festival.  Her class, Initiation and Follow Through blends Kline Technique, Safety Release Technique, and release technique, and is an energetic exploration of movement from the inside out.  Emphasis is placed on the initiation of the movement and the path the various body parts take in space to discover how one’s own body moves within the movement.  Space is embraced through phrases that move in and out of the floor and carry the movers in and out of balance. Class begins quietly and gradually builds in complexity, culminating in a dynamic phrase.  Sleeves and kneepads or long pants are recommended.

class:    Initiation and Follow Through
time:    Friday, 8/19, 2-4 pm
place:   Great Hall, White Mountain School
cost:     $25 (or, included in Fest Pass)
for:       intermediate to advanced dancers
more:  visit Cultivate on Eventbrite to reserve your spot!