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

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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. 

ALL KIDS’ CLASSES ARE FREE!

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)

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!
You can help make Cultivate happen, by supporting our Kickstarter Campaign, and helping us spread the word!

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.

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.

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.