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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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!

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 www.aannh.org

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

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

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!

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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