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

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

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.

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

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!

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!