Western Mass Moving Arts Festival

A forum for cross-disciplinary performing arts training and exchange

August 16, 2012 - 5:00pm - August 19, 2012 - 3:00pm

Celebrating 8 years of the WMMAF!  Join us for a weekend of interdiscipinary movement workshops and performances with these local and national artists:  Margot Bassett, Davina Cohen, Karl Cronin, Krista DeNio, Debra Disbrow, Julia Handschuh, Kristin Horrigan, Lani Nahele, Terre Unite Parker, Jen Polins, Peter Sciscoli and Ben Spatz.

Morning Intensives and afternoon workshops offer a multiplicity of opportunities to study with a number of artists.  Retreat to the woods, enjoy the sauna, gather around delicious food and delve deep into embodied practice.  This year's festival features voice and movement, contact improvisation, site-specific movement in nature and physical theater.  Come for a day or the whole weekend.  

Come for an evening of performance open to the public on August 18th!

Fees include Tuition, Room, and Board:
Student or Retiree/Regular/Professional

Full Festival Attendance: $275/$310/$345
2 Day Option: $215/$245/$270
Single Day: $85/$95/$105
*Partial Scholarships and Work Trades Available, email contact [at] earthdance [dot] net for more info.

Commuter rate: subtract $15 per day
Same fee for Camping and Guest Lodge

For a full schedule and class descriptions click here


Dancing Self — Dancing World with GABRIEL FORESTIERI

Awakening to Action: Contact Improvisation with KRISTIN HORRIGAN

Voice as Movement and Active Song with PETER SCISCIOLI & BEN SPATZ


Freedom and Joy of Singing with MARGOT BASSETT

Embodied Dramaturgy: Sensing and Making Sense with DAVI COHEN

INSIDE OUT pressing presence with KRISTA DENIO

Seeds of a Story- Creating a Monologue through Character Development with DEBRA DISBROW

Documents and Translation with JULIA HANDSCHUH

Somatic Roots and Membranes with LANI NAHELE

Movement Ritual and Dance Explorations with TERRE UNITE PARKER

THE LIVING PRACTICE: Improvisational scores and juicy warm ups with JEN POLINS

Gabriel Forestieri

Gabriel was born in Louisiana raised in Detroit and transplanted from San Francisco to New York City in 2004. As the Choreographer/Director of projectLIMB he is intent on connecting communities with their landscape, resources, and each other. Gabriel has taught dance at Movement Research,
Carnegie Mellon University, Hollins University, Joffrey Ballet School, The Movement Invention Project in New Jersey, and at New York University. Internationally he has taught at Dance festivals in Brazil, Italy, and Germany.

ProjectLIMB has performed in Hawaii, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Washington D.C., Paris, Rome, San Francisco, Thailand, and New York City. ProjectLIMB’s work has been presented in NYC at DTW, the Tank, Teaneck Creek Conservancy, Solar One, Central Park. Brooklyn Arts Exchange, White Wave, The Puffin Room, and Symphony Space. ProjectLIMB has been involved with numerous residencies including the AIR at Earthdance, Solar One Dance Res, Art Mill in Jeffersonville NY, SEEDS at Earthdance, DTW’s Outer/Space, The Wave Rising Festival, in Hawaii at the Ulua Theatre, and at Art Omi. Gabriel is an alum of the MFA (2006) dance program at NYU and was nominated for a total of four Isadora Duncan awards (San Francisco’s highest dance achievement) in 2004 and 2005.

He has had the pleasure of working with choreographers: Punchdrunk, Wili Dorner, Foofwa D’immobliite, Risa Jaroslaw Keith Thompson, Bill Young, Tomi Pasoneen, Scott Wells, and Erika Shuch. He was a founding company member in 2011 of the NYC mounting of Sleep No More, the Off Broadway sensation.

Ben Spatz

Ben Spatz is Artistic Director of Urban Research Theater in New York City. His current project, RITE OF THE BUTCHER (United Solo Festival, 2011), is a solo performance that explores themes of power and violence through a unique integration of song, movement, and poetry. With Maximilian Balduzzi, he created and performed in PLAYWAR (Abrons Arts Center, 2012) and THEATRICALE (Lincoln Center Atrium, 2011). Ben has taught and led workshops at Cave Arts, the Genesis Project, Yale University, and the City University of New York, where he is also a doctoral candidate. He is an Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research and his writing has been published in both academic and artistic journals. For more information, please visit www.urbanresearchtheater.com

Peter Sciscioli

Peter Sciscioli is a New York-based performer, choreographer, educator, and producer whose work encompasses dance, music (voice and violin) and theater. He has performed and taught nationally and internationally in countries from Brazil to Serbia, and has worked extensively with Meredith Monk, Jane Comfort and Company, and in work by Matthew Barney, Ping Chong, Philip Glass and Mary Zimmerman. www.petersciscioli.com

Jennifer Pollins

Jennifer Polins has been creating work for the past 20 years, in the valley with Saliq Savage/ Wire Monkey Dance and with many others including TrypTyck with Lani Nahele and Catherine Musinsky, and with collaborators Cynthia Mclaughlin and Krista DeNio. Jennifer started her professional dance career at the age of 17, with the Joffery Ballet and went on the dance with the Milwaukee Ballet and the Zurich Operahouse Ballet before shifting to a contemporary and improvisational dance focus. Jen has co-directed Wire Monkey Dance since 2000 is a guest lecturer in the 5 College Dance Department and is a certified Pilates, Yoga, Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis and Yoga practitioner. Jen is currently an MFA candidate through the low residency track program at Hollins University/American Dance Festival. She is also the mother of two amazing kids, Edy and Ascher.

Terre Unité Parker

Terre Unité Parker performed nationally and internationally with postmodern dance pioneer Anna Halprin from 2003-2010. Parker is among a highly selective group of mentees whom Anna Halprin personally certified to teach Movement Ritual and Dance Explorations. Since 2002, Parker has taught nationally at Halprin’s Mountain Home Studio, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Boston College, Mount Holyoke College, and Goddard College, and internationally at Xiamen University (China) and the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (Java). Ms. Parker holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College and a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College. Parker creates experimental performance for indoor and outdoor environments with her Pioneer Valley based interdisciplinary performance ensemble.

Kristin Horrigan

Kristin Horrigan is an improviser, choreographer, performer and teacher based in southern Vermont.  She holds an MFA in choreography from Ohio State University and has taught and performed contact improvisation at festivals and universities in the USA, Germany, Japan, and Argentina.   Kristin’s artistic interests include creating dances with people of all ages, connecting thought and movement, and exploring social action through performance.  A former member of the Earthdance staff and board, Kristin now runs the dance program at Marlboro College and directs the intergenerational performance group Dance Generators.

Julia Handschuh

Julia Handschuh writes, moves, and makes objects; oftentimes in relation to issues of improvisation, ecology and the politics of space.  In the past 8 months her world has been a jumble of Occupy Wall Street, local food, living in the woods and falling in love.  In Western Mass she organizes around the need for radical user-driven space, makes performance for video with two women who rock her world and works as a freelance graphic designer and marketing consultant.  In other places she has recently performed with Athena Kokoronis, presented at the Earth Matter’s Conference at CMU and is on the board of iLAND.  She holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU and BFA in Performance Art and Installation from The Museum School and Tufts University.  www.juliashoe.com

Debra Disbrow

Debra Disbrow is a performer/writer/director and teacher based in Brooklyn, NY.  She has taught theater, voice and/or movement for The Center for Arts Education, Wilma Theater, Mumpuppet Theater, University of Colorado, Naropa University, Earthdance, Spoke the Hub and others. She recently directed Damaris Webb's one woman play The Box Marked Blackfor Dixon Place in NYC and The 1 Festival in Portland, Oregon; Eliza Ladd's one woman play on est deshabille for the Performance Mix Festival and co-created the ensemble pieceCrosstalk Coconut for Dixon Place and the Fury Factory in San Francisco. She is a founding member of Workshop for Potential Movement (dance theater), Convergences Theater Collective and The Stenographers (theater). MFA- Theater- Naropa University.

Krista DeNio

Krista DeNio is a choreographer, director, performer, writer, & educator. She has worked in California, New York City, New Mexico, Western Mass, Colorado, and internationally.  She is committed to continually evolving forms of performance work, and to the development of interdisciplinary thinking & creation within and between the fields of dance & theater.  Current projects include: Edith & me, a solo performance piece influenced by the life and music of Edith Piaf, along with DeNio's personal narrative & CONTACT, written & performed by a mixed ensemble of veterans of war & civilians.  Krista [www.kristadenio.com] is currently the Executive & Artistic Director of Earthdance [www.earthdance.net].

Davina Cohen

Davina Cohen is an interdisciplinary artist who makes theater, dance, music, and films. Work supported by and presented at Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, Movement Research, Philadelphia nEW Dance Festival, FURY Factory, Earthdance, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and tinydangerousfun!.  Collaborations: Target Margin, Women's Project, foolsFURY, Berkeley Rep, San Francisco Opera, New Dramatists, Playwrights Foundation, Blessed Unrest, Magic Theatre, Shotgun Players, The South Wing, and HERE Arts. Taught/assisted at Atlantic Theater Conservatory, Solano College, Pacific Union College, WMMAF, and American Opera Projects.  EMERGE resident artist 2010-2012.  Pop-Up Museum of Queer History playwriting commission for CANDY MATSON.  Recent performances: Joe's Pub (NYC) and Teatteri Naamio ja Hoyhen (Helsinki).

Margot Bassett

Margot Bassett is a vocalist, mover, and performance-maker based in Brooklyn, NY. She has collaborated and/or performed with Meredith Monk (BAM), Daria Faïn (Danspace, DTW, Governor’s Island, The LAB Gallery), devynn emory/beast productions (New York Live Arts, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Abrons Art Center, Parish Hall, LAB Space, Mascher Space, Bodega), Abigail Levine (CPR), Deborah Black (Judson Church, The Tank), Marisa Michelson (Signature Theatre DC, York Theatre), Magic Names vocal ensemble (Issue Project Room), and Eliza Ladd (Berkshire Fringe), and also sings with Cerddorion chamber choir. Margot received her MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in 2009, her BA in Dance from Wesleyan University in 2001, and has studied at The Juilliard School since 2010.

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