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INTERVIEW // Dance as an exploration of the Nature/Culture Continuum: An Interview with Sondra Fraleigh

Photo: Painting by Kat Brown

    Dance is an art that can only exist through continuous embodiment, it’s a living expression of self and symbol that exists in the perpetual present moment. Dance is made through bodies in motion; the body is a biological entity, but the body in dance is also a conceptualized, cultured and…


Added by Kat Brown on March 18, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

ESSAY // Movement as Language, Healing, and Liberation

I have been dancing since I first felt the flesh surrounding me in my mother’s womb. Dance for me, like many and most I know, is my purest form of expression. It opens light inside of me, and has been a language between my brain, my body, and my spirit that only I can fully understand. 

When I think of dance, I think of movement, performing, being in motion. This dance, this movement…


Added by Nana Chinara on July 13, 2019 at 7:59am — No Comments

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ESSAY // Measuring the Value of Our Work

I randomly stepped into an audition in July of 2016, expecting nothing, with a company that I had no prior relationship with, and two months later found myself getting emailed a contract for second cast of a brand new, ongoing, immersive theater show. I’d be performing multiple times a week. I’d be getting…


Added by Kate Ladenheim on November 16, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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ESSAY // Favoring Fire: reflections on art and production - PART I

Part I: Passion and Ignorance


We talk, in this country at least, about following one’s passion, but I think we don’t mean it. Or rather we mean it only insofar as our passion comes with a 401(k) or can lead to a…


Added by Jeremy Goren on May 15, 2014 at 12:00am — No Comments

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ESSAY // The Embodied Shame Pole

Alex Franz Zehetbauer, photo by Ismael Cruz.




I have found that I am unsatisfied with my artistic endeavors when they are not relevant…


Added by Alex Franz Zehetbauer on November 25, 2012 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

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ESSAY // Ana Mendata’s Siluetas Series

Image: Ana Mendata Siluetas Series

    The concrete nature of bodily being is typically in contrast with the ephemeral nature of the performative space. In An Ontology of Performance Peggy Phelan states that “performance’s being becomes itself…


Added by Kat Brown on September 29, 2016 at 7:56am — No Comments

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ESSAY // Death of the Dance Sciences: David Deutsch v. Tere O'Connor

According to David Deutsch, the transformation that the Enlightenment brought to modern scientific thinking was not scientific tests (any dumb theory is testable), nor philosophical empiricism (the senses lie), nor a challenge to authority (it had been challenged before), but a tradition of critical investigation. Enlightenment thinkers and scientists finally began “seeking…


Added by Li Cata on December 24, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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ESSAY // Experimental Theatre - Who is it for?

I was going to write this article on the use of Viewpoints in the creation of performance. For those of you who may not be familiar with the technique, the Viewpoints is an improvisational performance tool, which evolved from postmodern dance. Its founder, Mary Overlie, took the two main elements used in stage performance, - time and space -…


Added by Tina Mitchell on March 9, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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ESSAY//Jo-Ha-Kyu and the Discordant Aesthetic, Paul Peers.

Jo-Ha-Kyu and the Discordant Aesthetic

As a young man in my early twenties I spent a year living in Japan. What brought me to live there was my determination to deepen my training in a Zen sword discipline called Iaido. At the time my Japanese language was quite poor, only surviving with rudimentary phrases. Luckily, the philosophy of Japanese martial art training was observation and practice. Hardly anything was explained, its theory, philosophy and execution…


Added by Paul Peers on March 11, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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ESSAY// Kinetics Movement Arts and e+i Studio

It began with instant attraction.  Dancer and choreographer Yana Schnitzler had worn a bracelet with a magnetic clasp when dining at a restaurant.  While reaching towards the table, a fork became attached to her bracelet, dangling from her wrist.  That event provided inspiration for her to explore the effects of magnetism on the human body and,…


Added by Kinshasa Peterson on October 20, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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ESSAY // The Williamson Technique and the Magnetic Actor

The Ten Minute Exercise

It is the actor’s job to be an acrobat of the human condition.  They must access the limits of themselves, consistently coming to a full emotional life.  It is…


Added by Julia Crockett on March 6, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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ESSAY // Symbolic Action: Performativity in Contemporary Art (part 2)

Janine Antoni Lick and Lather (1993). sculptures installed at the New Museum.

The Performativity in Everyday Life. Identity and the Presentation of the…


Added by Kika Espejo on April 18, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Learning a New and Familiar Language with LEIMAY

Wearing the space.

Bodies as a kind of weather.

How do we create a revolution of vulnerability within our species?…


Added by Federico P Hewson on November 7, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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ESSAY // Solo Process

Alexa Salamé, Starting


By Alexa…


Added by Alexa Salame on April 12, 2016 at 2:31pm — No Comments

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ESSAY // Community Is The New Kale

Photo of: Bre Short and David Glista, by Catherine Jaeger

Community Is The New Kale

by Kate Ladenheim

“Community is about as buzzy as kale,” says my best friend Bre Short, who also dances…


Added by Kate Ladenheim on November 26, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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ESSAY // On Activation

Annabelle Piery and Yoann Rollo, Photo by Raul Zbengheci

 “Too long, too much time staring at glowing rectangles, faces dissolve into each other and the city eats itself, fucks itself into oblivion.  Sitting in a chair with an…


Added by Raul Zbengheci on October 31, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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ESSAY // On The Road with LEIMAY

Above: Our poster in front of the museum, photo of LEIMAY's Floating Point Waves

'been flirting with distant futures and long shores along the city's periphery.  What could have been and what is now.  And scores of grime fighting for a place in my stomach, on the back of my broken neck, my broken face…


Added by Raul Zbengheci on April 26, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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ESSAY // (re) discovering gutai

Kazuo ShiragaChallenging Mud, 1955

1st Gutai Open Air Exhibition, Tokyo,1955 Ashiya City Museum of Art & History.


Under the watchful eye…


Added by Cara Stewart on March 18, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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ESSAYS // On stillness and touch: biodynamic performance

Stillness: in biodynamic craniosacral therapy and improvisational performance

“Space and silence are two aspects of the same thing. The same no-thing. They are externalization of inner space and inner silence,…


Added by Sophia Treanor on February 15, 2018 at 1:16am — No Comments

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Working with the Environment through Dance and Film

*Photo by Natalie Deryn Johnson*

The LEIMAY Fellowship is supplying me with the space and resources to create the second film in the environmental dance film series,…


Added by Kelly Todd on July 12, 2019 at 4:49pm — No Comments

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