Pictured: Kamilla Gray Kinard & Mallory Rubin
Pictured: Racy Brand & Sarah Haas
Pictured: Lynda Blankinship, Grant Heaps, LJ Murphy, Alayne Speltz

Community Engagement

I work within communities as a resident artist to:

 

  • create and lead movement workshops

  • offer lecture/demonstrations

  • facilitate and direct evening length performances

  • self-produce performances and/or events

  • build tiny houses and/or stage spaces

Each art residency is designed specific to the community I work within and may include any or all of the activities listed above. Residencies can range from one day to a year depending on the project and the needs of each community. Contracts are created specific to individual partnerships and are available upon inquiry. Below are general descriptions of each process.

Movement workshops:

During movement workshops participants learn how to move in and out of the floor with ease; we work on release technique, head-tail connection, spiral and twist movements. Most classes begin with a series of warm-up exercises that lead into longer phrase work. Our focus shifts between learning choreography and improvising. I stress looseness in the joints, ease in the hips, being grounded, and taking risks.

Discussions/demonstrations:

  • I give discussions and demonstrations on EcoDance, my art/work traveling experiment and Rosie’s Ranch. Discussions consist of a power point presentation that include photos and videos of the process followed by a question and answer session. Demonstrations include a tour of the tiny houses/stages I have built with an informal discussion about each process.

  • I offer courses that focus on viewing dance through a multifaceted lens. Six to twelve week courses are currently offered, each tailored to ongoing research. My current choreographic interests activate critical analysis of cultural, political, societal imprints on the body, historical frameworks of deviant bodies, and manifestations of these transmitted through performance. I am particularly provoked by theorists such as Cathy Cohen, Lisa Cacho, Sylvia Rivera, Samuel Delany, Jasbir Puar and Amit Rai. I have also been greatly influenced by Gaston Bachelard, Jack Halberstam, Barbara Christian and Howard Zinn.

Evening length performances:

This process involves, but is not limited to, engaging with educational materials related to a specific theme if applicable, instigating movement scores, writing, storytelling, choreographing, and other forms of self-directed creativity that often builds upon and utilizes personal materials. Participants are encouraged to bring articles, objects, ideas, and skills to our sessions. Part of our time together may involve research that includes reading and discussing articles of interest. Workshop sessions allow space and time for participants to process and activate this information through the creation of individualized movement scores, sound creation, writing, drawing, storytelling, and other forms of self-directed creativity. Individual scores and set choreography are woven together to create an evening length performance.

Self-produced performances and/or events:

Production includes, but is not limited to, facilitating small to large groups of people, hiring and collaborating with tech support, furnishing and presetting costumes and props, lighting design, operating technical equipment, such as cameras and projectors, locating venue and/or building a venue, stage-hand work, marketing, choreographing and performing.

Building tiny houses and/or stage spaces:

  • Individually and collectively EcoDance co-founders, Hallie Aldrich and I, offer discussions and building demonstrations. To learn more, please visit us at EcoDance

  • I invite you to join me at Rosie’s Ranch to build your own tiny house and/or MPD. Please contact me for more information.

EcoDance - Rosie prototype
Pictured: Elby Brosch & Sarah Haas
Pictured: Sarah Haas at Rosie's Ranch
Pictured: Sarah Haas with first EcoDance prototype

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