Image: ANIKAYA by Steve Wollkind
Boston Center for the Arts’ community-led conversation, Martha’s Artist Salon is a place for Boston area dancers and fans of dance to connect and engage in productive discussion about performance-based art of the past and today. Martha’s was sparked from members of the community looking for the opportunity to share knowledge, experience, and inspiration about contemporary dance as it is practiced and presented around the world.
Each session is led by a host who offers a short presentation identifying an idea or exemplar they feel is important to understanding why dance looks like it does today. Past presentations have explored the work and influence of Bill T. Jones, Ivo Dimchev, Mats Ek and Merce Cunningham.
2016–2017 Season of Martha’s
Monday October 24, 2016 | 6:00–8:00pm | Martin Hall (Hall A) | Calderwood Theatre at the BCA
Kay Bourne & Adrienne Hawkins—History of Black Dance in Boston
Kay Bourne & Adrienne Hawkins will share glimpses into the history of African-American and Black dancers who have lived, presently live, and came through Boston over decades and their connection to dance in Boston today. From Doris Jones, DC transplant, to Talley Beatty choreographer for Alvin Ailey and a pioneer in the use of Horton Technique, to Keith Saunders Artistic Director of Dance Theater of Harlem, to Carlton Jones assistant to Paula Abdul and dancer in many of Janet Jackson’s videos. Kay & Adrienne will discuss the history of theses dancers, their influence throughout the world and their legacy with the companies, dancers, and teachers who have followed and continued their love of dance in the city of Boston.
Sunday, December 4 | 3:00–5:00pm | Black Box Theatre at the BCA
World-Renowned Choreographer Itzik Galili
Boston Center for the Arts hosts world-renowned choreographer Itzik Galili for a special session of Martha’s Salon. In conversation with Debra Cash, Executive Director of Boston Dance Alliance, Galili will share highlights from his remarkable career including commissions from Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballets Jazz Montreal, Batsheva Dance Company, Rambert Dance Company, knighthood for his contribution to Dutch Arts & Culture, and his cultural experience as an Israeli dance maker throughout the world.
Monday, January 30, 2017 | 6:00–8:00pm | Mills Gallery at the BCA
Marsha Parrilla—Gender Perspectives
Director of Danza Organica and founder of We Create, annual festival that showcases work of self-identified women, Marsha Parrilla hosts a discussion on gender perspectives and ways that choreographers dancers tackle gender issues through dance and performance. Marsha will also share her findings of the lessons she learned from interviewing ten prominent choreographers in the Boston and NYC area.
Monday April 24, 2017 | 6:00–8:00pm | Mills Gallery at the BCA
Rebecca Rice—Growing up with a Lineage of Modern Dance History
Many dancers of today have been influenced by contemporary pioneers of the past, but few have a direct lineage with dancers of those pioneers. The youngest of five professional dance artists, choreographer Rebecca Rice hosts a discussion sharing her unique family history through stories, videos and photography. Her family, including her grandmother, Marion Rice—a Denishawn dancer and long term student of Ted Shawn and Ruth St Denis, her aunt, Carolyn Brown—twenty years lead dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, her mother—a performer/educator and student of Consuelo Atlas of the Ailey Company and her sister Robin, all performed and danced together. Rebecca discusses how this family experience influenced her creative voice as a professional dance artist.
Martha’s Salon is organized by Andrea Blesso Albuquerque, BCA; Lorraine Chapman, LCTC; and David Henry, ICA.
Tuesday 10/27/2015 – hosted by David Henry, ICA
David's gathering will feature sections of “Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin/52 Handsome Nudes” and “Still Here” by the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. He will use these two works to explore how text and media infiltrated dance (and the visual arts world) along with issues of identity. We will discuss some of the reasons for and ongoing influence of this more theatrical/issue-oriented focus.
Tuesday 11/17/2015 – hosted by Lorraine Chapman, LCTC
Lorraine will show work by visual and performing artists based in Europe who have been and are currently pushing limits, boundaries, envelops, and probably some buttons as well!
Tuesday 12/15/2015 – hosted by David Parker, The Bang Group
David will host an evening focused on musicality of different eras across different dance forms comparing percussive, classical and contemporary approaches to musicality over the last several decades.
Monday 3/14/2016 – hosted by Brian Crabtree
Brian will lead an active and informed talk about what Merce Cunningham has meant to the world of dance, and as an influence on Brian’s own work and the work of many others. With his mind expanding use of stage space, the inclusion of live music, decor, and the element of chance in his decision making process, Merce was able to expand everyone's ideas about the moving body in space.
Monday 4/25/2016 – hosted by Hortense Gerardo
Hortense will facilitate a discussion based on the origins and genealogical influences of Ankoku buto—the Dance of Darkness. The discussion will include but not be limited to a comparison of the works of its pioneers, Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno, and their broad influence on choreographers ranging from Amagatsu Ushio of Sankai Juku, Maureen Fleming and Jiri Kylián of Nederlands Dans Theater.
*This meeting of Martha's Artist Salon will be held in the Arts Resource Room in the Calderwood Pavilion.
Monday 5/16/16 – hosted by Marcus Shulkind
Marcus will lead an evening focused on the work of Mats Ek, his influence on European ballet and how this has affected American modern ballet as well. Marcus will touch upon the neo romanticism/neorealism movement and the continued desire to create narrative in ballet with roots in post modernism. Excerpts of Sleeping Beauty, Apartment, and Romeo and Juliet will be shown. (Originally scheduled for 2/8/16.)