Past Martha's Artist Salons

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.

Martha’s Salon is organized by Andrea Blesso Albuquerque, BCA; Lorraine Chapman, LCTC; and David Henry, ICA.

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Martha’s Artist Salon at Boston Center for the Arts
Call for Hosts for the 2017–2018 Season

A community-led conversation, Martha’s Salon was created to encourage Boston-area dance artists, choreographers, educators and enthusiasts to come together to share knowledge about dance as it is practiced and presented around the world. In each session, a host offers a short workshop, lecture/demonstration or presentation identifying an idea or exemplar that demonstrates why the world of dance looks as does today.

We are seeking hosts for Martha’s Salon sessions of the 2017–2018 season. Selected hosts will be offered a stipend of $100 and technical (sound and projection) and administrative support from the BCA Dance Program Manager. Presentations can include visual or video examples, interactive elements with attendees, lecture/demonstrations or other ways of communicating your idea. Martha’s Salon takes place at the Boston Center for the Arts from 6–8 pm in the Mills Gallery or Martin Hall, depending on availability.

2017–2018 Martha’s Salon sessions will be:

Monday November 13, 2017
Monday March 5, 2018
Monday May 7, 2018

Each session has some flexibility on dates.

If you are interested in hosting, please send a proposal listing:

  • The topic you would like to present
  • The form your presentation would take (presentation, lecture/demonstration, workshop, etc.)
  • Why you feel this topic is important to understanding dance today
  • Which session date you would prefer

Please submit your proposal to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 5 pm on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Past presentations have included: Gender Perspectives in the Field of Dance, the History of Black Dance in Boston, Bill T. Jones, Ivo Dimchev, Percussive Dance throughout many eras of dance, Merce Cunningham, and more.

Martha’s Salon is organized by Andrea Blesso Albuquerque, BCA and David Henry, ICA.

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Rebecca Rice | Growing up with a Lineage of Modern Dance History

Monday April 24, 2017 | 6–8 pm

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.

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Marsha Parrilla | Gender Perspectives

Monday, January 30, 2017 | 6–8 pm

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.

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World-Renowned Choreographer Itzik Galili

Sunday, December 4, 2016 | 3–5 pm | Black Box Theatre at the BCA

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.

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Kay Bourne & Adrienne Hawkins | History of Black Dance in Boston

Monday October 24, 2016 | 6–8 pm

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.

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