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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Marcus Shulkind

Monday, May 16, 2016

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 February 8, 2016.)

 
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Hortense Gerardo

Monday, April 25, 2016

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.

 
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Brian Crabtree

Monday, March 14, 2016

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.

 
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David Parker, The Bang Group

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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.

 
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Lorraine Chapman, LCTC

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Lorraine will show work by visual and performing artists based in Europe who have been and are currently pushing limits, boundaries, envelopes and probably some buttons as well!

 
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