Aug. 25-Sept. 11 || Alembic Visiting Artist Margit Galanter

For her Alembic Residency, Margit will be expanding and explicating her work with her current project Cave Forms and will offer a chance for us experience this practice…see below for several sessions at Performance Works NW!

In addition to her sharing with us, Margit will work in preparation for her a show in November at Temescal Arts in Oakland, specifically through the media of movement, writing, and video editing. The residency will be an open period for articulating the fruits of the project, with an intention to extend previous performance events and gatherings into a transdisciplinary culminating set of experiences + encounters. Margit is interested in how attention to the phases of an artistic arc can actually produce a pedagogy for sharing the jewels of the work.

Cave Forms is an ongoing inquiry instigated by Margit, with feedback and exchange with primary movers Mara Poliak + Frances Rosario, in conversation through dancing with Asia Wong in the outdoor caves. 

Darkness, no creativity, togetherness, star-gazing, reciprocity, perceptual vibrancy, gathering, seeing and being scene, transducing, hermeticism, constellating, fecundity, channeling.

Cave Forms is a dance performance project that is mediated through cloth. So, from within, the dancer works with many sensations and new kinds of listening, and as viewer, we witness animated sculptural mounds that reveal the human form from time to time. It is magnetizing. The participants will encounter the fecundity of darkness + stillness as a source for making movement, the powers of opening and closing, of seeing and being seen/scene, and will digest and transduce the work through other medium. It’s indeed an experiment!

A one-hour session. We say a brief hello, then each lie under fabric (cloth/blanket), then emerge and digest through moving and drawing/writing. Simple, nourishing, potent.

Please text in advance by the night before, so Margit can prepare for who is coming.
(917) 617-3939.

Aug 27, Saturday: 11am-12noon
Aug 31, Wednesday: 7-8pm
Sept 2, Friday: 10-11am
Sept 3, Saturday: 5-6pm
Sept 6, Tuesday: 7-8pm
Sept 9, Friday: 11am-12 noon—with Frances + Mara!
Followed by mimosas & samosas!
Join us at noon just for the refreshments if you like!

phot[19] (1)Margit Galanter is an Oakland-based dance artist who composes her work through the prisms of cultural inquiry, conversation, perceptual vibrancy, and nourishing life. Her choreography, dance and performance inquiries have toured nationally and internationally, and she dedicates to cultural work in artist-run and community-based platforms.

Margit has spent her adult years dedicated in dance, somatics, and Chinese energetics:  choreographing, teaching, organizing, and curating large-scale trans-disciplinary cultural projects. In the Bay Area, she has collaborated with artists such as performers Julie Tolentino, Sherwood Chen, Violet Juno, and Pearl Ubungen; media artist Kadet Kuhne; poet Eleni Stecopoulos; and teaching and performing with choreographer Abby Crain under the moniker Art Workouts.

As Co-Director of Earthdance, Massachusetts, Galanter co-founded SEEDS, an arts + ecology festival and the Julius Ford/Harriet Tubman Healthy Living Project, an annual intergenerational, interracial critical arts symposium. She has co-curated events such as the Movement Research Festival (NYC) and SFDI (Seattle, WA). In the Bay Area, she curated the embodied language festival Words and Deeds, and events for SALTA Collective. Her practice, Physical Intelligence, which she offers in the  Bay Area and inter/nationally, encompasses her unique synthesis of Feldenkrais, qigong, and movement arts.

Margit received her Feldenkrais Practitioner Certificate and MA in Movement Research and Practice from NYU’s Gallatin School. She has taught and presented extensively around the U.S., including at Naropa University, Mills College, FRESH Festival/SF, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, and multiple venues locally and abroad. Margit lived in Indonesia, where she taught at University of Gadjah Madah and studied martial arts, as well as traditional and contemporary dance.

Galanter has written and edited various articles and creative writing projects, and most recently published an interview with Sherwood Chen in Contact Quarterly and co-edited the book Embodied Lives: Reflections on the Influence of Suprapto Suryodarmo and Amerta MovementHer chapter “The Presencing Dial,” describes how the modulation of presence is a valuable tool in performance, teaching, and movement practice.

For the past year and a half, Margit has dedicated herself in her performance inquiry to Cave Forms. She has been genuinely buoyed by the brilliance and generosity of her co-cave dwellers and the whole resonant constellation. 

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