TRACKS // Lehigh Valley Retreat
March 10 - 11, 2018

Cedar Crest College
100 College Dr, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104

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TRACKS // Where will dance take you? proudly presents a spring retreat and showcase of works in progress. The retreat takes place March 10 & 11, 2018 at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA.

TRACKS // Lehigh Valley will host four female artists hailing from Boston, Lehigh Valley, and Philadelphia. Artists will use the time to discuss current projects with other artists, show movement and research, showcase sections or complete works, share best practices, lessons learned, and knowledge of home cities, and brainstorm about future curated TRACKS // events. The weekend will also include a multi-generational community performance of Kat Nasti’s work, “Good Girl.” Additionally, TRACKS // will work with the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange and members of the Lehigh Valley dance community to participate in the NELKIN-Line project, a project organized by the Pina Bausch Foundation.

The Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley (cvclv.org) will be hosting a round table discussion on Saturday, March 10 from 1:00-2:00pm. Founded as a rape crisis center 45 years ago, while the organization serves people of all genders, as a sexual assault and domestic violence provider they serve women as a majority of their clients. Artists, arts advocates and community members alike are invited to participate in this open dialogue about the portrayal of the female in today's cultural environment and what our responsibilities are as artists to shed light and lend our voices to victims of sexual assault and harassment. The conversation will investigate how art and social justice can go hand in hand and what kinds of opportunities there are for artists and organizations that serve women to work together.

The retreat is supported through a partnership with Cedar Crest College. “Since its founding in 1867, Cedar Crest College has taken a bold approach to education - creating a college and a curriculum designed for women who want to achieve at the highest levels! Recognizing the multi-dimensional nature of students, Cedar Crest College is dedicated to the education of the next generation of women leaders by preparing the whole student for life in the global community.” We are thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with them and facilitate opportunities for women.

The retreat artists include:

Sarah Carlson/DanceLink DanceLink’s work seeks to bridge people, ideas, and understanding through the power of movement. Conceived and directed by Sarah Carlson, DanceLink understands the body to be the seat of memory, emotion, complex thinking and deep belief that words cannot always express. Whether working with experienced dancers or novice movers, DanceLink engages a process that strives to use the wisdom of the body to unpack the big questions, often spiritual in nature. A blend of movement, stillness, stories, and play, DanceLink projects can take a variety of forms including creative movement, community-based workshops, master classes, or proscenium and site-specific performance. DanceLink exists to promote community and communicate profoundly through the multi-dimensional instrument of the body.

danceETHOS Performance Company is a contemporary modern dance company based in the Lehigh Valley. Founded in 2008 by Artistic Director Alexandra Pobiedzinski, danceETHOS seeks to produce thoughtful, evocative works that engage and entertain all audiences. danceETHOS invites its audiences to partake in a dialogue with choreographer and dancers through the language of movement, perception and kinesthetic understanding of topics for which words do not do justice. In addition to producing full-length concerts, danceETHOS has appeared in a variety of performances and showcases throughout the east coast, including the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, SpringUP Dance Festival, Green Space Studio in Queens, Ailey Citigroup Theater in Manhattan, Convergence, the InHale Performance Series and Koresh Artist Showcase. The company is also dedicated to the enrichment of the artistic culture of the Lehigh Valley by providing professional-level education and outreach opportunities such as master classes, performances, summer intensives, and its new youth apprentice company. For more information, visit www.danceETHOS.com.

Olive Prince Dance (OPD) is a project based dance company creating compelling, physically stimulating and thematically suggestive dance works. OPD is invested in the collaborative process, and engaged in cutting edge artistic inquiry. Prince weaves the choreographic process in parallel with Carrie Powell, conceptual collaborator, visual artist, and creative arts therapist. Together, they are pushing the boundaries of contemporary practice. Visual imagery is paramount to OPD’s working process and final product. Often starting with objects, set pieces, or costuming to create ways of constructing and deconstructing their meaning throughout the choreography. Specific images act as conceptual muses and are allowed to lead aspects of the process to develop choreography that mirrors the human experience. The process creates movement that combines technical virtuosity with energetic resonance, all while utilizing classical constructs in ways that further the work.

Kat Nasti Dance is a Boston-based Contemporary Dance Company. The group creates and performs the work of Kat Nasti. Nasti embraces dance in all of its glorious forms and her choreography has taken place in concert halls, throughout buildings, on expansive grounds, in the air, and on tiny little stages. The work draws from her world travels and background in ballet and jazz and presents a contemporary form that is dynamic, fun, funny, and poignant.