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 five female artists hailing from Boston, Pittsburgh, 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 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:

STAYCEE PEARL dance project (SPdp) exists to interpret and mirror culture and community through dance and dance centered multi-media experiences. With diverse casting and programming, SPdp explores innovative conceptual possibilities while participating in meaningful collaboration. SPdp produces programming around compelling concepts and themes often inspired by social/political world issues. SPdp occasionally examines the works of celebrated legendary and contemporary artists of the African Diaspora. Examples of such projects includes OCTAVIA, which explores the life and work of famed African American Science Fiction novelist, Octavia Butler, and ...on being... which began as an investigation of the broad Post-Black conversation. Artists who inspire the work of SPdp include legendary Jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln, Jimi Hendrix, and literary artists Alice Walker and Gabriel Garcia Márquez. Visual artists whose methods inform the visual imagery of the creative team’s work include contemporary, Nairobi-born, visual artist Wangechi Mutu, the late Jean-Michel Basquiat, and the mysterious graffiti artist, BANKSY. These artist are admired for their magical aesthetics that are combined with a gritty, honest, and original world perspective.

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

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.