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"Movers and Shapers" is a semimonthly podcast hosted by Erin Carlisle Norton, Artistic Director of the NJ/NYC-based contemporary dance company The Moving Architects. This dance podcast allows dance communities around the globe to unite in one conversation through personalized interviews with the many ‘shapers’ of the dance world.

Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast The Moving Architects

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"Movers and Shapers" is a semimonthly podcast hosted by Erin Carlisle Norton, Artistic Director of the NJ/NYC-based contemporary dance company The Moving Architects. This dance podcast allows dance communities around the globe to unite in one conversation through personalized interviews with the many ‘shapers’ of the dance world.

    MSP 94: Christine Dakin

    MSP 94: Christine Dakin

    Today's guest is Christine Dakin. Christine has spent more than four decades in Martha Graham’s deep tradition, exploring the physical and intellectual practice of dance as principal dancer, artistic director of the company, and teacher. She shares the language of dance collaborating with choreographers, musicians, and teachers, and continuing to perform from Russia to the US, maintaining a special connection to the Mexican dance community since 1981. She has been awarded a “Bessie”, the Dance Magazine Award, and a fellowship from Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She has brought her personal poetics of dance to film in her “La Voz del Cuerpo / The Body Speaks” and “Terpsikon”.
    For more info on this podcast: themovingarchitects.org/podcasts

    • 1 hr 11 min
    MSP 93: Jessica Chen

    MSP 93: Jessica Chen

    Today's guest is Jessica Chen. Jessica is a choreographer, teacher and Artistic Director of J CHEN PROJECT, a 501c3 non-profit modern dance company based in NYC. In 2013, Jessica made a miraculous journey back to the stage after suffering a horrific car accident, which rendered her in a coma for 13 days after 8 hours of brain surgery. She shares her story and fight to live through her work as a choreographer, speaker, and Artistic Director of J CHEN PROJECT. As a freelance choreographer, her work has been seen Off-Broadway, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and TEDx.
    For more info on this episode:
    www.themovingarchitects.org/podcasts

    • 57 min
    MSP 92: Vangeline

    MSP 92: Vangeline

    Today's guest is Vangeline. Vangeline is a teacher, dancer, and choreographer specializing in the Japanese postwar avant-garde movement form Butoh. She is the artistic director of the Vangeline Theater (New York), a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh while carrying it into the 21st century, and the founder of the New York Butoh Institute. She is also the founder of the 12-year running, award-winning program “Dream a Dream Project”, which brings butoh dance to incarcerated men and women at correctional facilities across New York State.
     
    For more info on this episode:
    www.themovingarchitects.org/podcasts
     

    • 59 min
    MSP 91: Michelle Manzanales

    MSP 91: Michelle Manzanales

    Today's guest is Michelle Manzanales. Michelle is a choreographer and dance educator originally from Houston, TX. She is the Director of the Ballet Hispánico School of Dance, but lends her artistic voice to all facets of the organization led by CEO and Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro (MSP podcast no. 77!). She began working with Eduardo in 2003 as a dancer for his company Luna Negra Dance Theater of Chicago where she also served as Rehearsal Director and as Interim Artistic Director. Michelle has created works for professional dance companies, universities, and schools across the nation. www.ballethispanico.org
    For more info on Movers & Shapers and this episode:
    themovingarchitects.org/podcasts

    • 47 min
    MSP 90: Melissa Riker

    MSP 90: Melissa Riker

    Today's guest is Melissa Riker.  Melissa is based in NYC and is the director and choreographer of Kinesis Project dance theatre. The company dances outside in sculpture gardens, universities, public parks, as well as hosting more than 30 surprise performances all over New York City and the tri-state area. Recently Ms. Riker is a 2016, 2017 and 2019 CUNY Dance Initiative Residency Fellow, 2015 LMCC Community Arts Fund grantee, and 2019 Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Grantee. 
     
    For more info on Movers & Shapers and this episode:
    http://themovingarchitects.org/podcasts

    • 47 min
    MSP 89: Lucy Sexton

    MSP 89: Lucy Sexton

    Today's guest is Lucy Sexton. Lucy is a Brooklyn born choreographer, producer, and administrator who works in the fields of dance, theater, film, and advocacy. She is currently Executive Director of the cultural advocacy organization New Yorkers for Culture and Arts, working for equity and support for culture for all New Yorkers. Beginning in 2009, she has served as Executive Director of the NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies, building them for the first time into an independent organization. As a dance artist she works with Anne Iobst; together they create and perform the dance performance duo DANCENOISE which was founded in 1983.
    Come to The Bessies! Monday, October 14 at NYU Skirball:
    https://tickets.nyu.edu/10398
     
    For more info on Movers & Shapers and this episode:
    http://themovingarchitects.org/podcasts/
     

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

Kenneth Winfrey ,

Amazing

This podcast sounds so vivid and interesting! I am really grateful to be able to hear all these stories from all of these artists. This podcast is a work of art.

AGSBrooklyn ,

Inspiring

I love the diversity of the people you are interviewing. Some are friends, and others are becoming new fascinations. It’s so wonderful to hear other peoples dance stories; their timelines, process, development etc. Hearing their stories makes me think of mine— where I’m at, how I would share. It’s a great reflection. Listening, I’m often reminded of my inspirations and what I want to be doing, in and out if dance.

Great length of time, perfect amount of space between episodes.

BMBeeker ,

Yes please!

As someone who is not a dancer but is thrilled to be in the audience this is such a wonderful podcast to listen to.

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