Barbara Mahler is a choreographer, performer, movement educator, body worker; a master teacher of and major contributor to Klein Technique™, faculty and certified practitioner of Zero Balancing. She holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee – 2007. She has been selected for the 2013 BAX 10 AWARD in Arts Education. (photo-Alice Garick)
As well as choreographing and teaching, she maintains a private practice in hands on body work, using the techniques and principles of Zero Balancing, Connective Tissue Therapy, and others, working with injury rehabilitation and prevention; movement re education and coordination. A senior faculty and certified practitioner of Zero Balancing (www.zerobalancing.com). As a movement educator, has been an ongoing faculty member with Movement Research NYC since 2004, teaching group classes aimed towards the improvement of coordination, alignment and general physical well-being. Barbara was the “motor” of the Susan Klein School of Dance 1983-2002, to quote Dianne Madden, rehearsal director for TBDC. Movement Research continues to provide a home base for all aspects of her research. Barbara’s viewpoint of the well-functioning person/body is grounded in her long – standing work in the dance and movement field. Her major and most consistent sources of information have come from the study and teaching (1979-present) of Klein Technique and (1983-present), Zero Balancing, along with the perspectives and insights gained from re-educating her own body, as well as a continuing curiosity about the body, movement, perception, and learning. Contemporary dance techniques, composition, improvisation, choreography and performance have all played major roles in the focus and experience of her work. Her small and intimate dances/choreography have been presented across the globe – Chile, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and many venues in New York, as well as across the US. Barbara was an ongoing guest faculty with of the Danish National School of Theater and Contemporary Dance, 1994-2015
“I am a choreographer/performer; arts and movement educator, and a certified practitioner and teacher of Zero Balancing – a hands on body healing and handling technique. Since 1979, I have been an avid student, becoming a master teacher, of Klein Technique, applying the principles to dance and movement from all points of view. In the mid ‘80s. I began creating intimate solo dances for large and small spaces
expanding to trios and duets; all with the earmark of, textures within time and space, portraits and non-linear stories. My work has been presented both nationally and internationally, and most recently received was a BAX 2013 Artists in progress award in Arts Education, accepted for EMERGE 2014, and was a member of LEAP 2011-12, a Queens Arts Council Program supporting development of vision, artistic products and process. Most recently I received a choreographic residency from the CAVE, Williamsburg, NY, a commission for student dance work at Wilson College,PA; and a grant to reset work on ClanceyDance in Silver Springs, MD.both spring 2015. My upcoming projects include choreography for a dance film created by Nancy Allison, and travels to Tel Aviv, London, and Berlin to continue my dance research in the fall. I am the recipient of a 2015 Lift-Off Arts Residency
I received my BA from Hunter College, under the tutelege of Dorothy Vislocky,NYC, and my MFA from University of Milwaukee/Wisconsin in 2007. I was an artist in Residence with Movement Research for the 2003-04, and 2006 -08 seasons. Movement Research continues to provide a home base for the development of my artistic visions and products. Internationally, my choreographic work has received support from the Arts Council in Montreal, Canada; Danse Alliensen in Sweden (Stockholm and Gothenburg) and the Cultural Arts Ministry in Chile. I was a recipient of a Sage Cowles Land Grant, and part of the first solo dance artist residency at The Yard (an artist’s colony in Chilmark, Mass.), as well as part of the first summer dance intensive at Ohio State University The 92 Street Y Harkness Dance Center and the Hunter College Dance Alum Consortium have also supported my work for many years. She was a guest artist/teacher at Hunter College, NYC, 2000-11 and is an an adjunct evaluator at SUNY Empire State College.
My solo and group dances have been seen recently at ARTBARK International, CA; RAD annual festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan; Link’s Hall, Chicago, Il. ; Breaking Ground – Tempe, Arizona; at the Red Eye and Southern Theaters in MN; and in NY at the Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, Judson Church as part of the Movement Research Presenting Series, Danspace Project, numerous times in the NDA annual festival, Dixon Place, 92st Street Y, BAX, Green Space – Take Root and Spring Blooms, HERE, The Flea Theater,
My choreographic passion is the solo dance, for my self and others, followed by intimate dances for two and three’s. Movement, from my body, is my primary medium and draws my life experiences and artistic exposure, creating dances of clarity and intention.
My interest, my passion, is the body – the limitless possibilities of the body as an expressive instrument, to carry a story, create an environment. My passion is the Solo Dance, but love creating duets and trios. All are intimate dances for large and small spaces. I think of my dances as being in dialogue with the spaces in which they are created and/or performed, and for each particular audience. Current theories of physics, and the writings of Deeprok Chopra, Joseph Campbell, and others, teach us that nothing exists alone; that all things can only exist in relationship. This is the way I approach and view my work. Dances are always given a new life with each audience in each new environment or performance. Although all dances are created to realize a particular form or shape, to convey an event, fulfill a concept, I view, and create my dances with the premise that they are innately possessed of a spontaneity and flexibility that give rise to various interpretations and meanings. Solos in particular, in the absence of other dancers, call upon the interpreter/ dancer’s inner dialogue as primary tools in creating and maintaining a relationship between themselves and the audience, while the dance itself creates the structure for the communication. The audience, an assortment of individuals, come together in what I think of as a collective vision. The audience collective can affect the outcome and the interpretation; of what is being presented on the canvas. The relationships thus created are with the self, the audience and the space, and, in the case of duos and trios, other performers. Although I know what my dances are, they acquire new life in each different circumstance. I mold and craft my dances in detail and design, and in paradox, aim for spontaneity and immediacy. My current trajectory includes but is not limited to rigorous improvisational and collaborative process in rehearsals and performance. Deborah Jowitt of the Village Voice wrote the following about a concert of my work, presented by Danspace Project at St. Mark’ Church – :“Barbara Mahler roots her choreography in distillation, as if she aims to extract the essence of her ideas, making them calmer and purer. Struggle is subdued, climax minimized….intriguing ways she blends delicacy and strength and skews familiar movements.”
http://youtu.be/ro8Klc0-qCM “It OccURs” to me at HERE, NYC June 2015 with support from New Dance Alliance and Lift-Off
http://youtu.be/ThPi7IbAeXY “Precipice” at Green Space 2015
disclaimer for the Dance Tech interview below -This was documented very soon after an illness. My work is Klein Technique, as opposed to what I stated at that time during the interview. My apologies for the misrepresentation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee6TsFUFxZI Dance Tech Interview February 2011
http://youtu.be/IG4arzHWEro WHEN SHE STUMBLES 2013 at The Flea, NYC
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SUMMER MELT with Movement RESEARCH July 20-24 http://www.movementresearch.org
IN ISREAL with Yasmeen Godder and Company September 28-October 2!! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
IN BERLIN @ Schwelle 7 – October 4-9 2015 workshop schedule 11-4….contact email@example.com for me details and registration
LONDON @ Independent Dance.- October 11-16 20115 which includes a full day workshop on October 11. Info:firstname.lastname@example.org
“I was an artist in Residence with Movement Research for the 2003-04, and 2006 -08 seasons. My choreographic work has received support from Meet the Composer, and the Arts Council in Montreal, Canada; the Cultural Arts Ministry in Chile. I was a recipient of a Sage Cowles Land Grant, and part of the first solo dance artist residency at The Yard (an artist’s colony in Chilmark, Mass.) I received a choreographic research grant from the International Dance Programme in Gothenburg, Sweden, and a residency from the CAVE, Williamsburg, NY. I was a member of LEAP 2011-12, a Queens Arts Council Program supporting development of vision, artistic products and process. My work has also been supported by the 92 Street Y Harkness Dance Center and the Hunter College Dance Alum Consortium for many years.
I have been a regular annual visitor to Berlin, (2009- present) and London (Greenwich Dance Agency, Independent Dance), as well as to Minneapolis (Rosy Simas Dance and Zenon) and have presented at the Full Moon Festival in Finland, Circuit-Est and Studio 303 in Montreal, Bearnstow Artist’s Colony in Maine and many other places nationally and internationally
http://youtu.be/bXGcHztdmq8 .OBSTACLES….DIXON PLACE JUNE 2012
LEAP Dance Project | Queens Council on the Arts queenscouncilarts.org/leap/Artistic and outreach support for selected Queens artists 2011-12. Funded by the Queens Council for the Arts (QCA). The support included working space, peer group support, and workshops, culminating in a performance event of new WIP at La Guardia Community College in Queens, NY, June 15 2012. SOLO NUE – performed by Nancy Allison. The program also included the work of 9 other Queens Based artists. “Nancy Allison has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe in major ballet companies, theater productions and on the concert stage. She is most well known for her performances and stagings of Jean Erdman’s modern dance repertory of the 1940s and 50s (www.jeanerdmandance.com).”
photo by Kerville Cosmos Jack of Nancy Allison in SOLO at LaGuardia College
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My students include/have included dancers from all backgrounds, styles and aesthetic viewpoints – Trisha Brown, Stephen Petronio, Neil Greenberg, Wally Cardona, Molly Leiber, Donna Costello, Jeremy Nelson, Fabio Travares Da Silva, Gerald Casel, Johanna Hegenshcheildt (Berlin), Diane Madden, Karin Jameson (Sweden), Jannine Rivel (Sweden), Rebecca Alson-Milkman, Luis Lara, Athena Malloy, Ted Johnson, Jessica Winograd, Joanna Kotze, Nancy Allison, Jamie Graham, Alissa Lazaro, Francis Stansky, Chrysa Parkinson, Omagbitse Omagbemi, Brian Gerke, Steinunn Ketilsdottir, – too many wonderful dancers and people to mention.