- Barbara Mahler is a longtime and active member of the New York Dance Community dancer, choreographer, performer, movement educator and zero Balancing practitioner and faculty (1989). She has been teaching for above 30 years and is instrumental in the development and dissemination of Klein Technique. She was associate director of the Susan Klein School of Dance from 1983-2004, building on her studies of this technique since 1978. Barbara was a Movement Research artist-in-residence from 2001-03, and 2006-2008; a faculty member at Movement Research since 2005. She teaches worldwide in a variety of contexts, in ongoing education programs, festivals and open workshops. As a choreographer, she works with subtle and complex movements, with the themes of time and architecture. Her solo work has been shown in New York City – St. Mark’s Church, Abrons Art Center, with New Dance Alliance; as the RAD festival Michigan, and in Santa Barbara,CA with ARTBARK International. She received a BA from Hunter College under the direction of Dorothy Vislocky and her MFA from UWM-Milwaukee 2008. \
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JOIN ME, with dancers Jamie Graham and Trina Mannino, choreographers and MEGHAN FREDERICK/ETHAN WOODS APRIL 27 and 28 at Brooklyn Studios for DANCE…a shared evening of works, works in process 8pm
Brooklyn Studios for Dance
210 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
BkSD is pleased to announce a shared evening of dance by choreographers Barbara Mahler and Meghan Frederick/Ethan Woods.
Mahler’s work embodies sparse, architectural elements, often noted as “moving sculpture.” Capturing underlying emotional tones that are kinesthetically experienced by the viewer, Barbara Mahler offers two new pieces in this shared evening. First, a solo, performed and choreographed by Barbara Mahler, will be followed by the duet “when we ARrived, performed by her longtime dancers Jamie Graham and Trina Mannino. The duet is a stark portrait of kinship and intimacy, reflecting the sense of support that women in our culture are lending to one another. Both dances will be performed in silence. “. . . Mahler’s (work) drew us into her introspective world . . . Her movements were, at first, static with accents of a hand, head or foot slamming against the surface. Mahler’s was movement that harkened back to an earlier era of Modern Dance, performed with great skill and attention.” – Jeff Slayton of See Dance.
Mahler’s dances are created with the support of BkSD as a 2018 artist in residence, Lift-Off, a group feedback series led by Karen Bernard and NDA, and Movement Research, which supports the artist by engaging her as a teaching artist since 2005-present.
‘no such thing’, a collaborative duet performed by Meghan Frederick (dancer) and Ethan Woods (musician), utilizes egalitarian relationships between Ethan’s and Meghan’s bodies and sound-making capabilities to research the role of performance as spiritual practice under late capitalist Trumpism. Created over the last 10 months, between North Carolina and New York City, in a shipping container in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and at/with support from the Dragon’s Egg (CT), ‘no such thing’ is an eerily hilarious dance, featuring alien abductions, radio jingles, Mork and Mindy sweaters, and lots and lots of shapes. Join the artists on this shiny, failed quest for enlightenment, or at least something that feels equally sparkly.
Launched in April 2015, Brooklyn Studios for Dance lives within the historic Cadman Congregational Church in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Inspired by a shared reverence for gathering space, the church congregation and the dance community entered a partnership to share a facility. The mission of BkSD is to a serve the professional dance community while at the same time building a culture of local engagement that responds to the interests of both communities.
Since officially opening its doors, BkSD has offered a variety of classes, workshops, residencies and performances to the professional and non-professional community. This past year, BkSD engaged over 1000 participants and over 150 teachers and artists.
BkSD was initiated by Pepper Fajans who led a renovation effort of the church’s 1920s-era gymnasium and developed a programming structure for the organization. Together with a volunteer community of dancers, and with the generous help of a founding team, Fajans transformed the 30’ x 60’ column-free space into a vibrant dance studio, with a sprung Marley floor. BkSD is Directed Pepper Fajans.
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