The Dance Complex. Cambridge, MA.
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The aMaSSiT Mentoring Lab is a multi-session course of class "labs" that focus on dance-making skills and tool building. The program features choreographic tools workshops, facilitated peer discussion, mentorship and feedback from guest artists, studio time, and public showings (ranging from informal to more formal). In honor of The Dance Complex's 25th Anniversary, this year's cohort of aMaSSiT artists reflects the organization's longstanding commitment to cross-disciplinary dialogue and diversity in movement. The projects in process celebrate collaboration and multiple mediums of art and movement.

Come see what our artists have been creating!

FREE Informal Performances:

Friday and Saturday April 21-22 at 7:00pm - Three aMaSSiT artists per evening will present work preceding the main stage show, PENTACLE Roster Performances. Stay after the showings for the main event: tickets $21.00/General Admission; $12.00/BDA, Student, Senior, Military.

Friday and Saturday, April 28 AND 29 at 7:00pm and Sunday, April 30 at 6:00pm: Three aMaSSiT artists per evening will present work preceding the main stage show, Done Waiting. Stay after the showings for the main event: tickets $21.00/General Admission; $12.00/BDA, Student, Senior, Military.

FORMAL Concert:

Join us for the formal presentation of our aMaSSiT cohort's works in progresses created this season, with special guest performances by aMaSSiT Facilitators Peter DiMuro and Aysha Upchurch, as well as aMaSSiT alumni Molly Hess and Colleen Walsh.

Sunday, June 11th at 7:00pm - tickets $21.00/General Admission; $12.00/BDA, Student, Senior, Military.


*Technical Rehearsals will be held same day in the afternoon.

aMaSSit - Mentoring Lab.

The Dance Complex first introduced this course in the fall of 2013, and has since received recognition and praise from dance professionals both locally and nationally, including Dance Magazine. The focus continues to be on skill building for all dance makers, including those early in their choreographic ventures or those wishing to refresh earlier choreographic studies.

Choreographic development for all genres of dance is a primary focus at The Dance Complex. In the past, The Dance Complex has invited a variety of dance makers to join the aMaSSiT lab, including those specializing in tap, burlesque, musical theater, contemporary ballet, and modern. At the next level up, CATALYSTS, introduced in 2015, is a residency that leads into performance, with a calendar arc from approximately August- January. At present, CATALYSTS involvement is by invitation only.

aMaSSiT is funded, in part, by;
Visit The Cambridge Arts Council website.

We would like to thank our 2017 Winter into Spring aMaSSiT facilitators for sharing their invaluable choreographic tools and insights:

Annie Kloppenberg Annie Kloppenberg, Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance at Colby College, founded and co-curates Moving Target Boston, teaches and performs nationally with the improvisational ensemble, Like You Mean It, and has performed and presented the collaborative project, Foreword/Afterword internationally with Rachel Boggia Meredith Lyons. Recent performance projects include Avalanche by the Headlong Dance Theater, If Wishes Were Horses by Kathleen Hermesdof & Albert Mathias/LA Alternativa, and a new work-in-progress by Lisa Race. Her own work has been presented most recently at the Bates Dance Festival and Colby College and internationally in France, and South Africa. Choreographic commissions, residencies, and fellowships include: Boston Dance Alliance /Mass MoCA, Summer Stages Dance/ICA Boston, Boston Center for the Arts, Dance Theater Workshop(NYLA)/Cave Brooklyn, Colby College, the Taft School, Dublin Arts Center/Ohio Dance. She presents regularly at academic conferences and has published articles in Kinebago and The Dance Chronicle. Annie is on the Board of the American College Dance Association and was a past Board member at Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA. For more information, please visit:
Aysha Upchurch, Ed. M. is a dancer, choreographer, educator, and arts administrator whose work centers on social justice, inclusion, community engagement, and artistry development. Prior to relocating to Boston, she was based out of Washington, DC for over ten years, where she founded and directed the award-winning dance ensemble, Life, Rhythm, Move Project. Blending her dance training and professional backgrounds in youth advocacy and conflict resolution, she used Hip Hop dance to entertain and educate audiences while empowering youth. Trained in Advancing Youth Development curriculum, she also facilitates movement and conflict resolution workshops for young people. Aysha has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the White House and has been selected as a US State Department Cultural Envoy in Dance in Bolivia, Honduras and Guatemala. In 2007, she won the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Local Dance Commissioning Project and created Am I On?, an award-winning evening-length work about the space between youth and adult voices. Aysha has been on faculty at George Mason University and holds an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University. She received her Ed.M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she currently serves as a Teaching Fellow and Project Zero Classroom faculty member. Aysha is now the Associate Director of COOL Schools at VSA Massachusetts where she works at the intersection of arts integration, special education, and professional development, continuing to endeavor to position arts and teaching artists as central ingredients to progressive and inclusive education reform. Aysha Upchurch
Heidi Henderson Heidi Henderson lives and makes work in RI, is on the faculty at Connecticut College, and danced in NYC (with the companies of Bebe Miller, Nina Wiener, Peter Schmitz, Sondra Loring, Colleen Thomas, etc.) Her pick up company, elephant JANE dance, performs mostly in New England but would like to get out more. She has received, four times, the Fellowship in Choreography from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts. She is a frequent contributing editor for Contact Quarterly. She teaches regularly at the Bates Dance Festival. For more information, please visit:
Peter DiMuro has made dance and dance/theatre over a span of 3 decades. He creates dance from a humanist perspective that employs multiple definitions of technique, structure, performance and engagement. He returns to Boston after a 20 year break, having toured the world as a performer/choreographer/artistic director of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. He is also the Executive Director of The Dance Complex. Peter DiMuro


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