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Project Trans(m)it an international dance-tech collaborative

Can we have embodied dancing with someone 3,000 miles away?

Who we are:

Project Trans(m)it is a research and performance-based collaborative, exploring dance creation and transmission over technology. Composed of four collaborators in different geographical locations, Project Trans(m)it rehearses, teaches and performs using online platforms. We believe dance and technology are fertile grounds for interdisciplinary innovation, and we are looking forward to growing our global community with you.

What we are currently exploring:

Right now, we are on "Phase Three" of our research and performance ventures, involving dancers from multiple countries around the world, including Japan, Switzerland, Madagascar, and the United States. We look forward to sharing "Phase Three" at the Wimbledon Gallery in London this fall. A glimpse into this phase can be viewed here:

What we offer in education and performance:

Our collaborative has had the pleasure of hosting "Best Practices for Creating Dance via Technology" workshops and lecture/demonstrations at many institutes of higher education, including: Middlebury College, Coventry University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Wilson College. Additionally, we've held choreographic Residencies at Dickinson College. Some of our testimonials are below:

"My students had a great experience learning from Project Transmit. Their workshop on choreography and the rehearsal process via online communication platforms and digital recordings for our course was dynamic and fun, while including some of the typical challenges of combining technology and dance." -Karima Borni, Middlebury College

"I found it challenging to translate the movement from the screen into the space and translating movement to my body. [...] It felt fresh and exciting." -Coventry University Undergraduate Student

Project Trans(m)it hosts a dance-tech workshop at Coventry University in England. The workshop was taught long-distance from Philadelphia, USA.

"I really enjoyed the challenges that working through technology presented and found that it gave me new ways of how I think of making." -Ella Tighe, U.K.-based professional dancer

Rehearsal and residency in Philadelphia, PA. Working with recorded online footage of dancers from New York, and Japan.

"I learned a lot about analyzing movement without any other prompts and breaking it down in my own way to put it back together. I think it was a good use of my analytic brain. [It] definitely helped me expand my view of possible interactions between two dancers." -Dickinson College Undergraduate Student

Footage from "iECHO," featuring Project Trans(m)it's choreography on undergraduate dancers from Dickinson College (PA, USA).

Undergraduate dancers performing at Dickinson College.

"Dance-tech" choreographic residency at Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA). Students use footage from their cell phones to learn movement via Instagram, Facebook and GiFs.

Students at Coventry University at dance-tech workshop, hosted by Project Trans(m)it.

Why is dance-tech important in dance education?

Moving into the 21st century, dance is encountering new territories of possibility. Our students are already immersed and curious about the ubiquity of technology in their lives. For Project Trans(m)it, we are investigating these multiple points of inquiry, including transmittance of dance/movement via technology, transference of choreographic ideas in different physical spaces and what is gained/lost in these transfers. By participating in dance-tech workshops, lectures and choreographic residencies, students are given multiple entryways into innovative, interdisciplinary creative processes to inform their own artistic practice.

Contact projecttransmitus@gmail.com to organize your workshop, residency or guest lecture today!

Collaborator Biographies

Lora Allen is a Philadelphia based artist. She is the artistic director of allendance, a Philadelphia based dance company whose work has been presented throughout the US and abroad. She is the founder and director of The Iron Factory, a space that works to support the challenging and experimental work of performance artists with residencies, live work spaces, on-going classes, and performance opportunities. She's lead residencies, workshops, lectures, and discussions at institutions such as Wilson College, Dickinson College, Charleston University, DeSales University, Kansas University, and Coventry University. Lora is a collaborator with Project Trans(m)it, a collaborative, transcontinental dance study led by four female choreographers investigating how to make dance across distance. Their recent journal "Project Trans(m)it : creating dance collaboratively via technology- a best practices overview was published in the Research in Dance Education Journal and was awarded the New Writers Prize. Lora was additionally the general manager for Leah Stein Dance Company and has performed with numerous independent artists in Philadelphia PA.

Megan Mizanty is the artistic director of MizantyMoves Dance Works. She has danced professionally with companies in New York and Philadelphia, including Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre, Improbable Stage Productions, LINKED dancetheatre and toured with Matthew Frazier-Smith Dance, among others. She received a BA in English Literature from Ithaca College, and an MFA in choreography and performance from Temple University. Megan served four semesters as an undergraduate instructor at Temple University, as well as a communications specialist with Koresh Dance Company. She is a Stanley J. Wertheimer Fellow at Mark Morris Dance Center, where she is being certified as a Dance for Parkinson’s Disease Instructor. Much of Megan’s work bridges live sound with movement, entangling these disciplines with collaboration at its heart. She had taught and served as a resident choreographer at Susquehanna University, Lycoming College and Marywood University, and she is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Wilson College.

Becca Weber is always asking questions. Usually, these investigate the places where the body meets the brain--where dance, Somatics, and science intersect. Weber is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Dance Research (Coventry University), working on the Leverhulme Trust funded project ‘In the Dancer’s Mind: Creativity, Novelty and the Imagination.’ Her research is published in a variety of journals and academic anthologies, and her choreographic work has been both presented and financially supported internationally. She is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and holds an MFA in Dance and a Teaching in Higher Education Certification from Temple University as well as a Master’s degree with Distinction in Dance & Somatic Well-Being from the University of Central Lancashire, where she served as an Associate Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching programme in courses on pedagogy, composition, and third-year dance technique. Weber has previously been an Adjunct Professor in Dance at Richard Stockton University and Temple University, the latter of which was where she developed and instructed graduate and undergraduate dance majors in "Dance Science and Somatics," an experiential anatomy, dance science, and Somatics course. Other higher-education courses she has taught include: pedagogy; composition; first-year seminar and dissertation modules; technique; theory and practice of dance appreciation/analysis courses--as well as various general-education courses for undergraduate non-majors in topics such as: dance appreciation and world cultures, dance and diversity, and socio-cultural trends through dance in film. She is currently an Associate Lecturer at the University of East London, Director of Somanaut Dance, Associate Editor of the journal Dance, Movement and Spiritualities, and Communications Director and Editor for thINKingDANCE.net.

Andrea Lanzetti is a New York based artist and the co-founder of Bodies and Plants: the culmination of movement, nature, and lifestyle seen through multi-media platforms as well as through movement education. Additionally, she is one of the 4 female co-directors of Project Trans(m)it: an international dance collaborative exploring long-distance dance making via technology. Andrea has had the opportunity to perform throughout the US and abroad working with companies such as B.S. Movement, allendance, BODYART, Marie-Christine Giordano Dance, Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance, and Megan Bascom & Dancers. Lanzetti graduated with a dance degree from DeSales University and additionally holds a 600+ hour comprehensive Pilates certification through Center for Movement and Lindafit. Andrea is humbled and grateful for the artists she has been able to collaborate with throughout her career and is forever thankful to continue being an advocate of movement.

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