View Rosemont Ours: A Field Guide

Check out the trailer for our film collaboration with Ben Johnson to celebrate the plants and animals threatened by a proposed open-pit copper mine in Southern Arizona.

Rosemont Ours Trailer from New Articulations on Vimeo.

Read more about the project and see the full-length video here:

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New ART hosts “Through-Lines” a workshop in movement, words, objects, and space

embodying the intersections of movement, words, objects and space

January 2-5, 2014




:: WHAT ::
A 4-day intensive in composing and paying attention, through the frameworks of movement improvisation, writing, working with objects and installation, ensemble research and site-specific explorations. Facilitated by Katherine Ferrier and Kathy Couch.

Through kinetic/poetic/somatic and spatial research, we cultivate new kinds of logic and syntax, and apply what we find to our various artistic practices. By expanding our attentional endurance we hone our ability to access and explore what hovers just beyond the reach of our knowing. We locate and turn on the faucet, inviting a flood of movement, unleashing a flood of words, and practice ways of making space for the two to inform and inspire each other. We simultaneously use language to generate possibilities for moving, and invite our physical research to open unexplored pathways to language. Participants will have the option of sharing their written and/or movement work in an informal performance on Saturday night.

:: WHERE ::
Tucson, AZ at the spacious and gracious Rhythm Industry Studio, as well as various locations downtown and in the desert. Out of town participants fly into Tucson International Airport. (Rides to and from airport provided.)

:: WHEN ::
Thursday, January 2 – Sunday, January 5
Each day consists of three sessions. (9am-Noon | 2-5pm | 7-9pm), with ample time to eat, rest, visit and integrate in between.

:: WHY ::
To immerse ourselves in making; to hone our practice of paying attention; to find, meet and push the edges of what we know and do not yet know; to tug at the threads of meaning in our work; to find connections between what we are making and the world around us; to cultivate a relationship to our own creative process that is simultaneously disciplined, rigorous and full of delight. To engage deeply in this work in the company of others, and know that doing so is a radical act of courage and a powerful act of positive change.

:: YOU ARE ::
A mover who writes, or wants to write. A writer who moves, or has always dreamed of dancing. An artist with a hand in more than one medium, looking to connect the common and disparate threads that weave through what you make. A maker longing for ways to create community on both micro and macro levels. A creative wanting to gift yourself the time and space to tend to what feels most vital and necessary to your artistic evolution.

:: WE ARE ::
Katherine Ferrier is an independent dance artist/educator, poet, visual artist and curator, who has been immersed in making since the late 80’s. A co-founder of The Architects, an improvisational quartet with a collaborative performance history spanning nearly 20 years, she teaches and performs regularly throughout the US and abroad. Katherine founded and directs Cultivate, a festival designed to nourish community through contemporary dance in Northern New Hampshire, and organizes artist residencies at her home studio in Bethlehem. Collaboration is a cornerstone of her work, and she thrives on the exciting alchemy of working with a variety of artists. Recent collaborators include: The Architects, TC Tolbert, Kathy Couch, George Manupelli, Miguel Gutierrez, Marcus Godwyn (England/Russia), Sini Haapalinna (Finland), Cinzia Fiaschi (Italy) and Nina Gasteva/Iguan Dance Theatre (Russia). You can see more of her work, and find links to her writing at

Kathy Couch has been designing and creating visual landscapes in performance and installation works. for more than17 years. Primarily working in the mediums of light and space, Couch has designed over 300 performances in New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Australia, Armenia, Russia, Latvia, Serbia and throughout New England. Kathy has continuing collaborations with a canary torsi/Yanira Castro, Mollye Maxner, Adele Myers and Dancers, Candice Salyers, and The Architects. She is a founding board member of the Northampton Community Arts Trust that seeks innovative ways to preserve arts space in Northampton, MA. She currently teaches Lighting Design at Amherst College.

Tuition for 4 full days of workshops is $300. ($250 if paid in full by December 1st)
Limited scholarships may be available. Please inquire for details.
Application and non-refundable deposit of $150 due by Dec. 20, 2013.

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::APPLICATION::Please provide a short resumé of relevant experience and respond briefly to the following questions:
1. What do you find most challenging about improvisation and/or writing?
2. How do you imagine this workshop might support your work as a mover, writer, maker or thinker?

E-mail application to Katherine Ferrier |

**Where will I stay? What will I eat?**
Housing and food are not included, but we’ll help you make your way in both departments. Out of town participants have lots of options for comfy and affordable digs. There is a hip hostel near by, with both shared or private rooms, a plethora of hotels and house rentals, plenty of couch surfing options, Air b-n-b, and more all within walking distance to downtown and the lively 4th Ave neighborhood, home to many cafes, restaurants, bars and boutiques.

**Do I need to be a professional or advanced dancer or published writer to take this workshop?**
Nope. You do, however, need to be willing to move into the unknown with courage, curiosity and compassion.

**Why do I need to apply? Is there a possibility I won’t be accepted?**
The few application questions help us assess if the work we offer and the participant’s needs and curiosities are a good match. The answers also help us shape the material we try to cover to best meet the collective needs and experience of the group. It’s rare that we turn someone away, though in order to keep the group a manageable size, we do set a limit of 25 participants.

**What about drop-ins?**
While the workshop is shaped to be taken in its entirety, with material from each session building into the next, it is possible to drop-in to a single or several sessions.
Drop-in rates are as follows:
Morning or Afternoon Session: $40 | Evening Session: $25

Through-Lines Workshop Registration

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Thank you to all who donated to our Kickstarter campaign!

Kickstarter Thank You from New Articulations on Vimeo.

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We’re raising funds… please help us!

We’re working on a new project called Rosemont Ours, a dance film celebrating the plants and animals found in the site of the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine. Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $6,500 to compensate artists, pay for production costs, and hold public screenings of the film in Fall 2013.

Follow the link below to Kickstarter to support our campaign and we’ll love you forever!


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Rosemont Ours Preview

We’ve been working to embody plant and animal species (resident and migratory) found within or near the proposed Rosemont Mine site in Southern Arizona. Our task is challenging and beautiful: to find the subtle, the ostentatious, the feral movements or sustained stillness of these magnificent species; and to attempt to understand what it feels like to grow within or travel across this spectacular landscape.

Here is a preview of our work so far:


Rosemont Ours Preview from Kimi Eisele on Vimeo.

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We Are Alive. We Are Waking Up.

We Are Crawling. We Are Hopping. We Are Flying.

New ARTiculations was taking a nap. Some of the sleep was deep. Some of it was restless, filled with thoughts and questions: What’s the best way to get audiences interested in the work? What is the best kind of work to make? Who really cares about dance in this town? How can we invite more people to be moved? How can we pay for our productions? How can we pay ourselves?

We rolled over. We yawned.

We slept some more. We let things stir around in the darkness. We dreamed. We like our dreams.

Then someone knocked at the door. A photographer and a lover of wild places and a communitarian. He said, “Can you help? This thing is happening and it’s really painful and we need to do more. We need to make people see what is happening and feel something about it. We need all the artists to help do that.”

We rubbed our eyes. We felt something stir in our feet, in our spine, in the space inside our ribcage.

“Okay,” we said. We believe in seeing and feeling. “We will wake up now.”

The thing that is happening is in a place called Rosemont Ranch, a patch of land thirty miles away, south of I-10, east of Highway 83, on the northeastern slopes of the Santa Rita Mountains. The region supports a wide diversity of plants and animals. The common: hawks, ground squirrels, hawks, agaves, oaks, sotol, bluebirds, warblers, hedgehog cacti. The threatened and endangered: Rosemont talussnails, yellow-billed cuckoos, Southwestern willow flycatchers, Coleman’s coralroot orchids, lesser long-nosed bats, Pima pineapple cacti, ocelots, and jaguars. Yes, jaguars.

Nearby is the Cienega Creek, a significant riparian area in the desert, from which water would be drawn to sustain mining activities. The creek is home to coatimundi, lizards, flycatchers, warblers, Sonoran dace, and the endangered Chiricahua leopard frogs, Gila chub, and Gila topminnow fish, among other species.

These are prized and beautiful places inhabited by prized and beautiful creatures.

The other prize is copper, 243 million pounds a year for 20 years, to be mined from a 4,500-acre pit by a Canadian company called Augusta Resources that bought the ranch in 2005. The company is currently awaiting approval from the U.S. Forest Service for its mining operations.

There is also water, which is perhaps the biggest prize of all. Mining operations would potentially result in contaminated surface and groundwater; decreased flow or drying up of springs, seeps, wetlands, and streams; increased sediment load in streams; and changes in aquifer recharge.

There is wind. There is sky. There is rock. There are systems. There are tiny lives. There are stealthy lives. There is flight. There are subtle underground shifts. There are minerals. There are decisions. There are values. There is beauty. There is convenience. There are cell phones. There are electronics. There is paying attention. There is listening. There is consciousness. There is a sting in the heart. There is danger. There are livelihoods. There is saying no. There is saying yes. There is capital. There is no capital. There is little water. There are impacts. There are sides to stand on. There are petitions. There is waiting. There is hoping.

There is the body. There is movement.

“Okay,” we said. “We will wake up now.”

And so now we are making trips to the mine site and to the Cienega Creek and we are embodying the plant and animal species that will be impacted by the mining. We are working with a filmmaker to capture our movement on location. The filmmaker is Ben Johnson. You can see some of his work here.

We are learning how to become intimate with the land and with these species with our bodies. We are learning that it is both possible and not possible to fly.

We are aiming to show how we, as humans, are very much like these special species and also how each of these species is entirely singular. Maybe our efforts will help other humans see and feel something about these plants and animals.

Our project is not called “Rosemont Mine,” but “Rosemont Ours.”

And it is also yours.

Please learn more about it by following our blog at

Rosemont Ours will likely be shown as part of the Lens on the Land photo exhibit as well as at other future events, TBA.

A fundraising campaign will begin shortly. We’ll be knocking on your door, too. We hope you will wake up in whatever way you do best.

-Kimi Eisele, co-director

Ben Johnson captures Katie's hawk dance.

Katie Rutterer as Zone-Tailed Hawk.

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Skilled improvisers to teach and perform

An ensemble of improvisational artists comes to Tucson in early 2013 offering workshops and a performance.

This Here Now: An evening of Movement Improvisation with The Architects and Movement Salon
Saturday, Jan. 5.
7:30 pm
ZUZI Theater in the Historic Y
738 N. 5th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85705

Winter Movement Intensive in Compositional Improvisation
4 days of play with the Architects
Jan. 3-6, 2013

This 4 day intensive balances in-depth individual exploration with rigorous practice in spontaneous ensemble dance-making. Fresh perceptions are set in motion daily through provoking, open-ended questions. Each kinesthetic and conceptual proposition acts as an entrance point for the mover and composer, a window into authenticity, connection, depth, and range. Of particular interest here is the emerging : compositional languages and modes of perceiving and engaging that are in-progress, unfolding, as-yet-unseen.

Throughout the intensive, the artistic integrity of one’s voice is sharpened in conversation with the whole and a dialogue emerges as individual aesthetics meet, interact, and expand. As time allows, group discussions contribute to conscious integration of the experiential and the conceptual. Even here, moving into words is an invitation to discover, to uncover diverse perspectives, spark the imagination, and to notice the aesthetic and poetic effect of our compositional choices.

Limited to 25 participants. Previous experience with improvisation is necessary. Mature dancers are encouraged to investigate the workshop. All participants share a curiosity about improvisation as performing art and as composition. With a willingness to invite the unknown, we practice first hand rigorous research in the field, together with artists who teach, perform and apply improvisation in their professional creative work.

All workshops and events take place in the beautiful studios of the ZUZI! Dance Theatre in downtown Tucson and the expansive studio of The Rhythm Industry. Out of town participants are housed in the funky and comfortable Roadrunner Hostel and Inn, walking distance away from the theater and lively 4th Ave, home to many cafes, restaurants, bars and boutiques.

Full workshop: $300
Drop in: $25 for 2 hour sessions, $35 for 3-hour sessions

Thursday-Sunday: 9-12pm, 2-5pm, 7-9pm.
All workshops are at ZUZI Theater, except Thursday, 2-5 and Friday, 9-12, which will be held at Rhythm Industry

Contact for more information.

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NEW ART energizes children through dance

We recently completed an artist-in-residency program at Borton Primary Magnet School. We brought aspects of our project FLOW to second and third graders, using movement to explore the local water cycle, riparian animals, and the history of the Santa Cruz River. We had a wonderful time wiggling around with these lively and intelligent children. Thank you, Borton!

Arizona Public Media captured this story about the residency:

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FLOW: A Performance in and along the Santa Cruz River

Watch the river FLOW again. Hear stories from those who remember it flowing. Glimpse the mythical La Llorona. Celebrate your love of water!

Sunday, April 22
10am-12 noon
Santa Cruz River Trail Park
900 N. Riverside Dr. (park and playground halfway between St. Mary’s and Speedway, west side of river)

Dance works address our daily bathroom routines, our excessive consumption of plastic water bottles, the joy and sorrow of swimming where there’s no water, and the natural and cultural history of the Santa Cruz River

Guest performers include:
Odaiko Sonora
Borton Magnet School
Pima County Coummunity Centers After-school youth

Family-friendly activities & refreshments in a beautiful setting!

Suggested donation: $10
Come sit, walk, or bike along the path and watch the river “flow.”

FLOW is a project of NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre exploring the local watershed, the Santa Cruz River, and water conservation strategies through dance. With support from the Kresge Foundation, the Tucson-Pima Arts Council, Arizona Commission on the Arts, and generous individuals.

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Trickle-Up: A Dance Lecture about Green Infrastructure

Tired of PowerPoint presentations? We thought so.

That’s why we teamed up with Watershed Management Group to create a different kind of presentation using DANCE to illustrate the concept of community-based “green infrastructure.”

This 20-minute moving “talk” will show you what is possible when you work with together with your neighbors to capture rain, control stormwater, attract wildlife, and beautify your neighborhood! Featuring Lisa Shipek, Executive Director of Watershed Management Group and NEW ARTiculations dancers in an unforgettable lecture that will make you wanna go home, get out your shovel, call your neighbors and get to work…before the monsoons!

See? We keep telling you that dance isn’t only pretty. It’s also useful!

Indeed, dance will wake you up and show you how to make your neighborhood greener, more desert-friendly and appropriate, and more alive!

Want to see it?

Tuesday, March 27, 3:30 pm: We’ll premiere the piece in front of 200 or so water and landscape specialists at the Arid Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure Conference (AridLID).
Hotel Tucson Conference Center, 475 N Granada
Call 270-4352 for more info.

Saturday, March 31, 7 pm: NEW ARTiculations headlines the Rhythm Industry Quarterly Review this month with “Trickle Up” and other excerpts from FLOW, our upcoming performance in the Santa Cruz Riverbed, April 22, 10 am-12 noon. Additional performances by Odaiko Sonora, Jodi Netzer and the Water Festival team,   Batucaxe, and other amazing Tucson performers housed at the Rhythm Industry!
Rhythm Industry, 1013 S. Tyndall
Suggested donation: $10

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