Improvisation & Dancemaking: Research with Sarah Gamblin


Improvisation & Dancemaking in Performance
Saturday, February 25
11:45am- 2pm

$30 at door/ $25 pre-registration
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As part of Dance Exchange’s Organizing Artists for Change initiative, this Creative Research Intensive is a conversation and incubation between DX and visiting artist Sarah Gamblin. Join us for an exploration of dance practices focused on improvisation and performance as a way to explore and advance the ways we build capacities to ignite inquiry and inspire action through movement.

Have the whole Saturday morning free? Join DX Associate Artistic Director Matthew Cumbie for our community class Takoma Park MOVES, 10 to 11:30am, and then stick around for class with Sarah!

A note from Matthew
For those that know a bit about me, and especially if you’ve been in the studio with me, then you have probably heard Sarah Gamblin’s name. I first met Sarah at the audition for the MFA program at Texas Woman’s University, where I ended up attending and graduating from in 2011. Shortly after taking technique class with Sarah, and talking with a few of the folks in the department, I knew that TWU was where I needed to be. Over the course of three years, Sarah and others on faculty would come to play a huge role in my life; in many ways, they still do. She has been a mentor and friend, and now a collaborator! Sarah will be sharing some of her process with DX artists, and creating a work-in-progress with me, in the week prior to this class. As part of her time here, we wanted to also find a way to open that experience up to the public. I hope you will join us! I’m sure there will be some delicious dancing, some thought-provoking conversation, and some exciting dancemaking. Read more about Sarah below, and join us on Saturday, February 25!

About Sarah
Sarah Gamblin, Associate Professor of Dance, was a member of Bebe Miller Company from 1993-2000 and Bill Young and Dancers from 1996-99 with whom she toured Portugal, Poland,Estonia, Peru, Venezuela, Russia (St. Petersburg), South Africa, and numerous cities in the US. In 2000 Sarah earned her MFA in Dance from the University of Washington in Seattle where she performed with the Chamber Dance Company, Rob Kitsos, Lingo Dance Theater and Amii LeGendre. After a fifteen year hiatus, Gamblin is once again in rehearsals with Bebe Miller Company for “The Making Room” project in preparation for the 2017-18 season.

Gamblin joined the dance faculty at Texas Woman’s University in 2002 where she teaches Modern technique, Choreography, Improvisation, and Experiential Anatomy. In 2006, she founded Dance Lab, a student-performing group devoted to improvisation in the dance making process. Gamblin also founded, and has been co-hosting, the weekly TWU Contact Improvisation Jam since 2004.

Her choreography has been produced at Conduit Dance Center’s Dance Plus Series in Portland, Oregon, the New Genre Festival in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Seattle Festival of Dance and Improvisation, Bates Dance Festival, Northwest New Works Festival at On the Boards, in New York City at Hundred Grand and Dia Center for the Arts. In Texas at the Fusebox Festival in Austin, the Fort Worth Dance Festival, the Out of the Loop Festival in Addison, and Texas Woman’s University. The University of Montana, Perpetual Motion, Flatlands Dance Theater, Mam-Luft Dance, Texas Christian University, the University of South Florida and ClancyWorks in Washington DC have each commissioned her choreographic work.

Photo credit: Lynn Lane

About Matthew Cumbie

Matthew Cumbie (Associate Artistic Director) is a dance artist and collaborator who currently lives in Washington, DC.