Dance in Dialogue #12

Three dynamic artists exploring powerful and relevant topics. Featuring eight dancers from Western Oregon University Dance program, Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner, is inspired by the poems “The New Colossus” (1883) by Emma Lazarus, and “Let America Be America Again” (1935) by Langston Hughes. Brittani Holland is interested in the personal and political implications of self-indulgence and how that relates to policing the body and identity. Jessica Rose Taylor will explore humor within an artist statement utilizing found objects. This week’s showing will be a shorter program allowing for quick transport to the LCC concert, please don’t miss out on this critical space that supports artists in the midst of their creative process.

Dance in Dialogue Throws a Big Show!

Featured Artists: Jana Mezaros/Vitamin Dance; Stephanie Schaaf; Patsy Morris & Jana Zahler; Button Will; Dakota Bouher; Mariah Melson; Shannon Mockli; Jodi James

MBP_7481When? December 8, 2016, 8 pm

Where? HiFI Music Hall, 44 East 7th Ave

How Much? Suggested donation $5 at the door

How can you support continued programming for this amazing dance series that inspires the making of new contemporary dance in Eugene?

Performance Opportunity at UO!

Seeking Performers

My name is Rachel Carrico—I am new to town and looking for dancers, physically expressive actors, and movers of all kinds to perform in a new piece that I am creating this fall to perform on a shared bill with Shannon Mockli. Dear Monica (working title) re-visits the year 1998, when the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal saturated the news, in order to understand the present moment, in which sexual assault is becoming more visible in the public eye while the first woman in U.S. history—Clinton herself—vies for the presidency. By the time this piece is shown, we will have elected our next president, and no matter who it is, my hope for the performance is that it will create a space to engage with some of these issues in a thoughtful, human, and even sometimes humorous context.

 Dates and time commitment: 

  • Tentative performance date: Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 PM in the Dougherty Dance Theatre at the U of O.
  • Rehearsal schedule: Start the first week of October and meet roughly 2-3 times per week, based on your availability. No rehearsals Oct. 31-Nov. 6. Please reserve the evenings during the week of the performance for extra rehearsals, tech, etc.

If you are interested, please contact me at or at 618-420-0979.

For more information about me and to see a short work-in-progress showing of Dear Monica, you can check out my website:

Dance in Dialogue #10!

did10Mark your calendars! We are excited to announce our Dance in Dialogue #10 presenters: Stephanie Schaaf, Jodi Heatherly, Emma Fisher, Mariah Melson, Patsy Boss & Jana Zahler, and Shannon Mockli. This will be a compelling evening featuring dance inspired by Hungarian poet Attila Jozsef’s “Song of the Cosmos”, images conjured by Terry Tempest Williams in her book, “When Women Were Birds”, what it means to have no furniture but a twin bed, and more! September 29th, 6-8 pm, Friend’s Meeting House (so you can bring a friend! :))


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Dance in Dialogue is accepting artist applications for D.i.D. #10 on September 29th, at the Friend’s Meeting House 6-8 pm. To apply include a description of your work-in-process, with conceptual and practical information such as number of performers and collaborators, sound, length, multimedia elements or set, etc.; a brief bio; a statement on your interest in presenting in the Dance in Dialogue format? How will this format support your work?; and video links of your previous work. Submission deadline is August 26th. Email your application to Shannon Mockli and Margo Van Ummersen

Dance in Dialogue is thrilled to have been a recipient of a 2016-17 Community Arts Grant presented by the Lane Arts Council to support a culminating concert at HiFi Music Hall in December! The culminating concert will encourage select presenters in D.i.D. to further their work for a second showing in a larger community format. Selection for this concert will be made through invitation among all Dance in Dialogue presenting artists in the 2016 year. D.i.D. #10 will be a part of that selection. So, get inspired, get your applications in, and get to work!

Dance in Dialogue thanks the Lane Arts Council for support in creating this opportunity for contemporary dance artists!

GrantAwards_LaneArts_July13_2016 (31)   “Eugene is an extraordinary community filled with a number of high-quality, diverse arts programming. I am grateful for the City of Eugene’s ongoing commitment to support these programs and work to collectively make a difference in our community,” states Liora Sponko, Executive Director of Lane Arts Council.

You can check out the highlights from D.i.D. #9 here!

D.i.D. #8 did it again!

The program created a inspiring atmosphere for dance. Opening with a supportive duet danced between Anna Miller and Lateef Woods, we witnessed moment-to-moment negotiations, trust, strength and listening. These two embodied a spirit of generosity that extended to one another and to the surrounding audience.
Bethany Drohmann then literally shared a part of her creative process in “Duet Reprocessed,” which was a duet that became a last minute solo cleverly reconstructed to involve the audience. Bethany  talked us through the ways that her movement was inspired by the movements of her young toddler in order to generate various phrases of material that,  through a game involving the audience, structured a spontaneous solo.
Sarah Ginther and Aubrianne Anderson danced an athletic duet that involved supportive lifting, dynamic floor work, and sharp gestures danced to “Let the Waters” ft. Israel Houghton by The Liturgists. Their dance made me consider “worship” coming from a whole new guttural place.
The program closed with “Yes.Yes.Yes.”, (one of the best titles for a dance piece ever), presented by Button Will. Button flawlessly spoke lines from Andrea Gibson’s poem “Say Yes,” while dancing with such clarity, sensitivity, sensuality and fierceness that I was absolutely immersed in every moment with him, even though I was operating the video camera.
Again, the evening was an intimate one. I have to give a shout out to those community members who take time to regularly come to Dance in Dialogue and have participated as both presenters and audience members. The community that takes time out of all of their busy schedules to meet in the generous spirit of  support for artists in the vulnerable process of  making new work, sharing pieces of themselves, risking trying something new,  never ceases to inspire me and affirms the value of Dance in Dialogue. Thank you!