makers space experience

Keshet Makers Space Experience

The Keshet Makers Space Experience (MSE) is a residency program in which choreographers/ dancemakers have access to space to develop their craft and their products, at whatever stage that might be – newly germinating ideas, final development of full productions, and/or anything in between – assisting in the process of bringing art to market.

Keshet provides physical space for the “making” at the Keshet Center for the Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Keshet Center for the Arts has 5 studios and a 240-seat black box theater within which visiting artists can use the space in exchange for providing an open class/es for their fellow makers during their time at Keshet. These classes are open to the community, and the Keshet Company. When Makers are visiting during a designated cohort period, the classes are intended for Makers Space participants to learn from and about each other.

Upcoming Makers Space Cohort (aka the 2020 pandemic-paused cohort, aka the we-can’t-wait-until-you-finally-get-here cohort)

Honduran born, Philippine and USA raised, Mariadela Belle Alvarez is a Los Angeles based performing artist shaped and molded by 10 years of creating, performing, and teaching throughout Philadelphia. A soulful storyteller, Alvarez creates dance theater and facilitates educational engagement at the intersections of activism, culture, and community organizing. Her choreography has been presented by the Painted Bride Art Center, Asian Arts Initiative, and PGM ONE, to name a few. Her commitment to dance and social justice has earned her scholarships to train with Ananya Dance Theatre, CONTRA-TIEMPO, and Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute. Teaching credits include Swarthmore College, Temple University, Spelman College, and several K-12 arts education nonprofits; for which Alvarez was recognized by the Bartol Foundation for her leadership as a Teaching Artist. Alvarez received her early training at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts and earned her BFA in Dance from Temple University.

Melanie Greene, 2017 Bessie Award Recipient for Outstanding Performance with Skeleton Architecture, is a dance artist, writer, and podcast host. She is no stranger to swirling on the edge of impossible, swimming in the sea of the minority. She has presented work stateside and abroad, and has received generous support from MANCC, Marble House Project, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Movement Research, New York Live Arts, Gibney Dance, Actors Fund Summer Push Grant, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dancing While Black Fellowship, Bogliasco Fellowship, and Brooklyn Arts Council. Currently, Greene is a contributing writer for Dance Magazine, co-host of the Dance Union Podcast, and a 2018/20 Movement Research Artist in Residence. A southern belle turned Brooklynite, Greene holds a special place for buttery biscuits, country ham, and collard greens. Stay tuned: www.methodsofperception.com

Reika McNish is a dance maker born in San Diego, CA that currently works with the Robotics, Automation, and Dance Laboratory (RAD Lab), headed by Dr. Amy LaViers, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Balancing the worlds of science and art while attaining a BFA in Dance and MS in Kinesiology, she worked with the Neuroscience of Dance in Health and Disease Laboratory, lead by Dr. Citlali López-Ortiz, and learned about the human body and its interactions with technology and environment. Reika has continued this path through collaborative interdisciplinary engagement with dance and film making in the creation of an award-winning experimental film, Residue. She has also collaborated to explore and create works that straddle the fields of art and science. In 2016, she received a grant from the Murphy Lab to work with nanotechnology and art; in 2019, she worked with artist Kate Ladenheim as a member of the RAD Lab to create a costume/machine for the piece Babyface, an exploration into social structures around gendered robots. Reika has recently moved to Albuquerque, NM and continues to be driven by interdisciplinary work in both her scientific and artistic endeavors.

Laura Malpass (BA, Hope College; MFA, CU Boulder) is a ballet and contemporary dance teaching artist, dancer, and choreographer, interested in the ways dance can transcend all boundaries we perceive or feebly construct, empowering individuals and transforming communities for the better. She creates dance work rooted in story and identity to unpack how our physical bodies hold the memory of our emotional, relational, and experiential lives. She has danced professionally with contemporary company Moving Arts in the SF Bay Area, touring throughout the Southwest, as well as with Coco et Compagnie and other freelance projects in California and Colorado. Laura’s work has been presented around the San Francisco Bay Area and across the Front Range in Colorado, including large theatres like the California Theatre, El Campanil Theatre, and Campbell Heritage Theatre, as well as more intimate performance spaces like elevators, sidewalks, CU’s Charlotte York Irey Theatre, Studio 8 Berkeley, and Denver’s Counterpath. Recently, her dance film short dis-ease(d) was selected to be featured in Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema. Teaching is Laura’s passion – ballet, contemporary, improv, composition, and creative movement to all ages and abilities. She is interested in how somatic pedagogy can be used as feminist pedagogical tool to restructure classroom power dynamics. She has taught dance courses and as a guest artist in universities, public schools, retirement communities, dance studios, and community centers around the US.

Suzie Rzecznik is a Queens, NY based dancer, choreographer, artist, and producer. Originally from the Pittsburgh area, she trained at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School focusing on modern dance and musical theater. Suzie received her BFA in Modern Dance from Marymount Manhattan College in New York, NY. She also studied at the Joffrey Ballet School NYC, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and B12 in Berlin, Germany. While training, Suzie had the opportunity to perform works by Alex Ketley, Cherice Barton, Christian Burns, Lar Lubovitch, Alexandre Proia, Mark Morris, and Ohad Naharin.

As a freelancer she has performed with Phish at Madison Square Garden, at Panorama Music Festival and SDC’s Mr. Abbott Awards, in Davines Hair Products commercial and GAP Denim commercial. She has worked with companies and choreographers Amirov Dance Theater, Bare Dance Company/Mike Esperanza, the Kuperman Brothers, Marlena Wolf, Suzzanne Ponamoranko, Jenn Rose, and Lirr Katz. Suzie has been rehearsal director and choreographic assistant to Anthony Morigerato, Jackie Nowicki, Tyler Gilstrap, and Elena Vazintaris. Currently, Suzie is working on projects with Kelly Ashton Todd and Boy Friday Company/Erik Abbott-Main. 

As a maker, Suzie is interested in collaborating with artists of other forms and finding fluidity between dance, film, photography, and music. She was a contributing artist in BOMB Magazine Issue 143 for her collaboration with artist Jordan Seiler, also exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. She is the cover artist on DIY Dancer Magazine Issue 02 in collaboration with photographer Jim Lafferty. Suzie’s live work with musicians Erica Swindell and Nate Tucker has been presented at Triskelion Arts, HiArtist, The Craft Performance and Brews, Spontaneous Combustion, Maine International Film Festival, Mobius Gallery, and Create Art x The Ace Hotel New York.

Dance artist, Choreographer and Fitness Professional, Candace Tabbs has had the pleasure of working with artists such as Ralph Lemon, Jamie Jackson, Donna Uchizono, Oren Barnoy, and Ephrat Asherie and teaching and performing with Joya Powell/Movement of the People Dance Company and Dances for a Variable Population. She has performed at venues such as BAM Opera House, Lincoln Center, New York Live Arts, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, and the Highline Ballroom as well as internationally in Toronto, Canada and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Candace is an experienced facilitator in movement-based practices as well as choreography, improvisation and movement as social justice for movers and thinkers of all ages and abilities. 

In her work, Candace explores the conversation between Modern, Hip Hop and dances of the African Diaspora and the presence of mind, body and spirit in dynamic expression. Her work has been shown at Food For Thought at Danspace Project, ModArts Dance Collective presents Collective Thread, Movement Research Open Performance, Sans Limited Movement Festival, and Hatch Presenting Series.

A certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, Candace also brings mental and physical well being to the forefront of people’s lives. Candace earned her B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior and minored in Dance at Barnard College and is currently a dance instructor with Liberated Movement, offering donation-based open level dance classes.

Applying for Makers Space Experience

Due to COVID-19, our beloved Makers Space Program took a big ol’ pause. We will be hosting the postponed cohort from 2020 in 2022, and we plan to open applications for 2023 cohorts in late summer/early fall 2022. Check back for application info and guidelines in late summer/early fall 2022.  Thank you!

For questions or more information, contact Ana Lopes Arechiga, Ana@KeshetArts.org 505-224-9808. 

Previous Makers

Previous Makers

2020 Keshet Makers Space Experience Cohorts/Artists

Cohort 1 

  • Marika Brussel, San Francisco, CA  //  www.marikabrussel.com
  • Erik Ehn, Albuquerque, NM  //  wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Ehn 
  • Samuel Horning, Brooklyn, NY & Chicago, IL   //  www.instagram.com/sammmmach/
  • Ani Javian, Metuchen, NJ  //  www.anijavian.com
  • DZ Maciel, Brooklyn, NY  //  www.dzmaciel.com
  • Dazaun Soleyn, San Francisco, CA  //  www.dazaunsoleyn.com

2019 Keshet Makers Space Experience Cohorts/Artists

Cohort 1 

  • Mary Fitzgerald, Phoenix, AZ  //  www.maryfitzgeralddance.com
  • Kate Ladenheim, New York, NY  //  www.thepeoplemovers.co
  • Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs, New York, NY  //  www.instagram.com/cecilialynnjacobs/
  • Amber Moon Peterson, Helena, MT  //  www.instagram.com/_._ambermoon_._/
  • Molly Ross, Brooklyn, NY  //  www.instagram.com/mollyeross/
  • Nola Sporn Smith, Brooklyn, NY  //  www.instagram.com/spornographer/
  • Eileen Standley, Tempe, AZ  //  www.eileenstandley.com
  • Kelly Ashton Todd, New York, NY  //  www.kellyashtontodd.com

Cohort 2

  • Kristofer Bergstrom, Los Angeles, CA  //  www.k–b.org
  • Adrienne Clancy, Silver Spring/Maryland  //  www.clancyworks.org
  • Stephanie Miracle, Santa Barbara, CA  //  www.stephaniemiracledances.com
  • Erinn Liebhard, St Paul, MN  //  www.erinnliebhard.com
  • Anat Shinar, Minneapolis, MN  //  www.instagram.com/anatperforms/

Cohort 3

  • Annalisa Dias, Washington, DC  //  www.annalisadias.weebly.com/
  • Kayla Farrish, Brooklyn, NY  //  https://www.kaylafarrish.com/
  • Amanda Krische, New York, NY  //  www.instagram.com/amanda.krische/
  • Marina Magalhaes,  Los Angeles, CA  //  www.marinamagalhaes.com
  • Yvonne Montoya, Tucson, Arizona  //  www.yvonnemontoya.co
  • Linda Ryan, St Muncie, IN  //  www.liryanmovement.com
  • Paty Lorena Solorzano, Brooklyn, NY  //  www.girasoladances.com 

Makers Space Independent Residencies (2019):

2018 Keshet Makers Space Experience Cohorts/Artists

Cohort 1

  • Julianna Bulgarelli, Los Angeles, CA  //  www.linkedin.com/in/julianna-bulgarelli-35bb79148/
  • Bradforn Chin, San Francisco, CA  //  https://bradfordchindance.wixsite.com/home/bradford-chin
  • Kaitlin Flynn Goodwin, Pittsburgh, PA  //  www.courdance.com
  • Kayla Harley, Washington, DC  //  www.kaylaharley.com
  • Sarah Hogland Gurule, Albuquerque, NM

Cohort 2

  • Marissa Brown, Brooklyn, NY  //  www.lonekingprojects.com
  • Taylor Mitchell, Chicago, IL  //  www.instagram.com/mitchellmovement/
  • Amal Rogers, Minneapolis, MN  //  www.instagram.com/amalamalamal_/
  • Anat Shinar, Minneapolis, MN  //  www.instagram.com/anatperforms/
  • Tanya Winters, Austin, TX  //  https://www.facebook.com/tanya.winters

Makers Space Independent Residencies (2018)

2017 Further Seeds….Keshet’s Fellowship for Contemporary Dance 

  • Silva Laukkanen, Austin, TX  //  https://www.linkedin.com/in/silva-laukkanen-926595157/
  • Tanya Winters, Austin, TX  //  https://www.facebook.com/tanya.winters

2016 The Originals!  The Seeds!  The Program Shapers! We called it the Rio Grande Movement Collective this year!


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