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 230-seat black box theater within which visiting artists can use the space in exchange for providing a master class/es during their time at Keshet. These master classes are open to the community, and when Makers are visiting during a designated cohort period, the classes are also intended for Makers Space participants to learn from and about each other.

The upcoming 2020 Makers Space Experience (MSE) includes two cohort periods (February 14-24 and March 20-30). Keshet will select up to 5 Makers for each of the 10-day, cohort-based residency periods at the Keshet Center for the Arts. Applicants/Makers can be individual artists (or an applicant team of multiple artists who plan to share a rehearsal space and coordinate/secure their own housing if from out of town (the MSE provides housing for only one person/Maker per application). During the cohort period, the Keshet MSE provides access to space, access to classes (movement classes and
arts business workshops), lots of sunshine, and oodles of love. So if you or someone you know might benefit from this type of residency experience and would like to come hang out in New Mexico, 2020 Applications are closed. Applications for 2021 Makers Space Experience open in the Fall 2020.

2020 Makers include:

Cohort 1:

Marika Brussel– San Francisco, CA
Erik Ehn — Albuquerque, NM
Ani Javian — Metuchen, NJ
DZ & Samuel — Brooklyn, NY & Chicago, IL
Dazaun Soleyn — San Francisco, CA

Cohort 2:

Mariadela Belle Alvarez — Los Angeles, CA
Melanie Greene — Brooklyn, NY
Reika McNish — Albuquerque, NM
Laura Malpass — Westminster, CO
Suzie Rzecznik– Astoria, NY 

Candace Tabbs — New York, NY

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

Announcing the 2020 Makers

 Cohort 2: Postponed for COVID-19

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 wellbeing 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.

Cohort 1: February 14 – 24, 2020

Marika Brussel is a contemporary ballet choreographer. Informed by her background as a fiction writer, she utilizes storytelling in her dance-making.  She tells contemporary stories through ballet, showing our inter-connectedness and equity as humans, from country to country, class to class, and generation to generation.  Her work has explored myths, plays, and personal stories such as Unraveling, a ballet about dementia. From Shadows: A ballet about homelessnesspremiered in October 2017, to sold out audiences in San Francisco. Her ballet, Still Time For Impossible, looked at the climate crisis.

Her ballets have been commissioned by ARC Dance, Columbia Repertory Ballet, Bay Pointe Ballet, Emote Dance Theater, Berkeley Ballet Theater, and Ballet Theater of New Mexico. She has shown work at festivals around the country, including Dancing in the Park, Oakland Dances, West Wave, Brooklyn Ballet’s First Look, PushFest, Spectordance and SJChoreoFest. Marika has held residencies at the Dresher Ensemble Residency, Moving Arts SF and SAFEhouse Arts. She has twice been part of ODC’s Pilot Project, and was a choreographer in Doug Varone’s Devices 5. Her other awards include a Fleishhacker Opportunity Grant and a grant from The Classical Girl. Marika is a 2019 recipient of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Fellowship for Contemporary Ballet. Her evening-length work, House of Names, a collaboration with composer Carla Lucero, will premiere at ODC Theater in April 2020. 

Erik Ehn’s, work includes The Saint PlaysNo Time Like the PresentWolf at the DoorTailingsBeginnerVireo (w/composer Lisa Bielawa), and Clover (dir, Glory Kadigan). The Soulographie project, a series of 17 plays on U.S. history from the point of view of its genocides, was produced at La MaMa, NY, November 2012. Soulographie scripts include Maria Kizito, Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling, Yermedea, and Drunk Still Drinking. Founder and Co-Artistic Director, Tenderloin Opera Company. Graduate, New Dramatists. Recent graduate of the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley California, with a Master of Theological Studies degree. Currently visiting professor (playwriting) at UNM.

Ani Javian is a movement artist and educator whose research is rooted in her ideas about humans as story-tellers, story-holders, and story-makers. Her choreography has been presented around New York City, at REDCAT (Los Angeles), and in Bangkok, Thailand, and has received funding from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Greater Columbus Arts Council as a 2015 Individual Artist Fellow, and The Ohio Arts Council. She has danced with Molly Lieber, Betsy Miller, Gladys Bailin, and Natalie Desch, among others, and she currently works with Philadelphia-based artist Paige Phillips. Ani is a member of the American College Dance Association’s Board of Directors and she holds an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BA in Dance and English from Connecticut College. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

DZ & Samuel:
DZ Maciel​ is a dance artist and educator currently moving and making work in Brooklyn, New York. Unbound by medium Maciel finds creative expression across genres with training in theater, literary and visual arts, while carrying her modern and contemporary dance sensibility with her. She was most recently seen dancing with installation artists Brendan Fernandes for the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Sarah Cameron Sunde in 36 PEAKS at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, dance companies JACKS, BOINK dance + film, Joanna Mendel Shaw’s The Equus Projects creating site-specific dances with horses, and in Washington, D.C. as a partnering artist for Dance Exchange, working with intergenerational communities. In the past she has also performed with legendary contact improviser Nita Little, evocative performance artist Ann Liv Young, Neta Pulvermacher, Tzveta Kassabova, and site-specific Shua Group.

Maciel is also the Artistic Director and choreographer of DZ Maciel, her company that intersects dance theater works with community engagement. Moving thoughtfully through dance, theater, speech, and song DZ Maciel creates deeply relatable performance work, appealing to the humanity in us, embracing rigor and concept in their unique blend of theater and dance, both highly entertaining and insightful; equal parts introspection and exposition. Each of DZ’s dynamic works are an invitation to the audience, they are a stream of thought-provoking images that by their nature elicit conversation. At the core of DZ’s creations is community engagement often pairing works with artists’ markets, partnering non-profits, Q&A’s, and community engagement projects, Maciel builds up teams in pursuit of both high caliber art, and an integrated art making practice. Anyone who works with or witnesses her is welcomed warmly into her examination of the human condition, of our relationship to ourselves, and to each other. DZ Maciel has been seen at The Kennedy Center, Dixon Place, Situations Gallery, Triskelion Arts, Creative Cultural Center, the Center for Performance Research, University of Florida, and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Their current work T​ake On Me​ continues to tour the NewYork City area! Recently, Maciel’s choreography was also seen in R&B artist Gallant’s new music video for SharpestEdges​. In 2014, she also wrote and produced the play D​on’t Date Me​ which premiered at Squitieri Studio Theater for Florida Player’s New Works Festival.

Sam Horning is engaged in social change as a dancer, facilitator, artist, administrator, choreographer, curator, organizer, collaborator, amateur rock-climber, and life-partner to John where they reside in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago, IL. He is the Projects & Residencies Manager and a Partnering Artist with Dance Exchange and believes wholeheartedly in Dance Exchange’s mission that every body can and should dance. He is currently a performer in Liz Lerman’s Wicked Bodies. His work has been supported by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and he was a recipient of their FY18 and FY19 Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program. 

Sam is currently in development for I Object alongside Juliana Ponguta which explores our relationship to objects throughout history and now, and across spatial, liminal, political, spiritual, and energetic dimensions. In I Object we create temporary embodied and constructed worlds that speak to our singular and collective participation amongst a changing material world. A duet version of the project will be presented at Dance Place’s Contemporary Viewpoints on December 7-8, 2019. Sam has performed and taught nationally and internationally and holds a BFA from Wayne State University. He is also an E/INFP-T and a Pisces.

Dazaun Soleyn, artistic director of dazaun.dance, graduated as the University of South Florida’s Outstanding Graduate with a BFA in Modern Dance Performance and Choreography. Upon graduation Dazaun was accepted as a Trainee at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program (LBTP). Dazaun is an Adjunct Dance Professor for the University of San Francisco Performing Arts and Social Justice Program and has taught at the Alonzo King LINeS Ballet School, University of South Florida, and ODC Commons.

With an intention to create holistic art that aims to illuminate the dynamic fullness of the human soul, Dazaun has been actively presenting work in the San Francisco Bay Area since the Fall of 2014. Dazaun has been commissioned to create works on the Oakland Ballet Company, the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Program, Signals for the West: Bay Area Artists in Conversation with Merce Cunningham at 100. In the Spring 2018, his first evening-length work, entitled existence, had the honor of being selected as the “Most Noteworthy Debut” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Makers Space Experience Master Class SCHEDULE

cohort 2:

Date: TBD

12:00- 1:30pm Improvisation and Collaboration: Collective Dance Making

(Suzie Rzecznik, Astoria, NY)

This class is based in improvisation, collective thinking, and connection with other forms. We will practice finding creative flow with “partners”, which can be music, visual art, other dancers, or the space. How do other forms inform, inspire, and support our choices in improvisation and vice-versa?

Date: TBD

3:00 – 4:30pm Body-Work Ballet

(Reika McNish, Albuquerque, NM)

This is a ballet/improvisation class that incorporates partner work to find efficiency in movement. We will spend time working with others and within ourselves to locate the ease that can be experienced in structured movement and in improvisation

Date: TBD

3:00 – 4:30pm Latin Social Dance Fusion

(Mariadela Belle Alvarez, Los Angeles, CA)

Class moves through foundations in house, salsa, and bachata. These social forms of the Afro Latin diaspora emphasize stamina, rhythmic footwork, body isolations, fluid percussiveness, and joy as technique; tapping into the body’s kinesthetic intelligence, cultivating dynamic and theatrical improvisational skill, and exploring the cypher as technology for community building.

Date: TBD

3:00 – 4:30pm  Sapphire’s Listening Lounge

(Melanie Greene, Brooklyn, NY)

Sapphire’s Listening Lounge guides participants through a series of deep listening practices to activate a sensorial smorgasbord of tactile offerings, sonic vibrations, and creative writing. This workshop includes movement, writing, and listening.

* Sapphire’s Listening Lounge is based on Greene’s choreographic process for The Sapphire Cosmology – a movement-based odyssey pushing visceral, super-sonic modalities into sensorial non-fiction fantasies.

Date: TBD

3:00 – 4:30pm Moving Through

(Candace Tabbs, New York, NY)

This workshop offers a safe space for movers to tap into their inherent movement quality as a way to connect to themselves, heal from blockages, stress and challenges, and connect with others. Using three keys systems of relationship (to self, to the world around us, and to others), as well as integrating body scans, guided improvisation, and collective movement scores, we will identify areas of physical stress and blockages and move through them together, allowing for greater freedom- in movement and in life.

Date: TBD

3:00 – 4:30pm Somantic Ballet Techniques

(Laura Malpass, CO)

This class focuses on breath, dynamic alignment, freedom, and finding a fully embodied kinesphere. We’ll start facing the barre with gentle foot articulation and stretches to wake up the spine; using imagery as our guide, progression through barre will offer dancers an opportunity to find alignment, musicality, and breath; center exercises are rooted in curiosity and investigation, with class treated as a lab for exploration, rather than a performative experience. Strong emphasis is placed on musicality, as music quality influences movement quality, which directly affects muscularity. Alignment, finding center, transfer of weight, and coordination are explored in the development of phrasework.

Applying for Makers Space Experience

           Applications for 2020 are closed.

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


Sept 1 – Oct 15, 2019   Makers Space Experience Open Application Period
Oct 15, 2019, 5:00pm MST Deadline for application submissions
November 1, 2019      All applicants will be notified of their application results
November 15, 2019    Deadline for MSE acceptance confirmation and completion of related program participation paperwork and background checks by selected

Feb 14-24, 2020     Cohort One MSE Residency Period
February 22-23, 2020    Choreographers’ Showcase Performances (participation
March 2, 2020       Cohort One – Deadline to return MSE post-experience form to Keshet
March 20-30, 2020     Cohort Two MSE Residency Period
April 6, 2020                Cohort Two – Deadline to return MSE post-experience form to Keshet

Ongoing Makers Space

Ongoing Makers Space

Dancer and choreographers may rent studio space to work on projects anytime – as space allows. LEARN MORE about Rent the Space

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