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 220-seat black box theater within which visiting artists can use the space in exchange for providing a few master classes 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 2018-2019 Makers Space Experience (MSE) includes three cohort periods held between Jan. 2019 – April 2019. Keshet will select 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 a hotel room if applying from out of town). 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, applications for 2018/19 are CLOSED.

For questions, more information: Download 2018-2019 MSE Information and FAQS or contact Ana Lopes Arechiga, / 505-224-9808.

Cohort 1: Jan. 26 – Feb 5, 2019

Amber Moon Peterson / Helena, Montana    

Erinn Liebhard / St Paul, Minnesota

Kelly Ashton Todd / New York, NY    

MOLLY&NOLA: Molly Ross / Brooklyn, New York + Nola Sporn Smith / Brooklyn, New York      

Eileen Standley / Tempe, AZ + Mary Fitzgerald / Phoenix, AZ

The People Movers: Kate Ladenheim / New York, NY + Cecilia  Lynn-Jacobs  /New York, NY


Cohort 2: March 1 – 11, 2019

Anat, Shinar / Minneapolis, Minnesota           

Adrienne Clancy / Silver Spring, Maryland

Kristofer Bergstrom / Los Angeles, CA          

Marina Magalhaes / Los Angeles, CA

Stephanie Miracle / Santa Barbara, CA

Dana Katz / Brooklyn, NY / Tel Aviv, Israel

Cohort 3: April 3 – 13, 2019

Annalisa Dias / Washington DC

Kayla Farrish / Brooklyn, NY

Amanda Krische / New York, NY

Linda Ryan / St Muncie, IN

Yvonne Montoya / Tucson, Arizona

Paty Lorena Solorzano / Brooklyn, NY

If you or someone you know might benefit from this type of space and experience and would like to come hang in New Mexico, applications for 2020 will be available Fall 2019.

Announcing the 2018/19 Makers

Cohort 1: Jan. 26 – Feb. 4, 2019

Erinn Liebhard is a dance artist (MFA University of Colorado Boulder, BFA University of Minnesota) making opportunities for people to experience the reflective and connective power of groove. Having grown up dancing socially at her dad’s rock band’s gigs, she discovered at a young age the exhilaration of grooving alongside others. Her artistry is guided by her history with and fondness for social dance and the vernacular forms that develop out of this practice, which has led her to work with creatives as varied as hip-hop dance theater artist Rennie Harris and Appalachian clogging company the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers. Erinn creates and presents her own choreographic work, and supports and presents new work by others through Rhythmically Speaking, the organization she co-founded and artistic directs, and she currently performs as a member of Afro-Brazilian company Contempo Physical Dance and as self-created character entertainer “Nerdette” for Saint Paul Saints Baseball’s Entertainment Team. An active educator, She is faculty at Winona State University and Zenon Dance Company and School, a teaching artist for the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts and an active conference presenter and writer. She’s grateful her work helps people connect to history, themselves and one another through groove-driven dance.

Amber Moon Peterson is an interdisciplinary artist who has studied dance throughout New Mexico, California, Oregon and now Montana. Artistically, she is most interested in the collaborative nature of the creative process, and is equally interested in abstract and narrative driven work.

Kelly Todd is a native of Houston, TX, where she began her training in classical ballet at Festival Ballet and contemporary dance at Metropolitan Dance Company. Continuing her education, she received a BFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University and a Double Minor in Biology and Environmental Science. Professionally, she has had the opportunity to work with artist Susan Jaffe, Jon Ole Olstad, Ben Stevenson, Pavel Zustiak and Doug Varone. She has been featured in contemporary dance works by Robert Battle, Doris Humphrey, Kuperman Brothers, Sharon Eyal, zoe|juniper, and Punchdrunk. She currently resides in NYC and performs with the critically-acclaimed, award winning off-broadway show Sleep No More .Kelly’s own artistic endeavours investigate the interdisciplinary relationship between environmental issues and movement. With years of experience in immersive theater, Kelly explores how to enhance natural habitats through dance, using the art forms wide breadth of physicality, emotional vulnerability, and visceral connection. Kelly’s choreography has been commissioned by the world famous architect, Steven Holl, and has showcased her work in Texas, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and NYC. In February 2018, her film, Minnewaska premiered at Arts on Site NY to promote the three film series Under Review which highlights the threatened American National Monuments.

The People Movers

Kate Ladenheim (BFA, The Boston Conservatory) is a choreographer and arts producer based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been presented across the northeast, most notably at Triskelion Arts Center, The Invisible Dog, Gowanus Loft, National Sawdust, Knockdown Center, No Theme Festival, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, and HERE. Internationally, her work has been shown at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at New Zealand’s Performance Arcade in 2018. She was recently named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2018. Kate’s work has been commissioned by the Juventas New Music Ensemble, the Juntos Collective and Rider University. Kate has been a Leimay Fellow at CAVE since 2014, and is the winner of the 2015 Rider University Emerging Choreographer Competition. The People Movers have been awarded residencies at White Wave Dance, University of Georgia, the Pocantico Center, and Brooklyn Studios for Dance. Kate is the founder and Executive Producer of CRAWL, a nomadic, multidisciplinary arts presenting series. She also recently produced and co-choreographed transmission, a distributed, augmented reality performance and podcast series that premiered at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In addition to her work in choreography and production, Kate previously performed the role of Younger Daughter in Third Rail Project’s production of The Grand Paradise, with Brendan Drake Choreography, and with Nel Breyer at the MIT Fast Festival. She appreciates nerding out over design and digital marketing with Amy Jacobus Marketing, and her previous work as a tireless dance advocate for the DanceNYC Junior Committee.

Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs is a Brooklyn-based performer, artist, and educator. A highly flexible performer and facilitator, she is most comfortable flipping between mediums, and enjoys taking on freelance visual art commissions, writing, and design projects in addition to her performance work. In addition to collaborating on the creation of dance projects for the The People Movers, Cecilia has won multiple awards for Best Supporting Actress in an Ensemble for her voiceover work on Webby-nominated podcast Wolf 359, where she has worked as an actor and story developer since 2014. Cecilia is the host of deep space research podcast transmission, a distributed reality production, and has moderated panel discussion and interviews at the METI Conference in Pairs and the International Science Festival In Edinburgh. As a dancer and actor, she performed the role of Ana during that same show’s premiere at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Recent work includes a lead role in music video of acclaimed band Overcoats newest single, I Don’t Believe in Us and was featured in Maria LogisAll These Lies, directed by Jess Chayes, in December. She appeared in Andrew Schneider’s newest piece, After, at the 2018 Under the Radar Festival. She works as an educator and curriculum developer at Curious Jane Camp, and also served as a member of the DanceNYC Junior Committee.

Eileen Standley is an interdisciplinary artist working with visual arts practices, dance and choreography. She presents her work in performance, exhibition or installation settings in both traditional and non-traditional venues. Her artistic research often explores a threshold moment before gesture manifests itself in the world of form – a meeting of the ephemeral and the material in transient time/space constructs. Recent collaborative projects have been inspired by inquiry into aging, dance and legacy through a somatic lens. Consciousness, the metaphysical, and radically shifting states of body/mind are also recurring themes of inquiry in her work. Informed by practices of real-time composition/improvisation, live art, somatically-driven investigations and collaboration, her work has been shown regionally, nationally and internationally. Eileen is dedicated to education and has taught in the area of dance and interdisciplinary arts over the last 30 years within universities, international festivals, academies, and schools of dance, art, and movement. After many years of living and working in Europe, Standley relocated back to the U.S.where she now holds a position as Clinical Professor within the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University.

Standley’s work has been commissioned and supported by various international arts institutions, festivals, and funding bodies, such as Fonds vd Podiumkunst, Mama Cash, and Anjer Fonds (in the Netherlands), Centre Dramatic D’Osona (Spain), Full Moon Festival and Zodiak Presents (Finland), Contemporary Dance Assn. of Japan, The Japan Foundation, the Institute for Humanities Research, and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.
[Making with Mary Fitzgerald]


Nola Sporn Smith is a dance and theater artist from Brooklyn, NY. Nola works with Donna Uchizono Company, cakeface, Stacy Grossfield, Kensaku Shinohara and others, and has performed at venues including Danspace Project, The Queens Museum, Gibney Dance Center, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, HERE Arts Center, and Center for Performance Research. She has also worked in assistant director and stage manager roles for various NYC theater artists, and has choreographed on students at Queens College. Originally from Michigan, Molly Ross is a dance maker and performer based in Brooklyn, New York. She has studied, choreographed, and performed dance in London (London Contemporary Dance School), NYC, Chicago (Khecari Dance), The American Dance Festival, Israel (Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company), and Philadelphia. She currently works with The Dance Cartel and teaches yoga.

Molly and Nola met while pursuing their BFA degrees at the University of Michigan’s Department of Dance, and rekindled their creative partnership as MOLLY&NOLA in July 2017 after 6 years of living and dancing in separate cities. Their collaborative work has been performed at the first person plural salon series (New York, NY), the Beatriz Viterbo Gallery (Queens, NY), The Iron Factory (Philadelphia, PA), Birnam Presents (Brooklyn, NY), and was curated in September 2018 as part of FARAWAY HERE: a night of film and performance by Cinema C.O.B.R.A. (Brooklyn, NY).

Makers Space Experience Master Class SCHEDULE

2018/19 Maker Space Experience Master Classes Schedule – COMING SOON

 – Applications for MSE 2018/19 close Sept. 15th, 2018 


Applying for Makers Space Experience

Applications are CLOSED for 2018/19 


2018-2019 MSE Application Form

2018-2019 MSE Information and FAQS

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

Other Dates:

Sept 15, 2018, 5:00pm MST    Deadline for application submissions

October 1, 2018                       All applicants will be notified of their application results

October 15, 2018                     Deadline for MSE acceptance confirmation and completion of related program participation paperwork and background checks by selected Makers.


Check back for the 2020 Application – available Fall 2019

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