Sustainable Developments: The Environmental, Social and Economic Impacts of Dance


Friday, June 9 | 1:30pm – 3pm


Ian Garrett (Moderator)

Ian Garrett is Associate Professor of Ecological Design for Performance at York University; is director of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, a US think tank on sustainability in arts and culture; and is the resident designer for the Indy Convergence, an arts accelerator in Indianapolis, Toronto, and Haiti. He is the Curator for the US and Director of Education for the 2019 Prague Quadrennial. Ian maintains a design practice focused on lighting and media design. Recently he designed Theatre Panik's durational performance, Peep, at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche; Erika Batdorf's Micro-theatre for Burnish at the Theatre Centre and Venice Biennale, and the set and energy capture systems for Zata Omm Dance Projects’ Vox:Lumen at the Harbourfront Centre. He has worked on installations such as DTAH Architects’ Ravine Portal and on the lighting team for the Crimson Collective’s Ascension, a 150’ wide, origami-style crane sculpture at the 2010 Coachella Music Festival. He is a Trustee of the Board for DanceUSA, the national service organization for dance. His primary project is the development of the multi-site specific Transmission, about meeting our celestially neighbors, which will premiere in Edinburgh in 2017 combining live performance, and immersive technology "hauntings".



Maura Garcia (Speaker)

Maura Garcia is a dance artist who collaborates within communities to create stories of identity and place. Originally from North Carolina, Maura is an Indigenous woman (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet) who brings her own mixed-blood southern story to all of her work. Concerns about the perpetuation of Cherokee life-ways, the environment and social justice underlie her creations. She uses her art to empower, to form connections, to uplift Indigenous cultural values and to explore the rhythms of the natural world.

Maura's specializes in multi-sensory shows blurring the line between audience and performer. Her repertoire includes solos, group performances incorporating local dancers from the host community and site-specific work incoporating passersby. She also engages the community in the creative process via interactive arts projects and experiential workshops. To realize community projects, she has partnered with different organizations including the Ackland Art Museum (NC), Charleston Library Society (SC), Kansas City Indian Center (MO) and the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MO).

Dedicated to engaging artists from diverse backgrounds to form collectives, Maura has crafted performances with mixed-media artist Alyssa Hinton (Tuscarora/ Osage), Bharata Natyam dancer Anjali Tata Hudson, Ethiopian singer/activist Chachi Tadese, poet/musician Chico Sierra, soundartist MGL, video artist Robert Parker (Comanche/Kiowa/Athabascan /Tlingit/ Dakota) and multi-media artist Soumitra Dasgupta, among others. She is fascinated by stories that have been hidden and the unexpected connections that arise when they are rediscovered.

Maura is currently an Artist in Residence at the Lawrence Art Center. She hopes to continue to have opportunities that will allow her to connect and create with others.



Bimbola Akinbola (Speaker)

Bimbola Akinbola is an Associate Artist, Documenter and Summer Institute Faculty member at Dance Exchange, and a doctoral candidate in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland-College Park. Her dissertation considers the liberatory potential of creative placemaking for women artists of the Nigerian diaspora who resist and re-frame traditional trauma narratives of loss and displacement by embracing (dis)belonging as a site of pleasure, play, and freedom. As a scholar of museums and material culture, Bimbola also researches the museum space as a site of dissent and collaboration for visitors, and the race, class, and gender politics of "community engaged" artmaking. Bimbola is the former co-editor of the online publication, Powerlines: An Interdiscplinary Online Journal of American Studies, and the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants including the University of Maryland Flagship Fellowship and the Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation Fellowship.



Lynn Neuman (Speaker)

Lynn Neuman is Artistic and Executive Director of Artichoke Dance Company. Her movement work for the stage has been presented across the United States and in Canada, Australia, Korea, and Turks and Caicos. Her site-specific work has engaged thousands in the arts and environmental activism. She is sought for workshops and lectures in environmentalism in the arts and engaging communities in alternative ways. Lynn is currently an Association of Performing Arts Professionals Leadership Fellow and was honored with a 2015/16 Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts. In addition to dance, Lynn works in theatre, opera and film, and is a co-producer of Culture Club, performance events bringing Muslim and Jewish culture together onstage.



Rebecca Pappas (Speaker)

Rebecca Pappas makes dance that addresses the body as an archive for personal and social memory. Her choreography has toured nationally and internationally, and has received residencies from Yaddo and Djerassi, and support from organizations such as the Mellon Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and CHIME. In Summer 2017 she will present Parade2017, a collaboration with No Exit Theater, at Garfield Park. She creates work in Los Angeles, and Indianapolis, and is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Ball State University. www.pappasanddancers.com