2022 / 2023
The Interdisciplinary Arts Lab has traditionally served as a continuation of the IIAC residencies, affording artists the opportunity to share their research with a wider community of participants through a series of workshops centered on interdisciplinary exploration, with the body and movement serving as common ground. Formerly the Moving Arts Lab from 2013-2021 (see below), August 4 & 5, 2023 marked the occasion of the first full iteration of the lab at Movement Research in New York City. For more information, please visit our Interdisciplinary Arts Lab 2023 page!
In Summer 2022, Moving Arts Lab shifted its name to the Interdisciplinary Arts Lab, offering more concentrated exploration in a different environment with artists participating in the IIAC residency. Click here for more information for the 2022 Lab.
In 2010, Peter Sciscioli was invited to be a lead artist in the inaugural E|MERGE residency at Earthdance. As part of his project, he proposed a series of labs in which the participating artists could share something of their processes and approaches to making work. While only mildly successful due to active participation in other projects, the idea fueled a larger concept which has since transformed into Sciscioli's curating of the IIAC residencies and the Moving Arts Lab. For more about the genesis of IIAC and the residency program, check out this blog interview with Davi Cohen from 2013: www.earthdance.net/blog
2011 / 2012
After teaching and performing in the Western Mass Moving Arts Festival (WMMAF) at Earthdance in Summer 2011, Peter was invited by Earthdance's former Executive Artistic Director Krista DeNio to join the Programming Committee. The opportunity included the option to curate a residency. Extending the idea of the labs, Sciscioli was able to schedule the first IIAC residency directly before the WMMAF 2012, for which he also served as co-curator.
In 2013, Peter was invited to take the lead on curating the WMMAF, and proposed altering the name to the Moving Arts Lab in order to reflect a more international roster of teachers and to encourage more experimentation and exploration within the workshops. To see photos from the Moving Arts Lab 2013, please click here.
To date, the Labs have been held during a weekend in the summer at Earthdance, and have included a total of 21 workshops each year and a faculty performance open to the public. in 2014, a dialogue session between IIAC residency artists, teachers and participants was introduced. To see photos from the Moving Arts Lab 2014, please click here.
In August 2015 the Moving Arts Lab served as a full extension of the IIAC residency, providing each of the participating artists an opportunity to facilitate at least one workshop during the weekend. A dialogue session, focusing on new language to describe interdisciplinary performance and practices and identifying creative models for exchange and engagement with a broader public, took place between IIAC artists, Earthdance staff and participants in the Lab. A faculty performance, showcasing a range and depth of interdisciplinary approaches, was also offered. To see photos from the Moving Arts Lab 2015, please click here.
Participants in Michelle Boulé's
Performance Practices workshop
Photo: Peter Sciscioli
From August 18-21, 2016 the Moving Arts Lab celebrated its 4th annual offering at Earthdance in Western Massachusetts, serving as both a continuation of the IIAC residency August 14-18 and as a festival meeting ground for interdisciplinary exploration, with 21 workshops, an open dialogue session, and performance by Lab facilitators from around the world. For more information, click here.
To see photos from the Moving Arts Lab 2016, please click here.
In July 2017 the Moving Arts Lab turned 5 years old! From July 20-23, 2017 the Lab served as a continuation of the IIAC residency, July 16-20, and as a festival meeting ground for interdisciplinary exploration, with 21 workshops, a new embodied dialogue session, and performance by Lab facilitators from around the world. For more information click here.
From August 23-26, 2018 the Moving Arts Lab celebrated its 6th annual offering at Earthdance in Western Massachusetts, serving both as a continuation of the IIAC residency, August 19-23, and as a festival meeting ground for interdisciplinary exploration, with 21 workshops, an open dialogue session, and performance by Lab facilitators from around the world. Participants gathered from Australia, California, Canada, England, France, Florida, Jamaica, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York! For more information, please click here.
From August 22-25, 2019 the Moving Arts Lab celebrated its 7th annual offering at Earthdance in Western Massachusetts, serving both as a continuation of the IIAC residency, August 18-22, and as a festival meeting ground for interdisciplinary exploration, with 21 workshops, an open dialogue session, and performance by Lab facilitators from around the world. Participants gathered from California, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Massachusetts, Mexico, New York, North Macedonia, Pennsylvania, Poland, and South Korea! For more information, please click here.
From August 21-23, 2020 the Moving Arts Lab celebrated its 8th year and first time being offered as an online festival. With generous hosting by Earthdance in Western Massachusetts, IIAC artists offered 18 interdisciplinary workshops, with participants from 17 U.S. states and 5 countries. More info here.
In light of the pandemic, the Moving Arts Lab continued as an online offering, July 23-25, 2021 and celebrated its 9th year in existence, with generous hosting by Earthdance in Western Massachusetts where the residencies and labs have otherwise taken place. More info here.
For more information on each year's offerings, including the schedules and roster of teachers, please click on a corresponding image to the right.
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Interdisciplinary Arts Lab 2023 Facilitators
Interdisciplinary Arts Lab 2022
Postcard designs by Julia Handschuh
Moving Arts Lab 2020
2019 participant Deul Lee, photo: Anna M. Maynard
Moving Arts Lab 2021
Arely Landeros leading a 2019 workshop at Earthdance