Masters Exchange

Masters Exchange

Manfred Fishbeck, Kate Watson-Wallace and Meredith Rainey at a Masters Exchange in 2006

Since 2001, the Masters Exchange has brought distinguished established choreographers and interdisciplinary performance artists to Philadelphia to mentor SHMD’s resident choreographers and alumni.

In these sessions, choreographers-in-residence present segments of works in progress for feedback from the visiting masters. Attendees also dialogue intensively with the professionals  about choices, risk, audience awareness, and other aspects of the artistic process, and they frequently are involved in group exercises.

Artists who have led Masters Exchange sessions include Ron K. Brown, Lucinda Childs, Siobhan Davies, Kyle DeCamp, Simon Dove, Simone Forti, Andre Gingras, Ralph Lemon, Susan Marshall, and Wendy Rogers. A list of the most recent mentors appears below.

2010-11 Masters Exchange Mentors

Ralph Lemon – Artistic director, Cross Performance, New York City
Siobhan Davies – Founder & director, Siobhan Davies Dance, London, England

2008-9 Masters Exchange Mentors

Lucinda Childs – American postmodern dancer/choreographer, founder of the Lucinda Childs Dance Foundation
Simon Dove – Co-curator, Crossing the Line Festival, New York; former chair, Department of Dance, Arizona State University; former artistic director, Springdance Festival, The Netherlands

2007-8 Masters Exchange Mentors

Simon Dove – Co-curator, Crossing the Line Festival, New York; former chair, Department of Dance, Arizona State University; former artistic director, Springdance Festival, The Netherlands
Wendy Rogers – Faculty, Department of Dance, University of California, Riverside

2006-7 Masters Exchange Mentors

Andre Gingras (1966-2013) – Korzo Producties, The Netherlands
Ralph Lemon – Artistic Director, Cross Performance, New York City

2005-6 Masters Exchange Mentors

Ron K. Brown – Founder & director, Evidence, New York City
Siobhan Davies – Founder & director, Siobhan Davies Dance, London, England