The Moving Architects, under Erin Carlisle Norton, will continue the company’s Airings and Sharings series alongside rehearsals and weekly dance classes open to the public from January-April 2012. The series was implemented in Fall 2008 as a forum for showing the company’s work-in-progress and discussing the work as a community of artists, friends, and arts enthusiasts. These have had a range from formal and ticketed salon-style events alongside visual artists, musicians, and dance video artists, to informal raw studio rehearsal sessions. In addition to the series and rehearsals, the company will also continue weekly modern dance classes to the professional community, which have implemented since Spring 2009.
As an artist, Artistic Director Erin Carlisle Norton seeks to channel research of places, structures, their histories, and associated cultural transformations into choreography, exploring the embodiment of past and distant spaces in the heightened present of live performance. The company continues to research new projects in both community and international settings and explore the use of digital technologies as creative and conceptual tools. The 2011 work PLUCK was choreographed and set long-distance via Skype video-conferencing software, and research is ongoing in the use of technology in connection to cross-cultural distance teaching and performance projects.
Erin Carlisle Norton, Artistic Director, The Moving Architects:
Drawing from her training in Laban Movement Analysis and academic dance studies, Erin takes a highly visual approach to choreography, assessing movement phrases based on their filmic as well as thematic properties. Her long-term creative partnership with composer/accompanist Ian Hatcher has led to “an unbroken string of potent, mysterious choreographies” (TimeOut Chicago, June 2011). The Moving Architects have taught and performed throughout the United States and recently completed a tour of Central Asia sponsored by The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassies. Erin’s current research is focused on international exchanges, in particular distance-teaching modern dance through Skype to pre-professionals in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Erin holds a BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University, a Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (CMA) from Columbia College Chicago, Pilates Certification, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Dance at The Ohio State University.