Collaborative Research and Devised Works

Student/Faculty Collaborative Research:

The MF curriculum has been in practice since 2001, and presented at national and international conferences because of its radical proposals for change in dance training. MF training proposes theory and practice are in deep relationship with one another. Thus, the MF curriculum implements radically different ways of perceiving, learning, understanding and training the dance artist in technique, choreography, and performance. The Movement Fundamentals (MF) curriculum, coupled with the dance form of Contact Improvisation, takes a step further outside of the traditional and current dance-training paradigm of dance style imitation and repetition. Instead of continued training in codified dance styles, the MF curriculum proposes to develop dance artists who understand how to move while cultivating intentional movement vocabulary. The articulate body is understood and experienced as an intelligent instrument, and integration of mind, body, and spirit supports the student’s development as an engaged and engaging artist, empowering and enlivening the creative imagination in self and community.

Unwrapping the Essence of God with Bodily, Phenomenological Epistemology through Touch Practices, Calli Micale/Hawley, Senior Honor’s Project, 2012-2013

Body of Stories: Expressed Lived Experience through Storytelling and Movement, Amanda Moran/Hawley, Senior Honor’s Project, 2011-2012; American College Dance Festival Presentation, Springfield, MO, March 2012; Arizona State University MF Residency, Dance Department, Tempe, AZ, May 2012; and Luther College Student Research Symposium, May 2012

Movement Fundamentals in Film, Triple A Student/Faculty Research Grant; American College Dance Festival Presentation, Springfield, MO, March 2012; Arizona State University MF Residency, Dance Department, Tempe, AZ, May 2012; and Luther College Student Research Symposium, May 2012 - Mike Moran/Hawley, 2011-2012

Artistry and Articulation: Practice-Based Investigation of the Movement Fundamentals Theory & Curriculum, Sophia Rog/Hawley, Luther College Student/Faculty Research Project, Summer 2011 and Triple A Student/Faculty Research Grant, 2011-2012; and Arizona State University MF Residency, Dance Department, Tempe, AZ May 2012.

Devised Works:

Trembling beside you, March 2001

An evening of dance in empathy toward the imagined fear of war and waiting in the dark before taking action or fire.

This Fragile Moment, November 2003

An evening of dance and photography based on a kaleidoscopic voyage pondering the profundity of the mundane.

Portals, November 2005

An evening of dance examining the origins and evolution of the tango dance form and personal emotions within partnering human relationships. 

Depth of Field, May 2007

A devised mixed-media performance investigation how perception is fueled by what attracts and repels our senses, questioning how space and time alter our investigation into deeper fields of perceiving the Other.

Reign, November 2008

A devised mixed-media performance work investigating the Masculine in Politics: four primordial archetypes campaign for decent leadership—sovereign, lover, magician, warrior.

The Assemblage Point, May 2011

A myth performance centered around the shadow and light aspects of twelve archetypal energies, which beckon to dream a new world into being. The archetypes are: Child; Divine; Lover; Hedonist; Alchemist; Saboteur; Femme Fatale; Networker; Trickster; Thief; Student; God; and Advocate.

A Tragedy Like Macbeth, November 2012

An evening of dance based on Shakespeare's Macbeth, which explores ideas of losing footing, gaining and losing power, and gaining wisdom.  It attempts to balance elements of the new and old in both music and movement.

Body of Water, March 2015

An evening of dance and video, which examine human's relationship with water and what we can do, collectively and individually, to prevent its contamination and loss.

Invitation Game, March 2016

A mixed-media performance which invited the audience to play, move, and explore along with the performers.  This classy carnival included games where the audience could interact, like making sculpture beneath a parachute, listening to music through headphones and moving to it, and drawing on a large piece of paper. View a video about the piece.

Who Do You Trust?, November 2016

A mixed-media performance displaying nine duets within an art gallery exhibition format. It seeks to understand where we learn about trust, when and why trust goes away and how one becomes trustworthy.