Lora Allen is a Philadelphia based artist. She is the artistic director of allendance, a dance company whose work has been presented throughout the US and abroad. allendance was recently awarded a 10 month HATCH artist in residence, and has been a recipient of The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. She is the founder and director of The Iron Factory, a space that works to support the challenging and experimental work of performance artists with residencies, live work spaces, on-going classes, and performance opportunities. She's lead workshops, lectures, and residencies at institutions such as Wilson College, Dickinson College, Charleston University, DeSales University, Kansas University, and Coventry University. Lora is a collaborator with Project Trans(m)it, a collaborative, transcontinental dance study led by four female choreographers investigating how to make dance across distance. Their recent journal "Project Trans(m)it : creating dance collaboratively via technology- a best practices overview was published in the Research in Dance Education Journal and was awarded the New Writers Prize. Lora was additionally the general manager for Leah Stein Dance Company and has performed with numerous independent artists in Philadelphia PA.
Megan Mizanty is the artistic director of MizantyMoves Dance Works. She has danced professionally with companies in New York and Philadelphia, including Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre, Improbable Stage Productions, LINKED dancetheatre and toured with Matthew Frazier-Smith Dance, among others. She received a BA in English Literature from Ithaca College, and an MFA in choreography and performance from Temple University. Megan served four semesters as an undergraduate instructor at Temple University, as well as a communications specialist with Koresh Dance Company. She is a Stanley J. Wertheimer Fellow at Mark Morris Dance Center, where she is being certified as a Dance for Parkinson’s Disease Instructor. Much of Megan’s work bridges live sound with movement, entangling these disciplines with collaboration at its heart. She had taught and served as a resident choreographer at Susquehanna University, Lycoming College and Marywood University, and she is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Wilson College.
Can we have "embodied screentime" with a dancer 3,000 miles away?
Can we genuinely "transmit" our moving selves through technology?
Moving into the 21st century, dance is encountering new territories of possibility. Project Trans(m)it is a collaborative, long-term research and performance project delving into tech-riddled space. It is led by choreographers Lora Allen (allendance), Becca Weber (Somanaut Dance) and Megan Mizanty (MizantyMoves Dance Works), and Andrea Lanzetti (bodies and plants). Their points of inquiry include transmittance of dance/movement via technology, transference of choreographic ideas in different physical spaces (all choreographers are based in different cities), what is gained/lost in these transfers, and which technological platforms are best used for which types of physical information transmission. The research supports the development of the collaborative's performance work, but another integral strand for Project Trans(m)it is the dissemination of 'best practices' to other artists interested in long-distance collaboration and the facilitation of international networking.
Becca Weber is always asking questions. Usually, these investigate the places where the body meets the brain--where dance, Somatics, and science intersect. Weber has a PhD from the Centre for Dance Research (Coventry University), and worked on the Leverhulme Trust funded project ‘In the Dancer’s Mind: Creativity, Novelty and the Imagination.’ Her research is published in a variety of journals and academic anthologies, and her choreographic work has been both presented and financially supported internationally. She is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and holds an MFA in Dance and a Teaching in Higher Education Certification from Temple University as well as a Master’s degree with Distinction in Dance & Somatic Well-Being from the University of Central Lancashire, where she served as an Associate Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching programme. Weber has previously been an Adjunct Professor in Dance at Richard Stockton University and Temple University, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. She is currently an Associate Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice course at the University of East London, BA (Hons) Dance course Coventry University, and Graduate Diploma in Dance course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire as well as a Tutor on the dance and theatre HE and FE programmes at Bird College. She is also Director of Somanaut Dance; Associate Editor of the journal Dance, Movement and Spiritualities; Editorial Assistant of The Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices; and Editorial Board Member and Editor for thINKingDANCE.net.
Andrea Lanzetti is a New York based artist and the co-founder of Bodies and Plants: the culmination of movement, nature, and lifestyle seen through multi-media platforms as well as through movement education. Additionally, she is one of the 4 female co-directors of Project Trans(m)it: an international dance collaborative exploring long-distance dance making via technology. Andrea has had the opportunity to perform throughout the US and abroad working with companies such as B.S. Movement, allendance, BODYART, Marie-Christine Giordano Dance, Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance, and Megan Bascom & Dancers. Lanzetti graduated with a dance degree from DeSales University and additionally holds a 600+ hour comprehensive Pilates certification through Center for Movement and Lindafit. Andrea is humbled and grateful for the artists she has been able to collaborate with throughout her career and is forever thankful to continue being an advocate of movement.