Improvisologies: An evening of spontaneous compositions: Jan. 8, 7 pm

December 29, 2011 - Leave a Response

photo by Chris Noble

New ARTiculations Dance Theatre and Movement Salon present “Improvisologies” featuring the internationally-renowned improvisational troupe, The Architects, and Tucson’s very own Movement Salon.

Come practice the fine art of paying deep attention to the moment as you watch these performers create compositions of dance, music, and spoken word text on the spot with no prior plan, no set choreography, no memorized text, and no prepared music. In any given moment these works will make you think, laugh, remember, imagine, cry, and feel more alive. And that’s a nice way to start a new year.

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012
7 pm
ZUZI! Theater, 738 N. 5th Ave.
Tucson, AZ

Tickets: $10-$15 (sliding scale), cash or check at the door only.

Movement Salon Co-Hosts Winter Movement Intensive in Compositional Improv, Jan. 5-8

December 29, 2011 - Leave a Response

Ready to move? Ready to make stuff up? Ready to pay attention like you never have before? Ready to collaboratively create funny, heartbreaking, poignant, goofy-silly, meaningful work? Then…ring in the year with the Architects, right here in sunny Tucson, AZ- January 5-8, 2012! (that’s right…January 5-6-7-8! )

Register for the WHOLE shebang…or for drop-in classes (see below for details).

This 4 day intensive balances in-depth individual exploration with rigorous practice in spontaneous ensemble dance-making. All workshops and events take place in the beautiful studios of the ZUZI! Dance Theatre in downtown Tucson and the peaceful studios of The Movement Shala. Out of town participants are housed in the funky and comfortable Roadrunner Hostel and Inn, walking distance away from the theater and lively 4th Ave, home to many cafes, restaurants, bars and boutiques.

Tuition: $300
Housing: $17-$34 a night, at downtown hostel.
Scholarships are available. Please inquire for details.

Workshop schedule/locations
Thursday, Jan 5:
9-12 ZUZI
2-5 Movement Shala
7-9 ZUZI
Drop-in costs: $25/2 hour session; $35/3-hour session

Friday, Jan 6
9-12 Movement Shala
2-5 Movement Shala
7-9 ZUZI
Drop-in costs: $25/2 hour session; $35/3-hour session

Saturday, Jan 7 (No drop-ins)
9-12, 2-5, 6-8 all at ZUZI

Sunday, Jan 8 (No drop-ins)
9-12 Movement Shala
2-5 Movement Shala
7 pm evening performance at ZUZI, “Improvisologies: an evening of spontaneous compositions featuring members of the Architects and Movement Salon

E-mail registration inquiries to Katherine Ferrier at or Katie Rutterer at

The Scene of a Decision

September 5, 2011 - Leave a Response

Hey friends,
Treat yourself to an evening of improvised performances at Tucson’s only artist-owned big-space studio.

The Scene of a Decision
Sept. 24, 7-9 pm
Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, 1013 S. Tyndall Ave.
Tucson, AZ
Tickets: $10 in advance (Available for online purchase here:
At the door: $15

In this “high-risk,” unrehearsed show, Tucson’s finest performance artists create compositions on the spot. Headlining the evening is Movement Salon, who will create a full-length work combining modern dance, spoken word, and live music. Additional musical performances will be improvised by Odaiko Sonora, Batucaxé, and other artists who share the Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, Tucson’s only artist-owned big-space studio.

“Improv is the scariest thing to do and to watch. There’s no other kind of performance that reveals more about an artist’s technical ability, commitment and spirit. In that sense, it’s the most extreme reality show on earth.”  -Karen Falkenstorm, Taiko drummer


May 5, 2011 - Leave a Response

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Photos from Winter Movement Intensive in Compositional Improvisation in Tucson with Movement Salon and The Architects.  Installation created by the fabulous Kathy Couch.  To find out more about attending MICI this summer, go to

We are still moving!

May 4, 2011 - Leave a Response

Hi everyone – we apologize for the inactivity on the blog – our diminished web presence is actually an indication of just how much we’ve been doing out in the world!

In January we hosted The Architects for a 4 day Winter Movement Intensive in Compositional Improvisation (MICI) in Tucson. We had a total of 30 amazing folks join us for this workshop. Thank you to everyone for showing up, paying attention, telling the truth, and being openopenopen to outcome.

This summer The Architects are hosting the summer MICI in Lancaster, PA and we hope some of you can make it. Go here for more info:

Movement Salon meets and creates every Sunday from 1-3 at the Rhythym Industry Performance Factory. The last Sunday of every month is our open session – feel free to join us then.

Making It Up as We Go Along: A Once in a Life Time Performance!

December 14, 2009 - Leave a Response

5 dancers, 2 writers, 1 musician: Movement Salon.

Movement Salon invites you to join us at Zuzi on Sunday, January 17 at 7pm and watch as we practice collaborative improvisation. Our only parameters are time and space. We make the rest up, all of it. We work to create instantaneous and ephemeral compositions that explore the relationships between movement, sound, and text; bodies and space; choice and responsibility; and self and others. We practice the “four-fold way:” show up, pay attention, tell the truth, and don’t be attached to results.

There will be a Q&A and light refreshments to follow. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience. We do not know what will happen until they are in the moment of making it happen. Don’t miss it! We won’t be able to do it again.

Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 7pm at the Zuzi Theater in the Historic Y. 738 North 5th Ave. $7-$10 sliding scale

Expanding the Range – A Week of Improvisational Workshops and Performances with Katherine Ferrier

November 2, 2009 - Leave a Response

Katherine Ferrier is a dance artist/educator, poet and visual artist and a master of improvising and making dances. She earned her BA in Dance and Women’s Studies from Middlebury College, and MFA in Dance and Performance from Sarah Lawrence College.
A co-founder of The Architects, an improvisational quartet with a collaborative performance history spanning nearly 20 years, she is also the founder and Artistic Director of Immediate Theatre, an ensemble of movers, musicians, video and visual artists, lighting and set designers, collaborating together to create spontaneous dance theater works. Her relaxed teaching style, continuous curiosity, and playful approach make working with her a combination of light joy-burst and deep soul-stretch. Please join any/all of the following workshops…and come out to watch Katherine perform with Tucson’s own improv performance dance group, Movement Salon.

WORKSHOPS (All classes $15, or all 3/$40 – cash or check payable to NEW ARTiculations)

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 6:40-8:15pm The Dance Loft ( 620 E 19th St, Ste. 150
Playing Your Way into Making Work

This workshop offers some playful methods for creative research and proposes that the ongoing development of one’s choreographic voice reveals both continuity and a capacity for change. How do you investigate the vague sense; how do you pull on the first thread to unravel more raw materials? Also, how can you deepen poetic contact with your emerging material by finding ways to sneak up alongside it? As a result, how can you complexify, seek out other angles, or trick yourself into new modes of working and organizing? Class exercises in moving, writing, “brainstorming,” BODYstorming, mini-studies, and dialogues will offer some means of answering these questions.

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 5:30-7pm ZUZI ( 738 N. 5th Ave
Holding Your Own by Letting Go of the Self: Inroads to Solo Improvisations

Who do we think we are? And what is to be gained by dropping the personal, physical, compositional and aesthetic assumptions we carry around? Can we dance our way into dropping the self with the small “s” while cultivating the courage to allow the more expansive big “S” Self to emerge? How can we maintain authenticity, risk-taking, and discovery while supporting the unfolding order, form, and through-line of the dance? Issues of character, narrative, metaphor and meaning will be physically questioned and investigated. Acknowledging and embracing those patterns and habits we call our “shtick” while working to move with, through and beyond them into unknown territory and artistic growth, this workshop pushes the edges of the solo form.

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009 11-12:30 pm ZUZI ( 738 N. 5th Ave
MOVING TO YOUR EDGE: Expanding the Range of Possibility

An intensive movement and text workshop in putting oneself “on edge,” by entering unfamiliar modes of moving, voicing, and responding. Exercises will include time for investigating and recognizing familiar choices, and will move toward tasks and games for thwarting habits. Improved self-perception combined with permission to move differently delivers each mover to the edge of familiar territory. With the support of the group, dancers will be invited to intentionally step out of bounds. Finally, modes of individual research will be translated to group forms, helping the ensemble to discover new dance territory together.

PERFORMANCES (with Movement Salon)

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009
Spoken Word All Soul Poetry
Downtown Main Library Plaza
101 N. Stone Avenue

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009
“The Moving Cafe”
Tooley’s Cafe on Congress St.
(Congress and 5th Ave.)
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009
“What We Did/Do”
1:30-2:30 pm
Rhythm Industry: 1013 S. Tyndall Ave.
Suggested donation $7.

Oct. 25 Performance, No Frills

October 15, 2008 - Leave a Response

Movement Salon will perform a 10-minute improv at the ZUZI! No Frills concert.

Saturday, Oct. 25th @ 7:30pm, $10

ZUZI! Theater (738 N. 5th Avenue), Tucson, AZ

NoFrills has been in existence for 9 years and is an important venue for local choreographers to show new work or work in progress. ZUZI! No Frills has been described as “an open mic for dance” and is a unique opportunity to showcase work. As the name suggests, there really are no “frills”–no fancy lights, no fancy sets. Just dancers, choreographers, experimentation, and a great show!

Please come take a peek!

On Sunday, May 25, 2008

May 20, 2008 - Leave a Response

You might happen upon us in the midst of a little compositional improvisation…somewhere between 6:30-8:30pm, somewhere near La Placita.

Fundraiser for Dequenesh

April 1, 2008 - Leave a Response

We’ll be performing April 12, 2008 for Dequenesh’s spring fundraiser. Dequenesh is a non-profit community mobile health clinic providing free integrative health care to underserved populations. The fundraiser will celebrate women’s health. We’ll be one of several live dance performances (flamenco and belly dancers also on!). Food will be served and a silent auction will take place.

11 am-2 pm

Anjali Yoga Studio

330 E. 7th St.

Tickets: $25 at the door or $20 in advance.

Visit for more info.