Good Day, closet ministers and preachers, dance patrons and wicked folk.

The spring bees are doing their work and the aroma is filling the air. We know that summer will jump at us shortly!  Come ready for smart ass talks, be part of our spontaneously made Church, and a-praying and just a-trying to be in the moment with us this summer at pOnderosa & P.O.R.C.H.!

Klein Technique™ is a process through which the body is analyzed and understood in order to improve and to further movement potential. It is a movement education and re-education that can be an underpinning for all movement styles, improvisations, athletics, and for the general health of the body in everyday movement. 

Through improvisation and authentic movement, we will deepen the found sensations and explore our own sources and styles of moving and dancing.


With Kathleen Hermesdorf

June 8-12, 2015

A week-long process investigating the act of motion through a hybrid of traditional, contemporary, alternative and intuitive forms.  Encouraging deep awareness and understanding of the body from internal matrix and impulse to external expansion and expression.

There is deep inspiration and rigor in a practice of improvisation that posits vulnerability at its heart.  Developing the skills to be able to care for, engage, respect and respond to that state of vulnerability in oneself and others gives life to improvisation that is powerful and transformative.


We are so excited to recruit the Northampton area: the 5 colleges, Earthdance and SCDT community members, to consider spreading their wings towards the improvisational dance community of pOnderosa during the P.O.R.C.H. training program and the Berlin contemporary art scene this June 2015.

Jennifer Polins, artistic director of SCDT, will be your host, workshop facilitator and guide through a seven day intensive INSERT and immersion with P.O.R.C.H. Six-eight hours daily of dancing, jamming, art-making and conversing amid the beautiful landscape of Stolzenhagen, Germany.  Stephanie Maher, Smith MFA graduate and artistic director of pOnderosa/P.O.R.C.H. would like to extend this invitation to experience one of the most vital dance scenes in Europe, creating a future endeavor for dance members of the Pioneer Valley.

Con|VERGE is a structured artist residency at Ponderosa which is focused on collaboration and interdisciplinary performance. It is curated by Miriam Wolodarski (USA/SWE) and Mary Pearson (UK/USA). Our aim in holding Con|VERGE at Ponderosa is to continue offering a supportive structure for artists who wish to exchange skills and art making practices, meet new collaborators, and make work in a residential context that nurtures process as much as product. The networks created at past residencies have led to continued collaborations across continents. 

"We arrived to the Con|VERGE residency at Ponderosa with the hope to plant the first seeds for a collaboration. We developed a duet called Candid... in a moment of extreme optimism, romanticism and melodramatic enthusiasm, we promised to each other to be performing this piece, as a life-long durational installation, at least once a year until one of us leaves this life's realm... It has been presented in London, and in Athens... Let's see if we'll stick to our promise. THANK YOU Con|VERGE and Ponderosa!"

— Vanio Papadelli & Tania Batzoglou


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Your Ponderosa Team
Uli, Steph, Agne, Kata, Carol & Adi

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Ponderosa is an international artist run/nonprofit organization that encourages the expression of the creative body and mind, the esoteric critic and the conceptual freak. Ponderosa, an orientation in multi-disciplinary layers turning the regular into dance and art. 

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