top of page


Dance workshop with Lower Left

Thursday-Monday, August 3-7, 2017

Crowley Theater

Dance Ranch Marfa is a five-day workshop, created and led by Lower Left, intended to provide dedicated spaces, performances, and practice periods for collective and individual learning and exploration. Lower Left integrates Ensemble Thinking, ReWire-Dancing States, and other dance making techniques, including Contact Improvisation into the workshop. Dancers use this time in Marfa to work, play, wonder, and collectively widen compositional and performative skills. During the intensive, Lower Left workshops together with visiting dancers for several hours a day with rest as needed and ample time to enjoy down time in Far West Texas. At the end the workshop, there was a performance for Marfa audiences on Monday, August 7, 2017 at the Crowley Theater.


Lower Left is known for collaboratively working across multiple time zones and communities to reach lots of different kinds of goals we find to be important. In current times, we find much importance in fostering our cooperative and individual power to move. This year’s facilitators in Marfa are Nina Martin, Andrew Wass, Leslie Scates, and Margaret Paek. Marfa Live Arts is the non-profit umbrella for Lower Left, so all registration payments are made through Marfa Live Arts but all detailed information about the workshop is found on Lower Left’s website.

March2Marfa 2010 performance excerpt

Participants: Leslie Scates, Emily Morgan, Fumi Docker, Dustin Haug, Tamin Totzke, Paige Sorvillo, Kirsche Dickson, Erin Foreman-Murray, Miriam Colvin, Sandra Mathern Smith, Andrew Wass, Kelly Dalrymple-Wass, Margaret Paek, Rebecca Bryant and Nina Martin

Music: John Zorn

Lower Left at Ponderosa - 2010
"And Go", an ensemble improvisation by Lower Left presented by Ponderosa Movement & Discovery, P.O.R.C.H. Festival, Stolzenhagen, July 24, 2010. Performed by Rebecca Bryant, Kelly Dalrymple-Wass, Nina Martin, and Andrew Wass; with music by Don Nichols.


Lower Left’s Dance Ranch Marfa is supported by City of Marfa. Special thanks to Tim Crowley, Rob Crowley & Peggy O’Brien of Crowley Theater, Mayor Dan Dunlap, Minerva Lopez of Marfa Visitor Center, and Rae Anna Hample.


Visit Marfa is a useful resource for planning your travel and time in Marfa. The closest airports are El Paso and Midland, both approximately three hours away by car.

Photos by Susan Simmons and Nina Martin

bottom of page