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Monday-Wednesday, July 8th - 17th, 2019

Crowley Theater

Registration required 


DANCE RANCH MARFA is a rigorous investigation of the relationship between the self and the group in an art-making context. The lab is intended to provide dedicated spaces for collective/individual learning and exploration. We use this time in Marfa to work, investigate, and collectively widen compositional, sensorial, and performance skills.

Using Ensemble Thinking, Re:Wire-Dancing States, and Contact Improvisation as points of departure, we will investigate the intra-relationships of the solo body, the weighted body and the ensemble. The days consist of two 3-hour blocks of time in the studio and the theater. There will be a day off midway through the intensive to enjoy the town and the sky. Towards the end of the week there will be a performance in the Crowley Theater, open to the Marfa community.

Lower Left Performance Collective is known for collaboratively working across multiple time zones, genres, and media. In current times, we find much importance in fostering our cooperative and individual powers for self-determination.


This year’s facilitators in Marfa: Lower Left Members Nina Martin, Margaret Paek, and Leslie Scates

All questions should be directed to:

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.



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

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