Breaking Ground 2014

Breaking Ground with Stephanie Nugent

What : A laboratory for experienced performing artists, Breaking Ground offers participants stimulation, perspective, critical response, and a supportive space for developing new work.

When : Sundays
               July 13         3:30pm-5:30pm
               July 20        3:30pm-5:30pm
               July 27        5:00pm-7:00pm
               August 3     3:30pm-5:30pm
              August 10    3:30pm-5:30pm

Where : MotuSpace

Pricing :$180 for students
                     $220 general
                     First 6 that purchase apply “FRIEND” for a $20 discount!

To apply:

1 page resume

1 page Artist Statement: answer the following questions:

1. What well-known performance artist do you admire? Please describe a particular work that inspires you and use this interest to situate your aesthetic leanings and artistic impulses in the current international landscape of dance and dance/theater performance.


2. Please describe a recent creative project, in which you were involved as a choreographer, director, or performer.  What did you discover through this process? What questions/challenges arose?


3. What do you hope to gain from participating in the Breaking Ground workshop series?


Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and have a history which includes creative, choreographic and/or directorial endeavors.  He/she need not have an extensive choreographic resume, but rather an earnest desire to invest in their own creative growth and to participate through discussion and feedback sessions in the creative development of other Breaking Ground participants.
Participants should plan to attend all 5 sessions, exceptions can be made prior to registration with instructor approval. To inquire, please email:

Stephanie Nugent

Stephanie Nugent has been creating, performing, and teaching dance/theater and improvisation since 1991, touring internationally, with the Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, Malashock Dance and Company, Keith Johnson, Victoria Marks, Della Davidson, and as Artistic Director of Nugent Dance. Ms. Nugent’s creative work is rooted in collaborations with artists and scholars addressing social issues surrounding empathy and nonviolence, and has been presented internationally by organizations including The Commune of Padova Italy, Highways Performance Space, Dance New Amsterdam, and Sushi Visual and Performance Art.
Since moving to Indianapolis Nugent has enjoyed teaching at The Ohio State University, University of Indiana -Bloomington, Anderson University, and Motus Dance Theater. She created still no words a commission for the Ririe Woodbury Dance Company’s 50 Anniversary, and participated in Indy Convergence, a pop-up artist residency for international-cross disciplinary collaboration.
Nugent’s history in dance education includes serving as full-time faculty at California Institute of the Art (2008-13) and as an Associate Professor at University of California Santa Barbara (2001-07). While living in the Los Angeles area she also co-founded a weekly contact improvisation LAB/Jam at ARC Pasadena, and practiced/taught CI at festivals and universities throughout the US.
Upcoming projects include continued development of Migrations, a large scale dance/theater/film collaboration with playwright Virginia Grise, and scenographer Peiyi Wong, and a new collaboration with IU colleagues choreographer Selene Carter and fellow performer Suzanne Lappas.


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