workshops and residencies
The tinydance project offers a variety of workshops, residencies, classes, choreography, and performances, and has worked with Smith College, Hamilton College, The Putney School, Williston Northampton School, Figments Youth Dance Ensemble, and Lilly Library. Because of our commitment to community-building action, we actively seek partnerships with institutions that are open to the possibility of ongoing relationships.
Classes and workshops: We offer tinydance technique (contemporary modern-based movement with vocal accompaniment, carefully designed to support the way we perform), composition (students create their own short pieces through our guided creative process), ballet, modern, acting/performances studies (Viewpoints-based), Pilates, and group singing.
Choreography: We will set an original piece created with students through our creative process, intended to be performed either as site-specific work or on a traditional proscenium stage.
Performances: We perform our current 20-minute piece twice, with a discussion forum following each performance, in an outdoor, public space. For educational performances only, we will perform indoors in the case of inclement weather. Students are intended to view both performances and the entire event is about an hour and a half.
arts for the earth
In April of 2014, Kelly Silliman/the tinydance project facilitated a collaboration between Smith College student groups Engineers for a Sustainable World, Celebrations Dance Company, and The Smiffenpoofs (a cappella group) to present an interdisciplinary event series celebrating the arts and sustainability. Each event provided an opportunity for various campus communities to come together to witness performances and participate in presentations/discussions related to sustainability. The engineering students worked to design a lighter, more bikeable stage, and the dancers and vocalists created performances within the low-tech framework of the tinydance project. The resulting events brought together many students who would not otherwise have crossed paths.
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Smith Arts for the Earth Kickoff Announcement
Arts for the Earth archival video (work in progress) on Vimeo
Smith Arts for the Earth on Facebook