Zena Bibler, Katie Schetlick, and Brandin Steffensen

Thurs, Jan 29 from 11-1:30pm
at the New Museum

Class Description

Through a series of experiments and exercises we will use our bodies as primary investigators to define and examine the larger political, social, and organizational choreographies already at work in public spaces. Together we will increase our awareness of the ways our own and other bodies are informed by systems such as architecture, urban planning, transit, behavioral norms, surveillance, as well as our own expectations, in order to investigate how improvisation might work as a tool to increase our awareness and agency within these intersecting systems.


Zena Bibler creates dance structures that use the moving body as a means of experiencing diverse environments, phenomena, and modes of being. She is co-founder of the Movement Party and Fleet Moves Dance Festival with Katie Schetlick and has created dances for Lublin International Dance Theatre Festival, Museum Perron Oost, Cairo Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival, NADA Hudson, Dances Made to Order, and Yale University. Her films have been screened internationally at Moviehouse Brooklyn, Burgundy International Video Dance Festival, Culturehub, Gibney Dance Center, Dance Magazine, Festival Internacional de Videodanza Uruguay, Mostra Internacional de São Carlos Brasil, DFA’s Dance on Camera, and WestFest Dance Festival. As a performing artist, she has danced in parks, ponds, museums, convents, gutters, steamships, stages, and city streets in the work of Katie Schetlick, Brandin Steffensen, Anne Zuerner, Athena Kokoronis, Willi Dorner, Steve Paxton, Mariangela Lopez, Davide Balula, Alexx Shilling and the Movement Party. She holds an MA in Performance Studies from New York University, and a BA in History from Yale University.

Katie Baer Schetlick is a dance artist/maker/researcher and current Lecturer in Dance at the University of Virginia. Her choreographic work focuses on developing deeper kinesthetic conversations between seen bodies, seeing bodies and their shared environment. Her work has been presented at Dixon Place, Movement Research, NADA Hudson, Fleet Moves Dance Festival, the Museum Perron Oost (Netherlands), the International Dance Theatres Festival (Lublin), Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (Cairo), Tom Tom Founder’s Festival, the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, Ruffin Gallery, the Haven, Washington & Lee University, and the University of Virginia. Her writing has been published in Movement Research Performance Journal, Critical Correspondence and the activist journal, Building Alliances for Social Engagement. As a founding member of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, she performed both domestically and internationally at the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival and Amman International Dance Festival. Together with Zena Bibler, Katie is the co-founder and co-director of the Movement Party and the Fleet Moves Dance Festival. She holds a MA in Performance Studies from New York University with a focus on dance and the politics of space and BFA in Dance with a minor in Anthropology from the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University program.

Brandin Steffensen is a dance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He holds BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. He dances for LGDC and Keely Garfield Dance and is the director of Underscore NYC. He curates Dance Talk Show at the Actors Fund Arts Center and dance showcases through the Catskill Collaborative, and has been creating dances and teaching since 2000. He travels with his solo adaptation of Deborah Hay’s News and performs with Nancy Stark Smith and Mike Vargas. He has appeared in films Walk Away Renee (Caouette 2012) and Very Good Girls (Foner 2013). His own Pentamodes have been seen at La Mama, Dance Theater Workshop, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Tank, The New Museum, Bates Dance Festival, Rooftop Dances, The Harkness 92nd Street Y, and at the Westbeth Studio Theater, among other venues in New York City. He has danced with Brian Brooks Moving Company, Tiffany Mills Dance Company, Lawrence Goldhuber, Arthur Aviles, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Christopher Williams and others. He toured many of Alwin Nikolais’ famous works with the Ririe Woodbury Dance Company of Salt Lake City, Utah before making New York City his home.