Summer Fieldwork!


LAST CHANCE to attend a summer drop in session:
Thursday, August 28, 7-9pm at Dance Exchange
Register here
All artistic disciplines welcome!

To keep the creative juices flowing this summer, we are offering 3 drop in sessions.  New to Fieldwork?  Not to worry!  Just plan on attending a quick 30 minute orientation before the class.  This is an opportunity to show works at any stage of development and get immediate, thoughtful feedback.  AND – All Summer Fieldwork Artists will be invited to participate in the Summer Fieldwork Showing, on Thursday September 4th, at Joe’s Movement Emporium.  Take advantage of this performance opportunity!

Summer 14 Fieldwork Showing Front

Summer Fieldwork: About the Artists

John Driscoll is a founding member of Composers Inside Electronics (CIE) and collaborated on and managed David Tudor’s Rainforest IV project since its inception in 1973. Driscoll was musical director for Maida Withers Dance Construction Co. from 1974 – 1980, and has received dance commissions for his music including: the Merce Cunningham Dance Co., Douglas Dunn & Dancers, and Maida Withers Dance Construction Company.  He has toured extensively in the US and Europe with: CIE, Douglas Dunn & Dancers, David Tudor, numerous composers, and also as a solo performer. His work involves custom built electronics, robotic instruments, compositions and sound installations for unique architectural spaces, rotating loudspeakers, and music for dance. From 2010 to present he has performed extensively with members of CIE, taught Game Design at C.U.N.Y., and created performance and installation works using custom ultrasonic instruments. He is currently an artist-in-residence at Harvestworks (NYC) creating a new performance work “Voices in My Head” using highly focused sound for presentation in summer/fall 2014. He will be the David Tudor composer-in-residence at Mills College in Oct. 2014.

Nancy Havlik formed Dance Performance Group in 1989 as a vehicle to explore her choreography with a small group of dancers and musicians.  The Company has performed extensively in the Washington DC area in formal theaters and  alternative spaces.  Currently many of the dancers have expertise as contact improvisers  Havlik’s choreography is developed collaboratively with  the Company addressing the interface between  improvisation and set material taking a look at the human condition in all its messiness.

Eric Holmes is a Linehan Artist Scholar at UMBC under the mentorship of Carol Hess and Doug Hamby.  He spent most of his dance training with Ashley Canterna-Hardy at Edna Lee Dance Studio up until he graduated highschool.

May Kesler is a dancer, choreographer, physical therapist and massage therapist with MS from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and MA in dance from American University. She has studied with major choreographers such as Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, Doug Varone, David Dorfman and many others. Locally she dances with Antonini Dance, and has danced with Glade Dance Collective and Jane Franklin Dance.

Desiree Koontz-Nachtrieb is a local Maryland performing artist with BA’s in History and Dance from The University of Maryland, at Baltimore County and an MFA in Dance from The George Washington University. Desiree has performed classical ballet and contemporary dance professionally in her native North Carolina, as well as in Maryland, Virginia, DC, and overseas. She is currently a company member with Kinetics Dance Theater, Baltimore Dance Project, and The Howard County Ballet.  She has most recently presented her choreography in the Arts Collective Dance Company’s, March 2014 showcase, KDT’s 2014 Spring Showcase and in April 2014, at Dance for a Common Ground’s, mixed company concert, hosted by Common Ground Dance Co, to raise funds to help offset the medical costs of youth suffering from various forms of cancer. She is currently the head of the ballet program at BFunk Dance company and adjunct dance faculty at Howard Community College.

Kirsty Little is English born but residing truculently in DC.  She attempt to explore the complex emotions of life, using Circus, ceramics and sculpture.  She wants to fathom honesty and improve my communication through art.  She practices at Red Dirt Studios and try to absorb skills from Montgomery College.

Michael Moon is a performer and musician based in Mount Rainier, MD. His interests lie in the intersectionality of technology, traditional cultural music and the exploration of melody – and it’s impact on emotion.

Sammi Rosenfeld returned to her hometown of Washington, DC after completing a BFA in Dance with a minor in Kinesiology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.  Rosenfeld has choreographed and produced the evening-length shows Shades (2012) and Nicking the Outside Edge (2013) and has had her work, All Views Are Partial (2013), toured around eastern Michigan. She recently was an apprentice for Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Co. (2013-2014). She currently teaches creative movement to children of varying ages and developmental abilities. Rosenfeld is a Rehabilitation Service Specialist at a Virginia based psychiatric center.  She began dancing and exploring with Maida Withers Dance Construction Company in March of 2014.

Giselle Ruzany performed with Sarah Sliffer and Reggie Crump in 1996 at the DCAC. Giselle Ruzany MA, LPC, DTR is a professional post-modern dancer and licensed professional counselor.  As a dancer she has performed around the Washington metro area, as well as, New York, Boulder, Seattle, Glouschester, Rio de Janeiro, Ouro Preto, Barranquia and Paris.  Giselle has been involved with Maida Withers Dance Construction Company since 1996.    She works as an adjunct faculty at George Washington University teaching Post-Modern Dance, Movement Awareness and  Anatomy and Kinesiology since 2011.  Furthermore, Giselle has a psychotherapy private practice in Woodley Park, Washington DC, since 2009.

Patrick Smith Patrick Smith has written and performed his music with oDD Camp, the Solaris Guitar Trio, FingerPaint, as a soloist; and has toured with The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists. His solo guitar CD Scattered Hearts has been described as “like Haiku in music, graceful, simple, powerful and evocative.  His works for dance have been performed in New York, Richmond, Philadelphia, and at the JFK Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC. A blog of his musical journey is at

Katie Sopoci Drake, MFA, GL-CMA is a D.C. based professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher specializing in Laban-based contemporary dance. As a performer, Katie has been a principle company member for Rosy Simas Danse, Wild Space Dance Company, Momentum Dance Company, Mordine Dance Company and many more companies in 6 different states.  She is currently dancing with Erica Rebollar and is a core collaborating member of the Mountain Empire Dance Collective, making dances with members who are hundreds of miles apart.  Katie’s choreography has been shown from the Southern Theatre of Minneapolis to the Colony Theatre of Miami, and bunch of places in-between and over her 10 years of adjunct-hopping, she has been on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Miami-Dade College, and Lawrence University and on and on and on.

Maida Withers, Artistic Director of the Dance Construction Company is known as a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and master teacher. She is recognized internationally for her large-scale multimedia performances, the fresh and often sensual and robust movements that brand her performances, and her intense interest in all things social and political.  Recent awards and commendations to Maida and the Company include Pola Nirenska Lifetime Achievement Award (2006); 2006 Metro DC’s highest award annually for dance, “Outstanding Overall Production in a Large Venue;” 2006 Washington DC Mayor’s top prize for “Distinction in a Discipline;” Dance Place Award for Lifelong Achievement in Education, Maida is a Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The George Washington University.

Emily Wolfe is from Winston-Salem, NC and grew up as a fighting pickle at North Carolina School of the Arts. She recently graduated with a BFA in dance from Florida State University and has recently planted her roots in Washington, DC. She love exploring the untold stories through dance and lives to move and make.

Thank you for attending The Field/DC’s Summer Showing!  

See Where these Artists Again:  

Nancy Havlik’s Dance Performance Group 
Dance Place
Saturday January 31 and Sunday February 1, 2015 in a shared concert with New York dance/theater artist Ara Fitzgerald

The Maida Withers Dance Construction Company
Mind Fluctuations Premiere
Lisner Auditorium
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Katie Sopoci Drake
Nice and Fresh by Smokeyscout Productions
Philadelphia, PA
Friday October 3 and Saturday October 4, 2014

VelocityDC, RAMP stage
Washington D.C.
Thursday October 9, 2014

The Field/DC Kicks Off the Fall with a Bang

August 27, 2014


Contact: Ilana Faye Silverstein, The Field/DC Director
Phone: 781.354.7368

The Field/DC Kicks Off the Fall with a Bang
**Summer Showing and Fall Workshop**

The Field/DC’s Summer Showing
10 artists in 1 night: works-in-progress in dance, music, performance art, and visual art.
At Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Road 
Mt. Rainier, MD 20912
Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 8:00pm

Tickets are $15. Purchase online at

Fieldwork for Mixed Disciplines Fall Workshop
Fieldwork is an 11-week workshop that supports the development of new artistic works through an exchange of feedback with peers in a format designed by artists.
At Dance Place
3225 8th Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
Tuesdays, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
September 23 to December 2, 2014
Culminating showing on Wednesday December 3, at 8:00pm

Registration for 11 sessions is $143. 
Register at

MT. RAINIER MD & WASHINGTON DC — The Field/DC announces two exciting opportunities to experience Fieldwork, an artist workshop that nurtures the creative process for artists of mixed disciplines.
On September 4th, experience Fieldwork as an audience member and enjoy an evening of works-in-progress at Joe’s Movement Emporium. This one-time-only, mid-week experience features Nancy Havlik, Michael Jantz Moon, May Kesler, Desiree M. Koontz-Nachtrieb, Kirsty Little, Patrick Smith, Katie Sopoci Drake, Peter Sprung, Maida Withers, and Emily Wolfe. Following the performance, Director Ilana Silverstein will introduce the Fieldwork feedback method to the audience and invite audience members to participate in Fieldwork along with the artists. The evening will conclude with a celebratory dance party for anyone who would like to strut their stuff on the dance floor. Anyone interested in seeing Fieldwork in action should attend.

This Fall, artists of all styles/genres/forms are welcome to participate in Fieldwork for Mixed Disciplines, an 11-week opportunity for artists to show work to their peers and exchange feedback. Fieldwork supports the development of new work without the pressures of producing a finished product all alone. The Fieldwork feedback method creates a safe space for the artist to take risks and leaves room to fail. Artists are drawn to Fieldwork because of the built in weekly deadline and the structure that it provides for the creative process. Since the workshop brings together artists of all disciplines, participants learn how their work is reading from many different perspectives and develop the language for discussing work across all artistic genres. It is a profound experience for everyone. If you love an artist, come do Fieldwork so that you have a response for your friend when she says, “What did you think of my show?”

Since 1994, The Field/DC has offered Fieldwork for Mixed Disciplines workshops for the greater D.C. metro area. The Field/DC is part of an international network of independent
performing artists. The Field/New York City was founded in1986 by artists for artists. Fieldwork is not adjudicated. Feedback is led by a trained facilitator.

Fall Fieldwork will be facilitated by Susan Oetgen, a performing artist, educator and facilitator active in Brooklyn, NY and Washington, DC. An opera singer by training, she combines text, music, movement, video and visual art in solo and collaborative performance projects. From 2003-2011, she performed and recorded original songs and music theater with her band, Likeness to Lily. She has also performed in works by Cynthia Hopkins, Howard Fishman, Margot Bassett, Ben Spatz and Dan Burkholder. As part of her creative practice, Susan designs/facilitates workshops on conflict resolution and the performing arts for adults, and teaching artist residencies for general and special education students.

Fieldwork for Mixed Disciplines Showing first comes to Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier, MD on September 4, 8pm. The cost will be $15 general admission. Purchase tickets at

The Fall Fieldwork for Mixed Disciplines Workshop will be on Tuesdays, 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Dance Place in Northeast Washington, DC beginning on September 23. The cost for the full workshop will be $143. Register at

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Fieldwork Showing: Friday May 23



AND: Fieldwork will continue through the summer!  Last Thursdays of the month:
Thursday June 26, 7-9pm
Thursday July 24, 7-9pm
Thursday August 28, 7-9pm

Save the dates!
Registration coming soon!
(artists new to Fieldwork are asked to arrive at 6:30pm for a quick Fieldwork orientation!


Grant Action Group

It’s grantwriting time!  The DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities deadlines are approaching in May, so let’s get together and make DC art the best it can be!

What: This event is a peer review opportunity to share our proposals with each other and make them as strong as possible.  Please come prepared with hard copies of written drafts of at least one grant and written proposals for other grants you would like to apply for.  This will be a working group, so bring your water, coffee, and whatever you need to be at optimal brain power.

Why: World domination … starting with great art in DC.

Who: Artists and organizations applying for DCCAH grants.  To make this event most effective, we will cap the group at 10 participants.  Please RSVP here.

Where: Marvin Center 2nd Floor (GWU Campus), 800 21st St NW, near Foggy Bottom Metro

When: Thursday May 1, 6-8pm.