Welcome to Group Motion Dance workshop participants.
Group Motion Company is a professional dance theater ensemble of versatile artists, melding dance, theater, music and visual arts into a provocative and innovative performance experience.
The group from Philadelphia has held one-week workshops at Arcosanti, starting about 20 years ago.
Group Motion was originally founded in 1962 as Gruppe Motion Berlin, a chamber dance company evolving from the Mary Wigman School of Dance. In 1968, under the direction of Brigitta Herrmann, Helmut Gottschild, and Manfred Fischbeck, the company relocated to Philadelphia and was quick to receive critical success – making historic appearances at Judson Church in New York in 1968 and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 1969 and joining the NEA touring program in the 1970s.
Group Motion came under the sole artistic and executive direction of Manfred Fischbeck in 1989 and has continued to develop within the forefront of contemporary dance, working with nationally and internationally known choreographers and artists and creating a substantial body of more than 45 dance theater pieces.
The company began a world-wide touring program in the mid-1990s and has since taken its repertory to France, Argentina, Japan, Germany, Cyprus, and Taiwan as well as to locations throughout the United States. Group Motion has also continually expanded its scope as a performing arts organization, with its performance series, workshops, and co-creation of the Kumquat Dance Center.