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March 2022

Movers & Shapers: Moses Pendleton

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PODCAST No.131 – Moses Pendleton

Release Date: 3.27.22



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ABOUT Moses Pendleton

Moses Pendleton has been one of America’s most innova­tive and widely performed choreographers and directors for over 40 years.  A co-founder of the ground-breaking Pilobolus Dance Theater in 1971, he formed his own company, MOMIX, in 1980. Mr. Pendleton has also worked extensively in film, TV, and opera and as a choreographer for ballet companies and special events.

Mr. Pendleton was born and raised on a dairy farm in Northern Vermont. His earliest experi­ences as a showman came from exhibiting his family’s dairy cows at the Caledonian County Fair. He received his BA in English Literature from Dartmouth College in 1971. Pilobolus began touring immediately and the group shot to fame in the1970’s, performing on Broadway under the sponsorship of Pierre Cardin, touring inter­nationally, and appearing in PBS’s Dance in America and Great Performances series.

By the end of the decade, Mr. Pendleton had begun to work outside of Pilobolus, performing in and serving as principal chore­ographer for the Paris Opera’s Integrale Erik Satie in 1979 and choreographing the Closing Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid in 1980. The creation of MOMIX that same year rapidly established an international reputation for highly inventive and often illusionistic choreography. The troupe has been touring steadily and is currently performing several programs internationally. The company has made numerous special programs for Italian and French television and received the Gold Medal of the Verona Festival in 1994.

Mr. Pendleton has also been active as a performer and choreographer for other companies. He has staged Picabia’s Dadaist ballet Relache for the Joffrey Ballet and Tutu­guri, based on the writings of Artaud, for the Deutsch Opera Berlin. He created the role of the Fool for Yuri Lyubi­mov’s production of Mussorgsky’s Khovan­schina at La Scala and choreographed Rame­au’s Platee for the U.S. Spoleto Festival in 1987. He contributed choreography to Lina Wertmuller’s production of Carmen at the Munich State Opera in 1993. More recently, he has choreographed new works for the Arizona Ballet and the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. He teamed up with Danny Ezralow and David Parsons to choreograph AEROS with the Romanian National Gymnastics Team.

His film and television work includes the feature film FX2 with Cynthia Quinn, Moses Pendleton Presents Moses Pendleton for ABC ARTS cable (winner of more than 10 international awards including a Cine Golden Eagle award and the US Film and Video Competition – now known as Sundance – Special Jury Award), and Pictures at an Exhibition with Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony, which received an International Emmy for Best Performing Arts Special in 1991. Mr. Pendleton has made music videos with Prince, Julian Lennon, and Cathy Dennis, among others.

Mr. Pendleton is an avid photographer with works presented in Rome, Milan, Florence, and Aspen. Images of his sunflower plant­ings at his home in northwestern Connecticut have been featured in numerous books and articles on gardening. He is the subject of the book Salto di Gravita by Lisavetta Sgarbi, published in Italy in 1999. Mr. Pendleton was a recipient of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Governor’s Award in 1998. He received the Positano Choreographic Award in 1999 and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1977. He is a recipient of a 2002 American Choreography Award for his contributions to choreography for film and television. In May 2010, Mr. Pendleton received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts (HDFA) and delivered the keynote address to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Most recently, Mr. Pendleton choreographed the Doves of Peace, featuring Diana Vishneva, for the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. His photographs accompany the sixteen cantos of Phil Holland’s The Dance Must Follow (2015), which takes Mr. Pendleton’s own creative process as its subject.





Vermont Northeast Kingdom

Dartmouth College

Al Merrill


Alison Chase

Don Cherry

Joseph Losey

Harold Pinter 

Origins of Pilobolus

Frank Zappa

Patrick Dupond



Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping., networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.

Movers & Shapers: Netta Yerushalmy

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PODCAST No.130 – Netta Yerushalmy

Release Date: 3.13.22


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ABOUT Netta Yerushalmy

Netta Yerushalmy is an award winning choreographer and performer originally from Galilee, Israel. Based in New York City since 2000, her work aims to engage with audiences by imparting the sensation of things as they are perceived, not as they are known, and to challenge how meaning is attributed and constructed.  Most recently recognized with a 2022 United States Artists Fellowship, Netta has also been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, Princeton Arts Fellowship, Research Fellowship from New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, New York City Center Choreography Fellowship, Jerome Robbins Bogliasco Fellowship, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants-to-Artists Award, National Dance Project Grant, LMCC’s Extended Life, Six Points Fellowship, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.

Her work has been commissioned and presented by venues such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Joyce Theater, American Dance Festival, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Bates Dance Festival, Wexner Center for the Arts, Guggenheim Museum, Center for the Arts/Wesleyan University, NYU’s Skirball / Cunningham Centennial, La Mama, River to River Festival, International Dance (Jerusalem), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Foundation, ‘62 Center for the Arts/Williams College, ODC & Bridge Project, and Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance (Tel Aviv), where MOVEMENT is scheduled to appear August 6th & 7th 2022.

She has received development support through the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Watermill Center, National Center for Choreography/Akron, the Yard, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Djerassi Arts Program, Movement Research, Gibney’s DiP, and Trinity College.

Netta works across genres and disciplines: she contributed to sculptor Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park at Madison Square Park, choreographed a Red Hot Chili Peppers music video, worked with cellist Maya Beiser and composer Julia Wolfe on Spinning (PEAK Performances, 2019), and collaborated on evenings of theory and performance at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI Berlin).

As guest artist and visiting faculty, Netta has created works with repertory companies and students nationwide at Princeton University, Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Juilliard School, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Rutgers University, Peridance Ensemble, University of Utah, Zenon Dance Company, American Dance Festival, Alvin Ailey School, SUNY Brockport, University of Texas at Austin, James Madison University, Long Island University, UNC Charlotte, Roger Williams University, and The Maslool conservatory.

As a performer, Netta has worked with Pam Tanowitz Dance (New Work for Goldberg Variation, PEAK 2017), Doug Varone and Dancers, Joanna Kotze, Karinne Keithley, Nancy Bannon, Mark Jarecki, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.

Netta received a BFA in Dance with Honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she is currently guest faculty in the department of dance.





NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Paramodernities at Jacob’s Pillow

Doug Varone

Paula Matthusen





Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping., networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.

Take Root at Green Space (Queens, NYC)

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March 18-19, 2022 @ 8pm

Take Root at Green Space
Split Bill performance featuring The Moving Architects and Alan Good/Allen Fogelsanger

Green Space
37-24 24th St., Suite #211
Long Island City, NY

Tickets: $17 online, $20 at the door

Building on an aesthetic of female-centric, physically charged and collaborative dance works, The Moving Architects under Artistic Director Erin Carlisle Norton presents their first new work since the Pandemic. Looking at the physicality of polarities – strength/fragility, bound/free, stability/instability, direct/indirect intention, touch/no touch – the company’s latest two works are grounded in the physical explorations of the states that the company has embodied and navigated this last year.  “O my soul” explores grief from historical and contemporary perspectives, and “The Vibe” evokes the joy and release of moving in space as a reaction to the confines of the last two years.  Wearable and moveable props and evocative sounds scores add texture, imagery, depth and nuance to both dance works.

Choreography: Artistic Director Erin Carlisle Norton in collaboration with the dancers
Dancers: Bethany Chang, Emily Cicio, Michaela Esteban, Zoe Kaplan, and Kalyan Sayre
Costume Props: “The Vibe” by gwen Charles, “O my soul” by Erin Carlisle Norton with thanks to Jaimie Froemming and Liz Hobbs

“O my soul” and “The Vibe” was supported by the For the Artists! Residency Program at MOtiVE Brooklyn. The Moving Architects also gratefully acknowledges that this production was made possible in part through a residency grant offered by SMUSH Gallery, Monira Foundation, and Mana Contemporary.

Please Note: In accordance with the NYC mandate, all visitors age 12 and older must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Please be prepared to show or submit valid proof of vaccination. Upon arrival for a performance, valid proof of vaccination and a legal form of identification must be shown at our box office for admittance. Acceptable proof of vaccination includes a copy of your vaccination card or another government-issued vaccination record. We will work with individuals who require religious and/or medical accommodations. Masks are required indoors for all visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

photo: Whitney Browne

By Current Projects


July 18-22, 2022, 9.30am-3pm

Community Room at Central Presbyterian Church
46 Park Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
Tuition: $475
Registration is open through June 30th.

The Moving Architects Summer Teen Dance Intensive is a creative, collaborative, and dynamic week of dance with the professional dance company The Moving Architects.  This dance intensive focuses on developing the individual voice of each dancer through the combination of movement classes and multi-faceted approaches to choreography and performance.

Daily classes include Pilates/Somatics, Modern Technique, Topics in Dance, and New Choreography, led by Artistic Director of The Moving Architects Erin Carlisle Norton with guest artists and professional NYC-based company dancers.   

  • Pilates/Somatics: Develop physical awareness, strength, flexibility, alignment, and functional movement patterns through exercises drawn from Pilates, Barre Methods, and Laban Studies/Bartenieff Fundamentals.
  • Technique Class: Hone dance technique based in Modern and Postmodern dance techniques and Improvisation.
  • Topics in Dance with Guest Artists: Explore dance in connection to Drama, Visual Arts, Anatomy, and more.
  • New Choreography: Led by Norton, dancers will together create a new collaborative choreographic work, drawing from daily classes, choreographic tools, individual movement creation, and group experimentation.
  • Informal Group Showing: The intensive culminates with a Friday informal showing that includes a performance of new choreography created by the group, and a performance by The Moving Architects.


9.00-9.30am  Studio Open
9.30-10.45am Technique Class
10.45-11am   Break
11-12pm  Topics on Dance
12-12.45pm Lunch
12:45-1.30pm Pilates/Barre/Somatics
1.30-3.00pm New Choreography

This program is designed for teens entering 9-12 grade with at least 3 years of modern dance and/or ballet training.  Full tuition is $475 with financial assistance available. For more information and to register, please go to our Registration Form.

For questions: Erin Carlisle Norton, Artistic Director,


Erin Carlisle Norton (she/her) is a choreographer, dancer, movement educator, administrator, and Artistic Director of The Moving Architects (TMA), an all-female dance company and nonprofit organization based in NJ/NYC.  With a movement vocabulary that emphasizes charged movement and feminine strength, Norton’s choreographic work links design and form to movement and space, often incorporating interactive costuming/props. TMA has a dynamic history of teaching, performing, creating, and touring regionally, nationally, and internationally, presented through company performance and teaching tours to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan with the US Department of State and US Embassies, Morocco, and Guatemala, and widely at dozens of traditional and unconventional venues including NYC’s BAM Fisher, Bryant Park Dance Festival, Triskelion Arts, Performance Mix Festival, Spring Break Art Fair, Ramapo College, The Dance Complex (Boston), Point Park University (PA), Columbus Dance Theater (OH), and 21C Museum Hotel (KY) among others. Erin has taught dance courses at The Ohio State University and Beloit College, and has enjoyed guest artist positions at dance studios, community centers, and universities including Valley Day School (PA), Kenyon College (OH), Pomerene Arts Center (OH), University of Chicago, and Gibney (NYC). Erin’s work has been supported by creative residencies including yearly at Wilson College (PA), Dancewave as the first artist-in-residence (Brooklyn), and currently at MOtiVE Brooklyn.  Receiving numerous awards and fellowships, she was selected for the 2021 Dance/USA Institute for Leadership in Dance and received a 2014 and 2020 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Choreographic Fellowship.

Erin has a BFA and MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University, a Graduate-level Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago (GLCMA), and is a Certified Pilates and Barre Instructor. She currently leads the company’s pay-what-you-can movement program Community Movement Project in Northern NJ, and hosts and produces the company’s semi-monthly dance interview podcast Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast.  Erin is also the Executive Director of Dance New Jersey, the statewide service organization for dance and dance education. 


Pilates/Barre Blend with Erin | Tuesdays 10-11am
Spring 1: March 8-April 12, 2022 (7 classes)
Spring 2: April 26-June 7, 2022 (7 classes)

Register for classes HERE!
Classes are pay-what-you-can with suggested donation $20/class

Community Room at Central Presbyterian Church, 46 Park Street Montclair, NJ 07042. Street parking available.(entrance into Education Building at door closest to Sanctuary between two campus buildings)

Mats, Pilates magic circles, bands, and balls are provided for classes, though participants may bring their own mats.

COVID Safety Protocols: Masks are optional. Due to the large class space, participants can readily spread out around the room and windows will be open for class as needed. All props are thoroughly cleaned after class.

Community Movement Project is a partnership between The Moving Architects and Central Presbyterian Church.

Questions? Erin at