CANCELED – An Afternoon with The Moving Architects: Jubilee & Knell (Montclair, NJ)

By September 23, 2020January 18th, 2021Events

Due to the Governor’s recent announcement that nonessential travel across NJ, NY, and CT state lines be avoided, The Moving Architects will be canceling our Saturday performance of An Afternoon with The Moving Architects: Jubilee & Knell at Van Vleck House & Gardens in Montclair, NJ. While the timing is disheartening, we want to abide by these requests and keep everyone healthy and safe. We look forward to bringing you more virtual and in-person performances in 2021.

October 24, 2020 @ 2pm, Live Music Begins at 1:45pm
(Rain Date, October 25 @ 2pm)

An Afternoon with The Moving Architects: Jubilee & Knell

Van Vleck House & Gardens
21 Van Vleck Street
Montclair, New Jersey
Small Parking Lot and Free Street Parking Available

General Admission: $20
Student (Under 18): $10
Child (under 5): Free

Note: Tickets must be purchased online, no tickets sold at the door. Chairs will be provided and tickets bought together will be placed together and socially distanced.  Masks are required. The grounds are available for all to peruse and enjoy.
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Celebrating The Year of the Woman in 2020 was overshadowed by the economic and social upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic, Anti-Racism Movements, and political discord.  Instead of celebrating female achievements, 2020 has brought us face-to-face with deep emotions and great disappointments. The Moving Architects have chosen to channel these emotions into a narrative of empowerment, resiliency, grieving, and of finding meaning in the dissonance through the new collaborative work Jubilee & Knell. In the words of poet Emily Dickinson, both Jubilee (happiness) and Knell (sorrow) can be felt at the same time, as we do in this moment.

Join The Moving Architects for a live outdoor performance on October 24, 2020 at the beautiful grounds of Van Vleck Gardens in Montclair, NJ as we celebrate bringing the female representation to the forefront of dance for nearly 14 years. This event supports TMA’s mission of producing new works, offering community classes, and providing platforms for dialogue and collaboration. The company will perform new work created virtually during the pandemic, alongside adjusted repertory work that removes partnering and keeps the dancers socially distanced.

The Moving Architects

Artistic Director: Erin Carlisle Norton

Dancers: Caitlin Bailey, Maggie Beutner, Ashley Peters, Aria Roach

Visual Artist Collaborator: gwen charles

Live Trumpet and Electronic Music: Steven-Jon Billings and Tyler Gilmore of


An Afternoon with The Moving Architects: Jubilee & Knell / Work Descriptions

The Moving Architects, with Artistic Director Erin Carlislen Norton, visual artist collaborator gwen charles, and dancers Caitlin Bailey, Maggie Beutner, Ashley Peters, and Aria Roach, will perform three rigorous and powerful female-focused works.

Jubilee & Knell is a duet that pulls from the two memory states jubilee (happiness) and knell (sorrow) taken from the poet Emily Dickinson.  Exploring how these two memory states can be experienced simultaneously, Norton explores the exaggerated realities of the pandemic including isolation, social distancing, perceptions of time, connection, and forced self-reflection. Audience members will view performers dancing inside and outside giant milky blurred bubbles in moments of extreme physical exertion side-by-side with moments of intimacy and fragility, the bubbles visually representing how memory is accessed and experienced.  A work truly of our time, Jubilee & Knell has been created almost entirely in the virtual space.

Performed by 3 women, Walled is an aggressively physicalized, fervent, and intricate trio dance work that examines through risky movement, intense partnering, 10-feet of stretchy white fabric, and a driving sound score the societal and psychological barriers found in the company’s political and personal lives today.

The closing piece Together is an improvisationally-based dance work performed by the company with live music by Steven-Jon Billings and Tyler Gilmore of  All of the performed works reveal Norton’s choreographic interests of transgressing borders between dance, art, sound, and design.