IN 7 – Experimental Video Art Residency (Gardenship, NJ)

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Screening: Saturday, June 11th, 2022 @ 8pm
Gardenship, Kearny Point, NJ

IN 7 – Experimental Video Art Residency

featuring new performance/video work by TMA Artistic Director Erin Carlisle Norton

More info: Gardenship

IN 7 is a 7-day experimental video art residency where site-specific videos are created and screened at Gardenship, a massive warehouse that houses art studios in Kearny Point, NJ. Artists create a project they have been dreaming about or something inspired by the site, the week culminating with an outdoor drive-in style screening of short films made by selected artists during the week.

MDD’s Virtual Salon Performance Series for Social Change 2022 (virtual)

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June 2, 2022 @ 7pm ET on Zoom

Mark DeGarmo Dance Virtual Salon Performance Series for Social Change 2022
A curated performance of works-in-progress with a facilitated audience response

The Moving Architects will share “O my soul” with dancers Bethany Chang, Emily Cicio, and Zoe Kaplan.

Tickets are for sale by donation HERE

Mark DeGarmo Dance continues its transcultural transdisciplinary Virtual Salon Performance Series for Social Change 2022 to an international audience on Zoom with performances featuring global performing artists from Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Taoyuan City, Taiwan; and Montclair & Jersey City, NJ– Chien Ying-Hsuan (Taoyuan City, Taiwan), Kamalaksi Rupini (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), Keivonte Newbell (Jersey City, NJ) and Erin Carlisle Norton (Montclair, NJ) on Thursday June 2nd at 7PM ET. Each performance is curated and includes audience response supported, encouraged, and facilitated by Dr. Mark DeGarmo.

“O my soul” 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.

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

Seeking Creative Movement Dance Instructor for Kids (Montclair, NJ)

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Community Movement Project, a pay-what-you-can movement program led by The Moving Architects in partnership with Central Presbyterian Church, is seeking an experienced Creative Movement Dance Instructor for kids ages 3-6 on Tuesday afternoons for the spring session March-June.  Candidates with a degree in Dance/Dance Education and significant experience teaching children preferred, as well as a willingness to build relationships and connect with students and their families as part of a community program. Position offers a competitive hourly pay with the potential to continue teaching classes for the 2022-2023 school year.  All classes take place at Central Presbyterian Church in Montclair, NJ.

More information on the program: Community Movement Project
Questions? Erin Carlisle Norton, erin[at]

To apply: Applications Due February 11, 2022. Send cover letter, resume, teaching philosophy, and 3 references to Erin Carlisle Norton, Artistic Director of The Moving Architects, at erin[at]

TPAIRR (Artist Residency, Rehoboth Beach, DE)

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November 3-7, 2021 

TPAIRR, Rehoboth Beach, DE

A residency program open to artists of all mediums who would like the space to breathe, be with nature, and live in an uncommon setting, Erin Carlisle Norton was selected as one of the artist families with her project to create a new dance film in the Rehoboth Beach area setting

Acadia Dance Festival Dance Film Screenings (In-Person and Virtual)

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July 30, 2021 @ 7pm ET: In-Person Premiere
July 30-August 6: Virtual Event Available

Acadia Dance Festival: Online Dance Film Screening
by Nimbus Arts Center and Acadia Dance Festival

featuring: The Moving Architects’ short film “bubbling”

Dancer/Choreographer/Video Editor: Erin Carlisle Norton
Inflatable Bubble: Visual Artist gwen Charles
Music: Michael Wall

For its 2021 season, the Acadia Dance Festival will curate a series of dance films that represent the diverse ways that dance moves through our communities and our lives. This temporary shift away from live, in-theater performances will allow the festival to reach a broader audience and provide safe ways to engage with contemporary dance this season. The festival will partner with the 1932 Criterion Theatre to present in-person and online screenings of the 2021 Dance Films.

In-Person Film Premiere Event

Friday, July 30th, 2021
7pm, Criterion Theatre, Bar Harbor, Maine
Tickets $10: HERE

Online Screening Event

Audiences will receive a virtual access link to watch films from the comfort of home.
July 30th – August 6th 2021
Tickets $10: HERE


The Moving Architects: Audition for Female Dancers

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The Moving Architects: Audition for Female Dancers
Application Deadline: August 1, 2021 

The Moving Architects (TMA), led by Artistic Director Erin Carlisle Norton, is currently seeking 1-2 female dancers for September 2021-May 2022 who have a movement foundation grounded in modern dance forms.  Additional skills and interests: working intimately and collaboratively within a group; ease with improvisation, movement manipulation, and partner work; an affinity for weighted and strength-based movement; interest in integrating movement exploration with objects, props, and media; and readiness for an investigatory rehearsal process. TMA rehearsals are scheduled in 1-5 day residencies in NJ/NYC and regionally, and dancers are paid for performances and rehearsals on a project-by-project basis.  Dancers are independent contractors and work under a Letter of Agreement paid monthly.  Those invited to attend the audition must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.  Female dancers of color are encouraged to apply.


Fill out application form HERE that includes:

  • Resume
  • Headshot
  • Video Weblink: informal video speaking up to 3 minutes answering the question “What place or places bring you endless inspiration?”
  • Video Weblink: Movement Improvisation. Video can be up to 4 minutes (no music) and must include:
    • Sustained movement
    • Repeating movement that dynamically evolves over time
    • A surprise
    • Showing of strength (up for interpretation)

Note: Dance reels will NOT be accepted or links to websites as video submission.
Application deadline: August 1, 2021  

Up to 15 dancers will be asked to attend an audition on the afternoon of Saturday, August 28th in Jersey City.  Invitations will be made by August 8, 2021.  Audition will include warm-up, phrase work, movement manipulation, and an interview.

Questions? info[at]

The Moving Architects, under Artistic Director Erin Carlisle Norton, is a female-centric dance company that channels the authentic complexity of both the current and historically lived female experience into dance works edged with charged movement and feminine strength.  Formed in 2007 and based in NJ/NYC since 2013, TMA has performed and taught extensively throughout the NYC-area, East Coast, Midwest, and internationally in Central Asia, Guatemala, and Morocco. TMA hosts and produces the dance interview podcast Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast and heads the Community Movement Project, a pay-what-you-can movement program in Northern NJ.


LONELAND (virtual event)

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June 3, 2021 @ 7.30pm EDT (virtual event)

an evening of dance cinema

Tickets: $20 Suggested Donation
Purchase: Eventbrite
View and Download: LONELAND Program

Join us for an evening of dance cinema expressing a myriad of dance and music genres, embracing the distinctive voices of the female dancers of The Moving Architects.  LONELAND features dances performed in site-specific locations throughout the NYC-area alongside company dance works translated to the screen and behind-the-scenes footage recorded in the virtual and bubble rehearsal process with TMA this last year.  Newly commissioned solo dance films offer striking and intimate portraits of the individual dancers.  Each solo was developed virtually under the direction of TMA director Erin Carlisle Norton and culminated within various outdoor spaces to reflect the dancer’s key concept, production following COVID-19 safety protocols.  The virtual event LONELAND rises out of a year of isolation with shuttered dance studios and venues, each dancer emerging to share her powerful voice.

Featuring: Artistic Director Erin Carlisle Norton and company dancers Aria Roach, Ashley Peters, Bethany Chang, Caitlin Bailey, Indigo Sparks, and Zoe Kaplan with guest artist and visual arts collaborator gwen charles.