Artistic Director, clyde forth.  Photographed by Will Carpenter

Artistic Director, clyde forth. 

Photographed by Will Carpenter

"Serious" rehearsal photo by Brandon Perdomo

"Serious" rehearsal photo by Brandon Perdomo

About

The word Lokasparśa is built from two Sanskrit words; loka meaning worlds or realms, and sparśa meaning intimacy or connection. I want to create dance that increases intimacy with the world.

The mission of Lokasparśa Dance Projects is to dismantle barriers through dance performance and movement education. Our goal is for each performer, student, and audience member to know themselves more fully through authentic, embodied, experiences with movement arts.

Current company members:

  • Jennifer Lavenhar (Dancer)
  • Caitlin Quinn (Dancer)
  • Sharon Penz (Dancer, Production Manager)
  • Charla Ruby Malamed (Dancer)
  • Andy Kriger (Dancer)
  • Brandon Perdomo (Dancer)
  • clyde forth (Artistic Director)

History

My previous company, Clyde Forth Visual Theatre, was active for 10 full seasons; from 2003 to 2013. We were presented in NYC, Woodstock NY, Baltimore MD, Washington DC, Troy, NY, Bethlehem, NH and Edinburgh, Scotland over the years. The final season of new work was completed at Byrdcliffe Theater and The Colonial Theater in 2013 with the evening length solo program, The Curious Mechanics of Truth.

After that performance, I entered a year of residential Zen training at Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper, NY and then a second year that just ended on September 25, 2016. That experience and my continued practice there since 2007 deeply informed the founding of Lokasparśa Dance Projects, and continues to be the underpinning of my work.

Awards for choreography

  • Commission, Latitude 53 Art Space, Edmonton Alberta
  • Dance Omi International Choreographers' Residency, Ghent NY
  • Artward Bound Residency, The Field, NYC

Education/Teaching

clyde forth earned a Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. Before relocating from NYC, she was on faculty at Eugene Lang College developing and teaching interdisciplinary arts courses from 1999 to 2005. She taught in the Theater department at SUNY Ulster in the Hudson Valley of New York from 2006 to 2013, at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center 2015 to 2016, and currently teaches independently.