Basher and Aquiles, Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group. Photo credit: Brian Harris.
Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group
In(Site) Project Residency at VisArts
The Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group joins VisArts for an In(Site) Project Residency. During the Fall and early Winter the group will collaborate with an upcoming exhibiting artist to develop a site performance inspired by and in response to the artist’s work. The brainstorming/writing/discussions/movement/music sessions are open to public. The company will debut the new work at the exhibition opening reception. After the opening the company will conduct a series of community workshops in the gallery with the same artist. They will share with workshop participants ways to discover dance and movement in response to the artist’s work.The workshop series will culminate in a gallery performance by the workshop participants celebrating the work of the featured artist.
In(Site) Projects at VisArts places contemporary art and artists in non-traditional exhibition spaces and residencies to encourage active looking, deep listening, sociability, interaction, and unexpected encounters with art.
About Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group:
Nancy Havlik has directed and choreographed for the past 25 years. She formed Dance Performance Group as a non-profit in 1989 to explore her own choreographic ideas with a small group of dancers and musicians. Her choreography has been performed extensively in the Washington, DC area at venues including Dance Place, Shakespeare Theater, Joy of Motion, Montgomery College, Jewish Community Center, Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mt. Vernon College and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Her work has been shown in New York City at Joyce Soho, WAX and the Construction Company. Internationally her work has been seen in Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Nancy has directed site work performances all over the Washington, DC area in places as varied as Dance Loft on 14, The Torpedo Factory, The National Portrait Gallery, VisArts / Rockville, Josephine Butler Parks Center and Anderson House. The Dance Performance Group has been part of Atlas Theater Intersections, Velocity DC Dance Festival, Sonic Circuits and at Dance Place as part of their 2017 – 2018 season.
Nancy has received grants from Maryland State Arts Council, the Montgomery County Arts Council and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She recently received a 2017 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council.
For over 20 years Nancy has taught interactive creative movement workshops for older adults through Arts for the Aging (AFTA) and has directed Quicksilver Senior Dance Company, a dance improvisation performance company of people 65 and over for AFTA. Havlik received a MetLife Grant with visual artist Donna McKay through AFTA to present a series of workshops to frail seniors combining dance and visual art, gesture through space and gesture on paper.
Watch the trailer for Imaginary Gardens featuring the Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group
Video by Brian Harris
Selected for the London International Screen Dance Festival, 2019