Tap & Blues in Arlington and Otis

Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, MA August 8th, 8p

Knox Trail Inn, Otis, MA, August 15th, 7:30p


A Taste of Iranian Dance Arts

Join us for an introductory workshop in Iranian folk and classical dance with Iranian dance artist Sheila Eghbali. Demystify Iran and gather appreciation for the diversity of Iranian Dance. Sheila will draw from ancient dances from the majestic courts of ancient Iran, connecting mind, body and spirit. Come to dance or just observe and learn. 

Proceeds benefit They Dance For Rain (TD4R) programs in Nairobi, Kenya. With this event, TD4R seeks to reveal truth, beauty and joy and promote peace through the process of engaging others in the dance arts. In this local event (US) we want to connect change makers in the dance arts with communities in need of fresh perspectives on relevant global issues and relationships. 

In Kenya, we work with arts for social change organizations in creating Tap Dance programs for impoverished youth and professional contemporary dancers. We document everything and our photography illuminates a need for more artful image making in global society.

Iranian dance artist Sheila Eghbali is internationally recognized, the director of the International Iranian Dance conferences (IIDC) and Artistic Director of the Iranian Dance Arts based in Boston, MA. Coming to us with 24 years of experience, Eghbali trained in Iran in classical and folk dance and has been teaching for over 15 years along with only a handful of others from the Iranian/Persian community in the US. She is currently the only known Iranian dance artist in the US teaching and performing both folk and classical dances with a focus on authenticity.

Participate in the dance for $30 by pre-registering or $35 at the door.

Observe and learn by listening and watching for $15 by pre-registering or $20 at the door.

Groups of 4 or more may contact us for reduced rates.

or 413.281.6734

Creatures of Habitat Artifacts from Kenya will be for sale and yummy sweet Persian treats available for your belly.

All levels of interest are welcome to attend and participate. Advanced dancers please contact us for further study opportunities with Sheila but please do join us on the 21st


Body in Focus: Exhibition of Videodance


Stefanie Weber’s Creatures of Habitat Physical Poetry Public Performance Project announces screening of two short films, Factory Secrets and Release Me, But Don’t Let Go, from Auto Mobile Body Works at the 1st International Exhibition of Videodance in Porto, Portugal on May 1st 2015 at 4p.  The screening is part of the 17th NORTE Festival de Dança.

Factory Secrets explores the depth of expressions inherent and ignored in the often limited view of the female body as presented often as un-moving two-dimensional commodity or  sexualized object via misogynist or pornographic juxtaposition-ing. The female body moving here tells a story of resistance, empathy, grief, and self-realization. It illuminates the natural beauty and emotion that movement exhibits.

Release Me, But Don’t Let Go, utilizes a pair of moving female legs/feet in various associations with gravity and space to tell the ancient stories of longing, conflict, jubilance, harmony, death and rebirth while in relationship to other.

Release Me, But Don't Let Go, Easthampton, MA. 2014.  photo by Monika Pizzichemi

Release Me, But Don’t Let Go, Easthampton, MA. 2014.
photo by Monika Pizzichemi

This is the first time the films will be screened indoors for a seated audience. The films were originally designed to be projected onto outdoor surfaces for passer-bys or as part of the entire live performance production of Auto Mobile Body Works.

Film credits include camera, direction and production by Stefanie Weber, editing and additional production support by Michael Sinopoli of Greylock Productions in Lee, MA and music by Thomas White/Electric Soft Parade in Brighton, England.

Factory Secrets, 14th St, NYC. photo by Diane Firtell 2014.

Factory Secrets, 14th St, NYC. photo by Diane Firtell 2014.

Spring Slideshow and Potluck

Come out from your winter hibernations and view the newest images and videos, and hear stories and updates from our most recent residency in Nairobi, Kenya in January of this year.

$5-10 suggested donation for public attendance at 7p. All proceeds go to the continuation of They Dance For Rain.

Monika’s prints and local jewelry and artifacts from Kenya will be available to purchase to support the project. 

Come at 6p for a Spring potluck dining with other TD4R supporters. Bring something edible or potable to share. (Please contact Stefanie@fertileuniverse.com if you are planning on coming and bringing something to share.)

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our new and returning supporters!!

The January 2015 Company: Stefanie Weber, Monika Pizzichemi and JoJo McDonald

poster designed by Diane Firtell. photo by Monika Pizzichemi.

poster designed by Diane Firtell. photo by Monika Pizzichemi.

New shoes, new moves.

New shoes, new moves. Shangilia, January 2015

New shoes, new moves. Shangilia, January 2015


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They Dance For Rain with Banjuka January 2015

Mwalimu at GoDown

photo©Monika Pizzichemi 2015

photo©Monika Pizzichemi 2015