INTENTION Dance Theatre
Our intention is to access the aliveness that is available when
we arrive fresh in each moment in fluid resonance with the
field. This potency is the source of creativity, nourishment
and healing. Through movement improvisation and gesture,
character development is accessed through embodiment,
making way for intriguing movement theatre.
IDT weaves somatic movement into its performance work.
This process helps provide compelling experiences for
audiences, as the artists cultivate open body-mind
conncetions while dancing.
IDT plays with the dynamic principles of physics, revealing
athletic qualities that are not bound by form or technique. They
portray the flexibility of bio-systems that can travel the spectrum
from stillness to vigorous dynamism.
With the spontaneity of Somatic and improvisational techniques,
the artists find access to a multitude of characters and species, as
space/time possibilities. This practice of releasing cultural notions
of a dancer's body and form, stimulates creative possibility.
IDT is the producer of L.A.'s SOMA Fest, an event fostering
Somatic Embodiment in practice, performance and daily life.
The festival offers potent opportunities for dancers, actors and
people from all walks of life, to enhance their innate presence
and movement capacity. Five days of workshops and
performances with leading Somatic Movement Artists from
across the country take place at Santa Monica's 18th Street Arts
Complex, in both Highways Performance Space and the
Continuum Studio. www.somafest.org
Founded in 2005, Los Angeles based INTENTION Dance Theatre (IDT) offers
transformative experiences for audiences and class participants alike. The ensemble's mission
is to stimulate people's conscious and kinesthetic capacity through movement arts, stimulating
both perception & sensation in performances and classes for greater participation in creative
and life experiences. Our projects aim to enhance creative development and vitality, as
individuals interrelating with our environment and life on this planet.
Artistic Director and Founder, Teri Carter, brings over 30 years of dance experience to IDT.
With a foundation in Contemporary Dance and Improvisation, the ensemble presents works
laced with Contact Improvisation, Martial Arts, and Somatic Movement forms such as Body-Mind
Centering, Continuum Movement, Authentic Movement, Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Gung.
INTENTION Dance Theatre has presented work
Playhouse, Anatomy Riot, Electric Lodge and SOLA
Festival; NYC's Int'l Somatic Movement Education
Celebration (ISMETA); Seattle Festival of Dance
Improvisation (SFDI); the Bay Area's West Coast
Contact Improv Festiva (WCCIF)l; and Fresno's
Rogue Performance Festival.
Ecoist Dancing.... Eco Movement.... Somatic Dancing...
We are all bio-ecosystems living within a broader-band ecosystem. When we move with sensorial
awareness of our internal environment in relation to our external surroundings, the performance arena
thrives, and we play a part in sustaining and evolving our world. Plus, Somatic Dance creates juicy
dancing! We develop our fluid capacity for sustained creative possibilities, dancing with the unfolding