The Moving Architects
Erin Carlisle Norton is a choreographer, dancer, movement educator, arts administrator, and Artistic Director of The Moving Architects (TMA). Formed in 2007, TMA is a nonprofit female-centric collaborative dance company based in NJ/NYC. TMA has been presented on tours to Central Asia with the US Department of State and US Embassies; Morocco with the US Embassy; throughout Guatemala; and widely at dozens of venues and events throughout the country, including locally at BAM Fisher, Bryant Park Dance Festival, Triskelion Arts, Gibney, and recently at 21 Museum Hotel (Lexington), Springbreak Art Fair (NYC), Point Park University (PA), and The Dance Complex (MA). Erin was recently named the first artist-in-residence at Dancewave (Brooklyn) and is a 2020 and 2014 recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Choreographic Fellowship. Erin hosts and produces the company’s interview podcast “Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast”; leads the pay-what-you-can movement program Community Movement Project in Montclair; and is the Executive Director of Dance New Jersey. She holds a BFA and MFA in Dance and is a Certified Movement Analyst and Pilates Instructor.
Leaning into the Unknown Performance Summary
Choreographer Erin Carlisle Norton’s work “Jubilee & Knell” pulls from the two memory states jubilee (happiness) and knell (sorrow) taken from the poet Emily Dickinson. Exploring how these two memory states can be experienced simultaneously, Norton explores the exaggerated realities of the pandemic including isolation, social distancing, perceptions of time, connection, and forced self-reflection. Audience members will view performers dancing inside and outside giant milky blurred bubbles in moments of extreme physical exertion side-by-side with moments of intimacy and fragility, the bubbles visually representing how memory is accessed and experienced. A work truly of our time, Jubilee & Knell has been created almost entirely in the virtual space.