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The Encounter

The Encounter is an intergenerational physical-theatre project being developed with diverse communities around the world merging professional, pre-professional, and non-professional performers.

The work pulls from what we are currently carrying in our bodies – grief, hope, fear, desire, newfound power –

and pairs it with our dreams in this moment of reconciliation with time, as we dig our lives out of the pandemics of this age.


The burgeoning result is a cross-geographic, global conversation about the ferocious power of the body

as a form of communication and the potency of movement

as a connective language.

Current projects include locally cast works in:

  • New York City, New York @ Crossing the Line Festival in partnership with FIAF French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

  • Pozzuoli & Perugia Italy @ Art Garage & Dance Gallery- a program of the Italian Ministry of Culture

  • Buffalo, New York @ Torn Space Theater

  • Akron, Ohio @ Rubber City Theatre in partnership with NCCAkron

  • Rockland, Maine @ The Rockland Strand

  • Providence, RI as part of Motion State Dance Festival

  • Bates Dance Festival will host a Compostion Workshop based on The Encounter

...with more dates to be announced!

For booking inquiries, please contact:

Carlos Diaz Stoop

CDS Creative Productions


The Encounter: Providence (2024), was created in partnership with Motion State Arts in Providence, RI.



The Encounter: Italia (2022) was created in partnership with WomanMade, a project of the Italian Ministry of Culture in partnership with Jacob's Pillow and American Dance Abroad.



The Encounter: Akron (2023), created in partnership with The National Choreographic Center at Akron (NCCAkron), and Rubber City Theatre in Akron, Ohio.



The Encounter : NYC (2022), was created in partnership with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) as part of FIAF's Crossing the Line Festival in New York City, New York.



The Encounter: Buffalo (2022) was created in partnership with Torn Space Theater in Buffalo, New York.



The Encounter: Rockland (i 2023), created in partnership with The Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine as part of their New Century Series.

Crossing the Line performances of The Encounter were made possible, in part, through FIAF’s commissioning funds; generous grants from NYS DanceForce and the Nathan M. Clark Foundation; Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance at the Center for Ballet and the Arts @ NYU; creative development residencies at Tremper Arts; a generative partnership and residency with Torn Space Theater (Buffalo); and individual donations from John Robinson and other patrons

The Encounter: Buffalo was made possible, in part, through support from the NYS DanceForce and Torn Space Theater’s lead funders Cullen Foundation, NYSCA, Erie County, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, Stenclik Family Charitable Foundation, Creative Arts Initiative, the June Farrington Fund, M&T Bank, and REDC.

The Encounter:Italia is made possible, in part, through funding from WomanMade, a winning project of Boarding Pass Plus '21/'22, an initiative of the Italian Ministry of Culture in partnership with Jacob’s Pillow and American Dance Abroad 

The Encounter: Rockland, created in partnership with The Strand Theater's New Century series, is made possible, in part, with grant support from Maine Arts Commission and by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

The Encounter: Akron created in partnership with the National Choreographic Center @ University of Akron/NCC-Akron  is made possible in part by NCCAkron with additional support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation 

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