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The Encounter (2021-ongoing)

The Encounter is an intergenerational physical-theatre project being developed in NYC and with diverse communities around the world merging professional, pre-professional, and non-professional performers. Current The Encounter projects include locally cast works in Italy, Buffalo, Akron, Rockland (Maine), and NYC

For more info, visit: The Encounter digital portfolio 

The Encounter 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.

Watch The Encounter (film), about the process of seeding the work, by artist Caroline Haidet:

In NYC, The Encounter was commissioned and presented as part of French Institute/Alliance Francaise's Crossing the Line Festival, featuring performers and designers from NYC and Torn Space Theater in Buffalo. October 6-8, 2022, FIAF's Le Skyroom. 

Other 2022 Projects:


The Encounter: Italia, supported by Jacob's Pillow in collaboration with American Dance Abroad as a part of WomanMade, a project of the Italian Ministry of Culture.

Touring in Europe Summer-Fall 2022


The Encounter: Buffalo created in partnership with Torn Space Theater.

Watch the trailer.

Coming soon in 2023:
The Encounter: Rockland & The Encounter: Akron


Crossing the Line performances of The Encounter are 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: Rockland is being created in partnership with The Strand Theater in Rockland, Maine.

The Encounter: Akron is being created in partnership with the National Choreographic Center @ University of Akron/NCC-Akron

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