BODYDESERT: END TRAILS at High Desert Test Sites

High Desert Test Sites is a site-specific bi-annual art celebration in and around Joshua Tree, CA. HDTS challenges ideas of art and audience as tied to galleries and urban centers, encouraging works of art that engage with and melt into the desert landscape. Just as important as the performances and installations themselves, sited on scrubby lands, in dry lake beds, down sandy roads, is the journey it takes to get there, the vibrations with the environment. bodydesert: end trails explores the emotional and physical space between the city and the desert, the changes in movement, how we hold ourselves and let ourselves go as we leave the urban energy of Los Angeles. We will be dancing on Sunday October 16th at 1pm in a dry lake bed near Joshua Tree. Shade and water will be provided. 

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+summer sessions: Solstice+ Film PREMIERS at California International Theater Festival 

bodycity has been dancing around the world this summer from remote locations for our Summer Sessions, a video project that allows all of our members, wherever they are, to dance together.  Our first project was recorded on the Summer Solstice, each of us taking five minutes to great the season.  The film was edited together and is premiering right now at the California International Film Festival!  The video will be playing on a loop in the lobbies of the venues.  Go check out the film and catch a show!


We are at meetings, in school, sitting behind desks and closed windows.  But for a moment, on the longest day of the year, with the sun at its annual apex, we gather in the center.  We pause to think of sipping summer mead and washing our faces in sweet summer dew.  Stretch tall to feel the tilt of the earth; jump high to float above its spin for just barely a second.  In California, Belgium, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Colorado, we danced together in the heat of summer.  When we cannot dance together, we can still dance under the same sun.


bodycity is getting busy!  We will be performing a new dance, END TRAILS, at High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree next month.

We will also be premiering the full 8 short films we made as part of the Summer Sessions project, dates and venue TBA.

We will be performing a work in progress of END TRAILS as part of Tresspass/Parade to kick off October.  More details to follow….

Finally, we are moving!  Cyberly!  bodycity will now be hosted at UrbanHonking.  It’s a been a treat to be part of the EM family and we xoxoxo UrHo, it’s all in the family!

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YACHT video(s) featuring bodycity!

bodycity had the recent and blindingly good fortune to collaborate with special friends YACHT on their new music videos!

Extreme ‘thanks be’ to these wondrous creatures of cosmic construction for inviting us into the fold!

Check it out!

Utopia and Dystopia (The Earth is on Fire) were filmed in Los Angeles, California, at Mad Dog Video. They were conceived & directed by Rene Daalder, and edited by Aaron Ohlmann. The special effects were animated and composited by visual artist Pascual Sisto, and the geodesic grid animation at the end of Utopia was created by Michael Young. John Allen was the director of photography, with additional camera by Gabriel Noguez, while Josh Pangell acted as key grip. J. Scott Teeples was Art Director. Icarus designed the sets, and Benjamin Ralston dressed them. Props were provided by Michael Sehnert. The inimitable Megan May Daalder was the production assistant and psychedelic mascot. Marissa Micik catered. All of this was produced by Rene Daalder & Aaron Ohlmann.

Both videos star Jona Becholt & Claire Evans, as well as the democratic dance collective bodycity (Meagan Yellott, Lake Sharp, Cristina Paul, Alexis Hyman, Katie Bachler, and Annie O’Malley) and the Straight Gaze (Katy Davidson, Jeff Brodsky, and Rob Kieswetter). Clothes were provided by Rad Hourani, complexgeometries, and Native Son. Jewelry by Brook & Lyn. Hair and Styling by Ryann Bosetti.

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bodycity performs with YACHT at the Hollywood Bowl

Sunday, August 29, 2010 – 7pm

tix here

come back for vids of the performance!

see more sweet moves here!

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bodycity at Public Art Party, June 5

ForYourArt presents Public Art Party a day-long celebration of art in Beverly Hills featuring special events, food, performances, artist and curator-led tours, hands-on activities for kids and teens and special prizes.

bodycity is scheduled to perform at 1:30 and 3pm!

art in public!

Check out the event info here: For Your Art Brochure and Map

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bodycity is a democratic dance. A collection of bodies. In motion and in stillness. Stillness and motion. Motion even when things seem utterly still.

bodycity deconstructs dance, in a way – stripping away it’s mask of exclusivity, its trappings of technique, its underpinnings of achievement.

bodycity is all lowercase.

bodycity has been used, reappropriated, credited and invoked by others – but it only has its true owners in those who nurture the democracy. Who understand that it cannot be understood, and must instead be flexible, malleable, sweaty, pensive and and and connected to the Earth, and each other.

bodycity is a gathering, a laying on of hands. It is a nickname, and that is OK.

bodycity is Avatar. Avatar is soooo bodycity. Have you seen that movie? They get it, those Na’vii. They connect to each other and the Earth, and together move to transform even death. Except for Sigourney Weaver’s character.

And anyway bodycity is weird, and it’s hard, and it needs to be tended to like a child.

And bodycity is WOMEN. Really, in the truest and deepest sense, it is. Because we women have cultivated, and cut, and sewn and performed. And put our WOMAN-NESS out there → and we’ve called it bodycity.

And so to define it is hard – but don’t worry. When you see it, you will know that something was real.

bodycity is a collection of women, of friends and artists. We are together moving using our bodies, making things, creating dance. We are inspired by our city. We celebrate it’s every bit, a piece of trash, a beautiful tree, the mountains, the bars, the young folks, the old, the workers. We share each other. We are unafraid, we like weird. We don’t shy from awkward or ugly, but look at it again and find it’s essential beauty—we like humanness. We don’t take ourselves seriously, but revel also in our seriousness and commitment to exploration. We are a bit of a conundrum.

We embrace our individuality but easily fold into each other’s direction, picture that changes, moving landscape. We are real. We are so realistic, we project realness. We explore. We are unafraid and also full of fear, but we look at it—we are utterly human. We look for leaders and followers, we are both. We try not to think about things too hard, just live in them—the body does the thinking. The mind has the idea, the body does the thinking. We are collected—we have a language, we share commonality. We share the city. We perform. We care. We care a lot.

bodycity is an open and collaborative dance troupe developing choreographies and participatory movement workshops for the last 5 years in the LA area. Dedicated to organic expression playing itself out in relation to unique or inspiring spaces in unconventional venues. Bodycity celebrates the body impulse. As a dance democracy, our choreographic development is spawned from collective brainstorming to create a rudimentary structure upon which each dancer/choreographer is allowed to invoke kinds of movement or parts of what eventually becomes the totality of the dance. Part of choreographing is moving, it is also teaching, listening, adapting to one anothers’ visions. Because of its openness as well as its shifting membership, bodycity is a continually morphing and shifting organism, each piece a unique expression of a collective impulse.
~Ali Hyman

a way of contextualizing bodies moving through, or still in a city. We are fond of natural places, of creating a language of dance as a way to look at the world. To inspire in others a sense of possibility in their bodies. Dance is one word for a practice of looking. We are a collective, non hierarchical, creating dialog each time with eachother and the locations (sites) where we move….we look for the fantastic, the laughable, the hilarious, the absurd… bring other humans to notice what is already there, engagement with, laughter, then joy and wonder. 6 women with a strong history, a language, growing together and apart—with a thread of the centrality of the body in interacting with this city, with a river, a steep hill, a staircase. How do we adapt? Homologous structures and relating through understanding how we all always choreograph, have choreographed—in the signs of a city

body city is vinegar kisses. We are archaeologists of the inside. We are friendly people/ladies. We are always probing and throwing piles up into the air. We are silly. We are the straight man in an epic comedy. We are firestarters. We are toe-breakers and menders of old clothes. We are the celebration and the celebrants. bodycity is a road trip. bodycity is a non group group. We are a collection of fantasy. We are interested in what’s real. We borrow, we steal, we bow to other body gods. It is not what we had in mind. It’s sometimes intentional. We use the tools we have and invent the rest. we give big hugs to the outside. We invite in nature. We nurture the itch. bodycity is a pleasant argument. bodycity is the discussion that happens again – or did it not happen ever? bodycity is a project. it’s a reason to spend time. It is the fire in the middle of our week. It is a lovely little bouncing ball. bodycity is an ode to this time. bodycity likes space. bodycity is breathing.

bodycity is:

a dance democracy
a navigational experiment
a collection of voluntary particles

At its best, bodycity is a performance troupe that challenges an accepted notion of “dance”. We are a collective of artists from varied disciplines who have agreed to come together, in a physically-mentally-psychically dedicated fashion, in order to better explore the boundaries of our contextual terrain. We are women, academics, laborers, curators, educators, translators, and students. We are concerned for our collective future and have a vested interest in expanding how we come to understand each other and our roles in building what comes next. We are actively building what comes next.
We are the architects of our intentions.
~meagan yellott

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Closing Reception & Film Screening

buildingcities stills from Jacinto’s film.

Please join us for the closing reception of Practicing Moving:

Saturday, December 19, 8pm-10pm
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
2225 Colorado Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA

Showing new videos produced during the 5-week run of Practicing Moving by Krysten Cunningham, Jacinto Astiazarán, and Fritz Haeg. bodycity will also lead some gently movements.


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Building Cities Video Project – Saturday, Dec 12, 2009

Come and build cities with Fritz Haeg, Jacinto Astiazarán and bodycity!

Building Cities Video Project
Saturday, Dec. 12th
Eagle Rock Center for the Arts

Practicing Moving with Fritz Haeg, bodycity and Jacinto Astiazarán.  We will build bodycities and Jacinto will shoot and cut together a video.  Expect a full spectrum of experience.  The rules are simple, come in comfortable clothes and have a conversation, build the foundation, add on, start/stop.  One person starts, finds a position, another responds with another position, then another, then other, until we have a mass of bodies quietly striking poses, or cities, together… All humans are welcome.

The video will be screened at the closing event of Practicing Moving at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts on December 19th, 7-10pm

Visit Fritz Haeg’s website for more information about Practicing Moving:

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Bring Your Dance Pants!

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You are invited!

bodycity is joinging Fritz Haeg for a weekly exploration of movement practice.

+ Come to the OPENING tomorrow

Saturday, November 14th, 8-10pm

2225 Colorado Boulevard

bodycity will lead a warm up. See the project headquarters and display. View the new photos by Eve Fowler. There will be some produce from that mornings farmers market.

+ Join Fritz for DAILY MOVEMENT PRACTICE Mondays – Saturdays, noon – 2pm, (except Nov 26 – Dec 1) as he hosts an open forum for warm-ups, stretches, exercises, or whatever sort of movement you want to lead, follow or practice.

bodycity will be moving with Fritz on Saturdays, 12-2pm.  All are welcome to join, follow & lead.

+ Visit the HEADQUARTERS Mondays through Fridays, 10am – 6pm or Saturdays 10am- 2pm.

+ Come to the CLOSING event and video screening Saturday, December 19th, 7-10pm. Watch the videos by Jacinto Astiazarán of dance projects by bodycity and Sundown Schoolhouse.

Photographs by Eve Fowler –
Videos by Jacinto Astiazarán –

To schedule a time and topic for movement practice (Mon – Sat, noon – 2pm, except Nov 26 – Dec 1) contact Fritz at Or just drop by to practice, lead or teach whatever you have to share: stretching, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, headstands, breathing, acrobatics, Alexander Technique, improvisational dance exercises, etc., and invite others to join.

Sundown Schoolhouse webpage:
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
2225 Colorado Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90041

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