The Practice of Making

with Zap McConnell and Julie Rothschild

This April, we bring the Practice of Making to Charlottesville, Virginia, the place where we met and began our artistic dialogue over 16 years ago.

We offer you our shared and individual approaches to making work. This dance intensive provides space and time to discover/uncover/rediscover the bare essentials of what you need to make work that matters, make work no matter what. We will spend time in a beautiful movement studio located just outside Charlottesville, a space that includes incredible access to the outdoors.

Dance Making.Improvisation.Performance.Authentic Movement.Alexander Technique

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Location: The Practice of Making will take place in a very special setting just outside Charlottesville, Virginia. We'll be working inside and out, as we like to do.

Thursday, April 9 to Sunday, April 12
Daily Schedule:
Thursday: 5-8pm
Friday: 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
Saturday: 10am-1pm and 2-5pm
Sunday: 10am-1pm and 2-5pm

Bring lunch and snacks!

Tuition: $400

Food and Lodging not included.

Register Here: The Practice of Making

We are Zap and Julie

Julie and Zap have been in an ongoing artistic dialogue for over 16 years, beginning with the zen monkey project in Charlottesville, VA, continuing in Athens and Atlanta, GA, and at Performatica in Cholula, Mexico. We love working together because of our mutual work ethic and what we continue to learn from each other. We challenge and support each other to make work no matter what.
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Julie Rothschild

Julie Rothschild is an Independent Dance Artist and Educator, Alexander Technique Teacher, Certified Personal Trainer and Nordic Ski Instructor. Her passion for movement and performance began at a young age, and continues to lead her in unpredictable and wondrous directions.

She has collaborated, choreographed, performed, taught and apprenticed with a wide and wonderful assortment of dance companies and artists throughout the world: Prairie Wind Dancers, Aha! Dance Theatre, Live Arts, Miki Liszt Dance Company, Kacico Dance, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, David Dorfman Dance, H.T. Chen Dance Company, Warehouse Collective, Canopy Studio, Rose of Athens Theatre, Cathy Ward, Emilie Bromley, Peggy Berg, Garry Reigenborn, Candi Baker, Deborah Bettinger, Susan Warden, Michelle Brown, Katharine Birdsall, Ray Eliot Schwartz, Zap McConnell, Jennifer Tweel Kelly, Gesel Mason, Celeste Miller, Kazu Nakamura, Marvin Webb, Bala Sarasvati, Rebecca Enghauser, George Staib, Cristina Goletti, Deirdre Grant, Lucia Walker, Allison Waddell, Clinton Johnston, John Gibson and the list goes on!

While living in Athens, GA (2000-2009), she co-founded/directed Floorspace Movement Arts Center, where she curated The Handful Series and hosted numerous dance workshops.

Composers she's had the pleasure of collaborating with are Trudy Appling, Craig Owens and the Bodo Ensemble, Dan Nettles and Kenosha Kid, Heather McIntosh and Arcadio M. Lanz.

Julie has been making solo and group work since she was a high school student at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. Most recently, she directed ANIMAL, which premiered in September 2013 at Skwhirlhaus in Atlanta, Georgia. ANIMAL, chapter 2, had its premiere at Performatica in Cholula, Mexico in April 2014.

Julie's longtime relationship with Zen Monkey Project (ZMP) is a true source of energy for her continued dance, movement and performance practices.

Julie completed her 1600 hour Alexander Technique Teacher Training in 2007 and has presented workshops throughout the US as well as in Ireland, Spain, Canada, Mexico and Switzerland. She currently maintains her private practice in Boulder, Colorado, where she lives with her husband, 2 teenage sons and their pup, Olive.

Zap McConnell

Zap McConnell is a working artist, educator and performer, who’s investigations are animated by passionate beliefs and visions that flower out of her fierce love of the natural world. For almost 2 decades, Zap has experimented with the cross between visual arts and dance, fusing that in installation site specific work, where a dance performance is showcased. She directs, makes costumes, props and lighting as well as most of the promotional graphic design work.

Zap has been an artistic director/producer for many large scale community endeavors; spanning from a huge local artist created carnival, to an international exchange site specific dance theater performance, to an in-depth political community weekend investigating the past and present of Native Americans, to the adoption, with the stream ecology class, of a highly impaired stream for over ten years.

As an educator, Zap has taught extensively, as she combines her teaching and creating work with traveling to: Mexico, Costa Rico, Peru, NYC, Virginia, Colorado, California, Georgia, North Carolinia and other parts of the United States, and the world; collaborating with talented artists as well as hosting them in work at her home base. Zap was a full time core teacher at the Living Education Center for Ecology and the Arts, an alternative high school in Charlottesville, Virginia, for almost a decade.

Zap has been involved with the Zen Monkey Project (ZMP) since 1995 performing, teaching, stage managing, producing and directing evening-length pieces. She started the @hand productions company in 2009. Zap has had her work performed at, and taught at Performatica, an international dance festival; 2008/2009/2011/2012/2014.

Zap also regularly exhibits her visual art in various forms: from pen/ink drawings, paintings, cartoons and large scale murals, to prints, and light up mixed media sculptures.