Mettler based Creative Dance
Archival footage of Barbara Mettler for a direct experience of the nature of her work.
In 1990 - 1995 I lived in Austin TX and danced with a group of women who followed the group dance improvisation of Barbara Mettler. We danced together for years, they for MANY years longer, and prior to my joining. After moving to WNC I had the opportunity to participate in an Annual Dance Congress hosted by The International Association for Creative Dance ( IACD) in Barbara's Tucson AZ circular studio, naturally lit, and free of mirrors. Mettler's archives are now housed at Hampshire College.
I have offered Mettler based creative group dance improvisation workshops since my return from the Dance Congress experience and continue to apply her concepts in my Nia practice and teaching. Below are images of a group dance improv in the first Neighborhood Studio, and a public Group Dance Improv on Main Street below the studio in Marshall NC.