In August 2019, Bergman was part of "One Singular Sensation?: Unison as Commons in Commercial Screendance Practices," an organized roundtable of internationally-based emerging popular dance scholars at the Dance Studies Association conference at Northwestern in Chicago.
In July 2019, Bergman taught a modern/contemporary master class for advanced/professional dancers at the Omaha Academy of Ballet in Omaha, Nebraska.
Between 2017 and 2019 Bergman performed in multiple iterations of choreographer Christina Eltvedt's work, variously entitled Entangled and Threads of Perception. The most recent performance was at HATCH at the Jennifer Muller/The Works studio in New York City in spring 2019. A dance film iteration of the work is being submitted to festivals presently.
In December 2018, Bergman presented at the PoPMoves conference Memory, Migration and Movement/Mémoire, Migration, et Mouvement at Université de Paris Nanterre in Paris, France.
Bergman taught ballet and yoga to aspiring young dancers in the DeSales University Summer Dance Intensive the last week of July and first week of August 2017. Thanks to Angela Grossman, dance faculty at DSU for the invitation.
Bergman participated in theApproaching Dance:Transdiciplinary Methodologies and Modalities of the Moving Body in Performance Conference at the Graduate Center at The City University of New York, NYC on May 11, 2017.
2017 Philadelphia Screendance Festival: Bergman's collaboration with director, cinematographer, and editor Kaitlyn Busbee, assistant cinematographer Mark Stastny, and composer Joshua Dumas was screened as part of the 2017 Philadelphia Screendance Festival, March 3-4. Curated and hosted by Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet at the Performance Garage. Film still credit: Kaitlyn Busbee
Bergman performed her solo Capacitance, inspired by the life and work of Russian inventor Leon Theremin, at Making Space III, hosted by tbd. Dance Collective at KANEKO Studios in Omaha, Nebraska, February 18, 2017. Her neo-burlesque meets modern dance quintet, Grab Back! was premiered by dancers Kat Fackler, Kara Gillmore, Stephanie Huettner, Alyssa Rivera, and Lauren Wichert. Photo credit Harrison Martin.
Bergman presented a paper at the November 2016 joint Congress on Research in Dance and Society of Dance History Scholars conference at Pomona College in Claremont, California. Her conference presentation riffed on a longer paper written this past spring and is titled “The Moonwalk came from these beautiful children”: Michael Jackson's Choreographic Debts."
On July 9th, 2016, Bergman performed with tbd. Dance Collective at Omaha's Under the Radar Festival. Bergman contributed choreography to the twenty-five minute long performance piece. Photo credits JL Williams
Bergman presented her newest conference paper "Versioning Film Musicals into Music Videos: Michael and Janet Jackson as (Re)visionaries" at Popular Culture Association's National Conference held March 22-26 in Seattle, Washington.
MICHAEL JACKSON DANCE FOREVER
Bergman threw a FREE marathon dance party 6 pm- 12 am FRIDAY MAY 8th, 2015 at PS ONE in Iowa City, Iowa. She shared her three papers on Jackson from 6-7 pm, followed by a half-hour Q and A session, and then 5 and a half hours of non-stop dancing to MJ's music- from the bubble gum soul of The Jackson 5 through the disco-funked 70s, the crossover hits of the 80, the huge hits of the 90s and into Jackson's late and posthumously released music. Michael Jackson trivia, fan ephemera. Bergman's personal research collection was on display.
Bergman performed in Talk the Temple, an interdisciplinary performance event curated by intermedia artists Heidi Bartlett, Kuldeep Singh, and Dana O'Malley. Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at 7 pm at the Englert Theater, downtown Iowa City. Her structured improvisation "Til you Get" plays with endurance, dancing, devotion, and states of ecstasy.
During the weekend of April 2-5th, 2015, Bergman presented her paper "Palpable Absence: Michael Jackson's Dancing Hologram" at Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association National Conference in New Orleans.
Iowa Screendance Festival An evening of short dance works for the camera by local and national dance filmmakers, curated by local dance artists Tori Lawrence and Elizabeth June Bergman. Featuring the work of:
JEREMY MOSS + PAMELA VAIL (LANCASTER, PA) SÉBASTIEN FARGES + VIOLETA RODRIQUEZ (BORDEAUX, FRANCE) JUDIT SZAMOSI (BUDAPEST, HUNGARY) LUTHER BANGERT + PIPPA SAMAYA + TARA SAMAYA (MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA) ELIZABETH BERGMAN + KAITLYN BUSBEE + JOSHUA DUMAS (IOWA CITY/ CHICAGO) TORI LAWRENCE + CHRISTOPHER LANDY (PHILADELPHIA, PA)
Part of the Mission Creek Festival, hosted by Film Scene Cinema in downtown Iowa City. Tuesday March 31st, screenings at 6:30 pm and 8 pm with an artist/curator talk-back after the second showing, moderated by Michael Sakamoto. www.missionfreak.com www.icfilmscene.org
During the spring of 2015 Bergman taught courses in Dance History and Yoga at The University of Iowa, Iowa City.
The University of Iowa Department of Dance provides an environment conducive to comprehensive training in performance, choreography, and theoretical studies in the framework of a liberal arts education at the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Master of Fine Arts levels. Integrating dance and general studies, we seek to establish a foundation for artistic production and intellectual development. To provide specific bodies of knowledge, and ways to discover, synthesize, and apply this knowledge is paramount. The Dance program is based upon the central premise that both art and education are extensions of the total humanistic endeavor, and that by developing creative artists and nurturing the art of dance in higher education, individuals may be empowered to enrich and further the arts in our society in relevant, diverse, and meaningful ways. http://dance.uiowa.edu
Cross-Cultural Contexts: Yoga in the Modern and Contemporary Era, a lecture and conversation presented as part of LOOM Yoga's Teacher Training Course. Saturday, December 6, 2014 at LOOM Studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. www.loomyoga.com
Lecture description: Yoga, especially asana, is an ubiquitous aspect of the American cultural landscape, yet the fascinating story of its rise to prominence in contemporary times is not often retold. What were the social, political, and cultural conditions and who were the individuals that contributed to the development of yoga from its traditional ascetic roots into the lifestyle industry it is today? We'll examine the many ways cultural exchange operates. The borrowing of ideas and practices is not only in an East to West direction; we will see how deeply Western influence effected Indian yogis and institutions. We'll learn about early associations with the occult, about several generations of gurus and teachers, and about the relationship between Vedic philosophy and New Age and self-help ideas. Drawing from recent historical scholarship, this entertaining, thought-provoking lecture will highlight the intricacies and forgotten histories of the development of modern yoga.
Thanks to Ambyr D'Amato for making this connection. (www.ambyrdamato.com).
Bergman attended the joint Society of Dance History Scholars and Congress on Research in Dance conference "Writing Dancing/Dancing Writing" hosted by the Department of Dance at The University of Iowa, November 13-16, 2014. Elizabeth assisted in the organization of the conference in the capacity of local events committee and selection committee. www.sdhs.org
Bergman's short dance film Pidgin/Pigeon was screened as part of the 20th Annual Culcalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina November 12-14, 2014. www.cucalorus.org
The premiere of Bergman's modern dance group work If I fall, created in collaboration with the dancers of The Collective, was performed as part of Tri-Dance, November 9, 2014 @ 3pm, Baltimore Museum of Art The Collective, Rebollar Dance, & New Street Dance Group www.collective-dance.com
Pidgin/Pigeon, a short dance film Bergman created in the summer of 2011 with cinematography by Alex de la Pena, was screened as part of DANCE SHORTS, 7:30 pm Friday September 5, 2014. This event was hosted by STEEP and TPP (The Physical Plant) at the TheatreLab in New York, New York.
Minnesota Fringe Festival, Twin Cities July 31-August 10th, 2014 Oh Christ/ SABOTAGE featured new solo choreography of Bergman's as well as by new work by Taja Will, Analia Alegre-Femenias and Kate Vigmostad (New Territory Dance)
321 21st Ave S. Minneapolis Rarig Xperimental Theater, University of Minnesota Fri, Aug 1 - 8:30 pm Sat, Aug 2 - 8:30 pm Tue, Aug 5 - 10:00 pm Thu, Aug 7 - 5:30 pm Sat, Aug 9 - 4:00 pm
Oh Christ/ A Masturbatory Dance is a darkly comedic performance about heartbreak, absurdity, and virtuosity. At times poignant, at times painful, this solo work has its tongue in its own sexy cheek.
The weekend of July 25-26, 2014 Bergman was in Independence, Iowa participating in the annual Wapsipinicon Theatre Festival in “The Bike Ride of the Valkyries” a comedic saga inspired by Norse mythology and Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle. For more information on this festival and its artists, visit www.wapsifest.com.
Living the Practice: Lessons Learned in Northern India
This workshop, offered through Heartland Yoga's Dive Deeper Series, reflected the experiences and lessons learned from Bergman's six-week immersion in a yoga teacher training with Rishikesh Yog Peeth in northern India. Guided by the insights gained from her daily asana, pranayama, and meditation practice in the cultural homeland of yoga, this workshop aimed to inspire a new devotion to your own practice as well as deepen and enrich participants' understanding of the traditional methods and purpose of hatha yoga. This two-hour practice was followed by an hour-long lecture about the history of cross-cultural exchange between India and the West that created modern yoga as we know and practice it today. www.icheartlandyoga.com
From May 19th to June 28th, 2014, Bergman was in Rishikesh, India practicing and studying yoga as part of a 300 hour-level teacher training. Rishikesh Yog Peeth, a Yoga Alliance certified program, is located in this northern holy city which is also home to several famous Hindu ashrams and the Ganges River.
Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association National Conference April 16-19, 2014, Chicago, Illinois. Bergman presented her paper " Michael Jackson: Postmodernism, Race, and Kinesthetic Empathy" Friday, April 18th at the Marriott Hotel downtown.
Bergman spent the week of March 25- March 30, 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland in residency with The Collective. She created a nine and half minute, dance work in collaboration with eleven dancers that explores the dynamics of falling, being off-kilter, and trust in leaning against another body. The company may also be performing material and ideas from the set work and our creative process in a site-specific, improvisatory festival.
For more information about this unique group's mission and activities, visit http://www.collective-dance.com. Special thanks to Jessica Fultz, co-director of The Collective, friend, and fellow alum of DeSales University.
C-I-R/ Creative in Residence at Earthdance Creative Living Center in Plainfield, Massachusetts with Taja Will. March 12-19, 2014. Taja Will and Elizabeth Bergman are both independent dancemakers who use improvisation in their work. Inspired by the creative immediacy of their improvisational practices, the line between process and product was blurred in this dual/ solo residency. Their collaboration honored their commitment to solo work while exploring the dynamics of performer/ directorial relationships as well as processes of feedback and revision. The intention of the time at Earthdance was to be as creatively productive as possible- both in the task of generating and crafting material for their respective solo work as well as engaging in feedback sessions with the ED staff and local community. Bergman also participated in Taja Will and Blake Nellis's movement improvisation workshop "Rigor, Clarity, and Magic" March 20-23.
Master Classes in February 2014
On Friday, February 21st Bergman taught a contemporary/modern class at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.
On Sunday February 23rd she taught a contemporary/modern class at Omaha Academy of Ballet.
Friday, February 28th saw Bergman back at her undergraduate alma mater, DeSales University in Pennsylvania, for a contemporary/modern class.
On January 25th 2014, Bergman joined a number of talented dancers and teachers at a Day of Dance in Dubuque, Iowa. Analia Alegre-Femenias and Bergman presented a new duet "Untitled Revisions (You/Me)" based on Alegre-Femenias' previous two solo works inspired by Pablo Picasso's Bull studies. This event was organized by Tyler Nemmers; more information about the day and the participating artists can be found at http://dayofdance.homestead.com.
For the fall of 2013 Bergman was based out of Denver, Colorado, which has a diverse and friendly dance scene. She took a variety of dance classes from companies and institutions around the city: from Hannah Kahn (Limon-based modern), Angie Simmons of Evolving Doors Dance (release-based modern/ contemporary), Cecilia Jones and Winifred Harris (Horton-based company class at Cleo Parker Robinson), Jacob Mora of Moraporvida (contemporary), West African with Koffi Toudji and two ballet classes alongside professional and retired professional ballerinas at Denver Dance Center. Bergman attended the Sans Souci Festival for Dance for Camera in Boulder (co-artistic directed by the lovely Tara Rynders, a friend from the EMERGE residency at Earthdance last winter) and a performance event in which the audience was shuttled by bus from downtown Denver through the industrial wastelands to a protected wild area just outside city limits (with site-specific performances along the way) by Control Group Productions. Bergman was also a "yoga tourist" during this time and took advantage of a dozen Denver studios' new student specials. Exploring many different styles and communities was fascinating and gave her lots to think of in terms of the socio-cultural and political (and capitalist) dynamics at work within yoga culture. The range of styles, attitudes, and forms offered under the term "yoga" can only be described as postmodern in the appropriations, mistranslations, and (mostly sincerely felt) understanding that well-being and transformation can be experienced through physical asana. What well-being and transformation are defined as is another story altogether.
Bergman was in attendance at the 2013 Congress on Research in Dance/ Society of Dance History Scholars joint conference hosted by UC Riverside November 14th-17th. The many papers, presentations, discussions, performances, and conversations inspired by "Decentering Dance Studies: Moving in New Global Orders" were rich and thought-provoking and there was a great sense of camaraderie and community. www.sdhs.org www.cord.org
Bergman participated in Susan Sgorbati's Chicago Dance Improvisation Festival 2013 workshops on "Emergent Improvisation" which coincidentally was the content of this season's Contact Quarterly chapbook (www.contactquarterly.com) and in Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser's "The Shape of Attention" workshops in Minneapolis the following weekend, June 8-9, 2013.
Bergman was on faculty at the third annual International Dance Day Festival in Byblos, Lebanon, hosted by the Lebanese American University and Byblos Munincipality. This inclusive, inspirational festival is the brainchild of the talented and dedicated Nadra Assaf, founder/director of Al Sarab Alternative Dance School in Byblos (their page can be found on Facebook) and has been developed over the course of its existence with the assistance of East Coast-based artist and educator Rain Ross. The other international, national, and local teachers taught modern, hip hop, folk dance, "oriental" or "belly dance", jazz, and improvisation classes to the students. Bergman taught classical ballet master classes to all ages, created an original ballet work on Lebanese student dancers, and delivered a lecture entitled "The Influences, Career, and Impact of Pop Superstar Michael Jackson" to LAU college students. She also performed an improvised solo and collaborative faculty work during the culminating Gala.
April 25-May 2, 2013. http://internationaldancedayfestival.wordpress.com
Presentation of BAD and "Cool": Influence, Assimilation, and Appropriation in the Film West Side Story and Michael Jackson's Music Video
Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association Conference in Washington DC, March 29th, 2013.
Birds of Paradise, a duet choreographed/ improvised in collaboration with Analia Alegre-Femenias. Premiered in 2010, this work was most recently performed at "THAW: A Benefit for Links Hall" in Chicago, Illinois, March 21st, 2013. Photo credit Glittergutz.com. 2013 New Territory: Cuerpa de Dance, San Juan, Puerto Rico 2011 Venus Envy Arts Festival, Bucktown Arts Center, Davenport, Iowa 2011 “Understanding why you are disappointed, a little embarrassed and keep making bad decisions”, produced by Chris Masters, Judson Memorial Church and 100 Grand, New York City, New York 2010 University of Iowa Department of Dance Alumni Event, Space Place, Iowa City, Iowa 2010 Dancing for Diversity (premiere) First Unitarian Church, Davenport, Iowa
MICHAEL JACKSON DANCE FOREVER PARTY
Part solo PERFORMANCE ART piece about endurance, ecstasy, exhaustion, the deep wellsprings of human creativity and joy and part AWESOME DANCE PARTY, this six-hour dance marathon performed and hosted by dancer, artist, and scholar Elizabeth June Bergman invites YOU to take part in the Michael Jackson dance fever she'll burn 6 pm - 12 am Saturday, March 9th at Public Space One.
You (and your family) are invited to join in the dancing or just watch Elizabeth improvise to the hits, some B-sides, and selected "short films" from Jackson's five decade-spanning ouevre. That's right folks six hours ONLY to go all the way from "ABC" and "I'll Be There" to the disco beats of The Jackson's DESTINY, MJ's solo "Off the Wall", the classic "Thriller" and "Bad" tracks, to his New Jack Swing era tunes (think "Remember the Time" and duet with sister Janet on "Scream") to his lesser known later works ("They Don't Really Care About Us", "Blood on the Dance Floor", "Earth Song", etc).....
Random trivia and supplemental research material will be provided throughout at whim;
This dance marathon/ party is a FUNdraiser for Public Space One, the only place in Iowa City that this zany idea can be manifested for FREE for the community by its own artists. Details on "five-dollar dance styles on requests" and FUNds-giving to come.
CINEMATIKA: Epiphanarie an idea, a film, an installation, a collaboration, a journey
In collaboration with Michael Pope, Maya Urbanowicz, Gregor Krammer, Memo, Cory Neale, and Leanne Dyer at the interdisciplinary E|MERGE residency at Earthdance Creative Living Center, Plainfield, Massachusetts. February 10-24, 2013. www.popecinema.com www.earthdance.net
An installation, dancefilm, and live performance. Public Space One, Iowa City. April 2012.