HMD's 2020 Bridge Project POWER SHIFT: Improvisation, Activism, and Community presents 

YOUR OWN GOD,  one week of intensive,  individualized coaching in improvisation and performance led by Judith Sánchez Ruíz. Professional experience as a dance improviser and performer required to participate.


Register for 2 Power Shift events and SAVE 10%. Register for 3 or more Power Shift events and SAVE 15%. Email for discount codes.


DATES: Monday OCTOBER 5 - Friday OCTOBER 9, 2020

LOCATION: This event will take place online via Zoom. You will receive a link to access this event one week prior.

TIME: Registrants will be assigned to one of the following three sessions, which will meet for 45 minutes each day.

Session #1: 9 - 9:45 AM (PDT)

Session #2: 10 - 10:45 AM (PDT)

Session #3: 11 - 11:45 AM (PDT)

Let us know your first, second, and third choice for sessions when you register. Capacity is limited to three people per session. Prior to the intensive, we will reach out with questions regarding your goals. Judith assign participants to one of the three sessions based on shared goals.


*HMD's commitment to bringing people together through art and dialogue drives everything we do. We are currently in dialogue with POWER SHIFT artists to reimagine events that bring us together safely as we navigate the covid-19 pandemic. All POWER SHIFT events will take place in the digital space, or in-person at outdoor locations with restrictions on capacity and ample space for safe distancing. Masks will be required at in-person events. All events are subject to change.  We look forward to sharing art and community with you this coming fall.



ABOUT YOUR OWN GOD   |   A unique opportunity to receive individualized coaching in intimate groups of three artists under the mentorship of internationally-acclaimed dancer Judith Sanchez Ruiz. This workshop over five consecutive days, each day a 45-minute session, will feature practical exercises, dialogue, and prompts for play. Work with Judith will re-set your process, help you internalize new practices, and connect your Mind, Body, and Imagination. Topics will include:

  • Improvisation: Scores & Equations / Time / Composition / Creativity  
  • Choreography: Structure / Process & Research / Vocabulary / Composition / Equation / Leadership

ABOUT JUDITH SÁNCHEZ RUÍZ   |   Judith Sánchez Ruíz The Berlin–based director, choreographer, teacher, improviser, Judith Sánchez Ruíz (CU- GE), was based in New York since 1999 and relocated to Berlin in 2011. She’s created numerous choreographic stage works and Site Specific, and has initiated several improvisation projects involving live music with innovative composers and visual artist. Former member of Sasha Waltz & Guest, Germany (2011-2014); Trisha Brown Dance Company, US, (2006-2009); Mal Pelo Company, Spain (1997-1999), and DanzAbierta Company, Cuba, (1991-1996). Among others independent choreographers as: David Zambrano (1997), Jeremy Nelson & Luis Malvacias (2001-2002); DD Dorvillier (2002), Deborah Hay (2012). Sánchez’s work has been presented in numerous International Festivals and has received commissioned choreography works at Danspace Project St. Marks Church NY; Work & Progress at Guggenheim Museum, NY, Whitney Museum NY, Storm King Art Center, NY. She has been awarded grants by The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The American Music Center’s Live Music for Dance program as well as the Baryshnikov Arts Center: Martha Duffy Resident Artist Spring among others. Since 2012 she has been doing a choreographic collaboration with Edivaldo Ernesto. "There is a name for it" (2013) and "NOISE" (2016). JSR Company had presented in Berlin: "Micro Revolution” (2015); ”Sebastian Schunke Meets JSR” (2016), and "Mirror Equation" (2016). "Encaje" (2017) - her most recent work drawing from the diaries of writer Anaïs Nin was presented as a work-in-progress at Festival Deltebre Dansa, Spain, and received a residency award at Choreographisches Centrum Heidelberg in Projekt der TANZAllianz, Heidelberg, Germany. Premiering at 13th Guangdong Dance Festival, Guangzhou, China, (2017), and recently touring the US, presenting “ENCAJE” + A spontaneous duet honoring the memory of Trisha Brown featuring Jodick Melnick and Lance Gries & Hahn Row at Brooklyn Studios for Dance, New York, and with Laurel Jenkins and Brian wood at Show at Box L.A. / we live in space, Los Angeles, US. New creation by JSR Company, group piece “OLT” our lips together, will premiere in 2019. In the six years after moving from New York City to Berlin, JSR stablished as a choreographer and teacher at major institutions of higher education in dance throughout Europe. Creating works and teaching at: SEAD Salzburg Experimental Academic, Salzburg (2016), Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, France (2015, 2016, 2017), SNDO Amsterdam, Netherlands (2017), denDanske Scenekunstskole (the Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance) (2010, 2014), at Norges Dansehøyskole (Norwegian College of Dance), Oslo, Norway (2014), at the Modern Dance Theater School, MTD, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2015), University of Music and Dance Cologne, Germany (2014, 2015, 2016); plus Ménagerie de Verre; Tanzfabrik, Marameo, Micadanses, Critical Path, Tanzquartier. Companies like: Sasha Waltz & Dancers, Cie. toula limnaios, Amir Samir Company and summer workshops like Dance Umbrella Festival, London, Coda Oslo International Dance Festival, Oslo, Tsekh Summer School, Moscow, Objectif Danse, Marseille, Summer Melt: Movement Research, New York, 2st Tanztreffen der Jugend, Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, Germany, NYU Summer workshops, Berlin, Summer Workshop, Guangzhou, China and Deltebre Dance Festival, Spain.

ABOUT POWER SHIFT   |  POWER SHIFT: Improvisation, Activism, and Community invites artists and activists to share the practice and performance of improvisation. Co-curated by Cherie Hill, Hope Mohr, and Karla Quintero, POWER SHIFT brings you inside the improvisational practices of Black/African American, Latinx/Latin American, Asian American, female-identifying and queer improvisers and social justice activists. The program highlights voices from African dance, jazz aesthetics, social and street dance, contemporary forms, and Capoeira.

POWER SHIFT is about more than performance. A wide array of intensives and workshops at the intersection of dance and social action offer opportunities to build and share tools for the creative process. In these spaces, we will move and imagine together. We will cultivate power and resilience in the face of shifting and uncertain landscapes. 


Photo: Judith Sánchez Ruíz by David Beecroft

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Venue Details
ONLINE via Zoom
, San Francisco, California, 94122, United States
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