We have a CORE TEAM who are the centre of the practice, teaching and production. In addition to this, an ENSEMBLE which has emerged from collaboration with students chosen from our training. A group of gorgeous and talented ASSOCIATE ARTISTS teach, collaborate and practice with us regularly, and finally we are very grateful to our elders, our world-class and wonderful ARTISTIC MENTORS who also teach on the
BODY & PERFORMANCE course.
Who we are
We are an international collective of practitioners aligned in our beliefs about the power and place of creativity in the world and seek to expand our understanding of the body, and develop artistic visions rooted in physical expression.
Our work together is based upon shared appreciation of co-learning principles and a performer-centred process, facilitating transformation through our teaching, creations and placing the surrender of ego at the centre of our ensemble dynamics. Founded upon belief in innate human creativity and weaving ancient Vedic wisdom throughout its creative practice, Moving Parts aims to foster abundant creative potential, in its core team, ensemble and associates.
EVOLVING THE SELF & GROUP
We are characterised, live and practice by:
We are teacher-performer-practitioners. We approach teaching from the perspective of being fellow artists sharing what we’ve learnt, and what we love. We are not masters. We are working it out, and making it up as we go along – just like everybody else!
That said, this is a dream core team, and this, plus our associate artists who teach along side us on The Body and Performance are an insane mix of incredible talent, who are all not only gifted with skill but also possess humility and infuse groups they with, with nurturing care and joy!
Our Core Team
In addition to our core team, we have a growing collective of performers who have completed training with us, and who now create and collaborate on production. Our first intake selected from our training The Body and Performance, just devised the first version of Covid Dreams with us. We're working to nurture each other's creative visions.
Associate Artists - practitioners, trainers, collaborators
We are blessed with incredibly talented practitioners in our orbit, who we have learned from, played with, dreamt together with over the years. This represents a community of movement artists of excellence, with advanced physical skill and virtuosity in a range of disciplines. But more importantly, this specific group of renowned artists share their gifts with such joy and care. We are forever grateful that we are in studios, moving, exploring, sweating, rolling, falling, delighting, struggling, flying together, so often.
The generosity of these great practitioners is humbling. We are guided by the wisdom of elders who are further along the journey than we and bring years of experience and brilliance to support and nurture us.
Moving Parts grew out of lockdown when a group of international performers, who had come for the Goa Dance Residency,got stuck,.There were few flights out, some unaffordable emergency ones - Covid-19 gave us the gift of stillness. We had to stay in India – for until flights opened up. Which turned from weeks to months into years, and now Goa is home.
Melissa met insanely talented, former national softball champion, now Contemporary dancer, Purnendra Meshram in a studio where movers (in a fortunate Covid-bubble) shifted their forms, danced, shared and trained throughout Covid-restricted times. Melissa and Purnendra’s love of movement and desire to learn from each other’s craft, led to establishing a one month physical theatre and dance residency in November 2021. This, the indomitably talented Daniel De Souza, joined. Daniel is now a core member of a team which has grown to include prolific Indian dance-artist Prashant More and our heart and centre from the Netherlands based in Goa, Arianne de Vos Buchart.
Our core team and associate artists are committed to sharing their gifts. The greatest gifts any practitioner can infuse in participants, are the love of learning plus the confidence to continue to grow, and inspire in turn.
We are pracitioners standing atop a tower which our predecessors have been building for a millennia and which continue to building, and by doing so raise ourselves to get an ever-broader view the vast and sublime theatre of the human condition, and the great dance of nature to which we are inextricably linked.
We try to have no illusions, just love for our craft, and each other.