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*This link will take you to the website for our umbrella organization, Marfa Live Arts.

July 9th- 16th, 2019

travel days – July 8th & July 17th


DANCE RANCH MARFA is a rigorous investigation of the relationship between the self and the group in an art-making context. The workshop is intended to provide dedicated spaces for collective/individual learning and exploration. We use this time in Marfa to work, investigate, and collectively widen compositional, sensorial, and performance skills.


Using Ensemble Thinking, ReWire Movement Method, and Contact Improvisation as points of departure, we will investigate the intra-relationships of the solo body, the weighted body and the ensemble. The days consist of two 3-hour blocks of time in the studio and the theater. There will be a day off midway through the intensive to enjoy the town and the sky. Towards the end of the week there will be a performance in the Crowley Theater, open to the Marfa community.


Lower Left Performance Collective is known for collaboratively working across multiple time zones, multiple genres and media. In current times, we find much importance in fostering our cooperative and individual powers for self-determination.


This year’s facilitators in Marfa: Lower Left Members Nina Martin, Margaret Paek, and Leslie Scates


Lower Left is a program of Marfa Live Arts.


To register:

Email with your:
- Name
- Address
- Cell phone
- A short bio



Payment can be made by mailing in a check sent to: 

Marfa Live Arts

Attn: Dance Ranch Marfa

PO Box 1365

Marfa TX 79843




go to:

Marfa Live Arts website and donate with a note that earmarks the funds for Dance Ranch Marfa 2019 (also, green button at top left of screen)


$500 Registration – $450 if paid in full by April 1st. (no foolin’!)
$100 deposit
remainder due by July 9th




Work-study discounts are available. Duties include cleaning the studio, set-up and post-performance cleaning, hanging flyers around town. If interested, please contact us.


Travel and Housing to be arranged by you.
Lower Left will connect workshop participants for housing and travel coordination.


Marfa is a unique, beautiful community in West Texas. Situated three hours driving distance from the nearest airports (El Paso or Midland/Odessa), close to Big Bend National Park, and a high desert, Marfa is a wonderful place to get away from usual life and immerse yourself in art and dance.


Because Marfa is 3 hours away from the airports, one day prior and one day after the workshop is reserved for travel. Airplane reservations should be made with ample time for travel. Marfa and Midland are Central Standard Time, while El Paso is Mountain Standard Time. 

– arrive on July 8th

Your in-bound flight should arrive at the airports no later than 1:00 or 1:30 pm


– depart after 12 noon on July 17th

Your out-bound flight should leave the airport no earlier than 10:00 am


Call 1-855-TRY-TRAX (1-855-879-8729) for more information and to schedule a pick up or drop off. This is a shuttle service that gets folks to their doctor’s appointments and the airport.


Pick-ups at El Paso (ELP) or Midland Odessa (MAF) airports. Approximately $35 one way.


Marfa info (including travel and hotels) –
El Paso shuttle –
Midland Shuttle –
VRBO (search Marfa) –
AirBnB (search Marfa) –

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