The tendency in the dance world is to value the choreographer over the performer. Chrysa Parkinson is a performer and educator who studies the role of the performer.

Check out her talk on Audiostage!

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“I think that equality comes with assymetry and that it’s not necessary for roles to be symmetrical for there to be equality.”
– Chrysa Parkinson

About the interview: In the first episode of season three, Angela and Jana speak to Chrysa Parkinson on the creativity of the dancer: the work of dance, the authorship of the dancer, and whether excessive praise is how we pay artists in lieu of a living wage.

After many years in New York, working with Tere O’Connor Dance among others, Chrysa Parkinson now lives in Brussels. In Europe, she performed initially with Thomas Hauert and David Zambrano, and later with Boris Charmatz, Rosas/Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jonathan Burrows, Mette Ingvartsen, Phillip Gehmacher, Eszter Salomon, John Jasperse, Deborah Hay, Meg Stuart. She is an esteemed pedagogue, teaching annually at PARTS, and currently serving as Director of the New Performative Practices MFA program at DOCH/Uniarts in Stockholm.

Chrysa Parkinson would say that her current practice is performance.

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Cynthia Adams Excerpts

Who is Cynthia Adams the choreographer?

Cynthia has been choreographing and performing in modern and contemporary dance for over 30 years. Her time in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco has influenced her thinking and work in style and content.  Creating a multi layered, idea based style, Cynthia heavily combines vocal and text elements to her work as well as music elements and video.

Cynthia Adams excerpts video from ken james on Vimeo.

Currently faculty at Iowa State University, and lives in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband (and co-artistic director), son, and old hound dog.

And now a biography of Cynthia Adams

Cynthia Adams, MA, RYT500, ACSM

Cynthia Adams joined the ISU dance faculty in the Fall of 2010. Ms. Adams holds a M.A. in Choreography/Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in Pre-Dance Therapy from New York University in New York City. Ms. Adams has taught as a guest artist at Mills College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cabrillo College, the University of California at Berkeley, and San Jose State University, as well as in numerous studios teaching ongoing classes and workshops in dance and somatic practices.

At ISU, Cynthia teaches all levels of modern, ballet, yoga, dance composition and dance history. As the advisor for the student organization, Orchesis 1, she teaches company class, books guest artists, choreographs, and serves as the artistic director for Barjche, held in Fisher Auditorium in February.

Ms. Adams began performing her solo and group work in N.Y.C. in 1981. Her choreographic, film and video/dance works have since been seen across the country, Canada and Germany. In 1992 she formed Fellow Travelers Performance Group (, a dance theater company in the San Francisco Bay Area with Ken James. Over the years FTPG has received numerous grants and awards in addition to performing in many curated festivals in California, Vancover, BC, Wisconsin and Iowa.


ISU Orchesis Dance Production

February 3, 4 and 5 at the Fischer Theater on the Iowa State Campus in Ames,

Orchesis I Dance Company is a student organization at Iowa State University which is run like a dance company. Our intellectual interest is in contemporary and modern dance. We require auditions, attendance, commitment and a healthy sense of community.




Orchesis I Presents

2017  BARJCHE Threads

February 3, 4 @ 7:30pm February 5 @ 2:00pm


Barjche 2017:  Threads

What: Barjche, (pronounced bar-Shay) Iowa State University’s annual modern dance concert, was first created in 1946 by three Iowa State students, Barbara, Jean and Charlotte. The founding members of ISU’s dance club Orchesis wanted to create a modern dance concert.  Since that time, Barjche has been produced annually by the Orchesis I dance company.

Threads is a contemporary modern dance production with multiple pieces by different student choreographers, alumni, faculty and guests looking at the kinds of connection we have with others.  In the words of Sherry Turkle, “ As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other?  How are devices and online personas redefining human connection.”  Some of the dances will be abstract leaving the audience open to interpreting while others will be more literal.

Where: Fisher Theater at the Iowa State Center

Who: This year Barjche includes a special  work with 15 alumni performing in honor of a former faculty member, as well as works by Barjche Artistic Director Cynthia Adams (ISU faculty and FTPG),  and members and alumni of Orchesis 1.

How: Tickets are $10 for Iowa State Students and $12 for General Public. You can purchase tickets for Barjche online at:

Info: Cynthia Adams-