44 Arts Productive
A consultancy founded by Michèle Steinwald in 2004
focused on curation, education, organization,
and advocacy for the performing arts,
with a focus on dance.
PC: Rino Pizzi (in audience at An Uncanny Beauty: A Celebration of Deborah Hay symposium, 2010)
I am a feminist, DIY, artist-centered, pseudo-forensic, embodied, community-driven, cultural organizer marked by five major influences:
At age 14, I saw Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker in Rosas’ Bartok and fell in love with contemporary dance (1986).
At age 15, I produced my friend’s post-punk band Pestilence's gig at the all-ages music venue One Step Beyond in Ottawa, Canada (1987). Seven people came. I knew all but one.
At age 21, I studied with American choreographer Deborah Hay and was forever changed (1994).
At age 25, I attended Easter service with pastor Cecil Williams preaching at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco and saw/felt true inclusion (1998).
Since my teen years, I have deliberately watched the New York-based TV series Law & Order, noting human behavior and gut instincts through problem solving.