Pulse performance art salon

It’s June. New salon. New performance art!

This month’s guests are: Jake Budenz, Alex D’Agostino, Kate Porter, and Isa Leal.

Thursday, June 12, 8PM – FREE


More Like a Monk – Isa Leal featuring Kate Porter, Maura Dwyer, Josh Dean, Melinda Kiefer, and John Lind

More Like a Monk is part of a larger work for an upcoming evening of dance in Baltimore. This piece was conceived in dialogue with a recent victim of a stroke, the artist’s mother.

Isa Leal is interested in the transcendent aspects of art and hopes to engage the audience viscerally and kinetically, empowering them to empathize, and therefore counter the dehumanization of our current socio-political state, no matter what the medium.

She holds a B.A. in Theatre and Dance From James Madison University. After graduation she worked for years in collaboration with Zen Monkey Project and Stephen Nachmanovich, to develop scores for music/movement improvisation in the architecture of a cooperative art gallery of which she was a resident member. She studied Contact Improvisation intensively with Karl Frost, Martin Keogh, Brad Stoller and at Earthdance extensively. Shortly there after she began her teaching and research practice, with her company and studio,This Little Bird. In 2010 she relocated to Baltimore MD, where she has been heavily involved in multiple large scale collaborations with Baltimore Experimental Dance Collective and The Annex Theatre. In 2011, she along with Clare Cote and Effervecent Collective, received Best Ambition, in the Baltimore City Paper for, Power Moves Forever Quest, an evening long multimedia dance performance, based on a live video game world, for Transmodern Festival.

In November of 2012 she completed a year long series of workshops with Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson, where she was selected to join movement artists from around the world to study Material for the Spine, The Tuning Score and the combination of the two (the first time they were taught together!)

She is writing a book about empathy in performance as an innately political tool entitled An Authentic Vehicle : Empathetic Action in Performance and Personal Practice, and is currently on a tour called “Experiments!” to share and exchange research-in-performance internationally.


Cruise Control featuring Alexander D’Agostino and Porter Montana

“Cruise Control” is an investigation on the distant intimacy of queer cruising in a smart-phone/craigslist/tweeted/chatroom of a world.

Alexander D’Agostino is a Baltimore based interdisciplinary artist creating immersive performances blurring the line between dance,
ritual, and the everyday.

Porter Montana is a movement artist in Baltimore investigating a relationship with the limits and abilities of the body that can translate to improvisation experiments playing with the imaginary.


A Spell to Draw You Near  featuring Jake Budenz

A Spell to Draw You Near is a piece that explores useless acts of infatuation through a combination of witchcraft, fiction, dance, and music. The piece features Jake Budenz (performer/writer/director), Alex D’Agostino (dancer), Kate Porter (music).


May’s salon guest, Renee Reagan.


Pulse is a regularly-occurring salon at EMP for the discussion and development of performance art work in Baltimore. The salons will feature 2-3 performance artists a month and are open to everyone. The aim of these salons are to provide a consistent outlet for creating new performance work and connecting with fellow performers as well as an ongoing venue for audiences to experience and participate in the development of these works.