Fresh Juice

Mascher’s annual artist in residence show, featuring finished dances by Mascher members and juice freshly squeezed for the audience. For the past two years Mascher has received theater rental subsidy from The New Stages for Dance Initiative, a program of Dance USA/Philadelphia. This has offered the opportunity for Mascher members to show their work at higher production values than is possible at Mascher’s home studio. In 2011 Fresh Juice shared a bill with the Requisite Movers at the Performance Garage. In 2012 Fresh Juice shared a bill with Carbon Dance Theater at the Christ Church Neighborhood House.


As a membership perk, artists in residence receive subsidized training with master teachers. Previous master teachers include: Katsura Kan, Miguel Gutierrez, Kathleen Hermisdorf, Kira Kirsch, luciana achugar, Shannon Murphy and Deborah Hay.


***We are not a presenting organization and do not present touring or traveling artists. We can only offer a partial sponsorship in the form of discounted or donated space.  A full proposal of the project and the use of our space is required and evaluated by Mascher’s governing body and members. Thus a minimum of 3 months advance is needed.  Please, know that we always prioritize our members and their needs in our space, so a project that alters or disrupts our normal activities will be immediately dismissed. (like a large set that can’t be moved for example….)   Proposals can be send to:***


Mascher Sponsored Program

H-O-T Series with Impermanent Society of Philadelphia

The H-O-T Series of Philadelphia, produced by the Impermanent Society of Philadelphia (ISOP), is a mostly monthly performance event that highlights the playful interaction between movement and sound artists as live composition. This month is curated by ISOP members Asimina Chremos,Loren Groenendaal, Rob Kopki, Jim Strong and features improvisational dance and music from local and touring artists. The series was originated by dance artist Loren Groenendaal and experimental percussionist Flandrew Fleisenberg and receives support from Mascher.

Get What You Need with Here[begin] Dance a.k.a. Zornitsa Stoyanova

You get 30 minutes.
Invite your friends and collaborators.
Get feedback.
Free to attend and participate.
You get what you need.

Get What You Need is a way to support and engage in conversation about the work and life of a dance maker. Sign up in advance by emailing: zornitsa(at)herebegindance(dot)com to reserve your 30 minute slot. You can do whatever you want with your time (show a piece, talk about a concept, go through budgets, brainstorm funding, anything connected to you as a dancer and dance maker). Invite your friends and collaborators – low stakes, good conversation!

Zornitsa will be present and available as a resource.

Events are open to the public, but not heavily marketed, so it really is from the dance community for the dance community.  Runs monthly on a Sunday from October to May every year.


Birthing Bodies, Birthing Art with Here[begin] Dance a.k.a. Zornitsa Stoyanova

a need based space residency for birthing parents.

Second year of the residency is still looking for funding.  More information about the program and upcoming events  at


Get Free Festival with jazmyn burton & jean-jacques gabriel

Philadelphia-based healing practitioners and yoga instructors for a weekend of wellness.  Featuring couples yoga, Thai massage, Kemetic yoga, yin, vinyasa, guided journaling, meditation, accupunture, natural food vendors, chair massage and more.

Many Mascher Programs are continually being invented and re-imagined by current members. Some programs are no longer with us.



Philadelphia/Poland Dance Artist Exchange

Mascher Space Coop is continuing the Philadelphia/Poznań artist exchange, an outgrowth of the program begun by Dance/UP and Stary Browar in 2012. In June 2015, Stary Browar Art Center (Poznań, Poland) invited Philly based choreographers for a study visit to Poland. In September 2015, we hosted Polish artists in Philadelphia.

In 2015, we sent Philadelphia dance artists Gabrielle Revlock and Zornitsa Stoyanova (Mascher member 2006-2010 and again 2016 to present) on exchange to Poland in June. They spent three weeks participating in festivals, workshops, and studios with many Polish choreographers and interdisciplinary artists.


A low-tech, works-in-progress show for Philadelphia and New York choreographers, chosen by lottery. The artists show work in both cities, broadening their audience base and creating networking opportunities in a new city. Performances take place at thefidget space in Philadelphia and at Center for Performance Research in New York.  INFLUX performances offer the audience a window into the choreographer’s artistic process through moderated discussions following each piece.

Monster Mayhem

A free night of madness that feels like an art party.
A low-to-no tech celebration that happens twice a year.

At Monster Mayhem, the ideas you nixed as too boring, too wild, too messy, too naked, too lazy, or too weird are just right.

You are already good enough, so wanna show something?

Low Lives 

Low Lives is an international festival of live performance-based works transmitted via the internet and projected in real time at multiple venues throughout the U.S. and around the world. Low Lives examines works that critically investigate, challenge, and extend the potential of performance practice presented live through online broadcasting networks. These networks provide a new alternative and efficient medium for presenting, viewing, and archiving performances.

New Voices in Live Performance

Mascher was invited to curate two evenings of dance at Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn.
"No Translation" by Antonia & Artists. Photo by Hilary Brashear, 2014.

“No Translation” by Antonia & Artists. Photo by Hilary Brashear, 2014.