Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley CA 2010. Photo by A Hud
Margit Galanter’s fascination with the potency of movement has drawn her to embodied research throughout her lifetime. Margit was raised in Lenapehoking, the indigenous name for the land now known as New York City, and she is now based in Huichin, - the California East Bay. Margit has toured in the US and internationally, working extensively in the interdisciplinary arts and in social and racial justice movements. Her unique contribution is in supporting people to experience clarity and vitality — in their individual bodies as well as in community. From 1990 - the present, Margit has spent extensive time and has lived in Indonesia, where she taught at University of Gadjah Madah, community arts centers, and studied and performed martial arts as well as traditional and contemporary dance. Margit offers her work in the service of collective embodied liberation: she has established the vivid grove for moving and learning site in 2019 as a resource and interactive gathering place for all to participate, exchange ideas, and nourish their practices.
the vivid grove program is a synthesis of movement arts, Chinese energetics, collective learning, and creative research. The courses access these different streams to support vitality and exuberance as the basis for artistic development and an engaged, embodied life. The courses are influenced by the brilliance of the elements, seasons, practice, and our unique human signatures, aka human nature culture.
Margit's ongoing study bridges healing and cultural scholarship. They trained in the late Dennis Leri’s Semiophysics Professional Feldenkrais program, and became a Guild Certified Practitioner in 2000, having completed many advanced trainings and self-organized study projects since that time. Margit has practiced Chinese energetics and qigong since 1999 with her primary teachers Micheline Bogey and Dr. Bingkun Hu, as well as with the late Liu Ming/Da Yuan Circle, Jason Frye, Gilles Marin, Janet Oliver, and Aileen Jong; Margit has also formally advanced her studies through The Acupressure and Chi Nei Tsang Institutes in Berkeley CA, receiving an Acupressure Certificate in 2010. In 2004 Margit earned an MA in Movement Research and Practice from New York University’s Gallatin School, and she earned her undergraduate degree in Movement Studies and Anthropology at Brown University, 1993. Margit has also studied Focusing, Philosophy of the Implicit, and Thinking at the Edge with Eugene Gendlin and others. She has ongoing inquiries in a wide range of subjects, from critical race and queer studies, to neurophenomenology, healing traditions, ancestral and aesthetic lineages, sacred landscapes, and poetics.
Since 1996, Margit has engaged in movement collaboration and study with the artists of Image Lab (Lisa Nelson, Karen Nelson, Scott Smith, and K.J. Holmes); since 1995 dyke has studied dance improvisation with U.S. luminaries such as Steve Paxton, Simone Forti, Daniel Lepkoff, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Julyen Hamilton, Keith Hennessy, Nancy Stark Smith, Stephanie Skura, and Barbara Dilley. During her years in Indonesia, Margit studied movement meditations, traditional dances, masked dances, and martial arts with teachers such as I Ketut Kantor (Bali), Pak Heru (Java), the Panca Daya school (throughout Indonesia), and since 2000 has focused in apprenticeship and collaboration with Suprapto Suryodarmo (Java, U.S., and internationally).
Margit's work as an artist, educator, and cultural worker has been supported in the US by many institutions and organizations including Berkeley Art Museum, Naropa University, Stanford University, Mills College, FRESH Festival/SF, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, The Prosodic Body, UCSD, UCSC, UMass-Amherst, Montalvo Arts, and SFMOMA. They perform and practice often outdoors and in environmental settings, both urban and natural. Since 2015, Margit has been the resident artist at Temescal Arts Center, Oakland CA where she has dedicated herself in her performance inquiry, Cave Forms, which uniquely integrates dance, Chinese energetics, community-building, transdisciplinary art practice, and living sculpture.
Margit has co-curated and directed events such as the Movement Research Festival (NYC, 2005), The Field-Seattle (1997-99) and SFDI (1997 - 2000). In the Bay Area, Margit co-curated the embodied language festival Words and Deeds (2011), and various events with SALTA Collective, Oakland, since 2016. As Co-Director of Earthdance (an artist-run workshop, residency, and retreat center located in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts) from 2006 - 2009, Margit co-founded large-scale cultural projects such as seeds, an arts + ecology festival, and the Julius Ford/Harriet Tubman Healthy Living Project, a year-round initiative that creates opportunities for critical thinking, healthy living and co-creating community among inter-generational educators, activists, artists, community builders and underserved youth.