Premier work by new Portland choreographer, Muffie Connelly


Induction Ceremony explores the physicality of the body in relation to the lines of intimacy and intimate relationships that blur during gestation, and continue postpartum.The obligations and necessary functions of the body and its parts, as a nurturing lifeline, are compared to the same bodily existence in a sexual context – the body as a means for pleasure. This dance performance features female performers wearing a range of repurposed pantyhose, exposing flesh and femininity as they move in and out of the extremes of bodily domination.

Portland choreographer Muffie Connelley presents this performance in collaboration with Happydog and local sound designer Eric Garcia on August 23 and 24 at 7:30pm at Studio 2@Zoomtopia on 810 SE Belmont in Portland, OR. Tickets are available at For more information please go here:

The How and the Why of It – Thursday May 16th – Saturday May 18th

The How and the Why of It

New Dances Choreographed by Christy Funsch and Katherine Longstreth

Performances by Kelly Bartnik, Christy Funsch and Katherine Longstreth

Film by Kelly Bartnik and Geoffrey Ehrlich

WHEN: Thursday, May 16 – 8:00pm; Friday, May 17 – 8:00pm; Saturday, May 18 – 3:00pm AND 8:00pm

WHERE: Studio 2 at Zoomtopia 810 SE Belmont, Portland, OR

TICKETS: $20 regular; $10 student, artist, senior.
NOTE: Seating is limited at Studio Two. If you have questions, comments, or trouble please email me at Thanks for supporting the arts in Portland and I look forward to seeing you at the show.

PRESS CONTACT: Katherine Longstreth;

MORE ON “The How and The Why of It”

Katherine Longstreth

Christy Funsch

Kelly Bartnik

Fresh from launching a three-city tour in New York City, critically acclaimed Christy Funsch and Katherine Longstreth are together again to present brand new dances in Portland at Zoomtopia’s Studio 2.  Both Funsch and Longstreth accept the limitations of our knowledge and are interested in highlighting our potential for disorientation.  Funsch’s work celebrates the vulnerable yet indefatigable spirit through choreographic experiments with gaze, distinctive movement invention, and unpredictable phrasing and Longstreth’s work examines the vulnerability and mutability of what we believe to be true and hints at the possibility for discovery once we acknowledge our essential lack of control and powerlessness.  In addition to performing, Kelly Bartnik will be screening the film, Reins, made with Geoffrey Ehrlich and commissioned by Dances Made to Order and selected for Glove Box Film Festival, Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Third Coast Dance Film Festival, and Movies by Movers.

Studio 2@Zoomtopia presents “New Expressive Works” – March 15th, 16th, 17th

We are excited that our residents are almost ready to bring their work to the public. After 6 months of weekly rehearsals, one closed-rehearsal, and three Fieldwork sessions with Facilitator, Katherine Longstreth, N.E.W. residents will present the fruits of their labor on March 15th, 16th, and 17th.

We hope many of you will join us to witness their works. Details below.

Studio 2@Zoomtopia presents:
WHAT: N.E.W. – New Expressive Works
WHO: 2012 – 2013 Residents – Tracy Broyles, Stephanie Lanckton, Rachel Slater, Robert Tyree
WHEN: Friday March 15th, Saturday March 16th,  Sunday March 17th; 7:30pm
COST: $11 (Credit Card & online Payments); $10 (Cash & Checks)

ONLINE TICKET SALES ARE NOW CLOSED! Box office will open at 6:30pm each night of the performance. We will be able to take your credit cards at the door.