Barbara Mahler

Barbara Mahler, photo by Nicole Cordero

Loosely inspired by Eadweard Muybridge’s motion photography, Barbara Mahler’s In Bundled Postures pursues her own investigations of the body in motion and at rest. Spare, sculptural, and introspective, Mahler’s elegantly somatic movement vocabulary articulates emotional tones that the viewer experiences kinesthetically.

Barbara Mahler is an active and long-standing member of the NYC dance community, as a choreographer, performer, bodyworker, and movement educator. She has been an ongoing faculty member with Movement Research since 2005, an artist in residence 2000-02, 2006-08. Her products and process are supported by MR with her consistent and ongoing teaching. Before that, she was co-director of the Susan Klein School of Dance, 1983-2003, and instrumental in the development and outreach of Klein Technique.

Her work, in all of of capacities, has taken her to Canada, Europe, South America, and Asia. Most recent has been travel to Taipei, 3x as a movement teacher and body worker, and coming up in October, her 4th visit to Chile, involved in a new annual somatics program at the University of Santiago. Her visit this year involves the creation of a new group dance of 20 minutes, as well a a performance by Barbara of her latest work “ARRiveD”.

In the spring of 2018, Barbara was an artist in Residence at the Brooklyn Studios For Dance, receiving rehearsal hours to create for a fully sponsored evening a new work, which was a solo for herself, and a duet.

Other performing activities of 2018 included involvement in the 5th Queensboro Dance Festival Tour, culminating in performances at Flushing Town Hall, and the Queens Museum. Projected for 2019 will be new work for her long time performers Trina Mannino and Jamie Grahm, a return to Berlin for teaching and an informal showing of new movement ideas.

In 2015 Barbara was a LiftOff space grant recipient.