FARMINGTON – Martin Keogh, a Fulbright senior specialist, will be a Contact Improvisation, artist-in-residence at the University of Maine at Farmington. He will present two workshops on Thursday, April 7. The first workshop will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in Dearborn Gym and the second from 2 to 3:15 p.m. at City Lights, 170 Broadway.

A third four-hour workshop, requiring preregistration, will be held from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, in Dearborn Gym. The fee for Friday’s workshop is on a sliding scale. For more information or to preregister, contact Margaret Gould Wescott at 778-7141.

Keogh has been teaching and performing Contact Improvisation for more than 24 years. After attending the Interlochen Arts Academy and Stanford University, Keogh spent time traveling to monasteries in Japan and Korea and was the director of the Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley, Calif.

He is one of the original members of the Motivity Dance Company, which specializes in aerial dancing on low level trapezes. Keogh is cofounder of Spring/Fall Dance Studio and the Dancing Ground, an organization that produces conferences on gender and mythology in northern California. He’s worked with Touchdown Dance USA, an organization that teaches Contact Improvisation to the blind.

Most recently he was on the dance faculty at the National School of Fine Arts in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. For his contribution to the development of Contact Improvisation he is listed in “Who’s Who in America” and he’s on the roster of Fulbright senior specialists. When not on tour, Keogh dances with his family near Boston.


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