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Motus Dance Theatre is now officially the Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective (IMAC). We extend boundless gratitude to all who contributed to the rich history of Motus Dance Theatre, since its founding in 2003. This name change does not signify an ending but rather a natural transformation to an organization who will dedicate its time, energy and resources to supporting and connecting the Indianapolis community through shared movement experiences – because every human can dance. We invite you to come as you are and MOVE.

Out and About

Our administrative staff has some busy times ahead! Look and see all that we are doing…

Ongoing & Upcoming




Start with Art – We are proud to announce that Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective has been asked to perform at this year’s Start with Art luncheon on August 31st, hosted by the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Start with Art celebrates the vibrant Indy art community and its supporters; local artists, educators, and others making an impact through the ARTI Awards. Come and celebrate with US!

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Night Out Program – Continuing to cement our partnership with the Martin Luther King Center, Lauren Curry leads the Night Out program, which is generously funded by the GPD Group Employees’ Foundation and seeks to supplement the humanities learning in School 43, attended by most of the MLK students. Up to 10 students accompanied by a parent or guardian will attend 3 cultural events in Indianapolis, creating opportunities for child and adult to engage around the arts, think critically about what they see and engage in rich discussions.


OPEN Indy – We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Project Support Grant from the Arts Council of Indianapolis for our first OPEN Indy residency and performance. Open Indy (Original. Performance. Experiments. Now.) is a new program for performers of all disciplines in the Indianapolis area that provides accessible, professional, and dynamic training opportunities. Each year, OPEN Indy will provide workshops and performances with a master guest artist who is doing cutting edge, cross-disciplinary work.

Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective and NoExit Performance are proud to announce that Gerry Trentham, an internationally known director/performer based in Toronto and Artistic Director of lbs/sq”, will be OPEN Indy’s inaugural artist this November. Mr. Trentham’s residency will culminate in a performance on November 16th and 17th at 8pm at The District Theatre.

Workshop dates and times are TBD. Stay tuned!



Spotlight Indy, April 2018 IMAC and NoExit Performance presented an excerpt from Dinner: A Romance in 4 Courses, directed by Lauren Curry and originally produced by NoExit Performance in February of 2018. Spotlight Indy is an annual benefit performance that raises money for HIV prevention throughout Indiana.

Photo Credit: Freddie Kelvin


Public House Cinema, March 2018  Public House Cinema, at IndyFringe. screened Pina and two short, locally produced dance films: one conceived and directed by local dance artist, and frequent IMAC guest teacher, Rebecca Pappas and one conceived and directed by IMAC Director of Development, Lauren Curry, both in collaboration with filmmakers Charles Borowicz and Trisha Borowicz of AnC Movies




Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival, March 2018 Lauren & Bethany, conceived and directed by Bethany Bak (Director of Movement Education for IMAC), was an official live performance selection for this year’s RAD Fest in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Lauren & Bethany was originally presented at Cultivate, an emerging choreographer showcase hosted by Motus Dance in 2016.


Art and Soul, February 2018 – We are so very proud of Director of Development Lauren Curry, who was named a Featured Artist for this year’s Art and Soul  celebration, presented by the Arts Council of Indianapolis. The festival ran from January 27th to February 28, and featured a series of free performances at the Artsgarden. Lauren’s performance took place on February 8 at 12:15. If you missed it, you can still see Jillian Deam‘s engaging interview with Lauren for Fox59 News.

Photo Credit: Faith Cohen



Dinner: A Romance in Four Courses, February 2018 – This alternative Valentine’s Day event, produced by NoExit Performance, took inspiration from the diverse menu at Mesh and the interpersonal connections forged while dining. Guests were treated to a four course meal carefully crafted by chef Travis Hitch and inspired by a four-act performance directed by Lauren Curry (Director of Development for IMAC). This event was generously sponsored by Mesh on Mass Ave and Cunningham Restaurant Group.

Photo Credit: Charles Borowicz


Introduction to Butoh Workshops, January 2018 – Lani Weissbach, Director of Artist Residencies and Embodied Learning for IMAC, was invited by Fort Wayne Dance Collective to teach a series of Butoh workshops for the Fort Wayne dance community. Participants were introduced to Butoh, a hybrid form of dance theater that arose in Post WWII Japan and is now practiced worldwide. Butoh links physical and spiritual practices from around the globe and accounts for movers of all ages and abilities.


Seasonal Affective Disco, January 2018 – IMAC administrators Lauren Curry and Bethany Bak were pleased to be invited to teach early morning movement sessions at Newfields. These sessions were designed to help beat the winter blues by moving in community.

Photo Courtesy of Newfields


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Almost Home, October 2017 – IMAC Executive Director, Michelle Buchanan and administrators: Bethany Bak, Lauren Curry, and Lani Weissbach were please to create a performance installation in collaboration with Indy Convergence for a soon to be renovated home by Hearts & Hands of Indiana on the near-west side of Indianapolis. This event was generously supported by Great Places 2020, LISC Indianapolis, The Transformational Impact Fellowship through the Arts Council of Indianapolis and IUPUI Office of Community Development.

Photo Credit: Aaron Bak