Writings | Images

Here is a gallery of photographs and writings for your viewing and reading pleasure. The photos are a combination of dancing and other work environments,  plus some of the many snapshots of life and work that I’ve taken along the way. Please write for permission to use any of these photos and make sure to always credit the photographer! Thanks.

The writings posted below are a selection of my Editor Notes from Contact Quarterly.  Enjoy!

Under the surface of an old Estonian house Viljandi, Estonia, June 2017 | photo © NSS
Mike Vargas workshop, Ponderosa, Stolzenhagen, Germany, 2016
photo © NSS
Sandhill cranes at dawn, Bosque del Apache, New Mexico, 2014 | photo: Nancy Stark Smith
Sandhill cranes at dawn, Bosque del Apache, New Mexico, 2014
photo © Nancy Stark Smith
Nancy dancing at the Live Legacy Project, Dusseldorf, Germany, 2014 | photo © Patrick Beelaert
Nancy dancing, Live Legacy Project, Dusseldorf, Germany, 2014
photo © Patrick Beelaert
Ruth Pulgram spraying her drawings from Nancy and Mike’s workshop in Berlin, Germany, July 2016 | photo © NSS
Ruth Pulgram spraying her drawings
from Nancy and Mike’s workshop
in Berlin, Germany, July 2016.
photo © NSS
Bill T. Jones and Nancy Stark Smith, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 1998 | photo © Emma Dodge Hanson
Bill T. Jones and Nancy Stark Smith
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 1998
photo © Emma Dodge Hanson
Nancy and Juha Viitamäki, Helsinki, Finland, 2007. photo © Raisa Kyllikki Ranta
Nancy and Juha Viitamäki, Helsinki, Finland, 2007
photo © Raisa Kyllikki Ranta
Karen Nelson and Andrew Harwood, A Cappella Motion, Northampton, MA, 1987. photo © Bill Arnold
Karen Nelson and Andrew Harwood, A Cappella Motion, Northampton, MA, 1987
photo © Bill Arnold
Mike Vargas, Moscow, 2010 | photo © Alfiya Rakhmanova
Mike Vargas, Moscow, 2010
photo © Alfiya Rakhmanova
Nancy Stark Smith and Yeong Wen Lee, Taipei, Taiwan, 2013 | photo © Ku & Dancers
Nancy Stark Smith and Yeong Wen Lee, Taipei, Taiwan, 2013
photo © Ku & Dancers
Under the surface of an old Estonian house Viljandi, Estonia, June 2017 | photo © NSS
Under the surface of an old Estonian house
Viljandi, Estonia, June 2017
photo © NSS
Rocky Mountain Collegiate Peaks in silhouette with clouds Nathrop, CO, August 2017 | photo © NSS
Rocky Mountain Collegiate Peaks in silhouette with clouds
Nathrop, CO, August 2017
photo © NSS
Nancy Stark Smith and Charlie Morrissey, Moscow, Russia, August 2010 | photo © Ilya Domanov
Nancy Stark Smith and Charlie Morrissey
Moscow, Russia, August 2010
photo © Ilya Domanov
NSS making hieroglyphs at MetaAcademy@Bates 2013 | video still © Rachel Boggia & Marlon Barrios Solano
NSS making hieroglyphs at MetaAcademy@Bates 2013
video still © Rachel Boggia & Marlon Barrios Solano
Nancy observing class, Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, ME, 2017
photo © Jonathan Hsu
Nancy and Juha Viitamäki, Helsinki, Finland, 2007. photo © Raisa Kyllikki Ranta
Intersecting morning light
at the Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, ME, 2017.
photo © NSS
Nancy and Juha Viitamäki, Helsinki, Finland, 2007. photo © Raisa Kyllikki Ranta
Nancy and Juha Viitamäki, Helsinki, Finland, 2007
photo © Raisa Kyllikki Ranta
Chicago curtain light | photo: Nancy Stark Smith
Chicago curtain light
photo © Nancy Stark Smith
Nancy Stark Smith, Helsinki, Finland. photo © Raisa Kyllikki Ranta
Nancy Stark Smith, Helsinki, Finland, 2007
photo © Raisa Kyllikki Ranta
Currarong, Australia | photo: Nancy Stark Smith
Currarong, Australia
photo © Nancy Stark Smith
Nancy Stark Smith (jumping) and Nita Little, performing Contact Improvisation with ReUnion at the San Francisco Museum of Art, 1976 | photo © Uldis Ohaks
Nancy Stark Smith [jumping] and Nita Little, performing Contact Improvisation with ReUnion, San Francisco Museum of Art, 1976
photo © Uldis Ohaks
Nancy Stark Smith and Alan Ptashek, Vancouver, BC, 1979. photo © Erich Franz
Nancy Stark Smith and Alan Ptashek, Vancouver, BC, 1979
photo © Erich Franz
Nancy Stark Smith at the Live Legacy Project, Dusseldorf, Germany, July 2014 | photo © Tim Roberts
Nancy Stark Smith at the Live Legacy Project
Dusseldorf, Germany, July 2014
photo © Tim Roberts
Nancy in Moab, Utah, 2009 | photo © Kristen Greco
Nancy in Moab, Utah, 2009
photo © Kristen Greco
Snow wreath on Clark Street porch chicky Florence, MA, February 2017 | photo © NSS
Snow wreath on Clark Street porch chicky
Florence, MA, February 2017
photo © NSS
Morning bathroom light, Burdag dance retreat, Poland, 2016 | photo © NSS
Morning bathroom light, Burdag dance retreat, Poland, 2016
photo © NSS
Wall at Fort Worden, used for Glimpse 3 costume color reference Pt Townsend, WA, December 2016 | photo © NSS
Wall at Fort Worden, used for Glimpse 3 costume color reference
Pt Townsend, WA, December 2016
photo © NSS
Nancy and Yeong Wen Lee performing at the Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, ME, 2017 | photo © Jonathan Hsu
Nancy and Yeong Wen Lee performing
at the Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, ME, 2017.
photo © Jonathan Hsu
Yeong Wen Lee and the Open Score at the Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, ME, 2017 | photo © NSS
Yeong Wen Lee and the Open Score
at the Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, ME, 2017.
photo © NSS
Chris Aiken and Nancy warming up for performance at the Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, ME, 2017 | photo © Jonathan Hsu
Chris Aiken and Nancy warming up for performance
at the Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, ME, 2017.
photo © Jonathan Hsu
Nita Little and Nancy Stark Smith
Nita Little [left] and Nancy Stark Smith performing with ReUnion at the San Francisco Museum of Art, 1976. [In the background, left to right] Steve Paxton, David Woodberry, Curt Siddall
photo © Uldis Ohaks
Nancy dancing at the Live Legacy Project, Dusseldorf, Germany, 2014 | photo © Patrick Beelaert
Mike Vargas and Nancy Stark Smith teaching
at the Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, ME, 2017.
photo © Jonathan Hsu
Musician Mike Vargas surrounded by workshop participants, Cappadocia, Turkey, 2010 | photo © Sophie Gillmann
Musician Mike Vargas surrounded by workshop participants, Cappadocia, Turkey, 2010
photo © Sophie Gillmann
Nancy Stark Smith and Andrew Harwood, Northampton, MA, 1985. photo © Bill Arnold
Nancy Stark Smith and Andrew Harwood
Northampton, MA, 1985
photo © Bill Arnold
Nancy and Mike teaching at Ponderosa, Stolzenhagen, Germany, 2010. photographer unknown
Nancy and Mike teaching
Ponderosa, Stolzenhagen, Germany, 2010
photographer unknown
Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith, performing with Freelance Dance, Northampton, MA, 1980. (In the background, left to right) Lisa Nelson, Daniel Lepkoff, Christina Svane. photo © Stephen Petegorsky
Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith, performing with Freelance Dance, Northampton, MA, 1980. (In the background, left to right) Lisa Nelson, Daniel Lepkoff, Christina Svane
photo © Stephen Petegorsky
Mike Vargas emerging from rainbow at Burdag dance retreat, northern Poland, July 2016 | photo © NSS
Mike Vargas emerging from rainbow at Burdag dance retreat, northern Poland, July 2016.
photo © NSS
Preparing for rooftop performance, Porto Alegre, Brasil, December 2006 | photo: Nancy Stark Smith
Preparing for rooftop performance, Porto Alegre, Brasil, 2006
photo © Nancy Stark Smith
Spontaneous Barcelona studio concerto by Mike Vargas, 2006 | photo © NSS
Spontaneous Barcelona studio concerto by Mike Vargas, 2006
photo © NSS
Mike Vargas, Siobhan Davies studio, London, 2012 | photo © Colleen Bartley
Mike Vargas, Siobhan Davies studio, London, 2012
photo © Colleen Bartley
Mike Vargas and Nancy in Moab, Utah, 2009 | photo © Kristen Greco
Mike Vargas and Nancy in Moab, Utah, 2009
photo © Kristen Greco
Target Beach eucalyptus, Currarong Peninsula, Australia, 2001 | photo © NSS
Target Beach eucalyptus, Currarong Peninsula, Australia, 2001
photo © NSS
Nancy and dancers in a Helsinki, Finland, Underscore, 2007. photo © Raisa Kyllikki Ranta
Nancy and dancers in a Helsinki, Finland Underscore, 2007.
photo © Raisa Kyllikki Ranta
Tulips and snow from the CQ office, Florence, MA, February 2016 | photo © NSS
Tulips and snow from the CQ office, Florence, MA, February 2016
photo © NSS

Writings

The writings posted here are a selection of my Editor Notes from Contact Quarterly.