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LAVA Love, 1999
Timberline 2000
Glimmer 2001
High Tide 2003
(w)HOLE, the (whole) History of Life on Earth 2006
Tides 2007
we become 2008



LAVA is an award-winning troupe that develops and performs artistic works combining dance, theater, and acrobatics. Founded in 2000 by Sarah East Johnson, the company has built a unique choreographic language that incorporates trapeze, hoop-diving, handstands, wrestling, social dancing, contact improvisation, and other forms. LAVA members also teach a unique blend of acrobatics and dance to children and adults throughout New York City. The company has served more than 13,000 individuals through its performances and classes, all of which encourage us to investigate our physical, emotional, and social interaction with the world around us. The group has trained at the famed San Francisco School of Circus Arts, in addition to working with master artists in other forms including dance and theater improvisation, swing dancing, and wrestling, while developing new work through an organic process that includes open rehearsals, extended research, and intensive collaboration. Their work has been seen in some of the country’s most respected avant-garde venues, including in New York City at Performance Space 122, The Kitchen, The Flea Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, The Joyce Theater, Spiegeltent, and City Center. LAVA has performed nationally at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, Bard College, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, and at festivals and theaters in Minneapolis, San Francisco, Boston, Michigan, Maine, and Jamaica. Their sold-out performances have received national attention in The New Yorker, The New York Times, MS Magazine, Fast Company, and Art in America, among others