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a collaboration between 

Michael Pfister, Leah Marché and Sydney Jackson 

2017 SEED Residency 

Work Description

A musician, a wordsmith and a dancer walk into a room.... and something happens.

What happens when values such as Compassion, Empathy, Forgiveness, Integrity, Kindness and Respect are interpreted by artists? This residency – "Music+Words+Movement" – explores the equations of Humanity.

Artist Bios

Sydney Jackson is a movement artist based in Tempe, Arizona. A Maryland native, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute of Design's School of Film, Dance, and Theatre. Most recently she performed in Roda-Viva for choreographer Jenny Gerena, one of the collaborators of the [nueBOX] supported project, included in this year’s Spark! Festival.

Leah Marché, a performance poet and journalist/writer, is an active member of Phoenix's arts & culture community. In 2005, she co-founded BlackPoet Ventures, a Valley-based performance arts company that produces spoken word theatrical performances. Currently, she is part of the administrative staff of Herberger Theater Center and Liz Lerman LLC, and is part of the Talking Drum Performance Studio, along with developing a story circles project.


Michael Pfister is a professional drummer and Instructor in the College of Integrative Arts and Sciences at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. Mr. Pfister is active in the Phoenix arts community as both a performer and facilitator and his interests are rooted in multidisciplinary work. He currently is performing with Klee a contemporary experimental jazz collective based in Phoenix, Arizona.

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