Ground Series

November 2019


GROUND SERIES dance collective members Sarah Ashkin, Brittany Delany, and Shayna Keller plan to create studies in site specific choreography, dance film, and sculpture while in residence at Buckwheat this November. GROUND SERIES' interest in collaborative making, creative intervention, and time-based, land-based research will continue to drive the experimentation so generously supported by Buckwheat. GROUND SERIES will share their residency research in the Vilma Space and on the Buckwheat grounds on evening of November 16th.

GROUND SERIES dance collective uses performance as embodied intervention. Each GROUND SERIES production is rooted in ensemble collaboration, interdisciplinary, inquiry-based content, and site-specific dance-making. GROUND SERIES understands the gathering of an audience as an opportunity to build connection, stir dialogue, and make space for self-reflection.

Since its inception in 2012, GROUND SERIES has performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Philadelphia, Northern New Mexico, Southern California, and London. GROUND SERIES has been presented by the Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe, NM), University of Art and Design (Santa Fe, NM), Temescal Arts Center (Oakland, CA), Dance Discourse Project (San Francisco, CA), The Foundry (Berkeley, CA), Liberty Lands Park (Philadelphia, PA), Simeon Den Gallery (Cathedral City, CA), University of Roehampton (London, UK), School of Dance and Circus (Stockholm, SW), Pieter Performance Space (Los Angeles, CA), Navel LA, The Paseo Festival (Taos, NM), and Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica, CA), Mountain House (Arcadia, CA), Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine (Irvine, CA), and SF Movement Arts Festival (San Francisco, CA).

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Sarah Ashkin, Co-Director GROUND SERIES dance collective, is a choreographer and educator based in Los Angeles. She understands the performance-making process as a feminist, anti-capitalist, anti-racist practice that emerges from collaborative content creation and community engagement. As a dance educator and body-based artist she positions embodied expression as a tool to dismantle and rebuild our world for the better. Ashkin uses weight, task, gesture, humor, intimacy, and musicality to illuminate socio-political stories of people and place. Her work is made in response to specific sites of inquiry and situates itself between postmodern dance, performance art, and social practice. Her recent work is located at the intersection of critical whiteness studies and the body as archive.


Brittany Delany , Co- Director GROUND SERIES dance collective. is a choreographer, dancer, arts and culture worker, and writer based in the Coachella Valley.


Shayna Keller , Founding Member GROUND SERIES dance collective, is a social and environmental impact strategist and experimental choreographer and performer. She cares about resource stewardship and sustainability, and works with philanthropists and impact investors to build a healthier, greener, more equitable, culturally vibrant, loving world. From 2011-2014 she served as executive director of the Dance Resource Center, a Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to building infrastructure and capacity for the dance field in Southern California. Shayna's choreography has been presented at Movement Research at the Judson Church (NYC), Counterpulse (SF), Joshua Tree National Park, Highway 62 Art Tours (Joshua Tree), Machine Project (LA), homeLA (LA), Anatomy Riot (LA), and Pieter (LA). She has performed with Alexx Shilling, Jmy James Kidd, Pedro Alejandro, and a million other heroes. She holds a BA in dance from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Yale School of Management.