top of page
marie lynn haas

photograph by Trevor Sones 


I am an interdisciplinary improvisation artist living in Philadelphia. My embodied and written research is situated at the crossroads of dance, science, and healing. I approach my work as a transformational practice—one that weaves art-making with critical inquiry and attempts to engage creative problem-solving strategies across a broad range of contexts and systems of knowledge. As an improviser, I am drawn to practices that engage emergent frameworks. I initiate process-driven projects and seek collaborations that investigate how we come together and cultivate opportunities for co-creation. 


I also live with chronic Lyme disease. Living with tick-borne illness has profoundly shifted my relationship to my artistry. My work has always examined how we are biologically tuned to one another and nature, but I find myself excavating a deeper part of this well in my current state of being. Today, my movement practices feel more like meditations and rituals akin to ceremonial practices. My projects explore personal and collective turmoil and reveal how chronic illness and the cycles of life and death are woven into the fabric of ecological change. I traverse the ephemeral realms of dreams and memories and use my ancestral histories and inheritances to shed light on the ways in which grief and mourning are bound to love and celebration. 


I am currently a curator for Atland, an artist residency and retreat in Western Massachusetts. I spend my time here working closely with my longtime friend and collaborator, Tori Lawrence, to create opportunities for artists to develop work and research in a supportive and serene environment. Together, we are working to build a new studio space where participants can engage in workshops and share their creative practices with the community. As part of our joint endeavors, we also collaborate to make digital and analog movement-driven films. Our site-specific, environmentally attuned projects emerge through partnership with the natural world and the spaces we create, inhabit, and neglect across her terrain. Our work centers empathy and reciprocity and invites us to be in relationship with our more-than-human world.

bottom of page