Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Loom Ensemble

For 11 years now, Loom Ensemble has been devising dancetheater for culture shift. We use our performances to open difficult conversations, and then facilitate community discussion to unpack the emotional vulnerability and cultural taboos of each show. Recent performances we’ve made speak directly to racism, patriarchy, rugged individualism, and the body-shame-industrial complex. In that shared space, the social value of art made from a place of deep integrity becomes clear: our actions matter, new ways of living are possible, together we can build a more loving world. 
We devise “dance-theater” in the literal sense, using character, story, and dialog to ground abstract dance in emotional specificity; and using full-bodied contemporary choreography to deepen the resonance of narrative storytelling.

We take deep pleasure in leading Loom Ensemble’s physical training within the rehearsal process. We practice unwinding conventional gender roles and shame through the embodied practice of movement, voice, and partnering. We are working from the inside out, to unlearn the systems of oppression that live in our interpersonal relationships and within our individual bodies.

Our design aesthetic values found objects, recycled materials, and organic materials. 

Over the last decade, Loom Ensemble has toured this approach to dance-theater around the world, with teaching and performance residencies from NYC blackboxes to stone monasteries in Italy, repurposed industrial warehouses in Dubai and back to the fields of Vermont. 

Co-directors Neva Cockrell and Raphael Sacks have been based at the Art Monastery in Springfield, VT for the past five years. In addition to their work with Loom, Neva dances with Pilobolus and Raphael performs with Sandglass Theater.

Now booking our 2021 US repertory tour PrimeFading Brightness and What the Jellyfish Knows.

Additional Links: 
Please visit our website for information about our shows, workshops, creative process, how to be involved and more!
Learn more about Loom!
Full length video from a performance at Oberlin College, OH, USA
Video of a staged reading performed in NYC in June 2019
Audio sample from "What the Jellyfish Knows," created in 2017, toured USA and Dubai.

I Have Worked With

  • August 2018 to December 2020

    Loom's Co-Artistic Director, Raphael Sacks, also tours with Sandglass Theater. He joined this ensemble in August 2018, and has performed their newest show, "Babylon" at Bates College, Philadelphia, and Boston. 

  • June 2014 to December 2020

    Loom Ensemble has worked in collaboration with the Art Monastery since 2014. Loom Ensemble has had multiple residencies and performances hosted by the Art Monastery in Italy and Vermont. Three of Loom's show, "Prime," "What the Jellyfish Knows," and "Bootstraps" have all been developed and premiered as a part of the Art Monastic Residency Program. 

  • January 2018 to December 2020

    Loom has been partnering with the Vermont Dance Alliance since 2018. Loom co-hosted the Vermont Dance Alliance Fall retreat in 2019 at the Art Monastery. Director Neva Cockrell has offered classes and workshops through the Vermont Dance Alliance, inlcuding an online series Somatic Explorations and Art for Culture Shift in fall 2020. 


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Director / Choreographer
Mailing Address: 
2315 Connecticut River Rd
Springfield, VT 05156
Physical Address: 
2315 Connecticut River Rd
Springfield, VT 05156
Last Name: 
Parent Organization/Affiliation: 
Art Monastery


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Music - General
Music - Composition
Music - New
Theater - General
Theater - Circus
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Musical
Theater - Playwriting
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
LGBTQ Populations
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
Seasons Active: 
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

New England Dance Fund Network
Dubai Short + Sweet Festival, Best New Ensemble 2015
Dubai Short + Sweet Festival, Best Play 2015
Dubai Short + Sweet Festival, Best Choreographer 2013
Nominated for Best Original Compositions for "Erosion: A Fable" by New York Innovative Theater Awards in 2012
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Loom is currently touring 3 shows. "What the Jellyfish Knows" is a one-man show with no technical requirements. "Prime" is a two-person show and requires 8 basic theater lights. "Fading Brightness" is a 7-person show requiring basic sound and lights.
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - Health
Arts Integration - Physical Education
Ages Served: 
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
Dance, Theater, Yoga, Vocal work, meditation
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