Evie Ladin's MoToR project performs at open mic at the Loring CafeEvie Ladin’s all-female percussive dance company MoToR/dance explores the complete expression of the sonic body in space. Inspired by the vibrant International Body Music scene to workshop complex physical rhythmic independence with world rhythmic systems, Evie began creating unique interlocking percussive dance arrangements with layered vocal harmonies and large group choreography in what has become a powerful moving choir.

Stunning work and performing, as always, with such integrity and artistry. – Randee Paufve, Producer 8x8x8

MoToR debuted vocabulary at the 6th International Body Music Festival, Oakland, 2013 and premiered their first work “Ain’t No Grave” at the famed 8x8x8 choreographer’s showcase in Oakland, 2014, where the piece was  proclaimed “the event of the night.” The work was sonically recorded by Jeff Cressman (Santana), and a video directed by Mark Kohr (Green Day, Norah Jones) was released just before the 2015 International Body Music Festival MiniFest Bay Area.  At that festival MoToR/dance debuted their second full work for an ensemble of 13, called The Storm.


To date, the works harmonize Appalachian songs layered with African-diaspora rhythmic systems, elucidating elements of this tradition’s genesis.  The large ensemble works are evocative and moving works of music/dance.

MoToR/dance in Rehearsal!




Past venues include:

A Prairie Home Companion - Live from San Francisco Opera House
Lincoln Center - New York, NY
Celtic Connections - Glasgow, Scotland
Woodford Folk Festival - Australia
Bali Arts Festival - Indonesia
Nardis Jazz Club - Istanbul, Turkey
Green Note - London, England
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - SF, CA
Rockygrass - Lyons, CO
Wintergrass - Seattle, WA
Swallow Hill - Denver, CO
Freight & Salvage - Berkeley, CA
Old Town School - Chicago, IL
Iron Horse - Northampton, MA
Wheatland Music Festival - Remus, MI
Hiawatha Music Festival - Marquette, MI
Appalachian Stringband Festival - Clifftop, WV
The Flynn Theater - Burlington, VT
Champlaign Valley Fest - Burlington, VT
Arlene Schnitzer Theater - Portland, OR
Portland Old-Time Music Gathering, OR
Strawberry Music Festival - Sonora, CA
Live Oak Festival - Santa Barbara, CA
The Skirball Center - Los Angeles, CA
The Getty Center - Los Angeles, CA
Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest - LA, CA
Yerba Buena Gardens - San Francisco, CA
for the Governor of Enugu State, Nigeria
...and many more...