About The Known Mass project, directed by Ann Glaviano, comprises a loose gathering of dancers, musicians, and visual artists in New Orleans. The project is aesthetically and ethically motivated by devised theatre and DIY punk traditions. Known Mass was founded in 2013 as a performance project aiming to foster collaboration among local artists. With an eye towards community-building, since 2013 Known Mass has also hosted contact improv classes and jams open to the public. In September 2015, Known Mass launched the Vector Series: contemporary technique classes, structured improv sessions, phrasework labs, and more, taught by a diverse roster of local and visiting teachers and geared to the adult advanced or professional dancer.