2016 Artists in Residence

Nia Love
Artist, choreographer, activist, educator continues to expand conversations of intersectionality through dance. Graduated of Howard University (BFA), Florida State University (MFA). Awarded 2001-2003 Fulbright Fellow, worked with Min Tanaka, the celebrated Japanese Butoh master ('96). Awarded the Alvin Ailey NDCL grant ('12), the Suitcase Fund partnered with an initiative of New York Live Arts ('12 and '13)and CUNY Choreographic Initiative ('14). Love, Co-founder of LOVE|FORTÉ a collective with Marjani Forté-Saunders and recipients of the Mertz-Gilmore Grant('13). Most recently, Love was awarded the Movement Research Artist-in-residence 2015 -'16.
Netta Yerushalmy
Netta Yerushalmy is a dance artist based in NYC since 2000. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Jerome Robbins Bogliasco Fellowship, a NYFA Fellowship, and a Six Points Fellowship. She is a 2016-2017 Extended Life program participant through LMCC, a guest artist at the Alvin Ailey New Directions Choreography Lab, and an Artist-In-Residence at the Watermill Center.

Her work has been presented by the American Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, Danspace Project, La Mama, Harkness Dance Festival, Curtain-Up (Tel-Aviv), Jerusalem International Dance Week, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (Berlin). Residencies include Djerassi, DiP @ Gibney Dance, Process Space @ LMCC, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Commissions for repertoire ensembles/universities: Ririe Woodbery (Salt Lake City), Zenon Dance Company (Minneapolis), Same Planet Different World (Chicago), Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Rutgers University, University of Utah, University of the Arts, Long Island University, Ha-Maslool (Tel Aviv), and at Salt Dance Festival (Utah). Netta currently performs with Joanna Kotze and Karinne Keithley. In the past she has danced with Doug Varone and Dancers, Nancy Bannon, Mark Jarecki, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.

2016 Van Lier Fellows

Jasmine Hearn
Jasmine Hearn is a choreographer, dancer, and performing artist. A native Houstonian, she graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University with her B.A. in Dance. Jasmine travels arounds the country to showcase her choreographic work and to participate in diverse dance projects. Currently, she is a collaborator with Jennifer Nagle Myers (PGH), Kate Watson Wallace (NYC), Kendra Portier (NYC) and Marjani Forte (NYC). Jasmine also dances with Helen Simoneau Danse. She is currently a Dance Source Houston artist in residence at The Barn. For more about her, please visit jasminehearn.weebly.com.
Shantelle Courvoisier Jackson
shantelle courvoisier jackson is a movement artist exploring duality and the dissolution of identity. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, this one is a 2016 Movement Research VanLier Fellow. Illuminated by mentors Sidra Bell, Daria Faïn, Jaamil Kosoko and the Unseen Hand, this one's mode of inquiry is centered around the oneness of being. shantelle aka s+vois has worked with the Alison Chase Project, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Paloma McGregor, and Urban Bush Women. Their works have been presented at Light Lab, The Space Upstairs, Dixon Place, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the New Hazlett and at BRIC with AUNTS. Currently they are collaborating and performing with luciana achugar and the Commons Choir and would like to thank Bill T. Jones, and Movement Research for their support. So thankful to all those who support this one.

2015 Artists in Residence

Hadar Ahuvia
A performer and maker, Hadar Ahuvia grew up in Israel and Florida, and has been presenting work in New York City since 2010. Ahuvia's work is grounded in physical research and political consciousness. She has created and performed 'new techniques' to challenge the symmetry and aesthetic rigidity of of ballet, conceived performances of cleaning and physical labor to bring to light the isolation and exploitation of of domestic workers. Her work Cleaner was supported by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. Ahuvia trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. As a performer she has worked with Anna Sperber, Molly Poerstel, Jon Kinzel, Sara Rudner, Jill Sigman, Stuart Shugg, and Tatyana Tenenbaum. Ahuvia's work has been presented at DTW/NYLA (2011-2012 Fresh Track Artist), EMPAC, CPR, Dixon Place, AUNTS, Catch, Glasshouse, and Brooklyn Studios for Dance. Ahuvia is also youth educator at Kolot Chayeinu, a progressive synagogue in Brooklyn. She is currently working with Kathy Westwater and on a performance contending with a Zionist legacy through the refiguring of Israeli folk songs and dances. http://thinkingdance.net/articles/2015/06/15/4/Hadar-Ahuvia-and-Jesse-Zaritt-Jewish-American-Choreographers-Grapple-with-Zionism-and-the-Nakba/
Ursula Eagly
Ursula Eagly is a choreographer who has been working in New York City since 2000. Her work has been presented by The Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Dance New Amsterdam, Mount Tremper Arts, Movement Research at the Judson Church, the New Museum for Contemporary Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, P.S. 122 (New York); Labortorio Arte Alameda (Mexico City); Albania Dance Meeting (Durres, Albania); NOT FESTIVAL (Copenhagen); Solo in Azione Festival (Milan); Wherever Whenever Festival (Tokyo); Dramski Theatre and Loko Motion Festival (Skopje, Macedonia); and re:PLAY (Imphal, Manipur). Her work has been supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s USArtists International program, New York Live Art's Suitcase Fund, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts' Emergency Grant Program, the Japan Foundation's Performing Arts JAPAN Program, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and the Queens Council on the Arts. She has been artist-in-residence at Dance New Amsterdam, Topaz Arts, Ur (NYC); Kaatsbaan International Dance Center (Tivoli, NY); and Stara Elektrarna (Ljubljana).
Camilo Godoy
Camilo Godoy was born in Bogotá, Colombia and currently lives in New York. He received a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design in 2012 and a BA from Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts in 2013. Utilizing a multidisciplinary art practice, his work is concerned with examining the construction of political and social meanings. Godoy was a 2012-2013 Queer Art Mentorship fellow; a 2014 EMERGENYC fellow at The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU; and a 2014-2015 Keyholder Resident at the Lower East Side Printshop. Godoy’s work has been presented at venues such as La Mama Galleria, New York; Queens Museum, New York; Donaufestival, Krems; and Mousonturm, Frankfurt, among others. www.camilogodoy.com
Lily Gold
Lily Gold is a dance and visual art maker. As a dancer she has worked with Vanessa Anspaugh, Laurie Berg, Strauss Bourque-LaFrance, Faye Driscoll, Andrea Geyer, Jeremy Pheiffer, Steven Reker, Jen Rosenblit, Vicky Shick, Roseanne Spradlin, and Larissa Velez-Jackson. Her work has been shown through Chez Bushwick presents at CPR, Danspace Project's Draftwork series, Dixon Place's Brink series, Movement Research Spring Festival, and AUNTS. Lily trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, continued on to study at Hampshire College, and is a 2015 Movement Research Artist-In-Residence.
Molly Poerstel
Molly Poerstel is a dance artist whose most recent work Stolen Grounds, was dubbed "a relentless beast" by the Dance Enthusiast and "ecstatic" by Culturebot. She has been active in the New York City dance community for the past fifteen years and within this time, she has worked as a collaborator and dancer for: Mark Jarecke, David Dorfman Dance Company (05-09) Susan Rethorst, Alex Escalante, Hilary Clark, Larissa Valez-Jackson, Roseanne Spradlin and Ivy Baldwin Dance. Her longest collaboration has been with Jeanine Durning with whom she has worked for the past fifteen years. Poerstel has studied anatomy with Irene Dowd, Body Mind Centering, and various somatic practices, all of which influence her process as a dance maker. She has taught dance technique at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory, the Dalton School and the Nanyang Fine Arts Academy in Singapore. Her work has been shown through Movement Research at the Judson Church, The Movement Research Spring Festival, AUNTS, NYLA Fresh Tracks Residency (2012/2013), Catch 57, Fridays at Noon, The Nanyang Fine Arts Academy in Singapore, the BAX Upstart Festival, Food for Thought at Dancespace Project, Rove at the Roger Smith Hotel, Gibney DoublePlus, and she was a New York Live Arts Studio Series Artist in 2014/2015.
Jen Rosenblit
Jen Rosenblit has been making performance in New York City since 2005. Rosenblit is a recipient of a 2014 New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award for Emerging Choreographer, is an inaugural recipient of THE AWARD, a 2015-2016 Movement Research Artist in Residence, a 2014-2015 workspace artist through LMCC, a 2013 Fellow at Insel Hombroich (Germany), a recipient of the 2012 Grant to Artists from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and a 2009 Fresh Tracks artist (Dance Theater Workshop). In New York City Rosenblit has received commissions from The Kitchen (a Natural dance, 2014, Bessie Award), New York Live Arts (In Mouth, 2012), Danspace Project (When Them, 2010), and Issue Project Room (Pastor Pasture, 2013). Rosenblit's new work, Clap Hands is supported by residencies at Tanzhaus (Zurich), The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (Atlanta, GA) and The Chinati Foundation (Marfa, TX), and will premiere April 2016 at The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, NY, co-presented with New York Live Arts. Rosenblit is also currently making Swivel Spot, a companion solo for Clap Hands. Rosenblit has worked as a performer and collaborator with artists including Young Jean Lee, Ryan McNamara, Yvonne Meier, Sasa Asentic, A.K. Burns, Kerry Downey, Anne Imhof, Miguel Gutierrez, and Simone Aughterlony. Recent works focus on an improvisational approach to choreographic thought, locating ways of being autonomous yet together amidst impossible spaces.
Vicky Shick
Vicky Shick has been involved with the New York dance community for over three decades as performer, choreographer and teacher. She is a 2015/2016 (second time) Movement Research Artist in Residence and has been teaching for Movement Research for over twenty years. During her six years with the Trisha Brown Company, she received a “Bessie” for performance. Shick has been making dances since the late eighties and with artist, Barbara Kilpatrick and sound designer, Elise Kermani has created eight evening long pieces. In 2003 they were honored with a “Bessie” for their collaborations. Shick has also worked with many other performers and choreographers, including Yoshiko Chuma, Stephen Petronio, Wendy Perron, Susan Rethorst, Sara Rudner, and more recently with Jon Kinzel, Juliette Mapp and Jodi Melnick. Shick has also taught, shown work, and restaged Trisha Brown’s dances in festivals and at universities in the United States and Europe, including her hometown, Budapest. Colleges where she has created dances on students include Arizona State University, Barnard College and George Washington University. In addition to Movement Research Shick has taught at Hunter College, The New School, Princeton University, Rutgers University, and for the Trisha Brown Company. Vicky Shick is a 2006 grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and a 2008-2009 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow.
Gwen Welliver
Gwen Welliver is a choreographer, dancer and teacher. She was recently awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Choreography. As a dancer, Welliver is the recipient of a New York Dance and Performance ‘Bessie’ Award for Sustained Achievement in dancing for her work with Doug Varone and Dancers. Later, as Rehearsal Director of the Trisha Brown Dance Company, she oversaw Brown’s extensive repertory, Brown’s choreography for opera, and the revival of six seminal works for the exhibition Trisha Brown: Dance and Art in Dialogue, 1961 – 2001. Welliver’s choreographic work has been presented on the stage and in gallery settings at venues including: La MaMa, New York Live Arts, Museum of Arts and Design, Nasher Museum, Center for Performance Research, Dance Theater Workshop, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, and Movement Research at Judson Church. Welliver teaches movement technique, improvisation, and composition at venues as varied as the American Dance Festival, P.A.R.T.S. (BE), Movement Research, and the Experimental Theater Wing at Tisch School of the Arts. Additionally, she offers leadership and advisement to her peers and emerging artists through the Bessie Schonberg Laboratory for Composition, CLASSCLASSCLASS, TTT, the Joyce Soho Editing Advisor Program, and Bennington College’s Fieldwork Term. Welliver currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
André M. Zachery
André M. Zachery (°1981, Chicago, United States) is a Jerome Foundation supported 2015 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. As a Brooklyn-based artist he creates performances, interactive media installations, film, and sound art. He earned a BFA from the Ailey/Fordham program in 2005, and MFA in Performance & Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) from Brooklyn College in 2014. He is a recipient of the Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Fund and Sono Osato Scholarship Award for Graduate Studies through Career Transitions for Dancers, and PIMA Outstanding Student Award in 2013. He is the artistic director of Renegade Performance Group (Brooklyn) and founding member of the inter-disciplinary collective - Wildcat! RPG has been awarded several residencies including: the Performance Project Residency @ University Settlement (2015) in a collaboration with visual artist LaMont Hamilton for the project Five on the Black Hand Side/Dapline!, the CUNY Dance Initiative at Brooklyn College (2014), and the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Choreo-Quest Residency (2013). RPG has received support from the Brooklyn Arts Council CAF & LAS grants in both 2013 (Arteries of a Nation) and 2015 (The AFROFUTURISM Series), and the Harlem Stage Fund for New Works in 2008 (Empurrar) and 2015 (Fire on the Mountain). Wildcat! was the resident collective in the inaugural PIMA Summer Institutue @ the Brooklyn College Graduate Center for Worker Education and was commissioned to perform as part of the Forward Ferguson series at JACK in Brooklyn in June 2015. Zachery was a resident media-artist at Schmiede 2014 in Hallein, Austria and received a 2015 Educational Award to art and media center Harvestworks (NYC).

2014 Artists in Residence

Erin Ellen Kelly
Erin Ellen Kelly constructs ways of moving, collages and performance pieces in gardens, galleries, warehouse spaces, gutted stores, boats, bombed out buildings, theaters and by the side of the road. She explores the politics of the body and its relationship to the environment and society. Her work has been presented at the ProveRommet Series through Bit Teatergarasjen in Bergen, Kunsthaus Tacheles for A Month of Performance Art and Kultur im Spannwerk in Berlin, Utopia Teatro in Barcelona, and at The Performance Mix Festival, Butoh Festival, the HOWL Festival, and Movement Research at Judson Church in NYC. She has participated in LMCC’s Governors Island Swing Space residency, Fieldwork at Earthdance, and Thanksgiving CSA Farm residency. Erin created performances for Cristina Lei Rodriguez’s installations Store Windows: Live Transmission for the Temporary Contemporary series at the Bass Museum of Art and Endless Autumn at Perrotin Gallery in Miami, Florida. As a member of the multi-media collective, RansomCorp, she toured Europe, performed at La Mama and participated in a residency at Schloss Broellin. She has danced in pieces choreographed by Atsushi Takenouchi, Takuya Muramatsu, and Erika Hassan. Erin has been collaborating with artist Mariam Ghani since 2006 on a series of video installations that have been presented at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Sharjah Biennial 9, Beijing 798 Biennial, Gyeongnam Art Museum Korea, and Momenta Art, The Queens Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. Erin choreographed for and was in Ghani’s A Brief History of Collapses commissioned for Documenta 13. “It Could go Either Way” curated by Amy Mackie, featuring their video pieces and stills has been presented at the Rogaland Kunstsenter in Stavanger and will be at the Anchorage Museum of Art in Alaska in 2015.
Alex Escalante
Alex Escalante is a New York based choreographer/performer. His work employs various mediums including dance, theater, film and live music. Escalante’s works delve into current socio-political issues, creating a performance space in which viewers are invited to examine and reflect upon their own beliefs. Born in Los Angeles, Escalante received a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase. In 1999 he moved to New York City and has subsequently performed and toured with Donna Uchizono Company, Jennifer Monson/Birdbrain, Doug Varone, Doug Elkins, David Neumann, Gerald Casel and the Metropolitan Opera. This fall, he will be performing at MoMA-PS1 in Xavier Le Roy's exhibit “Retrospective”. Escalante’s choreography has been presented in the US at venues such as The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, La MaMa E.T.C., Dixon Place, DUO Theater, Here Arts Center, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Roulette, Joe’s Pub and Abrons Arts Center. Internationally his work has been presented at Teatro El Milagro (Mexico City, Mexico), Barroquísimo-Performatica (Puebla, Mexico) and at Tanec Praha (Prague, Czech Republic). Escalante was a 2007-2008 Movement Research Artist-In-Residence and an Artist-In-Residence at Abrons Arts Center in 2011-2012. His 2008 evening length work Clandestino was selected by TONY as a Best of 2008 performance. Escalante has collaborated with theater company Division 13 Productions, creating choreography for their productions of Samuel Beckett’s Cascando and Eugene Ionesco’s Journeys among the Dead. Escalante also works as a freelance photographer and is a teaching artist in the NYC public schools working with underserved youth.
Yanghee Lee
Born in Korea, Yanghee Lee is a dancer, choreographer, actor and teacher based in Brooklyn, NY. She had trained Korean traditional dance from very youth and performed as a professional dancer at many theaters such as The Korea National Theater, Seoul Art Center, Arko Theater, etc in Korea. In 1997, she created her own dance group called The Limbo and joined the independent cultural art scene in Korea. As one of the pioneers of independent cultural dance movements in Seoul, The Limbo has participated in multidisciplinary, experimental performing arts and collaborative projects with various interdisciplinary artists. Lee was a resident artist at the 2009-10 Cave Studio Share Residency, The Field’s Winter 2011 EAR and the Field’s Spring 2013 Residency. She also participated in the 2009 international summer program at Watermill Center of Robert Wilson, and worked with Phil Soltanoff, Douglas Dunn, Carlos Armesto, SITI Company Anne Bogart, and many others. Lee has performed in the U.S, including the DUMBO Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, La MaMa, Dixon Place, LMCC’s Siteline2010, Watermill Center, BAM Fisher, and Movement Research at the Judson Church. Lee received her main dance education from New York University. She was a 2011-2012 Fresh Tracks Artist of the New York Live Arts (Dance Theater Workshop) and a recipient of the Arts Council Korea Fellowship (Korea,2011-12). She is an associated artist of Theatre C Company and currently a 2014 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. www.yangheelee.org
Jen McGinn
Jen McGinn received her B.A. and M.F.A in Dance from Hollins University in partnership with the ADF. She currently co-directs the Summer Institute in Dance and is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of the Arts, a Dance Specialist for ”Life Lines” Community Arts Project, and the Studio Manager at the Center for Performance Research. Her teaching practices have been shaped through residencies at Dickinson College, Hollins University, Booker High School Visual and Performing Arts Center, the ADF, West Coast Civic Ballet, and the University of Maryland, among others. Her work has been presented throughout the East Coast and in Luxembourg at various spaces including Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2013 Space Grantee); Dance Theater Workshop (Fresh Tracks); nEW Festival (2009 AIR); Movement Research at the Judson Church (2009-13); Danspace Project (DraftWork and Academy Dances); Philadelphia Live Arts Festival (The A.W.A.R.D Show); Franklin Street Works (Showing the Work); Dixon Place (BRINK); Performance Mix Festival (2008, 11, 14); CPR (New Voices in Live Performance and Performance Studio Open House); AUNTS; Community Education Center (New Edge Mix); and the National Theater of Luxembourg (Bruler Pour Briller). Her interests include Cecchetti ballet, magical thinking, and logic problems. www.jenmcginndance.com
Antonio Ramos
Antonio Ramos was born and raised in Puerto Rico where he trained in jazz, salsa and African dance. He later received a B.F.A. in Dance from Purchase College/SUNY. Antonio began his career performing with Ballet Theatre of Puerto Rico, Ballet Hispanico of New York, Ballet Concierto and Ballet Municipal (Puerto Rico). More recently, Antonio has performed with choreographers Mark Dendy, Neil Greenberg, Kari Hooas, Luis Lara Malvacías, Jeremy Nelson, Stephen Petronio, Merian Soto, Kevin Wynn, Ori Flomin and Donna Uchizono, among others. His choreography has been produced at Hostos College, The Kitchen (Work and Process), New York Live Arts (Studio Series), Dance Theater Workshop (Fresh Tracks and Split Stream), SUNY/Purchase, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), Dixon Place, P.S. 122, Joe’s Pub, Taller Pregones, Danspace Project, Lexington Center for the Arts in New York, DanceNow Downtown, Princeton University, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Galapagos Art and Performance Space, Williamsburg Art Nexus, Fringe Festival 2000 at Theatre La Chappelle (Montreal, Canada), The Painted Bride (Philadelphia PA) and Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). Pepatian also produced his work in the Bronx at BAAD!/Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance and Pregones Theater/Teatro Pregones. He received a grant from the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund through Movement Research and was recently a nominee for the United States Artist Fellowship. Antonio was an Artist-in-Residence at El Museo del Barrio 2011-12. He was a 2011-12 National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Award Recipient. Antonio currently project as a guest artist at Postmodern-Latin/African festival at Columbia College of Chicago,Illinois 7/2014. Antonio has taught at the University of Puerto Rico, Ballet de San Juan; Ballet Teatro de Puerto Rico; Ballet Municipal of Puerto Rico; Ballet Concierto; Danza Jazz of Puerto Rico; Dance Space Center; BAAD!/Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance; Latin Dance Festival in New York City; Princeton, Cornell, Wesleyan and Marymount Universities; Barnard College; SUNY/Purchase; The New School; NYU; The International School of Bangkok; Den Norsken Ballett Hoyskole in Oslo, Norway; and The Paluca Shule in Dresden, Germany. Antonio is also a Licensed Massage Therapist, Zero Balancing Practitioner, and Watsu Practitioner. He is currently becoming certified in The Feldenkrais® Method.
Melinda Ring
Choreographer Melinda Ring, born in Los Angeles, CA, has lived and worked in New York City since 2001. She creates dances, performance pieces, videos and installations. Recent works have been commissioned and presented by The Kitchen, The Box Los Angeles, Headlands Center for the Arts, Danspace Project, The Tang Teaching Museum, The Whitney Museum, Mount Tremper Arts, and Santa Monica Museum of Art. Ring is currently a Movement Research Artist in Residence. She has developed programming as an artist-curator for Danspace Project. Educated at Bennington College (MFA) and University of California, Los Angeles (BA); Critic in sculpture at Yale School of Art, 2014 - present.
Nami Yamamoto
Nami Yamamoto, originally from Matsuyama, Japan, graduated from New York University in 1993 with a MA in Dance Education. Since then her work has been presented in New York and elsewhere: Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, P.S. 122, Movement Research at Judson Church, Dancing in the Streets at Wave Hill, The Kitchen (Dance in Progress), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Inside/Out), Community Education Center and Philadelphia Museum of the Art in Philadelphia, Studio 303 in Montreal, UC Irvine, Dance Studio Moga in Japan, Contemporary Dance Festival Free Dance in Ukraine and Walker Art Center. Her work has been funded by Creative Capital, Jim Henson Foundation, Manhattan Community Arts Fund from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Suitcase Fund from Dance Theater Workshop, Puffin Foundation and Parent/Choreographer Grant from Brooklyn Arts Exchange. She has been nurtured and inspired by her residency experience at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Asian Pacific Performance Exchange in UCLA, Movement Research, Dance Wave in Matsuyama Japan and Summer Theater Lab in UC Santa Barbara. Her work has been commissioned by The Wooden Floor in 2006 and 2009 and she choreographed two original pieces for more than 50 young dancers age 10-18. Other commissioned works are for BaxCo, a youth company at Brooklyn Arts Exchange in 2010 and Yumesanya, a youth company from Matsuyama, Japan in 2012. Currently, she is a mother for her 4 year old daughter, Momiji, and creating her piece Headless Wolf. Her recent passion is assisting dance classes at East Village Community School and teaching and learning from young dancers.

2013 Artists in Residence

Ivy Baldwin
Ivy Baldwin is a NYC-based choreographer, performer, teacher, and founder of Ivy Baldwin Dance. Baldwin is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow and 2014 BAM Fisher Artist-in-Residence. Since 1999, Baldwin has received commissions from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York Live Arts, The Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop, The Wooden Floor, Barnard College, Dixon Place, and Dance New Amsterdam. Her work has also been presented by Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New Museum, Danspace Project, Movement Research at Judson Church, Symphony Space, and La MaMa E.T.C and has toured nationally and internationally including: Tanz im August (Germany), Dans Contemporan Festival (Romania), American Dance Institute, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and Appel Farm Arts and Music Center. Baldwin has been recognized with various awards including: The Jerome Foundation, William and Karen Tell Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts BUILD, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Trust for Mutual Understanding, and fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), ArtistNe(s)t (Romania), Sugar Salon (NYC), and the Bessie Schönberg Fellowship at The Yard. Baldwin is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and NYU Tisch School of the Arts MFA program. Upcoming events include the NY premiere of Oxbow in BAM's 2014 Next Wave Festival November 13-16, 2014. Oxbow was made possible, in part, thru Baldwin's 2013 Movement Research AIR residency and creative residencies at MASS MoCA and Abrons Arts Center. Please visit ivybaldwindance.org.
Jeanine Durning
Jeanine Durning is a dance artist working broadly in the fields of choreography and performance. A native New Yorker, Durning has been based in Brooklyn for the past 15 years. She began performing her solo works in 1998. Her evening length group choreographies include A Good Man Falls (2002), half URGE (2004), out of the kennel into a home (2006), and Ex-Memory: waywewere (2009). Since 2002, she has created 15 original works, commissioned by companies, independent performers and Universities, in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Texas, Washington, DC, Maryland, California, The Netherlands, and the UK. In 2006, Durning was the recipient of The NYFA Award for Choreography and in 2007, The Alpert Award for Choreography. Jeanine’s current solo performance, inging, was first presented in 2010 in Amsterdam and has since been invited to theaters, studios, museums, galleries and rooms in Berlin, Amsterdam, Leuven/Belgium (Playground Festival/Museum M), Chambersburg/PA, Minneapolis/MN and NYC (American Realness Festival), with forthcoming performances in 2014 in Milwaukee (Alverno Presents), Cincinnati (Contemporary Arts Center) and Willamstown (Williams College). Jeanine has performed in several choreographed ensemble works by Deborah Hay since 2005. She is currently involved in Hay’s work with Motion Bank, an interactive web-based archival project of the Forsythe Company, which includes her adaptation of the solo No Time to Fly, the trio As Holy Sites Go, and more recently, As Holy Sites Go/duet with Ros Warby. She also works as consultant to the Motion Bank team on Deborah Hay’s choreographic work. Over the years, Jeanine has had the pleasure to work with many choreographers, among them, including David Dorfman, Susan Rethorst, Lance Gries, Chris Yon, Bebe Miller, Martha Clarke, Jon Kinzel and Zvi Gotheiner. Jeanine has an ongoing teaching practice, facilitating classes in movement and choreographic practices, and is regularly invited to advise the work of other makers. More recently, she has been on faculty at SNDO and MTD (Amsterdam Theaterschool), HZT (Inter-University Centre for Dance- Berlin), Laboratory for Contemporary Dance Practice (Vaganova Academy, St. Petersburg), NYU Tisch School of the Arts (NYC), and at the German Dance Biennale in Frankfurt. Jeanine has been on the Artist’s Advisory Board of Danspace Project since 2003. She holds a BFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MA in Choreography from Amsterdam School of the Arts.
Whitney Hunter
Whitney V. Hunter is a NY-based interdisciplinary performance artist and independent curator from Chicago, IL. He creates and curates work for the stage, gallery, and alternative spaces, and directs his performance collective Whitney Hunter[MEDIUM]. He has worked in the companies of Martha Graham, Martha Clarke, Pearl Lang, Rod Rodgers, Pascal Rioult, Reggie Wilson, Dagmar Spain, and Kankouran West African Dance Company. Whitney has received numerous choreographic grants including, but not limited to, Puffin Foundation Grant (2011), Harlem Stages - Fund for New Work Grant ('09), and a new work(s) commission from Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center ('08 & '11). Whitney holds a BFA in Theatre Arts/Dance from Howard University, an MFA in New Media Arts and Performance from Long Island University where he is an adjunct professor in the dance program, and is presently a David Driskell Ph.D. Fellow in Philosophy, Art Theory and Aesthetics at Institute for the Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA).
Sam Kim

Born of compulsion and curiosity, Sam Kim's dances inquire into the very nature of what dance is. They often focus on the margins of culture and behavior, valuing the edges, while courting the danger inherent in rejecting dance's heavy legacies. At heart, Sam considers herself an outsider working in an outsider's form--her choreographic practice is a means of deeply engaging in a personal game of brinkmanship. Since 2002, Sam has created several works: "Darling" (Performance Space 122, 2009), " dumb dumb bunny" (The Kitchen, 2007), "Cult" (Dance Theater Workshop, 2007), "AVATAR" (Mulberry St Theater, 2006), "Nobody Understands Me" (Dance Theater Workshop, 2004), "Placid Baby" (Performance Space 122, 2003) and "Valentine" (Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, 2002). All of the above works were commissioned and presented by the premiere venues. Sam’s work has also been presented by other progressive venues such as Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), Studio 303 (Montréal), the Unknown Theater (Los Angeles), Bryant Lake Bowl Theater (Minneapolis), the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Galapagos Art and Performance Space and Movement Research, among many others. Sam's work has been supported by awards from organizations such as the Lucky Star Foundation, the MAP Fund and the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation. Sam was a Spring 2010 Dance Theater Workshop Outer/Space Creative Resident, a 2007-09 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Dance Artist-in-Residence and a 2004-05 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. Sam is the creator of "Real Feedback," a workshop devoted to looking at choreography through a contemporary, critical lens, and was a member of the Board at Dance Theater Workshop from 2006-2010. Sam has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony (2012), Djerassi Resident Artists Program (2013), Baryshnikov Arts Center (2013) and NYLA's Studio Series (2013) to develop her latest evening-length work, “Sister to a Fiend” (working title). “Sister to a Fiend” will be a ritualistic work that reveals the secret and magic rites of liminal creatures in exile, obliquely inspired by Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and the work of conceptual clothing designer Martin Margiela.

Joanna Kotze

Joanna Kotze's choreography has been presented at Danspace Project, Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out, New York Live Arts Studio Series, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Roulette, Dixon Place, 92nd Street Y, WAXworks, Lu Magnus Gallery in collaboration with visual artist Jonathan Allen and Soho20 Gallery with installation artist Asuka Goto. Joanna is a fall 2013 Djerassi Resident Artist, a spring 2013 Bogliasco Foundation Fellow and was recently awarded the 2013 Yellowhouse Educational Stipend. She was the fall 2012 boo-koo space grant recipient at Gibney Dance Center and has participated in Sarah Maxfield’s One-Shot, a web-based solo performance relay. Joanna was a 2011-2012 Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab, a 2011 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space resident and has worked in residence at Mount Tremper Arts. She was a 2010 recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and a 2010 Choreographers' Project Fellow at Summer Stages Dance. She has also choreographed several works for Miami University's Dance Theatre. She danced with Wally Cardona from 2000-2010 and currently dances for Kimberly Bartosik/daela and Netta Yerushalmy. Joanna is on faculty at Movement Research and has studied Klein technique with Barbara Mahler since 2003. She is originally from South Africa and has a BA in Architecture from Miami University ('98).

Stanley Love
Stanley Love was born in Iowa. When he was 18 years old he came to New York City to attend The Juilliard School and follow his dream of furthering his life as a creative performing artist. Upon his graduation in 1992 Stanley Love Performance Group was founded. Mr. Love works with performing artists through a dance basis. His aesthetic is based in schizophrenic-like structure and eclecticism. He utilizes different musical, dance, and choreographic styles. Much of the inspiration comes from the soul of the music- whether it be more emotional, theatrical, rhythmic, funky or whatever. SLPG has performed in many, many NYC venues, some being The Kitchen, PS122, PS1, The Whitney Biennial, Paula Cooper Gallery, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, DTW, Dixon Place, Cooper Union, NYU, Movement Research at Judson Church, The Limelight, The Tunnel, The Pyramid Club and in Central Park for a 9/11 remembrance.
Juliette Mapp
Juliette Mapp is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in Brooklyn, NY. As a dancer, Juliette has performed with Jennifer Monson, Deborah Hay, John Jasperse, Vicky Shick, Stephanie Skura, Orjan Andersson, and Pat Graney among many others. Juliette has toured throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America as both a performer and teacher. She has received two New York City Dance and Performance awards ("Bessies"). The first, in 2002, was for outstanding artistic achievement in the work of John Jasperse and the second, in 2008, was for her evening-length piece, Anna, Ikea and I, presented at Danspace Project. Her writings have appeared in the Movement Research Performance Journal and Performing Arts Journal.
Mina Nishimura

Mina Nishimura, from Tokyo, was introduced to butoh and improvisational dance through Kota Yamazaki, then has danced with Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug, Neil Greenburg, David Gordon, RoseAnne Spradlin, DD Dorvillier, Cori Olinghouse, Daria Fain, Yoshiko Chuma/The School of Hard Knocks, Trajal Harrel, Moriah Evans among others while making her own choreography that has been presented by places such as DTW, Danspace Project, The Kitchen/Dance and Process, Movement Research, Roulette, Bennington College, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (through AIR program) and Whenever Wherever Festival

Ni'Ja Whitson

Ni'Ja Whitson is an interdisciplinary artist, independent choreographer, and writer based in New York who engages a nexus of postmodern and African diasporic performance practices. Her choreographic and performance works include collaborating with theater, dance, and performance artists such as Dianne McIntyre, Regina Taylor, Allison Knowles, La Pocha Nostra, April Berry, and Darrell Jones. Her current work-in-progress Babanla Ayaba was marked as a Creative Capital “On Our Radar” project to watch. Whitson is a noted innovating practitioner of the Theatrical Jazz Aesthetic and enjoys ongoing collaboration with award-winning artist Sharon Bridgforth, including co-facilitation during Bridgforth’s Theatrical Jazz Institute. Her solo, root shock, developed in the aesthetic and grounded in Yoruba mythology, toured internationally with invitations in New York, Chicago, and Canada. She has conducted research, performances, residencies and master classes in Africa, Brazil and across the United States including ACDF, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, the Apollo Theater, Roulette, and The Art Institute of Chicago Museum. Awards include an Allgo Artist Residency with collaborator Oluseyi Adebanjo, Lake Forest College Visiting Artist Residency, Illinois Arts Council grant, LinkUI residency award, Mellon Research Fellowship, a 3Arts Visual Artist Award nomination, and a Fellowship Award from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received her MFA. She is featured in Living Thinkers: Black Women and the Ivory Tower, and has published creative and academic writing in print and online journals. Whitson is an adjunct assistant professor at Hunter College and full-time lecturer at Lehman College in New York. She is a proud 2013/2014 Movement Research Artist in Residence.

2012 Artists-in-Residence

Cristiane Bouger
Cristiane Bouger is a Brooklyn-based artist who works in the fields of performance, video, installation, contemporary dance, experimental theater, text, poetry and critical writing. Through her interdisciplinary practice, she aims to provoke dissonances and the displacement of meaning and context to ignite an unexpected perceptual apprehension on the viewers. The imagery of her works reveals existential examinations or responses that reflects upon the female body, desire, cultural conducts, behavior and symbols, political mechanisms, biography and fiction. Her performances have been presented in Brazil, the United States and Romania. Bouger’s videoperformances and the documentary Community, Activism and the Downtown Scene were screened in independent and institutional circuits in the major Brazilian cities and in the 9ème Festival des Cinémas Différents (Paris), In-Presentable 08 (Madrid), Montage Video Dance Festival (Johannesburg), ACE Film Festival (New York), The New Filmmakers Series – Latino/Anthology Film Archives (New York) and TVR Cultural, in Romania. In New York, she collaborated with chameckilerner. She was a contributing writer for the Movement Research’s Moving Dialogue: A Bucharest/New York Dance Exchange (2010-2011) and a collaborating writer for PERFORMA 09 – The Third New Visual Art Performance Biennial. She has been a contributing editor for the MR Performance Journal since 2007 and a collaborating writer for the Critical Correspondence since 2008. In 2012 she was a nominee for the Alice Award – Artistic Landmarks in Contemporary Experience (Belgium), in the category Emerging Critic Award. She was a participant at The Kitchen's Sixth Annual Sidney Kahn 2004 Summer Institute (The Kitchen/Sarah Lawrence College) and a 2003 Artist-in-Residence at Casa Hoffmann, in Brazil. www.cristianebouger.com www.cristianebouger.wordpress.com
Michelle Boulé
Michelle Boulé is a performer, choreographer, teacher, and BodyTalk practitioner based in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked with MGPP since 2001 and received a Bessie Award for her performance as James Dean and collaboration in the creation of Last Meadow. Her choreography has been shown at ISSUE Project Room, Mount Tremper Arts, Dance and Process at The Kitchen, Food for Thought at Danspace Project, Center for Performance Research, CATCH! Series, and Movement Research at Judson Church. Other artists she has worked with include Deborah Hay (for the William Forsythe commission If I Sing to You), John Scott, David Wampach, John Jas¬perse, Neal Medlyn, Neal Beasley, Donna Uchizono, Christine Elmo, Beth Gill, Judith Sanchez-Ruiz, Doug Varone (Metropoli¬tan Opera Ballet, Opera Colorado), and Gabriel Masson. She collaborates with cellist and composer Okkyung Lee and has also worked with playwright/director Rosie Goldensohn. She is part of the teaching faculty at Movement Research and The New School and has been faculty at Hollins University and the University of Illinois, as well as a guest teacher at other institutions in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. She is currently a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, and has previously received residencies at SKITE (France) and DanceHouse (Ireland). She was a 2002 DanceWeb scholarship recipient at Impulstanz in Vienna. michelleboule.wordpress.com/
Katia Castañeda Urzua
Katia Castañeda is a director, performer and teacher. She currently lives in NY where she is an Artist-in-Residence in Movement Research. Her work recently has been shown in Judson Church and in CPR Center for Performance Research in New York, and also in Colombia and Mexico. She works independently, acting and directing her own projects and in collaboration with diverse disciplines. She was worked with Allora&Calzadilla, Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes, Quiatora Monorriel, Nadia Lartigue, Abraham Oceranski, Jean Marie Binoche among others. As a director she was the recipient of the Young Artists fellowship from the National Endowment of Arts, in Mexico in 2009-2010. She also received this distinction as a performer in 2001-2002.
K.J. Holmes
K.J. Holmes is a dance artist, actor, singer and teacher who has been exploring improvisation as process and performance since 1981. She has been fortunate to collaborate extensively with forerunners of dance improvisation Simone Forti, Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson and Steve Paxton, as well as with poet Julie Carr, performer Keith Biesack, and trumpeters Roy Campbell Jr. and Dave Douglas, among many other outstanding artists. Instrumental in developing methods of inquiry into performance, the body and the mind through her experience with BMC (r), Ideokinesis (with Andre Bernard), Contact/Improvisations and Release techniques, K.J. is a graduate of the School for Body-Mind Centering (1999), Satya Yoga (certified, 2007) and the William Esper Studio (Meisner acting, 2009), of which the play between is essential to her current practices. She is based in Brooklyn NY and her work has been presented in NYC at Danspace Project, DTW, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Dance Works in Progress at The Kitchen, PS122, among many other venues. Her dance piece This is where we are (or take arms against a sea of troubles premiered at The Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City, March 2011, and she is currently developing a new piece HIC SVNT DRACONES as a 2012-14 Movement Research Artist in Residence. It was performed recently as a works in progress at Movement Research at the Judson Church, The Carpenter Center at Harvard University, Hanna Barn on Vashon Island Washington and the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn. She recently performed with dancer David Zambrano and violinist/vocalist Iva Bittova at Studio Alta in Prague, the Czech Republic and will be performing in Mark Dendy's new piece celebrating the Kronos Quartet and the American Dance Festival at Lincoln Center Out of Doors. K.J. teaches at NYU/Experimental Theatre Wing, Eugene Lang/New School for Social Research and Movement Research in NYC, as well as traveling nationally and internationally conducting workshops and performing. She currently is an actor in The Veterans Project directed by Fay Simpson, and sings with The Secret City Singers as well as with Songbirds coached by Richard Armstrong.
Courtney Krantz

Courtney Krantz was born in Bermuda and raised in Colorado and Northern Michigan. She has been based in New York City since 2003 and currently lives in Brooklyn where she makes work within the realms of the still and moving image as well as installation and performance-based pieces/documents. Recent projects explore encounters between fiction and documentary genres, built spaces and natural environments and various considerations of the body originating from investigations of dance and improvisational movement practices. Recently, her work has been presented at Movement Research at Judson Church, Anthology Film Archives (NYC), Millenium Film Workshop (NYC) and Festival Novog Filma i Videa (Serbia). For high school, she attended Interlochen Arts Academy (1993-1997). She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College (2001) and an MA in Media Studies from The New School (2012). She is currently a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence (2012-2014).

Tara O'Con

Tara O’Con’s work has been presented consistently since 2005 in showcases around NYC, including Dancenow | NYC, and Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks series. Her work has also been commissioned and presented by Danspace Project,The Chocolate Factory Theater, and most recently as part of the River To River Festival produced by The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. As a performer, she is a long-time contributing member of Third Rail Projects, and also performs regularly for mvworks/Megan Sprenger. taraocon.wordpress.com

RoseAnne Spradlin
RoseAnne Spradlin’s installations and mixed-media performance works reveal the individual dancer and investigate the phenomenon of embodiment within the context of contemporary performance. Spradlin’s work focuses intently on the body in moments of transition and transformation - form and purpose disintegrating and reintegrating - to uncover the performer’s capacity for creativity, adaptation and change. Spradlin’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, including a BESSIE Award for Choreography in 2003, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007, the three-year Lambent Fellowship in Performing Arts in 2006-08, NYFA Fellowships in Choreography in 1998 and 2006, an Artist Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2007 and an Artist Grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Creative Exploration Fund in 2009. Her company has been supported by four NYFA BUILD grants, multi-year support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Jerome Foundation and production grants from the Multi-Arts Production Fund in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Spradlin has shown her work at ImPulsTanz in Vienna, at Chisenhale in London and has taught at the TanzImAugust Festival in Berlin, at Winlab in London, SOMA in Paris, Contredanse in Brussels, on the island of Tinos in Greece, at the American Dance Festival and in Body-Mind Centering programs on the East and West Coasts of the U.S. For over twenty years Spradlin maintained two different studio businesses in Manhattan, Squid Performance Space in the Financial District and Studio 65 on lower West Broadway, near the World Trade Center. Spradlin currently teaches MELT and other classes through Movement Research; she was a 2012-13 Artist-In-Residence with Movement Research and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Spradlin’s most recent season was New York Live Arts’ 2012 remount of her acclaimed work “beginning of something” which premiered in 2011 at the Chocolate Factory in Queens. New York Times critic Brian Siebert called the remount “the continuation of something special,” characterizing the show as “feverishly exciting” and “a stunner.”
Saúl Ulerio

Saúl Ulerio is a dancemaker, musician and linguist from the Dominican Republic. After relocating to NYC in 2006 to pursue a dance-making and performance career, he initiate a 25-year exploratory process rooted through his deep passion for the art of music, cinematography and opera. Ulerio's interest in dance is to address the issues of self-expression and communication. In New York City his work has been presented at New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research at Judson Church, Teatro IATI and BAAD. Ulerio was a New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Artist 2011-2012, as well as a 2010-2011 Rolex Mentor and Protégé nominee. Ulerio is currently a 2012-2013 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence.

Larissa Velez-Jackson
Larissa Velez-Jackson is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and multimedia artist. She has presented work at numerous NYC venues such as: Dixon Place, People's Improv Theatre, New Museum of Contemporary Art, (former) Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Fall Platform ‘10 and American Realness Festival ‘11 at Abrons Arts Center. In 2011, she launched a new musical collaboration with her husband Jon Velez-Jackson called Yackez, "The World's Most Loveable Hip Hop Duo." In 2012 she attended the danceWEB scholarship program at Impulstanz Vienna Int'l Dance Festival by way of the '12 Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant. Velez-Jackson currently is a Movement Research Artist in Residence '12-'13 and a SPARC resident '13 with the LMCC. She has taught yoga, dance, fitness and Pilates at 92 St Y and West Side Y in Manhattan (and more) for seven years.

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