Band of Outsiders: WOMEN

Movement Research Studies Project, “Band of Outsiders: WOMEN
” – March 1, 2016
Organized and Moderated by Sam Kim
With Lorene Bouboushian, Moira Brennan, Sheila Lewandowski, Noopur Singha, Adrienne Truscott

Listen to the Podcast here:=

Women dominate the dance and performance field in numbers, but not in visibility, ‘success,’ or positions of power. Let’s keep the issue at the forefront and explore how to rectify this. One of the biggest untapped resources is women helping and supporting other women more vocally and consciously—as the majority, our collective efforts would have a massive impact on leveling the field. In this panel, we’ll discussed how to effect change and meaningfully support the majority of our fellow practitioners.

GPS Program in Poland

HadarAhuvia_AndreZachary_MaryaWethers_2016Through the GPS/Global Practice Sharing program, Movement Research Director of International Initiatives, Marýa Wethers, along with 2015 MR AIRS Hadar Ahuvia and André Zachery, attended the Stary Browar Nowy Taniec Na Malcie (Old Brewery New Dance at Malta) festival of contemporary dance in Poznań, Poland. The SBNT festival is curated by Joanna Lesnierowska of Art Stations Foundation and held during the annual Malta Festival Poznań.

We had the opportunity to attend performances each day by artists from Poland and internationally, with offerings in contemporary dance, performance art, theater and film. In addition there were daily warm-up sessions led by festival artists as well as other workshops. Following the SBNT festival, André and Hadar had the opportunity to participate in the Alternative Dance Academy workshop taught by Andrew Moorish.

Upcoming 2016 GPS projects in partnership with Art Stations Foundation include a two-week research residency in NYC for two Polish artists during the Movement Research Fall Festival.

For more info about Art Stations Foundation and the Stary Browar Nowy Taniec festival click HERE
For more info about the Malta Festival Poznan click HERE
Read André Zachery’s blog posts about the GPS trip HERE

  • July 3rd, 2016
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Announcing a New Program of Movement Research: GPS/Global Practice Sharing

Abby_BA_2Movement Research’s international exchange program, GPS/Global Practice Sharing, provides a platform for the international exchange of ideas, processes and reflective practices surrounding dance and movement based forms between the U.S. and Eastern/Central Europe. GPS posits that dialogue across differences necessarily catalyzes the generation of new knowledge and creative innovation. By investing in the mobility of artists, curators and cultural workers GPS advances cross cultural understanding and the development of the contemporary arts field at large. This program is directed by Marýa Wethers, Director of International Initiatives at Movement Research.

Recent GPS projects in 2016 include a two-week teaching residency by Abby Zbikowski (IL) at the Latvian Academy of Culture from March 26-April 10, 2016 in partnership with the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Contemporary Dance Choreographers Union in Latvia. Upcoming projects include a three-week research residency by Mary Read (NYC) in partnership with ZIL Culture Center in Moscow, Russia from May 15-June 5, 2016.

The GPS/Global Practice Sharing program of Movement Research is supported by funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Photo: Abby Zbikowski teaching residency at the Latvian Academy of Culture, April 2016


  • May 12th, 2016
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May 11 at 6:30pm
Body Disrupt

Movement Research at Abrons Arts Center, Studio G05
466 Grand Street
(between Pitt and Willett Streets)
New York, NY 10002


Initiated and moderated by Kathy Westwater
With Mat Fraser, Petra Kuppers, Marissa Perel, Cathy Weis, and Wendy Whelan

Artists with disabilities and artists whose work disrupts normative notions of what constitutes a dancing body will come together in conversation. We will consider the artistic work of the panelists and how it opens up possibilities for dance to move beyond narrow historical paradigms to include a more expansive range of physical experience and formal content.

A series of artist-instigated panel discussions, roundtables, performances and/or other formats that engage issues of aesthetics, philosophy and social politics relevant to the dance and performance community.


Mat Fraser, one of the U.K’s best known disabled performers, has gathered a large body of work over the last 15 years in many different arts media; telling stories dramatically is where his heart lies. Mat is a multi-disciplinary performing artist, writer, and musician, who has played to audiences from The Olympic stadium, The Royal Albert Hall, to many dive bars and late-night clubs, all the while employing his “Cripping up the scene” attitude of working as a Disability Artist within mainstream arts environments.

Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and Professor at the University of Michigan. She also teaches on Goddard College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts. She leads The Olimpias, a performance research collective ( Her book Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape (2011) explores arts-based research methods. She is editor of Somatic Engagement (2011), and her most recent book is Studying Disability Arts and Culture: An Introduction (2014), a book full of practical exercises for classrooms and studios.

Marissa Perel is an artist, writer and independent curator based in Brooklyn, NY. She is interested in the body’s relationship to gender, desire and power within and against socio-political constructs. Her work explores these dynamics through writing, performance, video and installation. Perel holds a B.A. in writing from Naropa University and an M.F.A in studio/performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Cathy Weis is a dancer, choreographer & videographer based in New York City. Weis’ work features a signature blend of live performance and video. She won a Bessie award for her 1996 piece Fractured: Just the Fracts, Ma’am and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002. In 2014, she launched Sundays on Broadway, a weekly series hosted at WeisAcres Studio in SoHo that features performances, film screenings, discussions, parties and all manner of events.

Kathy Westwater is a NY-based choreographer and, since 2001, faculty member at Sarah Lawrence College, where she received an MFA. In the late 80s and early 90s she studied with postmodern dance pioneers Simone Forti, Dana Reitz, and Sara Rudner. She has performed in works by Simone Forti, Steve Paxton, Sally Silvers, K.J. Holmes, and Merián Soto & Pepón Osorio. Since 1996, she has collaborated with visual artists, architects, composers, and poets to create numerous works presented at New York Live Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Franklin Furnace, Danspace Project, Joyce SoHo, 92nd Steet Y, Performance Space 122, Pratt Institute, and Reed College, among many other places. From 2008-2013, she located her artistic research at Fresh Kills, once the largest landfill in the world.

Wendy Whelan was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. From 1991 to 2014 she was a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. In 2012, Whelan began developing new projects. Restless Creature, which premiered at Jacob’s Pillow in 2013, is a suite of duets created by and danced with Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo. In 2015, she premiered Whelan/Watson Other Stories at London’s Royal Opera House, performing with Royal Ballet principal dancer Edward Watson.

  • April 20th, 2016
  • Movement Research Staff


We are so grateful to everyone who made the Movement Research Gala a huge success!


Anita Durst and Nicky Paraiso

Jessica Hagedorn and Sarah Michelson

The Durst Organization
Gerald J. & Dorothy R. Friedman New York Foundation

Allyson Green
Hunter College Dance Department

Joan Finkelstein, Julie Atlas Muz, Carla Peterson, George Emilio Sanchez, Tal Yarden

Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Movement Research
in honor of Anita or Nicky and choose a fund you’d like to support!
  • April 19th, 2016
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Dance In Frame with chameckilerner


Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner have been dancing together since they were fifteen years old. Moving to New York from Curitiba, Brazil, in 1989, they have been collaborating for thir- ty-five years. At times mistaken for twins, they can seem almost body–mind melded. Officially forming chameckilerner in 1992, they made dances, films, and videos. Then, abruptly, in 2007, chameckilerner staged its own demise— the figurative killing-off of the artistic duo. No one, including the two of them, knew what the outcome would be. Lucky for us, there was a resurrection. For the past few years, chameck- ilerner has been primarily choreographing for the camera, making videos, and, most recently, multi-screen installations.

Read the full article here. 

Dance In Frame (Workshop) with chameckilerner

Taking place over 2 concecutive weekends:
April 9-10 & 16-17
Saturdays 4:30-8:30pm
Sundays 2-6pm
Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway
$150 Full Workshop

More info here:

Dance In Frame

This is a workshop about “why, when and how” to convey a choreographic idea into video. Through hands-on exercises, we’ll explore tools available in this medium, like framing, camera movement, deconstruction of space and time. Are those tools essential to translate your idea, and is the video the best medium for your concept? These are some questions we will be examining in this workshop.

  • March 15th, 2016
  • Movement Research Staff

Movement Research at the Judson Church – January 25, 2016

Featuring works by Angie Pittman, Sofie Burgoyne, Shua Group, Liz McAuliffe, and Angélica Angulo Soledad

Choreographed and Performed by Angie Pittman
Music: Extracts from Thelma Houston “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, David Ruffin/The Temptations “I Wish It Would Rain”, and The Four Tops “The Same Old Song”


Dancing together apart / Dancing apart together
Choreography: Sofie Burgoyne
Music: Daniel Potter
Creative Collaboration: Bryan Woltjen

The development of Dancing together apart / Dancing apart together has been kindly supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Dance4 and Greenwich Dance.


Each Other
By Shua Group
Performers: Laura Quattrocchi and Joshua Bisset
Music: Michael Pisaro


Winter Formal
Created and performed by Lizz McAuliffe


Choreographer, Performer, Costume, Voice and Translation: Angélica Angulo Soledad
Music: Andy Miller
Sound: Leonardo Girón
Fighting sound and script from “Maldita Peluquera” in youtube

Movement Research at the Judson Church – January 18, 2016

Featuring works by Netta Yerushalmy, Christine Bonansea, Melinda Ring, and Kathy Westwater

Netta Yerushalmy


Artistic Director: Christine Bonansea
Dancers: Christine Bonansea, Amy Gernux, Beth Graczyk, and Phoebe Osborne
Sound Composition & Performance: Jorge Bachmann, Danishta Rivero


Anywhere (excerpt of a work-in-process)
Choreography by Kathy Westwater
Performance by Hadar Ahuvia, Ilona Bito, Amanda Hunt, and Alex Romania
Music by Henryk Górecki, Symphony No. 3, Opus 36
Art Direction by Seung Jae Lee
Audio Integration Design by Seung Jae Lee
Performance Clothes by Fufu


Excerpts from cLOUD
Choreography by Melinda Ring in collaborations with the dancers: Talya Epstein, Maggie Jones, and Molly Lieber
Costumes: Melinda Ring

cLOUD was researched during residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts and Yaddo. The work was made possible, in part through the Movement Research 2014-2106 Artist-In-Residence program, which is funded, in part, by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Davis/Dauray Family Fund. Additional funding provided by the Friends of Special Projects through the fiscal sponsorship of New York Live Arts.



Deborah Hay

the prepared body

April 25-26 & 28-29

MON TUE THU FRI 10am-2pm

Abrons Arts Center, Studio G05
466 Grand Street (enter at Willett Street)

Register here:—winter-spring-2016


The body is capable of so much more than what it can do. For example, sound coming from the piano was more or less constant until John Cage created the prepared piano by introducing different objects into its’ body. These components altered the piano’s harmonics. Similarly, questions will be applied to our bodies to alter the harmonics of movement through choreography.

Hay dances, coaches, directs, and writes. Figure a Sea, a work for the Cullberg Ballet, with original music by Laurie Anderson, will be performed October 2016 at Montclair State University. Her 4th book, Using the Sky, and film, Turn Your F*^king Head, about Hay’s final Solo Performance Commissioning Project, are available from Routledge Books.

  • March 1st, 2016
  • Movement Research Staff

Band of Outsiders: WOMEN


A Movement Research Studies Project

Organized and Moderated by Sam Kim
With Lorene Bouboushian, Moira Brennan, Sheila Lewandowski, Noopur Singha, Adrienne Truscott 

March 1
TUE 6:30pm
Gibney Dance 890 Broadway
890 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

RSVP Here:

Women dominate the dance and performance field in numbers, but not in visibility, ‘success,’ or positions of power. Let’s keep the issue at the forefront and explore how to rectify this. One of the biggest untapped resources is women helping and supporting other women more vocally and consciously—as the majority, our collective efforts would have a massive impact on leveling the field. In this panel, we’ll discuss how to effect change and meaningfully support the majority of our fellow practitioners. Any gender expression is welcome and all are encouraged to participate.


Lorene Bouboushian is a performance artist and educator. She has shown work in Zagreb, Berlin, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and has taught in Beirut, Puebla, and Athens. Recent works have involved hysterical sink baths, skewering diversity narratives, asking the audience to run errands, and attempting to reach sensory thresholds in complete blindness. Influential collaborators include performance art/genius duo Panoply Performance Lab, punk singer Whitney Allen, performance artist Kaia Gilje, and musicians Valerie Kuehne and Matthew Gantt.

Moira Brennan is currently Program Director of The MAP Fund.She studied theater at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Her writing about the arts and feminism has been published in the New York Times, Ms. Magazine, American Theatre,, among other publications.

Sam Kim is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and performer who has been making work since the mid ’90s. Sam is a feminist. Her work has been presented and commissioned by The Kitchen, NYLA, Barnard College, DTW, Danspace Project, PS122 and Gibney Dance, among many other venues. She looks forward to an upcoming commission for Zenon Dance in Minneapolis and to the premiere of her latest work, Fear in Porcelain, at The Chocolate Factory in November 2016.

Sheila Lewandowski is a native NY’er, performer, activist, founder and Executive Director of The Chocolate Factory. She advocates for women, artists and small businesses in policy making on a local, regional, state and national level.

Noopur Singha teaches and performs with Gamelan Dharma Swara, Queen’s College Gamelan Yowana Sari, Kencana Mas, and Lotus Music and Dance. She has worked with Gamelan Gita Asmara, Santi Budaya, Surati Inc, Indian Dance Educators Association, Anna Sperber, Dai Jian, Faye Driscoll, Sidra Bell, Nelly van Bommel, Charlotte Gibbons, and Shizumi Manale among others. She is the two time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Award for solo dance performance.

Adrienne Truscott’s been making genre-straddling work for over 15 years as a means of creative and financial survival. She’s a choreographer, stand-up comedian, writer, one half of The Wau Wau Sisters, a boundary-busting cabaret act and a 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award Artist. She’s performed at the Sydney Opera House, CBGB’s and in muddy tents, wears many hats and is attracted to the possibility of failure as a mandate for rigor.

Image: Becca Albee, Radical Feminist Therapy, BB, 2015

  • February 23rd, 2016
  • Movement Research Staff

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