Archive for September, 2009

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 9.14.09

Video clips from Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, September 14, 2009.
Featuring the work of Rebecca Davis, Shizu Homma, and Molissa Fenley and Dancers with Bob Holman.

What the Sea Sent
for Bethany Ides
after Pina, Terry, Gertrude

A work-in-progress by:
Rebecca Davis
Developed in collaboration with the performers: Carrie Brown, Andrea Johnston, Deborah Karp, Stephanie Lazzara, and Gretchen Weber

Rebecca Davis is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Education Director at Trisha Brown Dance Company. She will be performing her solo adaptation of Deborah Hay’s, I’ll Crane For You, at Performance Works NorthWest in Portland, OR in December. She currently dances for

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social media (part one)

Facebook & Journalism – Columbia School of Journalism panel

Thanks to Eva for posting this on facebook.
Mashable is a great site for technology trends,
so add it your delicious bookmarks,
or join my network [bmacmedia] on delicious.


social media (part 2)

Social Media Revolution

The Week Ahead. September 21-27, 2009.

Movement Research at the Judson Church.

Monday September 21, 2009 at 8pm. Judson Memorial Church at 55 Washington Square South.

Featuring works by James McGinn, Renee Archibald* and John Kinzel*

*Movement Research Artist-in-Residence 2009


photo: Renee Archibald by Alex Escalante

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It’s complicated

Domestic violence is any emotional, physical or sexual abuse by a household member, often by a partner. Rather than being an isolated event, domestic violence tends to recur and to increase in severity over time. Without intervention domestic violence will continue.

Victims of domestic violence often must wrestle with feelings of fear, loyalty, guilt and shame. Because victims are often socially and geographically isolated, as well as financially dependent, many victims live out their lives in fear, unaware that help is available.

Today, as more and more communities are responding to the needs of these victims, more and more victims are reaching out. Many communities now have shelters where victims and their children can go to escape the violence, vocational programs to provide victims with the skills to make it on their own, and concerned persons ready to help with emotional support and understanding.

it's complicated

it's complicated

Adjudication, or Appropriate, Constructive Dance Critiques

Feel like there’s a disconnect between artistic process, current modes of collaboration, and the thumbs-up thumbs-down attitude of DANCE CRITICS?

What does the future of dance journalism look like, and how active will we be in shaping that?

Come join this panel of dance activists and artists who are doing more than just talking about changing the balance of power, and actually taking back some control over the discussion of their work–at all stages. ABRONS ARTS CENTER Tuesday, September 29.

sucker punched by the chief guest of honor (again)

sucker punched by the chief guest of honor (again)

Headlong Does “more”

I’m down in Philadelphia this weekend to see Philly’s Headlong Dance Theater’s premier of more. Headlong was founded by Co-Directors David Brick, Andrew Simonet and Amy Smith in 1993. I met Amy and Andrew in 1991 at the Center for New Dance Development in the Netherlands right after they’d graduated from Wesleyan. They were there in their post-bac year trying to decide in what American city (other than New York) they should locate to start making dances. David, Andrew and Amy collaborate in the creation and performance of all Headlong’s dances and share credit for all the company’s work. I served on their board for several years.

One criticism I’ve had of their work over the years is that because of their steadfast commitment to the ideal of collaborative directorship their pieces have tended

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The Week Ahead. September 14-20, 2009.

Monday, September 14, Movement Research at the Judson Church. 8pm. Judson Memorial Church at 55 Washington Square South.

It’s our first performance of the season! Immediately following the performance there will be a reception to celebrate the launch of our new website.

Works by: Rebecca Davis, Shizu Homma, Molissa Fenley & Dancers with Bob Holman

Movement Research at the Judson Church is a free, high visibility low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas and works-in-progress.


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My Messies

In the absence of the Bessie Awards this season, I’ve decided to use this forum to acknowledge those artists whose work made me think, and feel and marvel and rage and laugh during the 2008-2009 season. I invite you all to add your own to this list. IHJ

In roughly chronological order…

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A Festival of Caveats

Caveat number one: I’ve always thought that blogs or rather the idea of blogs was peculiar. I rarely read them. And even the best of them, like my friend Dennis Cooper’s ( make me wonder how bloggers find enough time and material to be of interest to a mass readership on a regular basis. So when MR asked me to be a blogger on our revamped website, of course I said “yes.”

Caveat two: I’ve decided my first entry would be about the absence, this year, of the New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards. In 1984, in their first season, I shared a Bessie creator award with my collaborator Fred Holland. This winter I was asked if I wanted to be on the selection committee.

Caveat three: I’ve lived and worked in the New York downtown dance and performance scene for 30 years. In that time I have worked with, worked for, loved, slept with, argued with, broken up with, collaborated with, applauded, booed, dished, been in awe of, criticized, lent money to, borrowed money from, mentored, taught, taken class from … you get the idea … many of the people in this incestuous little community. Here, I will try to be as objective as possible, but I’m only human. And for the time being, it’s my blog. Hey I might like this after all. So here goes…]

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