Archive for April, 2010

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 4.19.2010

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, April 19, 2010.
Featuring works by Athena Malloy, Burr Johnson, and Paul Matteson.

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Back down to the floor…crumbling, spinning, spiraling, pelvis abandoned and shifting through a low space, softening at a fast speed.  Spinning, standing, falling.

Jennifer Nugent..performer, teacher, choreographer.  2008 Movement Research AIR, currently dancing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, making a duet with Asli Bulbul

  • April 21st, 2010
  • Jenn Nugent

What are you working with?

Improvisational Dialogue — negotiate expectations, negotiate meaning, expectations are re-negotiable, meaning is re-negotiable

Seek opportunities to interrupt or slow the cycle of forward-moving agendas

  • April 21st, 2010
  • Maggie Bennett


Dancing, Teaching, making, wondering….

Space–In the search for understanding more about “space” I re-found softness.  It felt digital hmmm..or the image it created for me worked best in digital inside my imagination.  Virtual building blocks falling away from my body, a sensation of sorts.  Allowing this soft weight to guide the body, understanding deeper an organic rhythmic sensibility that  replaces itself and reorganizes itself constantly… teaching this inspired me.  Bodies falling through form, feeling skin touching space.

I found something lost while teaching a partnering class last week..facilitating and creating material, improvising–my joints and limbs felt soft, I haven’t felt this way in a long while…feeling at any moment I will forget and forget to remember this feeling.

Jennifer Nugent.  Performer, Teacher, Choreographer.  Movement Research Artist in Residence 2008.  Currently dancing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and making a duet with Asli Bulbul.

  • April 20th, 2010
  • Jenn Nugent

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 4.12.2010

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, April 12, 2010.
Featuring works by Accidental Movement*, The Song Hee Lee Dance Company, and Laurie Berg, Megan Byrne, and Liliana Dirks-Goodman

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Moments of Exchange

I’m in San Diego, performing with Vanessa Justice Dance at San Diego State University.  Two weeks prior, I returned to New York after a five week visit in Brussels, as a guest at PARTS.  The underlying mission of these trips is artistic exchange.  So immediately I ask what does that mean…  I realize I rarely consider myself a vehicle for that in New York, but imagine myself, my peers, all the work I see and love, as an expanding and shape-shifting diamond.  Although ultimately exchange is occurring, the hat feels different — contribution feels more the tone.  But in this role, what am I bringing, what am I taking?  How is this meeting, proximity of work, expanding each sides’ sense of what is possible in this form and what is possible in the way artists live in relationship to this form.  These are my assumed goals for exchange.  Possibly because I desire expansion around those questions.  And also because I sense that geography and environment are at the root of how we orient to the world as artists (obviously… but to really begin to feel and experience that).  Although there is a multitude of variation in New York, my sense is that we’re all in the same boat, in terms of how we are required to field that city — a force to be reckoned with for sure — which is a huge assumption I am just beginning to de-code, from afar.  But to be in Southern California, to be in Brussels, or Amsterdam, or Paris, where light filters through the sky differently changing the tone of one’s body, where the amount of space between buildings reveals sky in various degrees, changes one’s consciousness, and in turn, changes one’s art.  So to just have enough time and space in a place to be open to listening for the shift in consciousness, and then to allow it to cycle into the work, to then out-put, and be seen by the community that is already holding the life of dance in that location, is really an amazing thing.  The tone of interaction feels more specific than just showing up as an artist and showing what you can do.  To create a loop, feels more the thing to do.

–Maggie Bennett, performer and choreographer, 2009 MR Artist in Residence

  • April 17th, 2010
  • Maggie Bennett

Updates from Critical Correspondence 4/17

Hello from Critical Correspondence! Keeping you posted as to what’s new. Jean Butler has posted two interviews in a series on Danspace Project’s visionary Platform curation project – one with Back to NYC curator Juliette Mapp and one with participating artist Jen Rosenblit. Also, check out a video interview with Clarinda MacLow as part of Alejandra Martorell’s series What Sustains You? which takes a thoughtful look at various artist’s strategies at creating something functional out of the crazy existence of being a dance artist in NYC. Also up is an interview with the organizers of Fantasy Generator, a rethinking of the traditional model of a residency that took place at Hollins University last summer with the idea of radical generosity at its core. And we have notes from one of the discussions as part of the Trisha Brown Dance Company’s 40th Anniversary Lecture Series called “Talking About the Work.” Much more in the works so check back!


The Week Ahead. April 19-25, 2010

This Week at Movement Research…classes, schedule changes, performances, and more!


Monday April 19. Movement Research at the Judson Church .
8pm. Judson Memorial Church at 55 Washington Square South.
Featuring work by Burr Johnson, Paul Matteson, Athena Malloy

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Class Cancelled This Morning, 4.16.2010

Juliette Mapp’s 10am class was cancelled this morning, Friday, April 16, due to illness. We were not able to find a last-minute substitute. Juliette does plan to teach Monday, April 19 . We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • April 16th, 2010
  • Movement Research Staff


Softness moving through the spine.  Limbs folding, deepening, creasing.

From the ground, sensation fills a container, my body, spilling out-pushing out.

A changeable balance. Soft, pushed rhythm. What is layered, What is still.

The relationship between presentation and privacy-vulnerability and strength.

Jennifer Nugent

  • April 15th, 2010
  • Jenn Nugent

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