Archive for January, 2011

The Week Ahead January 31-February 6.

This Week at Movement Research…

Monday January 31. Movement Research at the Judson Church.
8pm. 55 Washington Square South.

Featuring works by Karol Tyminski, Elisabeth Motley, Deborah Black


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Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church 1.24.2011

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, January, 2011.
Featuring work by Lorene Bouboushian, Netta Yerushalmy, John-Mario Sevilla and Zubin Mohamad

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Audience Membership Experience Questionnaire

Last week I saw a questionnaire about the senses by Chrysa Parkinson. I was inspired. At first to do it, but haven’t gotten around to it, then to make a list, then to write my own questionnaire based on questions I had asked (and filmed) at my high school reunion last summer.
I learned quite a bit in my classes at high school but not so much about the social experience there. When I go to see performance I learn quite a bit from the performance but have so many questions about the social experience of being in the audience. So here they are.

What is your subjective experience of being an audience member at a show in your field usually like? What is the social life of before, during intermission, and after the show like for you?

What are your fears, in an audience with people you know, of how they would characterize you and your presence there?

Is your audience membership experience, in your field, different when you don’t know people in the audience? If it is not your field, how does your experience as an audience member change?

How would you, objectively, characterize yourself in the audience?

List all the reasons you go see performance, as it relates to your audience membership.

List emotions you experience when you see someone in the audience that you know but may or may not know you.

What criteria do you use to decide to talk to or say hello to this kind of person?

What emotions do you go through if this kind of person does not acknowledge you in some way? If they do? If they do, but not to your desired degree?

If someone comes up to you while you are an audience member, that you don’t know or only know vaguely, how do you decide what level of interest you show to this kind of person? How do you decide when its time for you to move on from an interaction of this kind?

After you leave the audience completely, how do you process the totality of your audience encounters at the event?

What patterns do you notice around your thoughts, emotions, and actions when you consider yourself as an audience member socializing with other audience members?

-Anna Azrieli, Movement Research 2010 Artist in Residence

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 1.10.2011

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, January, 2011.
Featuring work by HeJin Jang**, Maggie Bennett**, Martín Lanz Landázuri**, Renée Archibald**, Jillian Peña**

** Movement Research Artist-in-Residence 2009

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The Week Ahead. January 24 – 30, 2011.

This Week at Movement Research…
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Sense of List

sense of urgency
sense of self
sense of right and wrong
sense of wonder
sense of security
sense of community
sense of place
sense of calm
sense of privacy
sense of scale
sense of purpose
sense of order
sense of rhythm
sense of fairness
sense of play
sense of sorrow
sense of space
sense of direction
sense of decency
sense of balance
sense of emptiness
sense of inadequacy
sense of morality
sense of delight
sense of doubt
sense of accomplishment
sense of entitlement
sense of foreboding

Inspired by Chrysa Parkinson’s “art practice as eco-system questionnaire”.

–Anna Azrieli, Movement Research 2010 Artist in Residence


I walk into class, full of judgment, trying to find a way to still feel about my dancing, my persona, what I felt before I saw others checking me out. What is eye contact for? What is this exchange we all routinely engage, or don’t engage in? What are people saying with their eyes? What do they want to know about me? What are they trying to see? What am I telling them???
But I walk into class, not that anyone is checking me out all that much really, so why am I so judging? Of people’s clothes, of their aesthetics based on their clothes, of the way they walk, of the way their hair is. Am I better dancer, more successful, more special, different enough to stand out, smarter in my choices, more beautiful, more deserving, simply better than?
Then, why are we doing this exercise, it is taking too long, or it went by too fast, why didn’t the teacher tell us about that before we did it. I don’t have enough space around me, my knees hurt, I can’t balance…on and on.
Eventually, slowly, excruciatingly, my mind stops wandering, the action at hand takes over. By the end of class I am more synthesized, more fluid, more sweaty, I feel better, not so judgmental. My questioning has softened, subsided.

I’ve had this trajectory with cooking. Never did it much, it always gave me anxiety. What should I make, no one will like it, medium or low heat, why are there so many ways to chop a vegetable, why can’t I remember what I did last time? But then I had to do it because we moved to a place where there wasn’t much take-out and I had a child. There was no way out, so I gave into it, began to do it more, pretty much hating it for a couple of years. Then slowly there were shifts. Things turned out well not as a fluke but because I had practiced them. I began to enjoy the actions involved and how I had to organize my mind to accomplish them. Now I look forward to cooking.

I did the falling asleep on the subway thing where I kept nodding off, coming to, nodding off, its so comforting the movement of the train, but no one is protecting me as if I were a small child falling asleep in their parents arms to the lull of the train. Then my stop, I get off to transfer trains, is everyone staring at me? What do all these people want from me? What are their eyes asking? I feel raw, waking up in front of a bunch of people is disconcerting, after a few minutes though I’m back to myself, people don’t seem so monstrously aware of me or I of them, I’m not overwhelmed by all that’s coming at me. Maybe its animal instinct, my judging self, rather than my sinfulness, my dark side. Waking up with a bunch of people around me, I judge whether they’re out to get me, rob me, push me in front of a train, I don’t know these people. I walk into a dance class, I don’t know most of these people, How might they harm me, psychically, emotionally? They could, I don’t know them.

I don’t want to end on a note of fear, I wish I was at the end of a dance class right now. Or cooking.

–Anna Azrieli, Movement Research 2010 Artist in Residence

words from the process: writing from dd dorvillier’s melt workshop

I went for a grill it was fascinating instructive I had a cat come over to teach me the nuances of failure I was certain it was erotic to be laid off and to engage in bitter fruit falling off my tail bone is fucking sore from all the jumping out of airplanes are so sexy long sleek fur to the touch I envision a grandiose uptake to the horizon on which lies a cadet made of brocade with flowers streaming from the dinosaur’s head and tiny arms swinging side to up to over and out this was an out and out figure skating dream of my own a room to be lie down on top of the umbrella on the beach discover signs and manifestations of the totality of my very soul.

–Anna Azrieli, Movement Research 2010 Artist in Residence

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 1.3.2011

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, January 3, 2011.
Featuring work by Sara Yassky, Christine Suarez, Liz Santoro

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The Week Ahead. January 10-16, 2011.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! We are back and situated in our new lovely office at 55 Avenue C.  This week at Movement Research: MELT,  Judson, ongoing classes, and more!

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