Archive for May, 2011

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, April 25, 2011.

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, April 25, 2011.
Featuring works by Melinda Ring, Kate Watson-Wallace, Yina Ng, Laura Arend/Dana Marcolina

Mouse Auditions

Choreographed by: Melinda Ring
Performed by: Alexandra Albrecht, Brendan Drake, Elisabete Finger, Inka Juslin, Joseph Kipp, Jeremy Olson, Enrico Wey, Robert Yahner, and Anna-Luella Zahner

In the “Mouse Auditions” performers try-out for a fully imagined but never to be performed work based on Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”. For this Judson showing I’ve focused on the very beginning of the story, the time just before, and just after, Gregor Samsa the main character wakes-up, transformed.

Today’s experiment was developed with the assistance of Alexandra Albrecht, Talya Epstein, and Joseph Kipp. This work was created in part through The Field’s Artist Residency program, supported by the Tides Foundation. The work was funded by The Friends of Special Projects, especially the Gerald Oppenheimer Family Foundation.

In her work, Melinda Ring explores a very liberal definition of choreography creating dances, performance pieces, videos and installations. Recent venues include; The Whitney Museum, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, MASS MoCA, The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, The Box, and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Originally from Los Angeles, Ring moved to New York City in September 2001, after receiving a MFA degree from Bennington College. She is the curator for Danspace Project’s Spring 2011 Platform, Susan Rethorst: Retro (intro)spective. www.special-projects.us Read the rest of this entry »

haiku time (or Something new is created, the body animates, and embraces the impact)

in search of a truth

she clamps her mouth down on it

foaming lips, and waits.

miriam wolf is a 2010/2011 Movement Research AIR currently on exchange at PARTS, Brussels.

Volunteer Opportunities with the Movement Research Spring Festival

The curators of FESTIVAL!*, the Movement Research Spring Festival 2011, are seeking volunteers for a variety of positions. FESTIVAL!* will run from Thursday, June 2nd until Monday, June 6th and many exciting events are planned including panels, workshops, performances, and events happening throughout each day in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Some of the projects will include:

• Helping distribute fliers
• Video documentation
• Podcasting
• Gallery assistance
• Event management
• Performance/workshop support

If you are interested in helping out or if you would like more information, please write to mrfest11@gmail.com with VOLUNTEER in the subject line. Positions are available now!

For more information on FESTIVAL!* events, please visit the website at:
www.movementresearch.org/festival/11

Studies Project Tomorrow! ICPP: Looking to New Models

icppStudies Project
ICPP: Looking to New Models
Tuesday May 3, 2011
7pmLower Manhattan Cultural Council
125 Maiden Lane, 2nd floor
New York City

Find out how the Institute for Curatorial Practices in Performance (ICPP), on the brink of its inaugural session, plans to address the needs and desires of constantly evolving communities of artists. Join Sam Miller (Co-Founder and Program Director, ICPP), Judy Hussie-Taylor (Advisor to ICPP and Executive Director of Danspace Project), and Lydia Bell (Program Assistant, ICPP) and others for this informal discussion.

“As we work to understand how performance can function within multiple landscapes, we must look to new models for understanding contemporary performance practice” -excerpt from the ICPP mission.

The Studies Project series is an artist-curated series of panel discussions, performances and/or other formats that focus on provocative and timely issues of aesthetics and philosophy in the intersection of dance and social politics, confronting and instigated by the dance and performance community.

All Studies Project events are free and open to the public.

When I was Quiet and Let the World Speak

Over this past weekend, I was for the most part without social or even verbal interaction with other humans.  It was my first weekend in Brussels, I had freedom from classes, 70 degree days, my friends here were out of the city, so I was on my own.  I found myself at sea amidst a bustling urban landscape of voices that, because of the language differences (and there are many here) carried me along like a wave of noise without comprehension.  I allowed myself the freedom to get lost and  to have no destination.   Luckily I was free of time constraints or social duties, and as my brain quieted and began to release its normal anxieties, I was finally able to see out of the corners of my eyes, absorb the world with the pores of my hands, smell the currents of love and fear that eddied around me.

Some things I saw:

Paternal Affection: the amount of public love/physical affection that Fathers show  for their sons is incomparable to the States, because I NEVER see it here.  I never see a father kiss his son’s head in NYC, or, after playing a game of football, lie down with him on a blanket in the park and look up at the sky.

Something else I saw, sitting in the park-a group of tourists, wearing bright blue and pink T-shirts (French I believe) this huge group all packed together, walking by me-there must have been like 50 or 60 of them…and it took me a moment for it to strike me, what was so odd about them: they were completely quiet.  And then, of course, I realized that it was a group of deaf people, speaking only with their hands.  And there was this switch in my brain where suddenly the whole image shifted for me.  This big silent group was like a walking flower garden in their bright blues and pinks, and their hands fluttered and expressed amongst them like pale long butterflies alighting from one blossom to the next.

I highly recommend finding a moment-an hour, 10 minutes, to exist inside yet separately from this world that is a constant inarticulate clamouring for your attention.  After all it is these moments that confirm for me that I am, in fact, alive.

miriam wolf is a 2010/2011 Movement Research AIR currently on exchange at PARTS in Brussels

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