Archive for July, 2011


I hope everyone is surviving (and thriving) in this hot summer city. Meanwhile, I have saved perhaps the most difficult book for last.


The Practice Turn in Contemporary Theory, edited by Theodore R. Schatzki, Karen Knorr Cetina, and Eike von Savigny (Routledge, 2001) is a collection of essays on practice from the perspective of social theory. This means that, although many of its examples are drawn from embodied practice — some even from the performing arts — it is most of all concerned with practice in the broadest sense: “fighting together, hunting together, sailing together, singing together, even, in the present-day world, doing science together” (25).

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The Week Ahead. August 1-7, 2011.

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This Week at Movement Research…

It’s summer. It’s hot! Check out what we’ve got going on this week…

Classes with Barbara Mahler

Summer MELT 2011

July 11-August 12

LAST CHANCE to register for workshops with: Beth Goren, Luis Lara Malvacias, Barbara Mahler, Lance Gries and Reggie Wilson.

For workshop descriptions and registration information, visit

Stay tuned for the announcement of our Fall 2011/Winter 2012 Season including classes, workshops, Studies Projects, Festival, Movement Research at the Judson Church and Open Performance and more!!

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  • July 29th, 2011
  • Ishmael Houston-Jones

Movement Research Studies Project Podcast Published: Reflexive Association: Keying from Symbol, Archetype, and Faith.

“Reflexive Association: Keying from Symbol, Archetype, and Faith.” Presented by Jef Johnson as part of the Movement Research Studies Project: Symposium on Masculinity and Embodied Practice

Listen to the Podcast here:

Envisioned and Moderated by Ben Spatz
July 29, 2010
Medicine Show Theatre

The symposium included several paper presentations, speakers, and performances. This paper is “Reflexive Association: Keying from Symbol, Archetype, and Faith.” and was presented by Jef Johnson.

Studies Project 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.



Given the recent focus on embodied knowledge in dance and dance studies, I would like to draw attention to the field of physical education. Both dance and “physical education” are founded on the notion of education through and of the body. It is also true that in many schools and colleges one can get “phys. ed.” credit for taking dance classes. Yet the world of professional and experimental dance still feels very divorced from the world of physical education.

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Eiko and Koma

Last night, for the first time I saw Eiko and Koma Perform at the Lynden Sculpture Garden produced by Alverno Presents in River Hills Wisconsin. The day before, I had participated in a workshop with the artists who took our grad group through a series of sleeping/dreaming scores. When Eiko & Koma arrived in Milwaukee Wednesday afternoon, three days prior to the performance, they changed the site from where they had decided during their earlier site visit. Instead of an idyllic spot near the south bank of the garden’s large pond they chose a dried out pond. The staff had to construct a low platforms in the middle of the dried pond full of dried algae. At 6 pm the performance started with capacity audience sitting around the dried pond in the remaining heat. Following Raven Eiko & Koma performed a variation of Event Fission for which they took off their Raven costumes and covered themselves with flour paste. This year marks an important retrospective for the artists who will be performing throughout the country in addition to free concerts in New York. Go to their website for performance dates.


Nearing the end of my summer in Milwaukee. Elizabeth Zimmer came to UWM and gave us a workshop on dance criticism. We went to a dance concert and then wrote a 300 word review by 9 am the next morning. Each of the 24 participants had to read their review out loud which was a humbling experience to say the least. Elizabeth spoke a lot about using descriptive language in order to show your opinion instead of blanket statements that say very little about the action. While I understand the importance of documentation and description, I also want the critic to take a stance. Now, there is a difference between taking a stance and annihilating someone’s piece in a polemic.

Juliana F. May Movement Research AIR 2011

The Week Ahead. July 25-31, 2011.


This Week at Movement Research…

Classes and Workshops.

Join us for classes with faculty: Charlie Mosey and Barbara Mahler.

Summer MELT 2011 has begun!
July 11-August 12

Workshops are almost sold out!
You can still register for workshops with: Beth Goren, Luis Lara Malvacias, Barbara Mahler, Lance Gries and Reggie Wilson.

For workshop descriptions and registration information, visit

Movement Research at the Judson Church and Open Performance are both done for the Spring 2011 season and will resume in the fall of 2011.

Photo Leslie Parker by Ian Douglas

Open space in MELT workshop with Lance Gries!

Due to a cancellation, there is ONE open space in the MELT workshop with Lance Gries during the first week of August! There is currently no wait list so this is your chance to take this great workshop! Though the website says it is sold out, if you are interested please send an email to Ana at or call 212.598.0551.



James Thompson’s Performance Affects: Applied Theatre and the End of Affect (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) opens with the story of a massacre in a Sri Lankan “rehabilitation centre” for former child soldiers. Most chillingly of all, Thompson suspects that a program of applied theatre that ran in the camp several months before the massacre may have been part of what led up to the killings. Not in a direct way, of course. But Thompson wonders if this program, which he was in charge of, was part of the Sri Lankan government’s overall political strategy. In other words, he wonders if his theatre work was in this instance unwittingly complicit with the machinations of the Sri Lankan government — part of its own effort to perform respectable statehood on the stage of international politics.

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