Archive for August, 2011

Movment Resarch this weekend!!

Movement Research will be cancelling rehearsals and closing Eden’s Expressway for Saturday and Sunday due to severe weather warnings and evacuations as MTA mass transit shut-downs beginning at noon tomorrow. Hopefully we’ll be back and up and running early next week.

  • August 26th, 2011
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Movement Research Closed to the Public Aug 15-26.

Movement Research’s office will be closed to the public August 15-26. Limited hours are available by appointment. Please email with questions or to schedule an appointment.

In the meantime…
Our Fall 2011/Winter 2012 Season begins in September!
Join us for classes with Jen Abrams, Barbara Mahler, Irene Dowd, Cori Olinghouse with Kai Kleinbard, K.J. Holmes, Karl Anderson, Juliette Mapp, and Jon Kinzel.
Visit for class schedule and descriptions.

Workshops in September include:

Workshop with Milka Djordjevich
Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28
6:15-8:15 pm, Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
$40 for full 4-week enrollment, $15 per drop-in

Open Movement Practice
This open level movement class draws from elements of social, folk, and contemporary dance forms, as well as from ordinary action. Resisting the urge to transform ourselves into blank slates, we will abandon the term ‘neutral’ and uncover our bodies’ inherent knowledge and history. By using sensorial, perceptual, anatomical, spatial and imaginative pathways, we’ll amplify, morph and direct our individual movement patterning. We will play with technical structures, improvisational concepts, choreographic frameworks and performing. Class will allow us to continuously activate our bodies through space, while discovering the kinesthetic sensitivity of a dynamic body-in-motion.
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Workshop with Daria Faïn
Sundays, Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18, Jan 15, Feb 19
2-6pm, Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
for non-choir members: $120 for all 6 sessions, $25 per drop-in
for choir members: $75 for all 6 sessions, $15 per drop-in

PROSODIC BODY Workshop: Choreoprosodia (the fusion of movement and prosody)
These six workshops focus on the sonic properties of language exploring the correspondences between energy centers, hormonal secretion, seed movements, sonic harmony, and emotional and neurological impact. Spending time with each of the different phoneme-harmonic-compositions developed for the Phoneme Choir, we will use a ‘scientific methodology’ to differentiate and name how each affects individuals and inform us of their healing and performative properties.
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Studio Time – Some thoughts, photos and a poem


My name is Michal. I am a choreographer and a performer and this is the first time I am writing here. Recently I’ve been working mainly on solo performances, and that means that I spend most of my time all alone in the studio. I believe this is the motivation behind my attempt here to invite you to my studio. To visit the studio is to share in a constellation of thinking, moving, questioning, sometimes hating(mostly myself), dreaming and so much more.

Our time in the studio, so essential to our creative process, is often passed over in silence, and it’s no accident. The studio mediates between our daily routine, sometimes banal, sometimes intimate, and the stage. Between our lives on stage and off it. It’s messy, somewhere in between the private, raw experience that seeks its expression, and the processed, sometimes polished, end result.  This is a first attempt to put some of my experience in the studio into words (and pictures):

I’m not sure whether it was always this way or if it’s a recent thing that presents itself as having always-already been there, but in any case it seems I always find my self walking around with this feeling that if I  just make one tiny mistake, one careless movement, the tower of cards I have built will collapse in a heartbeat.

I believe I am not alone with this experience… and the word that comes to mind lately is –


This word in itself seems to me so lonely and fragile but it also has a very strong presence.

Frightening and frustrating as this fragility may be outside the studio, it is precisely what I seek in my studio work and performance.

That fragility of the moment, the image, the body. What keeps me on my toes.

The frequently changing meaning. The movement of meaning.

Enormous tension in every action. Alertness, urgency in every step.

Having something at stake, something to lose. Between risk and opportunity – to succeed or to fail,

to win or to lose.

The studio offers me a secure and intimate environment, that allows me to give myself over to fragility, the condition for the emergence of a rare moment of truth.








*Photos from Chez Bushwick studio, were taken by Michal Samama

Hezi Leskly (1952-1994) was a poet, a critic and also a choreographer.
Here is one of his poems which I am always inspired by (with a translation by Yuval Kremnitzer, who was also very helpful with writing this post)

The Triumph by Hezi Leskly

The struggle between listlessness and labor,
ended with victory on listlessness side.
I wanted to announce the news,
but annunciation is laborious.
I wanted to embrace my friends,
but embracing is too complicated of a pa de deux.

I wanted to drink a glass of water,
But the water was a thousand light years away from the glass.
There will not be another round.
Listlessness has won.

Michal Samama, Movement Research 2011 Artist-in-Residence

Movement Research’s Fall Season is almost here!

Movement Research is preparing to announce our Fall 2011/ Winter 2012 Season which will include classes, workshops, Studies Projects, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Open Peformance, International Dance Dialogues, the annual Fall Festival and more!!!

Stay tuned for information on workshops with Milka Djordjevich, Daria Fain, and Jane Gabriels as well as ongoing classes with Barbara Mahler, Irene Dowd, K.J. Holmes,  and Karl Anderson.  Classes in Contact Improvisation and Alexander Technique will continue with a wonderful selection of teachers as will our series of Morning Classes. In September alone you can look forward to Morning Class with Juliette Mapp, Jon Kinzel, and Gwen Welliver. Visit our website for more information and keep an eye out for our new Season Calendar with with all of our Fall programs.

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