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Winter MELT 2012, Jan 2-20. Register Now!

Winter MELT 2012 workshops are selling fast!!!

Don’t miss workshops with Juliette Mapp, Irene Dowd, Trajal Harrell, Chris Aiken, Keith Hennessy, DD Dorvillier, Yvonne Meier, Shelley Senter, and Miguel Gutierrez

Chris Aiken by Chris Randall

Winter MELT 2012
January 2-20, 2011
All workshops are held at Movement
Research at Eden’s Expressway:
537 Broadway
(between Prince and Spring Streets)


Photo: Chris Aiken by Chris Randall

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Podcast: Movement Research Studies Project – Integrating Parenthood and Art Practice

Movement Research Studies Project:
Integrating Parenthood and Art Practice at A.R.T. New York/South Oxford Space
October 22, 2011.

Listen to the Podcast here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/movementresearch/SP_Parenting_10.22.11_FINAL.mp3

Anna and Rebecca led a discussion on the topic of parenting and its influence on one’s creative life. They posed the questions: How can the journey of parenthood inspire and be additive to an artist’s lifestyle? Are there parenting challenges specific to the dance community? Is there anything we can do as a community to better support one another? Tips were shared on how to find balance between our professional and private lives. Participants included new and veteran parents as well as those contemplating parenthood , and those simply interested in this topic.

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.

After this discussion, Anna and Rebecca started a google group intended to support dance parents called “Dance Artist Parent,” and would like to invite interested individuals to join. You can find them by searching google groups for “dance artist parent” or by e-mailing dance-artist-parent@googlegroups.com.

The Week Ahead: October 31-November 6, 2011.

This Week at Movement Research… Movement Research at the Judson Church Returns! Plus Open Performance, workshops, and classes.

Monday October 31. Movement Research at the Judson Church.
8 PM. 55 Washington Square South.
Featuring work by Judith Sanchez Ruiz/JSR Company, Kota Yamazaki, SKOTE, and Megan Mazarick.

Wednesday November 2. Open Performance.
8 PM. ART/NY South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Featuring work by
 Barbara Mahler, Effie Bowen, and Sophia Cleary.
Moderated by David Thomson.

Monday, October 21- Wednesday, November 2. Workshop with Jonathan Burrows.
12-3pm
Avenue C Studio: 55 Avenue C.
$75/$30 drop-in

Writing dance
Choreographer Jonathan Burrows leads a three day workshop investigating choreographic and compositional process, performance and philosophies, questioning how a dance or performance might be made and what it could communicate to somebody watching. Practical work will concentrate on short task-based exercises looking at how to define material and work with time, to hold the attention of an audience and invite them to care what happens next. Sessions will be punctuated also with discussion and viewpoints on other mediums and ways of working, asking all the time what dance can do and what it can’t.

Saturday November 5. Workshop with Jane Gabriels.
5-8pm. Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
$30
The Lost, The Found and The Fantasy: Urban Meditation
Through an interdisciplinary approach, participants will work with excavating found images, phrases overheard on the bus, movement studies from the street and found sounds and texts to develop their own response to the city and its current dialogue with us. These found materials are things that pulled you towards them, attracted your attention, even if you are not completely sure why. From this fieldwork material, participants will work in the studio with further writing, movement and installation experiments to explore re-enlivening our city-life. Informal, “instant” showings link what has been found with a larger vision of what could be possible. Participants are asked to come to the studio with a scrap of conversation overheard publicly, a picture of a specific place or person in the city, a gesture or series of gestures that they observed in their everyday walks, a torn piece of text found on the street.

Classes this Week.
Join us for classes with faculty: Barbara Mahler, Irene Dowd, Gabriel Forestieri, K.J. Holmes, Shelley Senter, Levi Gonzalez, and Vicky Shick.

Upcoming.

Danielle Stawmyre by Ryutaro Mishima

Town Hall Meeting
November 15
TUES 7 PM
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Moderated by Kyle deCamp
Panelists include: Michelle Boulé, Becky Hilton, and others
Last year’s revival of the Movement Research Town Hall meeting dove into the nature and manner of movement research being conducted by our present-day artists community. Join Movement Research and its Artist Advisory Council for a follow-up discussion regarding sustainability as it relates to research, career, value and time.

Workshop with Daria Faïn & Robert Kocik
Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18, Jan 15, Feb 19
SUN 2-6pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
for non-choir member: $120 for 6 sessions, $25 per drop-in
for choir members : $75 for 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.

The Week Ahead: October 24-30, 2011.

This Week at Movement Research… Studies Project, Open Performance and classes. Please note that the deadline for applications for the Spring 2012 Movement Research at the Judson Church has been extended. See below for details.

Monday October 24. NO Movement Research at the Judson Church.
Movement Research at the Judson Church will resume in two weeks on Monday October 31, featuring work by Judith Sanchez Ruiz/JSR Company, Kota Yamazaki, SKOTE, and Megan Mazarick.

The Application for Movement Research at the Judson Church Spring 2012 season is due this Friday, October 28, 2011. The deadline was extended due to scheduling changes with the venue. Please postmark by this date or hand-deliver to our office at 55 Avenue C No later than 6:00 PM on the aforementioned date.

Wednesday October 26. Open Performance.
8 PM. ART/NY South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Featuring work by Janice Lancaster, Stephanie Fungsang, and Ben Spatz**
Moderated by Walter Dundervill

**Movement Research Artist-in-Residence 2010


Saturday, October 22. STUDIES PROJECT: Integrating Parenthood and Art Practice

Conceived of and Organized by Anna Azrieli and Rebecca Davis
3 PM. A.R.T. New York, South Oxford Space. 138 South Oxford Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
FREE

Please join us for a discussion on the topic of parenting and its influence on one’s creative life. How can the journey of parenthood inspire and be additive to an artist’s lifestyle? Are there parenting challenges specific to the dance community? Is there anything we can do as a community to better support one another? We will share tips on how to find balance between our professional and private lives. Participants include new and veteran parents as well as those contemplating parenthood or simply interested in this topic. On-site childcare will be provided.

Classes this Week.
Please note that John Kinzel will be teaching in place of Stacy Spence M W F from now until October 28th.
Join us for classes with faculty: Barbara Mahler, Irene Dowd, Gabriel Forestieri, K.J. Holmes, Shelley Senter, John Kinzel, Gwen Welliver.

Upcoming.

Town Hall Meeting
November 15
TUES 7 PM
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Moderated by Kyle deCamp
Panelists include: Michelle Boulé, Becky Hilton, and others

Last year’s revival of the Movement Research Town Hall meeting dove into the nature and manner of movement research being conducted by our present-day artists community. Join Movement Research and its Artist Advisory Council for a follow-up discussion regarding sustainability as it relates to research, career, value and time.

Workshop with Daria Faïn & Robert Kocik
Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18, Jan 15, Feb 19
SUN 2-6pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway

for non-choir member: $120 for 6 sessions, $25 per drop-in
for choir members : $75 for 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.
www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/?class=workshops
Workshop with Jonathan Burrows
October 31 – November 2, MON – WED, 12-3pm
Avenue C Studio
$75/$30 drop-in

Writing dance
Choreographer Jonathan Burrows leads a three day workshop investigating choreographic and compositional process, performance and philosophies, questioning how a dance or performance might be made and what it could communicate to somebody watching. Practical work will concentrate on short task-based exercises looking at how to define material and work with time, to hold the attention of an audience and invite them to care what happens next. Sessions will be punctuated also with discussion and viewpoints on other mediums and ways of working, asking all the time what dance can do and what it can’t.
www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/?class=workshops

Workshop with Jane Gabriels
November 5
SAT 5-8pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
$30

The Lost, The Found and The Fantasy: Urban Meditation
Through an interdisciplinary approach, participants will work with excavating found images, phrases overheard on the bus, movement studies from the street and found sounds and texts to develop their own response to the city and its current dialogue with us. These found materials are things that pulled you towards them, attracted your attention, even if you are not completely sure why. From this fieldwork material, participants will work in the studio with further writing, movement and installation experiments to explore re-enlivening our city-life. Informal, “instant” showings link what has been found with a larger vision of what could be possible. Participants are asked to come to the studio with a scrap of conversation overheard publicly, a picture of a specific place or person in the city, a gesture or series of gestures that they observed in their everyday walks, a torn piece of text found on the street.
www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/?class=workshops

The Week Ahead: October 17-23, 2011.

This Week at Movement Research… Studies Project and class changes.

Please note that the deadline for applications for the Spring 2012 Movement Research at the Judson Church has been extended. See below for details.


Monday October 17. NO Movement Research at the Judson Church.
Movement Research at the Judson Church will resume in two weeks on Monday October 31, featuring work by Judith Sanchez Ruiz/JSR Company, Kota Yamazaki, SKOTE, and Megan Mazarick.

Wednesday October 19. NO Open Performance.
Open Performance will resume in weeks on Wednesday October 26, featuring work by Janice Lancaster, Stephanie Fungsang, and Ben Spatz**

**Movement Research Artist-in-Residence 2010

Saturday, October 22. STUDIES PROJECT: Integrating Parenthood and Art Practice
Conceived of and Organized by Anna Azrieli and Rebecca Davis
3 PM. A.R.T. New York, South Oxford Space. 138 South Oxford Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
FREE
Please join us for a discussion on the topic of parenting and its influence on one’s creative life. How can the journey of parenthood inspire and be additive to an artist’s lifestyle? Are there parenting challenges specific to the dance community? Is there anything we can do as a community to better support one another? We will share tips on how to find balance between our professional and private lives. Participants include new and veteran parents as well as those contemplating parenthood or simply interested in this topic. On-site childcare will be provided.

Classes this Week.
John Kinzel will be teaching in place of Stacy Spence M W F from now until October 28th.
Join us for classes with faculty: Barbara Mahler, Irene Dowd, Gabriel Forestieri, K.J. Holmes, Shelley Senter, John Kinzel, Gwen Welliver.

Upcoming.

The Application for Movement Research at the Judson Church Spring 2012 season has been extended to October 28, 2011 due to scheduling changes with the venue. Please postmark by this date or hand-deliver to our office at 55 Avenue C No later than 6pm on the aforementioned date.

Workshop with Daria Faïn & Robert Kocik
Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18, Jan 15, Feb 19
SUN 2-6pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
for non-choir member: $120 for 6 sessions, $25 per drop-in
for choir members : $75 for 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.
www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/?class=workshops

Workshop with Jonathan Burrows
October 31 – November 2, MON – WED, 12-3pm
Avenue C Studio
$75/$30 drop-in

Writing dance
Choreographer Jonathan Burrows leads a three day workshop investigating choreographic and compositional process, performance and philosophies, questioning how a dance or performance might be made and what it could communicate to somebody watching. Practical work will concentrate on short task-based exercises looking at how to define material and work with time, to hold the attention of an audience and invite them to care what happens next. Sessions will be punctuated also with discussion and viewpoints on other mediums and ways of working, asking all the time what dance can do and what it can’t.
www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/?class=workshops

Workshop with Jane Gabriels
November 5
SAT 5-8pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
$30

The Lost, The Found and The Fantasy: Urban Meditation
Through an interdisciplinary approach, participants will work with excavating found images, phrases overheard on the bus, movement studies from the street and found sounds and texts to develop their own response to the city and its current dialogue with us. These found materials are things that pulled you towards them, attracted your attention, even if you are not completely sure why. From this fieldwork material, participants will work in the studio with further writing, movement and installation experiments to explore re-enlivening our city-life. Informal, “instant” showings link what has been found with a larger vision of what could be possible. Participants are asked to come to the studio with a scrap of conversation overheard publicly, a picture of a specific place or person in the city, a gesture or series of gestures that they observed in their everyday walks, a torn piece of text found on the street.
www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/?class=workshops

Movement Research Fall Festival 2011: The 20th Year Celebration
DEVOTION/SUSTAINABILITY/RIGOR
November 28-December 4, 2011
Curated by Sandra Loring and K.J. Holmes.
The festival will include workshops with Leigh Evans, Miguel Gutierrez, JH, and Raina von Waldenburg, as well as open improvisation jams. A STUDIES PROJECT will investigate the nature of Devotion, Sustainability, and Rigor through dance-making, performance, the heart of the artist, and their working process. Performances will take place Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the festival.

Agnes Martin and Consciousness

I had 15 minutes today to look at the Agnes Martin exhibit at Pace Gallery in Chelsea, NYC.  Agnes Martin was an abstract expressionist painter, her classification of choice.  Her work is also referred to as minimalist, being identified by lines, grids and very subtle fields of color.

I had a profound experience of seeing her work today, which feels relevant to discussions happening now about consciousness.  I had looked up the exhibition online, saw photos on the Pace Gallery website, and thought ‘oh, maybe I’ll skip this’, but I happily made it there before the gallery closed.  My immediate reaction was that online photographs of artwork don’t do it justice!  This is what we say in dance about video recordings of our pieces.  There’s something vibrational and immediate about having a 3D experience in real-time in a theater or other space as audience or witness.  Similarly, I felt as though I could immediately sense the vibration of Martin’s work as soon as I entered the large gallery space.  Her minimalist work immediately gave me so much space to reflect and experience.  I don’t know much about her, but I picked up a press release and read that she favored looking at her work from a personal and spiritual vantage point rather than an ineffectual one.   (Ha!  That was supposed to say ‘intellectual’ but I must have had a Freudian typo.)  I became aware of the amazing rigor of her work, which I most definitely experience on a relatively uninformed level, not knowing the technicalities of what it takes to create that type of work.  But what was even more amazing was that it was almost as if consciousness were leaping off the canvases!

It took me back to the ‘Dance and Consciousness’ Studies Project panel that I spoke on last week.  I had listened to a BodyTalk lecture where BodyTalk founder John Veltheim gave a metaphor for our human consciousness.  He spoke about scientists’ putting a frog in a blender, pouring the contents into a beaker and then waiting for the frog to form as if having all the components is what makes the whole–a biological perspective.  (And…beyond that, as scientists continue to try to find the smallest particle, all they can do is keep finding smaller and smaller particles.  Tangent to that is the ‘way’ alternative theory that we are composed of black holes…had to mention it.)  In other words, we are not simply the sum of our parts…arm, leg, foot, nose, brain.  There is something larger that holds the whole being together.  Consciousness is proposed to be the base matter for all beings/matter in this scenario.

So back to Agnes…  I saw the lines, colors, grids, gray, shades of white….in and of themselves, simply that…lines and colors.  But there was something beyond the pieces…beyond intellectual concept, beyond theoretical composition…that I wanted to call ‘consciousness’.  I experienced an invitation to perceive differently, i.e. consciousness created through the action of perception (Alva Noe).  It was something not easily put into words, maybe not meant to be put into words.  I felt like I experienced all the ‘consciousness’ that went into this creation, and it was quite a beautiful, affecting experience.

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Quote from Agnes Martin (1912-2004):

‘It is quite commonly thought that the intellect is responsible for everything that is made and done.   It is commonly thought that everything that is can be put into words.  But there is a wide range of emotional response that we make that cannot be put into words.  We are so used to making these emotional responses that we are not consciously aware of them till the are represented as art work.’

–Michelle Boulé, Dance and Consciousness Studies Project Panelist

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, October 5, 2011

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, October 3, 2011.

Featuring works by Milka Djordevich, Affari Esteri/ Edmond Russo & Shlomi Tuizer, Anne Zuerner

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Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, September 26, 2011

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, September 26, 2011.

Featuring works by Fitzgerald & Stapleton, Shizu Homma & Steve Staso

Time Machine Trio

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Choreographed by Fitzgerald & Stapleton
Performered by Emma Fitzgerald, Carl Harrison, Aine Stapleton
On an atomic level Emma Fitzgerald, Aine Stapleton and Carl Harrison are composed of a vast, precise, uncountable number of clocks. These clocks are capable of communicating with each other… Absolutely everything Emma Fitzgerald, Aine Stapleton and Carl Harrison do is constrained by the speed of light. They will be paying extremely tight attention to their bodies and yours in order to fandangle some time travel from the vast complex web of human flesh we inhabit. They will also perform out-takes from their upcoming show ‘The Smell of Want’ which runs from October 3rd – 8th at Abrons Arts Center.

Emma Fitzgerald is co-artistic director and founder of the dance theater company Fitzgerald & Stapleton. She works collaboratively with dance and theater artist Áine Stapleton. The relationship between language and experience is at the heart of Fitzgerald & Stapletons choreographic and performance techniques and for every production they create the duo write a text of performance directions known as a score. Their next production The Smell of Want runs October 3rd to 8th at Abrons Arts Centre New York as part of Culture Ireland‘s Imagine Ireland festival. Carl Harrison has worked extensively in Europe for choreographers such as Maresa Von Stockert,  Kate Mason, Colin Poole, Katie Green and Cathy Seago. He also founded and performs with Minna No Project – a dance company based in London and Paris

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The Week Ahead. October 3-9, 2011.

This Week at Movement Research… Movement Research at the Judson Church, Studies Project, Open Performance, Classes and Workshops.

Monday October 2. Movement Research at the Judson Church
8 PM. 55 Washington Square South.
Featuring work by Milka Djordjevich, Affari Esteri/Edmond Russo-Shlomi Tuizer, Anne Zuerner

Wednesday October 5. Open Performance
8 PM. ART/NY South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Featuring work by Cleo, Double-Edge Dance , Sydney Schiff, Jeramy Zimmerman
Moderated by Anna Azrieli, 2010 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Wednesday October 5. STUDIES PROJECT: Public Criticism
Movement Research in partnership with the Not Festival
7 PM. Greenspan Center, 39 Ainslie Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
FREE

The importance of Social Media for the transformation of Criticism: How the internet has shifted the cultural authority of traditional critical opinion. This event is part of the Not Festival: On horns, hair, hens, haze and other (Orgi)anics things, Organized by Luis Lara Malvacías. Click  here for info

Thursday October 6. STUDIES PROJECT: Conversation on Dance and Consciousness
6pm. Gibney Dance Center, 890 Broadway, Studio 4
FREE

Conceived of and Moderated by Vanessa Justice
A conversation among choreographers, philosophers and performers on the nature of consciousness and how dance as an artistic practice acts as experiential research into this fundamentally human yet indeterminate and far-ranging territory. In addition to gathering different perspectives on the subject, some questions will be considered: How does dance affect current philosophical thinking on consciousness? How do choreographers and performers engage with theory on the subject? How have personal experiences and artistic practices contributed to private and collective understanding and development of consciousness? How can these experiences enter into broader discourse on the subject? Participants in this conversation include Alva Noë (philosopher and author of Out of Our Heads), Michelle Boulé (dance artist), Miguel Gutierrez (choreographer), RoseAnne Spradlin (choreographer), and others. Thanks to Gina Gibney Dance Center for the donation of space.
click here for info.

Classes this Week.
Join us for classes with faculty: Barbara Mahler, Irene Dowd, Gabriel Forestieri, K.J. Holmes, Shelley Senter, Stacy Spence, Gwen Welliver.

Upcoming.

Workshop with Daria Faïn & Robert Kocik
SUNDAYS Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18, Jan 15, Feb 19
2-6pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
for non-choir member: $120 for 6 sessions, $25 per drop-in
for choir members : $75 for 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.
Register HERE.

Workshop with Jonathan Burrows
MONDAY October 31 – WEDNESDAY November 2
12-3pm
Avenue C Studio
$75/$30 drop-in
Writing dance
Choreographer Jonathan Burrows leads a three day workshop investigating choreographic and compositional process, performance and philosophies, questioning how a dance or performance might be made and what it could communicate to somebody watching. Practical work will concentrate on short task-based exercises looking at how to define material and work with time, to hold the attention of an audience and invite them to care what happens next. Sessions will be punctuated also with discussion and viewpoints on other mediums and ways of working, asking all the time what dance can do and what it can’t.
Register HERE.

Workshop with Jane Gabriels
SATURDAY November 5
5-8pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
$30
The Lost, The Found and The Fantasy: Urban Meditation
Through an interdisciplinary approach, participants will work with excavating found images, phrases overheard on the bus, movement studies from the street and found sounds and texts to develop their own response to the city and its current dialogue with us. These found materials are things that pulled you towards them, attracted your attention, even if you are not completely sure why. From this fieldwork material, participants will work in the studio with further writing, movement and installation experiments to explore re-enlivening our city-life. Informal, “instant” showings link what has been found with a larger vision of what could be possible. Participants are asked to come to the studio with a scrap of conversation overheard publicly, a picture of a specific place or person in the city, a gesture or series of gestures that they observed in their everyday walks, a torn piece of text found on the street.
Register HERE.

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