Archive for July, 2012

The Week Ahead. July 30 – August 5, 2012.

It’s summa summa summa time…..

Please note August 2012 MR Summer Office Hours :
Mon-Thurs 12:30-6:30pm, Fri 10am-2pm

MR offices closed for summer maintenance August 20 – September 3

MELT is completely SOLD OUT!! To add your name to waitlists, email

BIG NEW NEWS! MR at the Judson Church apps due AUG 16!
Movement Research at the Judson Church continues for at least one more year!
Apply now Fall 2012/Winter2013 AND Spring 2013, October 2012 – June 2013. Proposals must be emailed or hand-delivered by 6pm on August 16, or postmarked no later than August 16, 2012.
We apologize for the short notice!


Barbara Mahler teaches through August 16
TUE THURS 10am-12pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway

Contact Improvisation with Charles Mosey
July 29 SUN 6pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway


Movement Research seeks interns for Fall 2012/Winter 2013 Season.
Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Sarah Holcman at
Internship positions include Class Registration, Production, and Office/Administration. More information available at:

Judson @ 50
This Fall, MR celebrates the 50th anniversary of Judson Dance Theater (JDT). MR will mark this historic occasion by engaging artists from a broad range of perspectives, including artists from the original JDT, and exploring the history and perception of JDT amongst the contemporary performance community.

Workshops will be led by June Ekman, Simone Forti, Deborah Hay, and Lisa Nelson. All of these artists have been involved, directly or indirectly, with the work of JDT, and have continued to develop their own work into a distinctive and considered practice that continues to reverberate today.

We kick it off with a workshop with Lisa Nelson, September 5-7. More info soon!!

Movement Research at the Judson Church is happening!

We are beyond pleased to announce that Movement Research at the Judson Church will continue for at least one more year!

We have received the go-ahead to program dates from Fall 2012 – Spring 2013.

We want to thank you deeply for the amazing support you have given us, and the passionate appreciation for mr at judson that has been so evident in the past few months.

Please note: Due to the delay in receiving confirmation from Judson for the upcoming year, we are having one application date. We apologize if this is inconvenient and thank you for your understanding of the circumstances. On the application sheet, please be sure to check off when you are available to show your work. More flexibility around dates is extremely helpful to our application and scheduling process this year.

On to the fun stuff:
Applications for the entire year of programming, Fall 2012 through Spring 2013, are due on August 16, 2012. The guidelines and application form are already available online.

This is a very short application period for us, so we greatly appreciate everyone spreading the word far and wide.

Questions? Email, or call (212) 598-0551 and speak to a staff member.

  • July 20th, 2012
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The Week Ahead. July 16- 22, 2012.

This Week at Movement Research…

There are only a few MELT workshops with spots remaining:
Week 2: July 16-20
Lance Gries
and Jimena Paz

Week 3: July 23-27
Barbara Mahler

Week 5: August 6-10
David Thomson

Reserve your space now! Pay and Fill out Registration Here!

MELT Intensives are a series of daily workshops in technique, somatics, improvisation, composition and other areas offered each summer (5 weeks) and winter (3 weeks).Taught by Movement Research’s internationally recognized faculty as well as acclaimed guest artists, these workshops provide students with the unique opportunity to engage with some of the most highly regarded an innovative artists in the field of dance today.


Frances Alenikoff (1920–2012):
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Frances Alenikoff, celebrated artist and owner and founder of Eden’s Expressway. Frances passed away peacefully in Southampton Hospital after a last visit from her daughter Francesca Rheannon, grandson, and great-granddaughter.
The Movement Research staff is enormously grateful to Frances Alenikoff for her continuing belief in the mission of Movement Research. We will miss her and her spirited example of what lifelong artistry is.

Here are some lovely articles written in memory of Frances:

Dance Magazine

New York Times

Frances Alenikoff, In Memorium, by Wendy Perron

Another lovely writing on Frances Alenikoff by Wendy Perron

Frances Alenikoff, Dancer and Visual Artist, Dies at 91, from the New York Times

Read this article on the life of Frances Alenikoff written by Margalit Fox for the New York Times

Post (Para?) Studio Dance: A Walk through the Labyrinth, by Biba Bell

Initiated by  The Bureau for the Future of Choreography

Post (Para?) Studio Dance: A Walk through the Labyrinth
by Biba Bell

When invited into the conversation proposed by The Bureau…

[What might a flowchart for contemporary dance look like? Where and when does your flowchart for contemporary dance start? Where does it end? What are your ideologies and how do you name them? What are your histories and how do you write them–especially those that have not been formally written?]

… I immediately focused on the question of the contemporary. What makes dance contemporary? Is it a moment, perspective, set of materials… what does it look like? What is it aligned with or against?

I’ve been teaching in Detroit some the past year where there are a lot of competition studios and this is the main point of entry for many of the dancers that I’ve worked with in the University. So, to them contemporary has a different meaning – more along the lines of a genre, Read the rest of this entry »

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