Archive for August, 2012

The Week Ahead. August 20-26, 2012

MR office is closed to the public August 20-Sept 3!!!
Our Fall/Winter Season is on it’s way!! See the class/workshop schedule below…

ONGOING

Contact Improvisation
September 9 – February 24 SUN 2:30-4:45pm
(no class Sept 30, Dec 23, 30)
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway

Contact Improvisation is a partnering dance form. Skills such as rolling, releasing, giving and supporting weight, expanding range of spatial concentration, lifting, catching and falling help one move with and through gravity, share weight in motion and use momentum and flow in physical contact. These weekly classes, open to people of all levels of movement experience, are informed variously by the individual artist faculty.
September Gabriel Forestieri (no class Sept 30)
October Bradley Teal Ellis
November Shakti Smith
December Margaret Paek (no class Dec 23, 30)
January Tim O’Donnell
February Charles Mosey

Open Space
September 9 – February 24 SUN 5-8pm
(no Jam Sept 30, Dec 23, 30)
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
$5 suggested donation

Open Space is a place for movement improvisations of all kinds, rooted in many different practices and investigations. This is a jam, a space to fill, a space to empty, a space to exist or not exist. Bring your improvisational practice to the space, share it, release it, find another, be a part of it, practice it, dance alone and with others.

The Underscore (2nd Sunday of each month in place of Open Space)
Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 10 SUN 5-8pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
$5 suggested donation
Facilitated by Rebecca Bone, Jesse Johnson and Brandin Steffensen

The Underscore is a long-form dance improvisation structure developed by Nancy Stark Smith and practiced worldwide. The form includes contact improvisation and allows for a full spectrum of physical forms and changing states, often including periods of quiet internal activity and other times of higher energy and interactive dancing. The Underscore’s undirected practice affords simultaneously a framework for research, a forum for play, and an opportunity to experience collective improvised composition. Open to all, familiarity with CI and the Underscore suggested. To familiarize new participants, Underscore NYC offers “talk throughs” to introduce the language, glyphs and structures of the Underscore. Stay from start to finish.

Barbara Mahler
September 11 – December 20, January 29 – February 28 T TH 10am-12pm
(no class Oct 2, 4, Nov 22)
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway

September 11 – December 18, January 29 – February 28 TUE 6:15-7:45pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway

A Re-Education – Klein Technique as Taught by Barbara Mahler
The class is grounded in 30 years of exploration and study of the body, at rest and in motion. Class provides the technical and conceptual underpinnings to support all styles of movement and aesthetic viewpoints. The purpose of class is to re-educate one’s body with an interweaving of theory and practice on a physical, experiential and organic level. The result is a clarity, sureness of movement and a new level of understanding the innate intelligence of one’s body. In order to move most efficiently, it is necessary to let go of the muscles that fix the body into a set and locked configuration and hold us back from moving. When the bones are aligned, we become connected and powerful, efficient and strong. The class is open to all levels, dancers and non-dancers alike.

Alexander Technique
September 5 – December 19, February 6-27 WED 12:30-2pm
(no class Nov 21, Dec 26)
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway

Alexander Technique looks at the way we carry out our intentions. Often we use a process that is habitual, unconscious and counterproductive. The technique offers a practice of staying open and alert in the moment, observing our familiar tensions and choosing to move without them. Beginning with the assumption that we are perfectly designed for movement and balance, we engage our mind to undo layers of interference, creating opportunity for change.
September Joan Arnold
October Clare Maxwell
November Rebecca Brooks (no class Nov 21)
December Emily Faulkner (no class Dec 26)
February Sabine Heubusch

Irene Dowd
September 25 – December 18, January 29 – Feb 26 TUE 3-4:45pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway

Irene will teach selections of the material choreographed in response to her interaction with professional dancers and dance teachers since 1990 as well as new material she is creating now. These choreographies can be used as very efficient warm-ups for dance as well as a musculo-skeletal conditioning program, neuro-muscular fine-tuning, and mental preparation for the greater awareness and expansiveness required of us all as creative performing artists.

K.J. Holmes
September 8 – February 23 SAT 11am-1pm
Class taught by Jen Rosenblit Sept 15, Oct 20, 27, Nov 10, Dec 8, Jan 26
(no class Nov 24, Dec 29)
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway

K.J. Holmes – The Athletics of Intimacy, Improvisations
Classes combine skills and practices of Contact Improvisation, applications of Body-Mind Centering® patterns of development and evolution, and tunings of somatic improvisational approaches in solo, duet (strong emphasis on partnering) and ensemble dancing. I am interested in the very physical, sensorial and imaginative, and in discovering new challenges and risks within our movement, of both body and mind. These classes will be ground to step from, into and back from Jen’s investigations of the performative compositions of improvisational practice.

Jen Rosenblit – look at me don’t look at me.
Approaching improvisation as a culture rather than aesthetic or technique, this class will locate (dis)organization as both a somatic and political gesture. We will hold information, experience, watch it, talk about and rearrange it. This class will consider improvisation as aggressive as technique, as rigorous as choreography and as expansive as performance is. This will be a space to move toward ideas, our complex bodies and dance. We will follow tangential thought to move away from definition and closer to precision. This class can act as a complimentary space for Athletics of Intimacy.

Karl Anderson
Sept 15, 22, 29; Oct 6, 20, 27; Nov 3, 10, 24; Dec 1, 8, 15
SAT 10am-1pm
Randy Warshaw Studio
Skinner Releasing Technique

SRT was created in the 1960s and 1970s by Joan Skinner as an alternative to orthodox dance classes. This technique has remained relevant and vital over the decades because it facilitates an enhanced awareness of one’s own physical logic and intuitive creativity. Skinner Releasing is an imagery based movement experience that circumvents resistance while enhancing ease and healing. At the ongoing level, we are encouraged to delve even deeper inside and shed our notions of style and aesthetics in favor of a more intense personal discovery. I believe SRT not only makes for a much more clear and concise mover, but that it also leads to greater compassion and empathy towards the self and others. Think, feel, play.

SEPTEMBER

Vicky Shick
September 4 – October 4 T TH 10am-12pm
Danspace Project

This class seeks to prepare an articulate, alert and neutral body, ready for precise dancing with intricate co-ordinations that we will work on together. There is a simple, straightforward, continuous warm-up that relies on the use of release, alignment, momentum, weight and strength. Clarity, simplicity of movement, attention to detail and concentration will be our goal.

Luis Lara Malvacías
September 5-21 M W F 10am-12pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway

The class begins with a simple warm-up focusing on the breathing, internal structure, weight and the body’s articulations. Directed exercises give the opportunity to the students to observe and experience their own particularity and range of mobility, to integrate the parts of the body and the use of the floor. A phrase will be provided to be used for individual explorations: to manipulate it, to watch it, to re-interpret or to copy it. This class is the result of personal investigations and is influenced by many years of study and work with Jeremy Nelson, Klein-Mahler technique and other somatic works.

Asli Bulbul
September 24 – October 19 M W F 10am-12pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway

Working from the body’s innate intelligence, class will start with simple awareness and coordination exercises influenced by different somatic disciplines to organize the body and prepare us for more technical movement. We will work on remembering and re-wiring organic pathways and explore alternative solutions to our habitual patterns. Class will build in physical intensity, culminating in a chance to put our experiments to the test. Sometimes this will mean phrase work and other times class will stay in a more lab/workshop like format.

Workshops
Register online at www.movementresearch.org

[NEW!] Movement Research at First Street Green
Movement Research partners with First Street Green, a new Art Park in Manhattan, NY. Working with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and community groups, First Street Green provides programming with a focus on cultural and educational events involving all of the arts, while also serving as a public forum for ideas.

MR at FSG Community Workshop Series
location: First Street Green, 33 East 1st St
FREE and open to the public
SATURDAYS

September 1 & 8 Jaime Ortega 12-1pm
September 15 Milka Djordjevich 12-2pm
September 29 Maximilian Balduzzi 12-2pm
October 6 Mariangela Lopez 12-2pm
October 13 Daria Faïn 12-2pm
Check our website for workshop descriptions.

Judson @ 50: Lisa Nelson
September 5-7 WED-FRI 10am-2pm
location: Cathy Weis Studio
$160 full registration

Tuning Scores Laboratory – Composition, Communication, and the Sense of Imagination
A multi-sensorial approach to the questions: What do we “see” when we look at dance? What do we “see” from within the dance? The scores offer inner and outer communication tools and practices that make apparent the ways each of us sense and make sense of movement. Initiating a playful and rigorous dialogue-in-action about space, time, movement, and the innate desire to compose our experience. Performers/creators of all disciplines (dance, music, visual art, theater) are welcome.

Judson @ 50: Simone Forti
September 16 SUN 10am-2pm
location: Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
November 11 SUN 1-5pm
location: Douglas Dunn Studio

*This is the same workshop offered at two different times.
$50 per workshop
Body Mind World, Movement & Language Improvisation
Sometimes our words don’t have access to what we know in our bones, while our dancing doesn’t have access to what’s on our minds. In this workshop we will explore the synergy between movement and language to engage with subject matter that interests us. The class will include warm-ups to awaken our kinetic juices, and focused stream of consciousness writing to put us in touch with our wild thoughts and observations. We will divide our class time between purely improvising with movement, talking together about whatever has been on our minds, and improvising combining moving and speaking.

Judson @ 50: June Ekman
November 5-26 MON 10am-12pm
location: June Ekman Studio, 47 West 28th St
$20 per day
8-students maximum, pre-registration encouraged

June Ekman’s Monday Morning Class
The workshop will be based on the Alexander Technique. There will be floor work with rubber balls, some “hands on”, as well as exploration of standing and walking.

Judson @ 50: Deborah Hay
November 20-21 TUE WED 10am-1pm
location: Avenue C Studio
$75, full registration only, no drop-ins

What if our attention is not on what we do onstage but how we can be continuously enlarging our experience of dance as we dance?

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