Archive for October, 2012

Update for THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1st: Azusa’s class is HAPPENING at Avenue C Studio!

For Thursday, November 1st:

We WILL have class with Azusa Seyama Prioville from 1-3pm at Avenue C Studio (more info below). There is no power, but we’ll make some magic! Feel free to come if you have or have not pre-registered. We can only take 25 people, so get there on time. Registration will begin at 12:40pm.

All other classes, rentals, and meetings are cancelled. Stay tuned for updates about Friday, November 2nd.


azusa_seyama_jong-duk_wooWorkshop with Azusa Seyama Prioville
1pm-3pm
Avenue C Studio, 55 Avenue C at 4th Street
Drop-in $18.00

Creating Character Through Movement
By raising awareness of the physical possibilities in the body this workshop will encourage finding richer and more meaningful personal movement. Employing various processes used in dance theater practices, we will search where movement starts and push the limits of where it can go.

Azusa has been a member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch since 2000. She was born in Japan, studied ballet in Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico, and Cuba. In 1994 she studied at North Carolina School Of The Arts. After dancing in several companies she went to Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany.

This workshop is a part of
International Dance Dialogues (IDD)
Created and Curated by Janet Panetta
International Dance Dialogues (IDD) is a program designed to address the need for New York’s developing dance artists to have meaningful interchange with their counterparts and potential mentors from Eastern and Western Europe. While New York artists are able to see the performances of larger companies like Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal, our artists are rarely able to interact with the creators and performers from these companies in an intimate setting. In addition, lesser-known yet prize-winning and critically-acclaimed European artists do not come to New York to perform due to lack of name recognition, funding and suitable venues; again, access to these artists is very rare for New York dancers and choreographers. IDD provides a venue where substantive professional exchange and even friendships develop, so that significant and often ongoing connections are created.

Photo credit: Azusa Seyama Prioville by Jong-Duk Woo

  • October 31st, 2012
  • Movement Research Staff

MR Hurricane Update: Everything is cancelled for Wednesday October 31

All classes, workshops, studio rentals, meetings, and events are cancelled for Wednesday, October 31st.

As of today, Avenue C Studio, Eden’s Expressway, Gibney Dance Center, and Danspace Project do not have power and will not be open on Wednesday for classes or office hours.
We are in touch with everyone regularly to see when we can reopen and resume classes.
We are in touch with scheduled renters each day on a case-by-case basis and will resume scheduled renters as soon as we are able.

For Thursday November 1st:
Movement Research will make decisions as early as possible on Wednesday afternoon/evening regarding all events for Thursday, November 1st. We will send out email announcements to our full list with all announcements. We will also be updating the MR Blog regularly and the MR Facebook page.
We hope to have power soon!
Please check in with us to see if your classes, workshops, rentals, and events are still on.

  • October 30th, 2012
  • Movement Research Staff

Everything is Cancelled for Tuesday 10.30

All classes, workshops, studio rentals, meetings, and events are cancelled for Tuesday, October 30th. The office will be closed.

We will update the blog with program and office status for Wednesday as soon as we are able.

  • October 29th, 2012
  • Movement Research Staff

Hurricane Updates for Sunday, October 28th

MR at New Museum is Happening!

Join us for A Pluralistic View of the Judson Dance Theater Legacy with Wendy Perron, Aileen Passloff, and Yvonne Rainer, Today at 3pm, 235 Bowery, $6 New Museum members and $8 General Public

MR at First Street Green

Showing by AIR Tara O’Con, CANCELLED


Contact Improvisation Class with Bradley Teal Ellis

2:30pm, CANCELLED


Open Space Jam

5pm, CANCELLED


We will post updates on the blog as decisions are made about our programming. Please check back after 8pm tonight for updates for Monday, October 29th.

  • October 28th, 2012
  • Movement Research Staff

Video Clips From Movement Research at the Judson Church 10.22.2012

Featuring works by Gabriel Forestieri, Aaron Mattocks, and Grace Courvoisier

We Buried Her Standing Up
Choreographer: Grace Courvoisier
Costume: Grace Courvoisier
Text: Grace Courvoisier in collaboration with dancers
Collaboration: Klara Beyeler
Dancers: Tiana Fridley, Lane Halperin, Mindy Upin, Katherine Roarty, Brittany Sylwestrak
Notes: “…tragic romances are hidden away in the hearts that beat so quietly under the sober gowns, and even the sad, sour sisters should be kindly dealt with, because they have missed the sweetest part of life…” – Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Grace Courvoisier, a native of Las Vegas, NV, studied Graham, Horton, and Composition at LVA Performing Arts High School, and the Vaganova technique with Nevada Ballet Theatre, before going on to receive her BFA from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Grace was also selected to perform in the reconstruction of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s D-Man In The Waters (National Endowment for the Arts) in 2008. She created a number of works during her undergraduate, including Sister Republic, which went on to be performed in Chen Dance Center’s New Steps Choreographer’s Series in NYC 2011. Her repertory also includes Good Morning, Arcadia (2010), Night Song (2011), You Are The Opera (2012), and her brand new work We Buried Her Standing Up (2012).

on reflections, refractions & atmospheric optics
Created by: Aaron Mattocks
Performance: Aaron Mattocks and Amanda Villalobos

Aaron Mattocks, a Pennsylvania native and Sarah Lawrence College alumnus, has created roles in premiers by Big Dance Theater (dir. Annie-B Parson/Paul Lazar), David Gordon, Phantom Limb (dir. Jessica Grindstaff/Erik Sanko), Stephen Petronio, Jodi Melnick, Steven Reker, Yoshiko Chuma, Christopher Williams, Ursula Eagly, Kathy Westwater, and John Heginbotham; and also performed with Doug Elkins, John Kelly, Dean Moss, and David Parker/The Bang Group. His own work ahs been shown at THROW (The Chocolate Factory), Late-Nite Cabaret @ FLICFest (Irondale Center), for Sarah Maxfield’s One-Shot, and at 92Y Fridays at Noon. As a writer, his work has been published on Culturebot, Hyperallergic, The Performance Club, and in The Brooklyn Rail. He is also the Editor of Critical Correspondence, Movement Research’s online publication. He will next appear in Faye Driscoll’s You’re Me at ICA/Boston. aaronmattocks.com

Blindspot
Choreographer: Gabriel Forestieri
Performers: Gabriel Forestieri, Troy Ogilvie, Paul Singh
Legacies are always stifling, Judson is no different. We are all shaped by so many unseen forces and there seem to be few escapes from the past. A lifetime of influences are inside any action just as a body is a record of every movement it has made. We practice relating and including with you, the church, and each other as a guide to move beyond what we have been and reach into what we could be.

As the Choreographer/Director of projectLIMB Gabriel Forestieri is deeply engaged with including the world in his art. ProjectLIMB has performed in Hawaii, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Washington D.C., Paris, Rome, San Francisco, Thailand, and New York City. ProjectLIMB’s work has been presented in NYC at DTW, The Tank, Teaneck Creek Conservancy, QCA Solar One, Central Park, BAX, White Wave, The Puffin Room, and Symphony Space. ProjectLIMB has been involved with numerous residences including the AIR at Earthdance, Solar One Dance Res, Art Mill in Jeffersonville NY, SEEDS at Earthdance, DTW’s Outer/Space, The Wave Rising Festival, in Hawaii at the Ulua Theatre, and at Art Omi. He was a founding company member in 2011 of the NYC mounting of Sleep No More, the Off Broadway sensation.

The Week Ahead. October 22-28.

This Week at Movement Research… We’re excited to kick off the Fall 2012-Winter 2013 season of Movement Research at the Judson Church this Monday!

Monday October 22. Movement Research at the Judson Church.
8pm. Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South.
NO RESERVATIONS and ADMISSION IS FREE

Seating is limited, so arrive early.
Featuring works by: Grace Courvousier, Aaron Mattocks, and Gabriel Forestieri.

Wednesday October 24. Open Performance.
8pm. A.R.T./NY, South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St, Brooklyn.
FREE!

Featuring works by Eliza Ladd, Drew Madland, Cornerspoon, and Rosalie Elkinton.
Moderated by RoseAnne Spradlin *

Workshop with Mårten Spångberg:
Choreography As Expanded Practice/Dance As Autonomous Medium
A series of softly, or non-causally connected seminars

Thursday October 25, 4-6pm.
Sunday October 28, 12-2pm.
Sunday November 4, 12-2pm.
MoMA PS1, Corner Gallery, Second Floor
FREE with RSVP: alex_sloane@moma.org

This seminar addresses, through open research and experimentation, the shifting contexts of choreography and dance in contemporary society. It considers dance and choreography as work engaged in specific modes of production and not primarily as expression or representation. The workshop drafts notions of choreography as expanded practice next to probing the grounds for the possibility of dance to again identify itself as an autonomous medium. The different sessions embark on excessive detours into economy, policy and politics, detecting the position of dance and choreography within the context of neo-liberalism and a society where subjectivity and time has been corporatized. It is, at the same time, an attempt to open a ground for dance and choreography in respect to composition, improvisation, expression, organization, interpretation and affect. The different seminars can be attended as a connected series to be finalized with a presentation at MoMA PS1 on November 4, 2012 but can also be attended as separate events. Participants need no dance background but should bring something nice to dance in, and a blanket is always good.

Sunday October 28. Judson @ 50:
MR in Residence at the New Museum

A Pluralistic View of the Judson Dance Theater Legacy:
Yvonne Rainer & Aileen Passloff with Wendy Perron

3pm. New Museum, 235 Bowery.
$6 New Museum members, $8 General Public

The divergences between the work of Yvonne Rainer and Aileen Passloff highlight the vastness of the imprint of Judson Dance Theater (1962-64; JDT) while dismantling the myth of a singular Judson aesthetic. Rainer, along with dance artists Steve Paxton, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, and others, broke with the conventions of modern dance by exploring task dances and the Dadaist idea of radical juxtaposition. Passloff, along with Jimmy Waring, Fred Herko, Arlene Rothlein, and others, reveled in the full-out dancing and whimsy of modern dance. In this talk, moderated by Wendy Perron, Rainer and Passloff consider the legacy of Judson Dance Theater from the perspectives of their divergent practices.

Some questions that Rainer and Passloff will address: What were you saying “No” to, and what were you saying “Yes” to? In what ways did the ’60s affect Judson Dance Theater? How did others in the JDT collective influence your work? What artistic values do you feel JDT has handed down to later generations?

*2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Classes this week with: DD Dorvillier, Barbara Mahler, David Thomson, Irene Dowd, Clare Maxwell, Karl Anderson, Jen Rosenblit and Bradley Teal Ellis

Upcoming.

Monday-Friday October 29-November 2.
Workshop with Azusa Seyama Prioville.

2pm-4pm. Gibney Dance Center, Studio 6.
Full Workshop $75, Drop-in $18.50
Register Online: http://www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/?class=workshops

Creating Character Through Movement
By raising awareness of the physical possibilities in the body this workshop will encourage finding richer and more meaningful personal movement. Employing various processes used in dance theater practices we will search where movement starts and push the limits of where it can go.

Sunday November 4. Judson @ 50:
MR in Residence at the New Museum.
“Talking about my generation”:
Jill Johnston and the Critic as Subject

3pm. New Museum, 235 Bowery.
$6 New Museum members, $8 General Public
Critical Correspondence is an online publication of Movement Research. For this program, Critical Correspondence coeditors Aaron Mattocks and Marissa Perel honor the celebrated writer and critic Jill Johnston, whose experimental and personal voice communicated the culture of the interdisciplinary 1960s art scene. In light of Johnston’s innovative contributions to the form, this conversation considers contemporary criticism and the writer as subject. Speakers include frontrunners of print journalism and the blogosphere alike. Performative readings of reviews on dance and performance are included.

Mondays, November 5-26. Workshops with June Ekman.
10am-12pm. June Ekman Studio.
$20 per class
Register Online: http://www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/?class=workshops
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.

Remy Charlip Memorial October 21

Join us for a memorial honoring  Remy Charlip dancer, choreographer and founding member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, who went on to write and illustrate a number of children’s books.

Sunday October 21
5:30 pm. Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Sq South

remy-charlip2
photo by Lois Greenfield for The New York Times

You can find a lovely video of Remy here. He will be missed.

“Mr. Charlip’s half-century of work cut across a wide spectrum of art forms, aesthetic registers and audiences. He drew no particular distinctions among them. All were forms of an ‘internal dance,’ as he called it, that he liked to stage in his own and other people’s minds… The two forms he settled on, dance and children’s books, shared some essential elements. Both speak in a visual language for the most part, and both move through a series of scenes.

‘I love sequence, how one thing follows another,’ he said in the interview. ‘When you’re reading to a child, he can’t wait to get to the next page.  “Turn the page, turn the page!” That’s because each new page is a door to another, different world.”

~ Paul Vitello, Published: August 18, 2012 in The New York Times

Judson @ 50: ‘Judson: Second Generation and Beyond’

Check out Movement Research in Partnership with Anthology Film Archives for JUDSON: SECOND GENERATION AND BEYOND, a special screening celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Judson Dance Theater!

Tuesday October 16.
JUDSON: SECOND GENERATION AND BEYOND
6:45pm. Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue.
$10; $8 students/seniors/Friends of MR; $6 Anthology Members

suzushi-hanayagi

Judson had an impact much larger than its three year existence would suggest. Many artists were deeply influenced by the ground broken by JDT, either directly or indirectly. This screening looks at work that bears the imprint of Judson but moves beyond the boundaries of that seminal period.

Richard Rutkowski
THE SPACE IN BACK OF YOU
2011, 65 min, digital video.
This highly visual and visceral documentary investigates the creative life of Suzushi Hanayagi, a powerful, innovative, even radical Japanese dancer and choreographer. For over 20 years she was a close collaborator with and major influence on theater legend Robert Wilson, who referred to her simply as “my teacher”. When Wilson discovers Hanayagi living in an old-age home and suffering from Alzheimer’s, Wilson resolves to work with her once again. Poignant witness to the transition of a life from vibrancy to legacy, this film becomes the final collaboration between a great teacher and her most renowned student.

CHANNEL Z (live performance excerpt, P.S. 122, 1986)
1986, 20 min, video.
Channel Z (1982-1990) was a collaborative improvisation group that initially formed out of a series of dance sessions organized by Robin Feld for people who were teaching Contact Improvisation in New York City. Featuring: Paul Langland, Daniel Lepkoff, Diane Madden, Nina Martin, Randy Warshaw.

Steve Paxton
FALL AFTER NEWTON
1987, 23 min, video.
A sweeping look at 11 years of practice of Contact Improvisation by Nancy Stark Smith and Steve Paxton. The progression from its beginnings in 1972 through successive years of performances up to 1983 shows one strand of the development of this multifaceted duet dance form.

Plus: additional surprises!

The Week Ahead. October 15-21.

This Week at Movement Research… Join us for Open Performance and another special Judson @ 50 event in partnership with Anthology Film Archives – JUDSON: SECOND GENERATION AND BEYOND!

Tuesday October 16. Judson @ 50:
MR in Partnership with Anthology Film Archives

JUDSON: SECOND GENERATION AND BEYOND
6:45pm. Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue.
$10; $8 students/seniors/Friends of MR; $6 Anthology Members

Judson had an impact much larger than its three year existence would suggest. Many artists were deeply influenced by the ground broken by JDT, either directly or indirectly. This screening looks at work that bears the imprint of Judson but moves beyond the boundaries of that seminal period:

Richard Rutkowski
THE SPACE IN BACK OF YOU
2011, 65 min, digital video.
This highly visual and visceral documentary investigates the creative life of Suzushi Hanayagi, a powerful, innovative, even radical Japanese dancer and choreographer. For over 20 years she was a close collaborator with and major influence on theater legend Robert Wilson, who referred to her simply as “my teacher”. When Wilson discovers Hanayagi living in an old-age home and suffering from Alzheimer’s, Wilson resolves to work with her once again. Poignant witness to the transition of a life from vibrancy to legacy, this film becomes the final collaboration between a great teacher and her most renowned student.

CHANNEL Z (live performance excerpt, P.S. 122, 1986)
1986, 20 min, video
Channel Z (1982-1990) was a collaborative improvisation group that initially formed out of a series of dance sessions organized by Robin Feld for people who were teaching Contact Improvisation in New York City. Featuring: Paul Langland, Daniel Lepkoff, Diane Madden, Nina Martin, Randy Warshaw.

Steve Paxton
FALL AFTER NEWTON
1987, 23 min, video.
A sweeping look at 11 years of practice of Contact Improvisation by Nancy Stark Smith and Steve Paxton. The progression from its beginnings in 1972 through successive years of performances up to 1983 shows one strand of the development of this multifaceted duet dance form.

Wednesday October 17. Open Performance.
8pm. A.R.T./NY, South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St, Brooklyn.
FREE!

Featuring works by Molly Poerstel-Taylor, Andary Dance, and Lia Bonfilio.
Moderated by Strauss Bourque-Lafrance. **

Classes this Week with: Asli Bulbul, Barbara Mahler, David Thomson, Irene Dowd, Clare Maxwell, Karl Anderson, Jen Rosenblit, and Bradley Teal Ellis.

** 2011 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Upcoming.

Monday October 22. Movement Research at the Judson Church.
8pm. Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South.
NO RESERVATIONS and ADMISSION IS FREE

Seating is limited, so arrive early.
Featuring works by: Grace Courvousier, Gina Graham, Aaron Mattocks, and Gabriel Forestieri.

Sunday October 28. Judson @ 50:
MR in Residence at the New Museum

A Pluralistic View of the Judson Dance Theater Legacy:
Yvonne Rainer & Aileen Passloff with Wendy Perron
3pm. New Museum, 235 Bowery.
$6 New Museum members, $8 General Public

The divergences between the work of Yvonne Rainer and Aileen Passloff highlight the vastness of the imprint of Judson Dance Theater (1962-64; JDT) while dismantling the myth of a singular Judson aesthetic. Rainer, along with dance artists Steve Paxton, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, and others, broke with the conventions of modern dance by exploring task dances and the Dadaist idea of radical juxtaposition. Passloff, along with Jimmy Waring, Fred Herko, Arlene Rothlein, and others, reveled in the full-out dancing and whimsy of modern dance. In this talk, moderated by Wendy Perron, Rainer and Passloff consider the legacy of Judson Dance Theater from the perspectives of their divergent practices.

Some questions that Rainer and Passloff will address: What were you saying “No” to, and what were you saying “Yes” to? In what ways did the ’60s affect Judson Dance Theater? How did others in the JDT collective influence your work? What artistic values do you feel JDT has handed down to later generations?

Monday-Friday October 29-November 2.
Workshop with Azusa Seyama Prioville.

2pm-4pm. Gibney Dance Center, Studio 6.
Full Workshop $75, Drop-in $18.50
Register Online: http://www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/?class=workshops

Creating Character Through Movement
By raising awareness of the physical possibilities in the body this workshop will encourage finding richer and more meaningful personal movement. Employing various processes used in dance theater practices we will search where movement starts and push the limits of where it can go.

The Week Ahead. October 7-14.

This Week at Movement Research… a special event in partnership with Danspace Project and Anthology Film Archives, a FREE workshop with Daria Faïn and an amazing class schedule, as always!

Sunday October 7. Judson @ 50: JUDSON RECONSTRUCTED
MR in Partnership with Danspace Project and Anthology Film Archives
3pm. Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue.
$10; $8 students/seniors/Friends of MR/Danspace Project Members; $6 Anthology Members
In 1982, Danspace Project and Bennington College collaborated on “The Judson Project,” a series of performances dedicated to reconstructing Judson-era works with 14 Judson choreographers, including Edward Bhartonn, Remy Charlip, Lucinda Childs, Philip Corner, Brian De Palma, Judith Dunn, Simone Forti, Deborah Hay, Aileen Passloff, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, Elaine Summers, and James Waring. The Bennington College Judson Project also filmed interviews with many of the artists that were central to Judson Dance Theater. Danspace Project and Movement Research share a selection of these rarely-seen reconstructions and interviews in a special afternoon screening.

Saturday October 13. MR @ FSG: Workshop with Daria Faïn.
12-2pm. First Street Green, 33 E 1st St.
FREE

According to Chinese energetic, in October we are transitioning between the Earth and the Metal energy. The Earth corresponds to the Digestive System (stomach/pancreas/spleen), and the Metal to the Lungs/Large Intestine. It is about the energy coming back into the Earth and the ability to transform by letting go of what we don’t need internally and externally. The session will include a warm up, and a series of intuitive movement meditations to activate these energies, tapping into our immediate environment with our sensory apparatus and our experiential field.

Classes this Week with: Asli Bulbul, Janet Panetta, David Thomson, Barbara Mahler, Irene Dowd, Clare Maxwell, Karl Anderson, K.J. Holmes, Daria Faïn, Bradley Teal Ellis, Rebecca Bone, Jesse Johnson, Mark Messer and Brandin Steffensen.

Upcoming.

Tuesday October 16. Judson @ 50:
JUDSON: SECOND GENERATION AND BEYOND
MR in Partnership with Anthology Film Archives
6:45pm. Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue.
$10; $8 students/seniors/Friends of MR; $6 Anthology Members

Judson had an impact much larger than its three year existence would suggest. Many artists were deeply influenced by the ground broken by JDT, either directly or indirectly. This screening looks at a work that bears the imprint of Judson but moves beyond the boundaries of that seminal period:

Richard Rutkowski
THE SPACE IN BACK OF YOU
2011, 65 min, digital video.
This highly visual and visceral documentary investigates the creative life of Suzushi Hanayagi, a powerful, innovative, even radical Japanese dancer and choreographer. For over 20 years she was a close collaborator with and major influence on theater legend Robert Wilson, who referred to her simply as “my teacher”. When Wilson discovers Hanayagi living in an old-age home and suffering from Alzheimer’s, Wilson resolves to work with her once again. Poignant witness to the transition of a life from vibrancy to legacy, this film becomes the final collaboration between a great teacher and her most renowned student.

Plus additional surprises!

Monday-Friday October 28-November 2.
International Dance Dialogues: Workshop with Azusa Seyama Prioville.
10-12pm. Gibney Dance Center, Studio 6.
$75
Register Online: http://www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/?class=workshops
Creating Character Through Movement

By raising awareness of the physical possibilities in the body this workshop will encourage finding richer and more meaningful personal movement. Employing various processes used in dance theater practices we will search where movement starts and push the limits of where it can go.

*2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

AND…..

Winter MELT is coming!! REGISTER NOW for workshops with Kyle deCamp, Irene Dowd, Miguel Gutierrez, John Jasperse, Yvonne Meier, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Jennifer Monson, Shelley Senter, and Gwen Welliver!

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