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Performance Journal Sparks Controversy in Congress (1991)

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NEA Wants Grant Money Back

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September 30, 1991 | Todd Allan Yasui

In yet another flap over federal funding of the arts, a New York dance group announced last week that it does not plan to honor a National Endowment for the Arts request that it return part of a grant.

The NEA contends that Movement Research Inc. violated the terms of a $4,400 general services grant when it published an issue of its biannual Performance Journal in August that “does not appear to speak to the dance community on issues specific to dance or performance art,” according to a letter sent earlier this month to Movement Research from Laurence Baden, NEA deputy chairman for management. The issue, titled “Gender Performance” and guest-edited by writer and filmmaker Tom Kalin, includes nude and semi-nude photographs and essays addressing the impact of homosexuality, transsexualism, transvestitism and sexual identity on the arts.

The letter also states that Movement Research violated a grant condition that prohibits the use of federal money for material “intended to influence the public to lobby members of Congress with regard to pending legislation.” Page 8 of the journal is a provocative full-page notice – which consists mainly of a close-up photo of female genitalia – urging readers to call members of Congress to express their opposition to the Supreme Court’s decision that upheld the right of the federal government to deny funding to clinics that provide abortion counseling.

The NEA also contends that the organization was misleading in its application because it did not indicate that someone other than a Movement Research staff member would “determine the editorial content and oversee the production of the journal.”

Guy Yarden, co-director of Movement Research, said his organization does not plan to return the money because it believes the NEA’s request is motivated by fear of political pressure from critics of the agency, and not by a violation of specific legal terms of the grant. “Technicalities can be found in anything, but I don’t think that’s what generated this current situation,” said Yarden. “It’s the content of the issue.”

“I would also say that we’re aware that in the NEA’s regulations … lobbying cannot be paid for with federal funds,” said Yarden. “But when Tom {Kalin} decided to put {the notice} in the issue, it was thought of as an advocacy art project… . When we put it in, it wasn’t {considered} lobbying.”

Jill Collins, an NEA spokeswoman, would not comment on the situation, saying only that “we are attempting to resolve this.”

The NEA letter asked Movement Research to return $1,400 of the original grant money, an amount determined by an endowment auditor. Yarden said the figure was “arbitrary” and that even Movement Research staffers didn’t yet know how much NEA money was used for the publication.

Yarden said Movement Research’s board of directors has yet to decide what it will do, but he said the group hasn’t ruled out legal action.

“We completely stand behind Movement Research on this issue,” said David Mendoza, executive director of the advocacy group National Campaign for Freedom of Expression, “because this is yet one more instance of the chilling effect that is happening with the NEA. … The idea that the NEA would request that part of a grant be returned after the fact is completely ridiculous.”

“It’s a public issue and it also is very important to us that it’s clear that we did not go out of our way to make this a public issue,” said Yarden. “In essence, we’re responding to what we perceive as attacks. We didn’t do this, the NEA did this.”

As of Friday, the NEA had yet to receive any official notice from Movement Research, according to Collins. The group has until Oct. 10 to respond to the NEA request.

Todd Allan Yasui

http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-1087540.html


[For the NY Times  article, click here]

The Week Ahead. December 17-23.

This Week at Movement Research… Join us for the last Judson Church Monday of 2012, and Morning Classes with Jennifer Monson and Stacy Matthew Spence!

Monday December 17. 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: Allison Jones, Joanna Kotze, Shalewa Mackall, Jesse Phillips-Fein

Classes This Week With…

Jennifer Monson. Dancing Space.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday. 10:00am-12:00pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway,
537 Broadway, 4th Floor.
The warm up will use weight and volume to integrate the relationship between internal and external space in our dancing. This will lead into phrase material drawn from the improvisational dances created on Ocracoke Island during the BIRD BRAIN Osprey migration. We will complete the class with improvisations that investigate scale, duration and limitlessness. The class investigates the history of space in our bodies and the imaginative possibilities of dancing into new spaces.

Stacy Matthew Spence. Morning Class.
Tuesday and Thursday. 10:00am-12:00pm. $14.
Danspace Project, 131 E. 10th Street.

This technique class begins with explorations of the body that allow us to discover and notice the use of weight and momentum, clear alignment, clarity of initiation, and direction of energy. From there the class will build upon itself to more complex coordinations that lead to an opening of the body and an expansion of possibilities as we move through movement material.

As well as our Ongoing Classes… (click here for full descriptions)

Barbara Mahler. A Re-Education – Klein Technique as Taught by Barbara Mahler.
Tuesday 10:00 am-12:00 pm. $14.
AND
Tuesday, 6:15pm-7:45pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Janet Panetta. Ballet for Contemporary Dancers.
Monday, Tuesday, Thurday and Friday. 12:00 pm-2:00 pm. $17.
Gibney Dance Center Studio 6, 890 Broadway.

Irene Dowd.
Tuesday. 3:00 pm-4:45 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Emily Faulkner. Alexander Technique.
Wednesday. 12:30 pm-2:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

K.J. Holmes. The Athletics of Intimacy, Improvisations.
Saturday. 11:00 am-1:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.


The Week Ahead. December 10-16.

This week at Movement Research… Judson @ 50 events at the New Museum AND Anthology Film Archives!

Monday December 10. 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: Janis Brenner, Nai-Ni Chen, Jane Gabriels, Luis Lara Malvacias.

Wednesday December 12. Open Performance.
8pm. A.R.T./NY, South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St, Brooklyn.
FREE!

Featuring works by Marissa Rae Niederhauser, Ellen Smith Ahern, Sophie Sotsky, Zehnder Dance.
Moderated by Michelle Boulé.*

*2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Judson @ 50 Events.

Wednesday December 5-Thursday December 13.
Maggie Bennett in Residence at the New Museum.

New Museum, 235 Bowery.
FREE with New Museum Admission.
See our Facebook Page for more details!

Open Rehearsals with Maggie Bennett:
WED December 5 3-6pm
WED December 12 11am-4:30pm

Maggie Bennett and Walter Dundervill In Practice and Public Conversation:
THU December 13 1-4pm

Bennett will engage in research around aspects of her current body of work. Questions/areas of interest in her current process pertain to: visual perspective as symbolic form, tension/application of construction and ritual, a triad of the ethereal body/landscape/architecture. These activities are possibly towards a choreography, definitely existing as installation, and dependent on collaboration (with visual artist Liliana Dirks-Goodman and lighting system design with Megan Byrne).

Wednesday December 12-Thursday December 13.
Walter Dundervill in Residence at the New Museum.

New Museum, 235 Bowery.
FREE with New Museum Admission.
See our Facebook Page for more details!

Open Rehearsal with Walter Dundervill:
WED December 12 3:30-6pm

Maggie Bennett and Walter Dundervill In Practice and Public Conversation

THU December 13 1-4pm

Participating Artists:
Ben Asriel, Athena Malloy, Jennifer Kjos, Sarah Perron, Tyler Ashley, and Kevin Lovelady.

Wednesday December 12. Judson @ 50: MR @ Anthology Film Archives:
Judson Dance Theater in Context 1963-1965
A Slide Lecture by Barbara Moore.

6:30pm. Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue.
$10/$8 students/seniors/Friends of Movement Research/$6 Anthology Members

Judson Dance Theater is renowned as the seedbed of post-modern dance. The performances and activity that transpired, however, encompassed a wide variety of creative personalities and styles. Non-dancers such as visual artists and musicians were an influential, integrated contingent and active collaborators with trained dancers and each other. Audiences in the close-knit art scene, much smaller and geographically cohesive than it is today, also represented a diverse cross-section of New York’s creative communities.

This slide lecture, composed of historic photographs by Peter Moore, mines his remarkable archive for evidence of this inter-connectedness both within Judson Dance Theater itself and in relation to various artistic practices outside of the group proper.

Classes This Week With…

Kayvon Pourazar. Morning  Class .
Monday, Wednesday, Friday. 10:00am-12:00pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway,
537 Broadway, 4th Floor.
This class will focus on allowing the inherent dynamic and organizational logic of the moving body to become more present in our dancing. We will encourage our instructive and directive intentions to succumb their influence to a listening and responding/responsible self. Our warm up will include physical situations and exercises that will help us understand and become familiar with our range of effective force, momentum, coordination, weight and balance. In turn, we will be prepared to dive into phrase material that emphasizes kinetic and energetic simplicity within more complex and multilayered forms.

Stacy Matthew Spence. Morning Class.
Tuesday and Thursday. 10:00am-12:00pm. $14.
Danspace Project, 131 E. 10th Street.

This technique class begins with explorations of the body that allow us to discover and notice the use of weight and momentum, clear alignment, clarity of initiation, and direction of energy. From there the class will build upon itself to more complex coordinations that lead to an opening of the body and an expansion of possibilities as we move through movement material.

As well as our Ongoing Classes… (click here for full descriptions)

Barbara Mahler. A Re-Education – Klein Technique as Taught by Barbara Mahler.
Tuesday and Thursday. 10:00 am-12:00 pm. $14.
AND
Tuesday, 6:15pm-7:45pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Janet Panetta. Ballet for Contemporary Dancers.
Monday, Tuesday, Thurday and Friday. 12:00 pm-2:00 pm. $17.
Gibney Dance Center Studio 6, 890 Broadway.

Irene Dowd.
Tuesday. 3:00 pm-4:45 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Emily Faulkner. Alexander Technique.
Wednesday. 12:30 pm-2:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Karl Anderson. Skinner Releasing Technique (Ongoing Level).
Saturday. 10:00 am-1:00 pm. $14.
Randy Warshaw Studio, 115 Wooster St., #2F.

K.J. Holmes. The Athletics of Intimacy, Improvisations.
Saturday. 11:00 am-1:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Margaret Paek. Contact Improvisation.
Sunday. 2:30 pm-4:45 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Improvisation Jam. Open Space.
Sunday. 5-8pm. Free.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

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