Archive for November, 2013

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church 11.4.2013

Featuring works by Courtney Krantz, Gregory Holt, Eli Tamondong / Project.ile Imagery, Margot Bassett

(untitled work in progress)
Choreographer: Courtney Krantz
Performers: Aaron Mattocks & Courtney Krantz
Costumes: Paul Carey & Courtney Krantz
This project was made possible, in part, through the Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program, funded, in part, by the Davis/Dauray Family Fund and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Courtney Krantz (b. 1978, Paget, Bermuda) makes work in the still and moving image as well as installation and performance-based pieces/documents. She has an MA in Media Studies from The New School and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Concept and Performance: Gregory Holt
Process Contributor: Meg Foley
Centurion will be a collection of 10,000 sequential, unrepeated movements; I’m showing about 800 here. 10,000 is both a real goal and also a provocation – it exists at the edge of what I can comprehend, and stands in for orders of magnitude beyond. As a collection, the dance is a living memorabilia of ordinary moments that have made up the process, however, as an epic feat on an individual scale, this piece also raises a monument which only exists in action.

Gregory Holt makes dances in Philadelphia. His work has been shown in the U.S. and in Europe. He has participated in numerous ad-hoc ensembles and collaborative projects. He is a coordinator at Mascher Space Co-op.

The Hidden Voices of Living Kingdoms
Choreography and Direction: Eli Tamondong
Collaborators: Juliet Ante, Alvaro Gonzalez, Sarah Lifson, Pavel Machuca-Zavarzin, McKenzie Rose, Kyleigh Sackandy
Music: Ben Frost, Chris Clark, Patrick Wolf
Sound Editing: Eli Tamondong

Across two coasts in San Francisco and New York, Eli Tamondong has proudly worked with Vanguard Dance Company, SF Moving Men, Steamroller Dance, World Dance Fusion, ODC/Dance, Ann Carlson, Yayoi Kambara, Catherine Galasso, Amalgamate Dance, Suzanne Beahrs Dance, Daniela Hoff Dance, and Jennifer Mellor Dance Project. He devotes his time to arts administration and production, having worked previously at Dance New Amsterdam and Gowanus Art+Production. Eli currently shares his time between New York Live Arts and Gibney Dance Center, and is a founding member and producer of the Umbrella Collective. He lives in Brooklyn.

Created and performed by Margot Bassett, with Maximillian Balduzzi, Amy Carrigan, Gideon Crevoshay, Marisa Michelson, Susan Oetgen, Peter Sciscioli, Shawn Shafner, Kristin Sharkey, and Jules Skloot
Music by Margot Bassett: original songs/sounds + arrangement of Mingalay, traditional
Costumes by Lara de Bruijn, based on Margot’s concept/design
This piece is dedicated to k and to eleti, my homes present and future.

Margot Bassett has collaborated and/or performed with devynnemory/beastproductions, Daria Faïn, Katy Pyle, Marisa Michelson, Ben Spatz/Urban Research Theater, Abigail Levine, Deborah Black, and projectLIMB, to name a few. She sang in the chorus of Meredith Monk’s Songs of Ascension at BAM, and has also sung with Cantori New York, Cerddorion Chamber Choir, and Magic Names vocal ensemble. Margot was curated for Choreographer’s Evening at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) in 2006 and received a Jerome Fellowship for Emerging Performance Artists in 2002. She has an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University (2009), a BA in Dance from Wesleyan University (2001), and has studied at The Juilliard School & the European American Musical Alliance in Paris.

  • November 4th, 2013
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The Week Ahead: November 4 – 10

This Week at Movement Research…

Performances and Events:

Monday November 4. Movement Research at the Judson Church.
8pm. Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South.

Seating is limited, so arrive early.
Featuring works by: Margot Bassett, Gregory Holt, Courtney Krantz**, Eli Tamondong / Project.ile Imagery

**2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Classes and Workshops:

Vulnerable Systems: Moving Beyond Sustainability
Conceived in partnership with Jennifer Monson and Movement Research
November 5 TUE 6pm-8pm
Gibney Dance Center 890 Broadway, 5th Floor
The reality of climate change has brought an increased awareness around the fragility of our environment and a heightened interest in sustainable practices. How do we move beyond sustainability towards resiliency, a term currently in broad use in the social sciences? How do we address the current crisis from its roots, rather than perpetuating unworkable systems? Is change a value or an action? How can our practices within the dance community serve as models for adapting to change? We will discuss different framings of sustainability from the perspectives of various fields, including social science, economics, and urban ecology in a roundtable conversation which invites the dance community and the larger public to explore concrete ways to create resilient systems in their own communities and beyond.

Classes this week with…

Nia Love. Morning Class 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday. 10am-12pm. $14
Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway
Class starts with across the floor rhythmic gaits that investigate independence in the body. Stacking sequential rhythmic patterns build on cardio and core work that emphasizes a feminine-derived energy where conical movement attaches to the base of the spine and radiates up through the core and out to the extremities. Center floor exercises focus on skeletal-muscular motion; rotations, isolations, and weight shifts explore a more grounded approach. The incorporation of a more crisp sensibility to an urban approach that partners up with African, postmodern, Butoh, funk and blues sensibilities. The goal: to break down inhibitions, fine tune modern techniques, yet approach dance with a sense of abandonment!

Levi Gonzalez. Morning Class.
Tuesday & Thursday. 10:00am-12:00pm. $14.
Danspace Project, 131 E. 10th Street.

Using the morning technique class structure as a model, this class will focus on dance as a physical, conceptual, and experiential practice, with an emphasis on cultivating presence inside of the forms. Class often begins with imagery and gentle preparation culled from various body-based somatic modalities that access our awareness of the organs, the skeleton, gravity, and energetic pathways through the architecture of the body and into the space. Class may also include technical exercises, choreographic structures, improvisations, and performance constructs, taking our time to engage with these materials with precision, imagination, and a thorough and informed sense of embodiment.

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

Barbara Mahler. Klein Technique™ with Barbara Mahler – for movers of all kinds.
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

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

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

Bradley Teal Ellis. Contact Improvisation.
Wednesday. 6:30-8:30 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Karl Anderson. Skinner Releasing Technique™ (Introductory level). 
Wednesday 7:00pm – 10:00pm. $14.
Randy Warshaw Studio, 115 Wooster St., #2F.

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

Zena Bibler, Sara Genoves-Sylvan, Chisa Hidaka, Emma Hoette, Elise Knudson, Lucy Mahler. The Underscore.
Sunday 5:00-8:00pm. $5.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

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