Archive for October, 2014

Movement Research Performance Journal #45

Movement Research Performance Journal #45

Cover Artist: My Barbarian

MRPJ45_MyBarbarian_byMianaJun MRPJ #45 features extensive profiles, articles and interviews including:

 

Cover Artist My Barbarian
 
Bouchra Ouizguen and luciana achugar
 
Neal Medlyn’s Pop Star Series

the O.P.E.N. in Singapore

writings by Heather Kravas and Emily Johnson

 
a project page by Jen Rosenblit
 

an interview with Travis Chamberlain

High Marks for the 2013-14 season

 

and more…

 

MRPJ Issue #45 is available now!

 

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MRPJ#45 Editorial Team:

Editor-in-Chief Moriah Evans
Senior Editor Buck Wanner
Managing Editor Rebecca Wender
Graphic Design David Knowles
Copy Editor Conor Creaney
Cover Artist Portfolio Editor Matthew Lyons
Contributing Editors Effie Bowen, Emily Hoffman
MRPJ Interns Racy Brand, Elena Light
Advertising Coordinator Catherine Galasso
Editorial Director Trajal Harrell
Special Thanks to Miana Jun, Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, Alexandro Segade, Matthew Lyons, Katy Dammers, Conor Creaney 
Printing Linco Printing, Inc. 

  • October 30th, 2014
  • Movement Research Staff

Movement Research at the Judson Church – October 27, 2014

Featuring works by Jacob Slominski, Rebecca Davis, David Zambrano 

 

Floorwork
By Jacob Slominski
Performed by Alex Romania and Emily Smith
(no video available)
 

Bloowst windku (in-progress excerpt)
A work by Rebecca Davis
Developed in collaboration with performers: Lydia Chrisman, Carolyn Hall, and Kay Ottinger
With composer Zach Layton 

Bloowst windku is being commissioned, developed, and produced through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). It will premiere at HERE in April/May 2015.

 

Holes
Choreographer: David Zambrano in collaboration with Milan Herich
Performers: Milan Herich and David Zambrano
Music: I Ran (Persian singer) “Elahi”, Monadjat
Fairuz (Lebanese singer) “Beirut Hal Zarafat”, “Ya Mina El Habayeb”

Holes is a series of 4 different duets conceived and directed by David Zambrano in collaboration with four dance artists: Jimmy Ortiz, Cynthia Loemij, Sue Yeon Youn, and Milan Herich. Each duet is performed by David Zambrano with one of the four dance artists.. 

Movement Research at the Judson Church – October 13, 2014

Featuring works by Whitney V. Hunter, Arielle Pina, Kai Kleinbard, Grace E. Courvoisier

 

animal. dead. Or,          ?
Conceived and performed by Whitney V. Hunter

In reaction to the historical and very recent atrocities of shootings, strangulations, and aggression against Black men, I have wondered if there is an all out war and/or legislative mandate to rid the world of all Black men.  animal. dead. Or,                 ? confronts fear, pathology and psychology and asks the viewer(s) to consider, how they regard the Black men in their lives?

 


Interrupted Fading…/.
Choreographer/Performer: Arielle Pina
Sound Design Collaboration: Will Colella and Arielle Pina
Music Credits: Sam Cooke, Johnnie Ray, Diana Ross

 


Meeting Three
Created and danced by Kai Kleinbard
Music: Autechre, “Eggshell” and Ferenc Rofusz, “Fly”  “Have you ever seen such a thing in your life, as three blind mice?”

 


American Auto Edge Body Shop Beauty
Choreographer/performer: Grace E. Courvoisier
Music/Sound: Various Artists

Brought into a spoiled generation of lazy eccentrics, an American woman struggles with the realization that she’s born into fair opportunity, but is unwilling and ill equipped to take advantage of it. “…and I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.

October 13-19

This Week at Movement Research…

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Eleanor Bauer. Learning by Dancing
Part of: Janet Panetta’s International Dance Dialogues
October 13-17 MON-FRI 4-6pm
$75 full workshop or $18/class
Gibney Dance, 890 Broadway

As a performer, Bauer has worked for David Zambrano (Soul Project), Mette Ingvartsen (why we love action), Trisha Brown (at documenta12), Xavier Le Roy (low pieces and Retrospective), Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker/Rosas (The Song), Boris Charmatz (levée des conflits and enfant), Matthew Barney (River of Fundament), Emily Roysdon (by any other name), and Ictus Contemporary Music Ensemble (This Is Not A Pop Song II), among others….Read more

NEW CLASS SERIES!
Physical Inquiry and Somatic Practices
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway 

Schedule at a glance:

Qi Gong with Melanie Maar (starts 10/6)
Mondays and Fridays 10am-12pm

C O R E M O T I O N with Daria Faïn (starts 10/7)
Tuesdays 10am-12pm and Wednesdays 4-6pm

Pilates Mat Class for Dancers with Swan Pilates (starts 10/7)
Tuesdays 2-3:15pm

Alexander Technique (starts 10/8)
Wednesdays 2-4pm
Oct-Nov Rebecca Brooks, Dec-Jan Clare Maxwell

Contact Improvisation – The Basics (starts 10/2)
Thursdays 6-8pm
Oct Margaret Paek, Nov Bradley Teal Ellis, Dec-Jan K.J. Holmes

Feldenkrais Method with Jimena Paz (starts 10/3)
Fridays 4-6pm

 

MORNING CLASS:

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Levi Gonzalez. Morning Class
October 6-23. Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am-12pm. $14 
Movement Research at Danspace Project, 131 E 10th Street

We usually begin slowly, with imagery and gentle preparation inspired by various somatic traditions to access our awareness of the senses, the organs, the skeleton, the cells, gravity, and other energetic forces. Class may also include technical exercises, choreographic structures (“phrases”), improvisations, and performance constructs, with a focus on precision, ownership, and play.
Read Levi’s class description here.

Vicky Shick. Morning Class
September 23-October 13. Tuesday, Thursday 10am-12pm. $14
Movement Research at Danspace Project, 131 E 10th Street

Vicky Shick has been involved in the NYC dance community for 3 decades. She worked with many choreographers, is a former member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company and received “Bessies” for performance and choreography. In addition to showing work at Danspace, DTW, The Kitchen, P.S. 122 and WET, she made dances for Arizona State University, Barnard College and George Washington University. Shick was a 2006 Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant recipient and a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow.
Read Vicky’s class description here.

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS:

Mårten Spångberg
Discussion: Wait A Second, The Mood Is Dancy, Theory Without Boox, We Will Hear
October 12, 19 SUN 2-4pm $5 each
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor

Mårten Spångberg is a choreographer living and working in Stockholm. His interests concern choreography in an expanded field, something approached through experimental practices and creative process in multiplicity of formats and expressions…Read more

Movement Research at the Judson Church
October 13
Grace Courvoisier, Whitney V Hunter**, Kai Kleinbard, Arielle Pina
Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South

Open Performance
October 14
Moderated by Erin Ellen Kelly*
Carmen Caceres DanceAction, Ayano Elson, Krissy Harris
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor

 

ONGOING CLASSES (Click here for full descriptions):

Barbara Mahler. Klein Technique™
Tuesday, Thursday 10am-12pm. $14
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor

Elise Knudson. Contact Improvisation
September 3-24
Wednesday 6-8:30pm. $14
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor

Irene Dowd. Neuromuscular Preparation for Dance.
Tuesday 3-4:45pm. $14
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway

Karl Anderson. Skinner Releasing
WED 6-9pm $14
Randy Warshaw Studio

Karinne Keithley Syers. (sub for K.J. Holmes Athletics of Intimacy)
Saturday 11am-1pm. $14
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor

Janet Panetta.
Ballet for Contemporary Dancers
Monday-Friday 12-2pm. $17

Advanced Professional Ballet
Wednesday & Friday 10am-12pm. $17
Movement Research at Gibney Dance Center, 890 Broadway

The Underscore. Underscore Facilitators.
Sunday, October 12th.
2nd Sundays of each month. 5-8pm. $10

Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway 4th Floor

 

Podcast: Studies Project 10/7/14: Dance and Music Now

Movement Research Studies Project, “Dance and Music Now”
Proposed and Moderated by Philip Ellis Foster
With panelists Douglas Dunn & Steven Taylor, Melanie Maar & Kenta Nagai, Edisa Weeks & Katie Down


Listen to the Podcast here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/movementresearch/10.7.14_Studies_Project_Dance_and_Music_Now.mp3

Musicians and dancers have a long and storied relationship with one another, from traditional forms that wed music and dance to narrative storytelling, to orchestral ballets, and on to Cage and Cunningham collaborations. This evening explored the multifaceted ways artists are addressing this relationship today, with a focus on musicians that perform live with dancers and movement-based performance work. Artists discussed and examined their various dynamic approaches to collaboration between and across these fields.

Movement Research at the Judson Church – September 8th, 2014

Featuring works by Fernando LR Parra, Paris Legakis, Yung-Li Dance

 

hYmen
Choreographed and performed by Fernando LR Parra
Director: Elia Rodiere
Music: Jero Férec
Costume: Creaciones

 

Excercising the 29th limb
Concept & Choreography: Paris Legakis
Performer: Paris Legakis

 

Arena (work-in-progress)
Choreographed by Yung-Li Chen
Performers: Yung-Li Chen, Rebecca Deab, Alessandra Delle Grotti, and Aslan Rolston
Music: Severed Heads, Einstürzende Neubauten

Susan Mar Landau Workshop

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Susan Mar Landau Workshop 

November 1, 8, 15 SAT 5-8pm $90
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway

REGISTER HERE

Check out more information HERE.

 

Questionable Journeys: A workshop on the relationship between inquiry and practice in the making of performance
“What can be analyzed in my work, or criticized, are the questions.” (John Cage) In this workshop participants will address questions related to their own choreographic practice while simultaneously being challenged to step outside of their current path of inquiry in order to return to it with fresh artistic perspectives. During the workshop, each participant will develop a short work in progress. Through a process of sharing work, constructive feedback, and group discussion, participants will formulate and revise questions of artistic inquiry to further and deepen their practical investigation.

 

Susan Mar Landau is a New York City based dramaturg and interdisciplinary artist. As a dramaturg she has collaborated with choreographers Vanessa Anspaugh, Aretha Aoki, Maximilian Balduzzi, Daria Faïn, Levi Gonzalez, Emily Johnson and Carlos Maria Romero. Landau holds a BA from Hampshire College, a MA in Performance Design and Practice from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of London, and a Graduate Certificate in Performance and Interactive Media Arts from CUNY.
 

Podcast: Movement Research Town Hall Meeting October 6, 2014

 

Movement Research Town Hall Meeting.
October 10, 2014. Eden’s Expressway.
Co-Hosted and organized by the Movement Research
Artist Advisory Council
Moderated by Laurie Berg, Maura Donohue and Kathy Westwater


Listen to the Podcast here:

http://traffic.libsyn.com/movementresearch/10.6.14_Town_Hall_Meeting_Podcast_FinalPUBLISHED.mp3

The Movement Research Artist Advisory Council facilitated a public discussion by sharing excerpts and quotes of meeting minutes to spark conversation and invite the public into its ongoing conversation, including threads related to economics, politics, aesthetics and creativity. The meeting examined the relationship between dancer and community – academic, geographic, and economic. Round-table participants discussed economics of class-taking, the limitations and potential of University-Artist relationships, and the value of geographic vs. digital communities. 

     

1. Political Economy of Class: What resources are necessary for class taking?
• Often, something must be given up in order to afford class, so dancers must balance the desire to grow their artistic practice/technique with other financial concerns (rent, entertainment, etc).
• Being able to afford class is a source of anxiety for many dancers/artists.
• For some dancers, it is difficult to invest in class without knowing about the teacher/the output (“Will this class be worth it for me?”); there is less interest in taking a risk on a new/different class/teacher due to limited finances.
• Distinction made between the value of bodywork/conditioning/technique classes and classes focused on artistry/artistic practice

2. Academia and Dance: What is the influence of academia/writing on dance?
• How to foster experimentation in academia? Universities have resources that should be made available to artists in ways that will be mutually beneficial.
• Example of University-Artist Relationship: CUNY Dance Initiative gives artists in need of space free access to un-used university studio space in exchange for giving back to the university (open rehearsal, teaching master class, etc).
• Within the academy, there is too strong a focus on the past (dancer-scholars are forced to separate their dance practices from their scholarly practices).
• There is an increased interest in teaching outside of the academy; a demand for more writing about dance from non-academic perspectives.

3. Community: How does geography define community? How can communities escape geographical limitations?
• As the dance community expands and globalizes, how can it maintain a clear identity?
• A fully digital community may not be successful for dance because of its nature as a physical practice; Classes and performances are a way to maintain community, but they are only available to those with geographic privilege.
• Digital communities are very visible, very accessible, and have the potential to become physical communities.

4. Art as Activism: How does one’s participation in the arts relate to their participation in activism?
• How does our artistic work interact with our activism, and how do we prioritize one over another? They are inextricably linked, and the artistic work may become activism even when not intended.
• There is a tension between the importance of individuality in art and the importance of communities in activism.
• Being a dancer/artist is in itself activism because it is the decision not to pursue money/not to work for a corporation/etc.
   

Week Ahead October 6-12

This Week at Movement Research…

NEW CLASS SERIES!
Physical Inquiry and Somatic Practices
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway
STARTS OCTOBER 2

Schedule at a glance:

Qi Gong with Melanie Maar (starts 10/6)
Mondays and Fridays 10am-12pm

C O R E M O T I O N with Daria Faïn (starts 10/7)
Tuesdays 10am-12pm and Wednesdays 4-6pm

Pilates Mat Class for Dancers with Swan Pilates (starts 10/7)
Tuesdays 2-3:15pm

Alexander Technique (starts 10/8)
Wednesdays 2-4pm
Oct-Nov Rebecca Brooks, Dec-Jan Clare Maxwell

Contact Improvisation – The Basics (starts 10/2)
Thursdays 6-8pm
Oct Margaret Paek, Nov Bradley Teal Ellis, Dec-Jan K.J. Holmes

Feldenkrais Method with Jimena Paz (starts 10/3)
Fridays 4-6pm

Workshop and Discussion with Mårten Spångberg
October 4, 11, 18 SAT 5-8pm $90
Workshop: Choreography = Possibility / Dance = Potentiality
This workshop – practices and examples, thinking and more examples – zoom in on the 2014 rise of dance “detached” from choreography and signification. Read more

October 4, 12, 19 SUN 2-4pm $5 each
Discussion: Wait A Second, The Mood Is Dancy, Theory Without Boox, We Will Hear
If we do it on the floor maybe it’ll work better? Or we could, I dunno… it’s not so important but I really like if you come. Read more

Read Mårten’s Bio Here
Register Here

 

MORNING CLASS:

Levi Gonzalez. Morning Class
October 6-23. Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am-12pm. $14 
Movement Research at Danspace Project, 131 E 10th Street

We usually begin slowly, with imagery and gentle preparation inspired by various somatic traditions to access our awareness of the senses, the organs, the skeleton, the cells, gravity, and other energetic forces. Class may also include technical exercises, choreographic structures (“phrases”), improvisations, and performance constructs, with a focus on precision, ownership, and play.
Read Levi’s class description here.

Vicky Shick. Morning Class
September 23-October 13. Tuesday, Thursday 10am-12pm. $14
Movement Research at Danspace Project, 131 E 10th Street

Vicky Shick has been involved in the NYC dance community for 3 decades. She worked with many choreographers, is a former member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company and received “Bessies” for performance and choreography. In addition to showing work at Danspace, DTW, The Kitchen, P.S. 122 and WET, she made dances for Arizona State University, Barnard College and George Washington University. Shick was a 2006 Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant recipient and a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow.
Read Vicky’s class description here.

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS:

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Movement Research Town Hall Meeting
MONDAY October 6 at 6pm
Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway
Free RSVP here
The Movement Research Artist Advisory Council (AAC) will facilitate a public discussion by sharing excerpts and quotes of meeting minutes to spark conversation and invite the public into its ongoing conversation, including threads related to economics, politics, aesthetics and creativity. Listen in, share your ideas and/or co-opt the meeting. Either way, join us.
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Studies Project: Dance and Music Now
TUESDAY October 7 at 6:15pm
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway
Free RSVP here
Proposed by Philip Ellis Foster
With panelists:
Douglas Dunn & Steven Taylor
Melanie Maar & Kenta Nagai
Edisa Weeks & Katie DownMusicians and dancers have a long and storied relationship with one another, from traditional forms that wed music and dance to narrative storytelling, to orchestral ballets, and on to Cage and Cunningham collaborations. This evening explores the multifaceted ways artists are addressing this relationship today… read more.

 

ONGOING CLASSES (Click here for full descriptions):

Barbara Mahler. Klein Technique™
Tuesday, Thursday 10am-12pm. $14
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor

Elise Knudson. Contact Improvisation
September 3-24
Wednesday 6-8:30pm. $14
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor

Irene Dowd. Neuromuscular Preparation for Dance.
Tuesday 3-4:45pm. $14
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway

Karl Anderson. Skinner Releasing
WED 6-9pm $14
Randy Warshaw Studio

Karinne Keithley Syers. (sub for K.J. Holmes Athletics of Intimacy)
Saturday 11am-1pm. $14
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor

Janet Panetta.
Ballet for Contemporary Dancers
Monday-Friday 12-2pm. $17

Advanced Professional Ballet
Wednesday & Friday 10am-12pm. $17
Movement Research at Gibney Dance Center, 890 Broadway

The Underscore. Underscore Facilitators.
Sunday, October 12th.
2nd Sundays of each month. 5-8pm. $10

Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway 4th Floor

 

Movement Research at the Judson Church – September 29th, 2014

Featuring works by Kensaku Shinohara, Marsi Burns and Alice Teirstein, Tess Dworman and Laurel Atwell


Studying Atehna Kokoronis
Choreographer/director: Kensaku Shinohara in collaboration with Athena Kokoronis
Performers: Athena Kokoronis, Kensaku Shinohara
Costume: Athena Kokoronis

 


Comin’ or Goin’ Part I and II
Choreographed and Performed by: Marsi Burns and Alice Teirstein
Music:
Part I: Collage, David Denmitz/Bohuslav Martinu
Part II: David Finkelstein
Music Editor: Nicky Young

In Parts I and II, two older dancers (with 150 years between them) take varied looks, comedic and sober, in hindsight and in-the-moment, at their decades of joyous dancing and living.

 


Stay at Home Prism
Tess Dworman & Laurel Atwell
Costumes by Dworman
Video by Atwell
Caprice No. 6 G Minor: Lento by Nicolo Paganini


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