Archive for November, 2015

Speaking with Nelisiwe Xaba

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“Her experimental theatre-dance is imaginative, provocative and political: her skin color and sexuality are the main weapons for her challenging works.”

–  Annalisa Piccirillo, Speaking with Nelisiwe Xaba: Re-dancing a Body, Re-imagining a Continent

Read the whole interview here:  Speaking with Nelisiwe Xaba

There are 2 chances to get a closer look at Nelisiwe’s work:

Artist Conversation between Nelisiwe Xaba and David Thomson
Tomorrow – Tuesday, December 1, 6:15pm
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway
890 Broadway, 5th Floor New York, NY 10003 FREE
Click here to RSVP 

Performance with Nelisiwe Xaba
December 3 THU 8pm / $15 general / $12 Danspace Members
Danspace Project, 131 E 10th St
BUY TICKETS: http://www.danspaceproject.org/calendar/movement-research-festival-fall-2015/

  • November 30th, 2015
  • Movement Research Staff

LIVESTREAM Fall Festival Studies Project: Artist Conversation between Nelisiwe Xaba and David Thomson

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Artist Conversation between Nelisiwe Xaba and David Thomson

Tuesday, December 1, 6:15pm
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway
890 Broadway, 5th Floor New York, NY 10003 FREE
Click here to RSVP 

This event will be an informal introduction to choreographer Nelisiwe Xaba who is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and is a participating artist in the festival. David Thomson will lead a live interview and discussion with Xaba around the political and aesthetic resonances in her work.

Presented as part of the 2015 Fall Festival: VANISHING POINTS curated by Beth Gill and Cori Olinghouse. More info at www.movementresearch.org/performancesevents/festival.

Live stream will begin at 6:15pm.

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Week Ahead Nov 30

This Week at Movement Research…

Classes

Qi Gong with Melanie Maar
Monday and Friday 10am-12pm

Klein Technique™ with Barbara Mahler
Tuesday and Thursday 10am-12pm

C O R E  M O T I O N with Daria Faïn
Tuesday and Thursday 10am-12pm 

Pilates Mat Class with Johanna S. Meyer
Tuesday 2-3:15pm 

Body, Mind and Image with K.J. Holmes and Karinne Keithley Syers
Wednesday 10am-12pm 

Feldenkrais with Rebecca Davis
Wednesday 12:30-2pm

Alexander Technique with Emily Faulkner
Wednesday 2-4pm

Skinner Releasing with Karl Anderson
Wednesday 6-9pm

Contact Improvisation with Charles Mosey
Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm

Klein™/Barre with Barbara Mahler
Thursday 4-6pm

Contact Improvisation – The Basics with Elise Knudson
Thursday 6-8pm 

Athletics of Intimacy with K.J. Holmes
Saturday 11am-1pm 

 

 

Performances, Workshops and Events

November 30
FESTIVAL | a dialectic of dark and light
Opening night Movement Research Festival Fall 2015 featuring Jaamil Olawale Kosoko in collaboration with Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste
8pm

December 1
FESTIVAL | Studies Project 
Artist Conversation between Nelisiwe Xaba and David Thomson 
6:15pm

December 2 
FESTIVAL | Clown Palace: a shared workshop
Cori Olinghouse and Beth Gill
2-5pm

December 3
FESTIVAL | Danspace
Nelisiwe Xaba
8pm 

December 4
FESTIVAL | The Explosive Body – a movement practice
Abby Zbikowski
10am-12pm

December 4
FESTIVAL | Danspace
Abby Zbikowski & Gwen Welliver
8pm

December 5
FESTIVAL | Self-Portraiture: Self-Prompt
Gwen Welliver
4:30-6:30pm

December 5
FESTIVAL | Impossible Dances: Past and Future
Melinda Ring & Kai Kleinbard
8pm

December 6
FESTIVAL | Touch Color_Drawing Therapy
Eva Shmidt
3:30-5:30pm

Check out more details about the Festival: 
http://movementresearch.org/performancesevents/festival/index.php

  • November 27th, 2015
  • Movement Research Staff

A Note from the Curators of VANISHING POINTS

Co-curated by Beth Gill and Cori Olinghouse
December 3-5, 2015

THURSDAY December 3, 2015, 8 pm
Nelisiwe Xaba Fremde Tänze [Foreign Dances]

Fremde Tänze
Created and performed by Nelisiwe Xaba

Nelisiwe Xaba was an early catalyst in our conversations on plasticity in art making. Watching her solo work and discussing what drew us to it helped us to articulate a shared space of interest for the festival. What we saw and were captivated by was a calculated shifting of sculptural portraiture and the visual puzzling of materials: costume, objects, light and the body.

Her work Fremde Tänze was created during a project in Freiburg, Germany in which she was asked to consider and respond to early German choreographers such as Mary Wigman who were influenced by exotic dance. These pioneers of modern dance in the 1910s and 1920s often presented a series of short, exoticist pieces accompanied by music.  In her evening of “Foreign Dances”, Nelisiwe Xaba turns around the perspective and exoticizes the Black Forest.

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FRIDAY December 4, 2015, 8pm
Gwen Welliver What a Horse!
Abby Zbikowski double nickels on the dime

What a Horse!

For the festival, we invited Gwen Welliver to share What a Horse! inspired by Paul Klee’s image of the same name (Was für ein Pferd! 1929). In her piece, Welliver embraces “formalism and fantasy” as she uses the lines of the body to conjure and summon imaginative representations that hint at character, fantasy, and metaphor. The raucous, relentless, and poetic suggestions emerging from the physical body offer imaginative resonances that moves beyond abstraction.

“Lines in the body, between people and things—as pathway, intersection, collision, mark and cut—help me to understand what is happening in movement. These lines aren’t abstract or geometric; rather, they are common forms of human communication.”
– Gwen Welliver

double nickels on the dime

Abby Zbikowski will present double nickels on the dime. Zbikowski’s choreography is radical through the extreme use of labor in the body. Visual rhythms emerge in a brutish, demanding fashion. In post-modern dance, authenticity is often connected to ideas of easefulness and non-doing in the body. Zbikowski offers a new perspective—subverting the idea of an easeful or non-effortful body.

“This work interrogates effort in the body and its potential to manifest in multiple aesthetic worlds.  This explosive effort in the body sustained across multiple movement worlds deliberately renders my political perspective on dance.  I would call it a hybrid approach to moving rather than a hybrid movement vocabulary.”
– Abby Zbikowski

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SATURDAY December 5, 2015, 8pm
Impossible Dances: Past and Future
Melinda Ring and Kai Kleinbard

Impossible Dance #2 (still life)
Original concept and improvisational structure by Melinda Ring from 1999
Gift interpretation and improvisation by Kai Kleinbard

cLOUD (2016)
Choreography by Melinda Ring in collaboration with the performers, Talya Epstein, Maggie Jones and Molly Lieber, along with Kayvon Pourazar

“She’s just impossible; I don’t know what to do with her!

Dance is impossible like an unruly teenager needing just enough freedom balanced with just the right guidance to flourish. I love her. She can be so beautiful, so full of energy and potential. Her desires, my desires for her, can be frightening. How can I be ultimately responsible for this unpredictable creature? It’s maddening.”
–Melinda Ring

We originally approached Melinda Ring about her 1999 work Impossible Dances, inquiring if this was a work she could imagine ‘gifting’ to another artist. Gifting is a proposal we dreamed up as a possibility to redirect the typical exchange of artists appropriating other artists’ ideas and work. We see this process of gifting as a mentoring process; Kai Kleinbard will work closely with Ring to reimagine Impossible Dance #2 (still life) in his own aesthetic style. Our interest is to allow the exchange of information to remain dynamic through keeping the gift in motion. In this instance, the gift moves in an orbit between Melinda, Kai, and the audience. Impossible Dances: Past and Future imaginatively explores these spaces of remembering, gifting, and interpretation asking how ephemeral forms are transmitted, reconstructed, and exchanged.

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Movement Research at the Judson Church – November 23, 2015

Featuring works by Kyle Marshall Choreography, Sun ae Hwang / SUNPROJECT, THE COMMONS CHOIR


Parts of Roam
Choreographer: Kyle Marshall
Performers: Monica Gonzalez, Miriam Gabriel, Myssi Robinson, Derek Crescenti
Music: Tristan Perich

 


MY REAL STORY SERIES – the past relationship with asshole ex & the childhood
Director/Choreographer: Sun ae Hwang
Performer: Sun ae Hwang
Music: Narration / Shino Frances Rolnick
Voice / Sun ae Hwang
The past relationship with asshole ex / Why don’t you love me by Beyonce
The childhood / Creep by Radiohead
Costume: Sun ae Hwang

 


I am another yourself. You are another myself. Really? What happens to you happens to me. What happens to me happens to you. Really. A new cycle of experiments from the Commons Choir.
Martita Abril, Sylvestre Akakpo, Maximilian Balduzzi, Ilona Bito, Lydia Chrisman, Laura Colomban, Lacina Coulibaly, Daria Faïn, Shantelle Jackson, Robert Kocik, Randy Reeyes, Despina Stamos, Saúl Ulerio and Dov Tiefenbach (sound).

Podcast: Studies Project 11/10/2015 – what we talk about when we talk somatics

Movement Research Studies Project, “what we talk about when we talk somatics: a sharing of practices leading into conversation” – November 10, 2015
With Justine Lynch, Antonio Ramos, Shelley Senter and RoseAnne Spradlin
Moderated by Levi Gonzalez

Listen to the Podcast here:
Studies Project 11/10/15: what we talk about when we talk somatics

What does the term “somatics” even mean? Can we arrive at consensus around this as an idea, a value, a practice? This event brought together artists/practitioners of various backgrounds and areas of study to lead the group in experiential practices which evolved into a collective discussion on the term “somatics” and the impact and resonance of this way of learning and being in the world.

Movement Research at the Judson Church – November 9, 2015

Featuring works by Erin Hill, Yanghee Lee / The Limbo Project, Olivia Wingerath of Bridge & Olive Dance, Kathy Westwater

 


Radio Project (version 4)
Created by Erin Hill with Tracy Valcarcel Rodriguez, Molly Shea-Hannan, Rebecca Rehder and Ariane Dubé-Lavigne
Real and shining thanks to Michaela Gerussi and Kelly Keenan.

 


Untitled
Yanghee Lee / The Limbo Project
Concept and Direction: Yanghee Lee
Performance and Creation in collaboration with: Alanna Coby, Megan Hanley and Yanghee Lee
Music: Ursula Bogner – Trabant

 


Ripped Off
Choreography and Performance by Olivia Wingerath
Music: “God Only Knows” by Cornelius, Voice samples edited by Jake Sokolov-Gonzalez, “Bye” by Elliott Smith

 


Shake/Walk Workshop Performance
Choreography by Kathy Westwater with the performers
Music by Mary Jane Leach
Performance by Karina Almeida, Karesia Batan, Ilona Bito, Marsi Burns, Philip Ellis Foster, Juliana Garber, Monica Germann, Emily Giovine, Leanna Grennan, Judah Levenson, Elena Rose Light, Sarah Locar, Andy Miyamotto, Katiana Rangel, Camila Arroyo Romero, Jim Salerno, Mercedes Searer, and Rainey White
This work is the culmination of the Movement Research Shake/Walk Workshop, November 2-9, 2015.
Special thanks to Amanda Loulaki, Barbara Bryan, and the entire staff and crew of Movement Research.

THIS SUNDAY: Sunday Process Lab

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The Switching

Jumatatu Poe

Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway

November 15 $5

RSVP

Sunday Process Labs are a series of three-hour, low-cost sessions on Sunday evenings, providing an opportunity for a dynamic exchange amongst peers in a lab-type setting. Sessions are facilitated by movement-based artists who will share their individual creative practices and

I like to imagine that this improvisation practice, The Switching, is a strategy in immediate evolution through transubstantiation. I began to practice The Switching in relation to dealing with my curiosities around a question I obsessed over: “Can I change myself?” Our practice will deal with essentialization – through the immediate design of creatures, or ways of being – and working with restrictions/limitations. For me, there is something deeply spiritual about it, something confusing, something humbling/humiliating about it. I feel like it has theoretical links to code switching, especially as it has to do with my Blackness and queerness, experiences of immediate compartmentalization/contextualization as a defense mechanism, as a means of survival. Please join me! I encourage all bodies, all gender expressions.

  • November 9th, 2015
  • Movement Research Staff

November 10: Studies Project LIVE STREAM

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what we talk about when we talk about somatics: a sharing of practices leading into conversation

With Justine Lynch, Antonio Ramos, Shelley Senter and RoseAnne Spradlin

Tuesday, November 10, 6:15pm
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway
890 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003
FREE

Click here to RSVP 

What does the term “somatics” even mean? Can we arrive at consensus around this as an idea, a value, a practice? This event will bring together artists/practitioners of various backgrounds and areas of study to lead the group in experiential practices which will evolve into a collective discussion on the term “somatics” and the impact and resonance of this way of learning and being in the world.

Live stream will begin at 6:15pm.

Click here for live stream

Week Ahead Nov 9-15

This Week at Movement Research…

Classes

Qi Gong with Melanie Maar
Monday and Friday 10am-12pm

Morning Class with Levi Gonzalez
Tuesday and Thursday 10am-12pm 

Klein Technique™ with Barbara Mahler
Tuesday and Thursday 10am-12pm

C O R E  M O T I O N with Daria Faïn
Tuesday and Thursday 10am-12pm 

Pilates Mat Class with Johanna S. Meyer
Tuesday 2-3:15pm 

Morning Class with Jon Kinzel
Wednesday and Friday 10am-12pm

Body, Mind and Image with K.J. Holmes and Karinne Keithley Syers
Wednesday 10am-12pm 

Feldenkrais with Tasha Taylor
Wednesday 12:30-2pm

Alexander Technique with Clare Maxwell
Wednesday 2-4pm

Skinner Releasing with Karl Anderson
Wednesday 6-9pm

Contact Improvisation with Tim O’Donnell
Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm

Klein™/Barre with Barbara Mahler
Thursday 4-6pm

Contact Improvisation – The Basics with Tim O’Donnell
Thursday 6-8pm 

Adult Ballez with Katy PyleLast class
Friday 4-6pm 

Athletics of Intimacy with K.J. Holmes
Saturday 11am-1pm 

 

 

Performances, Workshops and Events

November 9
Movement Research at the Judson Church
Erin Hill, Olivia Wingerath of Bridge & Olive Dance, Kathy Westwater†, Yanghee Lee / The Limbo Project**
8pm

November 10
Open Performance
Moderated by TBA
Vittoria Casagranda, Rennie McDougall
7pm

November 10
Studies Project
what we talk about when we talk about somatics
With Justine Lynch, Antonio Ramos, Shelley Senter and RoseAnne Spradlin
6:15pm

November 15
Sunday Process Lab
The Switching with Jumatatu Poe
3-6pm

 

Take a look at our website for the exciting things happening this season! 
http://movementresearch.org/ 

* 2015 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence
** 2014 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

  • November 6th, 2015
  • Movement Research Staff

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