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Podcast: Studies Project 2/3/15: Artists in K-12 Schools

Movement Research Studies Project, “Artists in K-12 Schools”
Conceived and moderated by Diana Crum
With panelists Lynn Brown, Donna Costello, Randy Luna, Jessica Nicoll, Jules Skloot

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What is the role of the dance teaching artist in schools? Many artists make a living by teaching grades K-12 in the NYC school system. Is their goal to share their artistic practice, the ideology behind their aesthetic, tools for making art, historical reference points, movement skills, or something else? Experienced voices from different arenas of dance-in-education and others in attendance shared their questions and ideas, reflected on their practice and how the work of teaching artists impacts education and culture in this city.

Podcast: Studies Project 1/20/15: The Role of Class in Current Dance Practices

Movement Research Studies Project, “The Role of Class in Current Dance Practices”
Conceived in Conversation with Movement Research Faculty
Organized by Movement Research in collaboration with Beth Gill, Lance Gries, Eva Karczag and Gwen Welliver

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The Role of Class was a series of brief and intimate discussions with various teaching artists including Julian Barnett, Michelle Boulé, Wendell Cooper, Jeanine Durning, Barbara Forbes, Zvi Gotheiner, K.J. Holmes, John Jasperse, Joanna Kotze, Nia Love, Juliette Mapp, Cori Olinghouse, Janet Panetta, Shelley Senter, Vicky Shick, RoseAnne Spradlin, Karinne Keithley Syers and Jesse Zarrit. These discussions addressed questions and ideas about dance and movement-based class through their own practices and histories. After the discussions attendants were invited to actively participate in smaller group conversations with the opportunity to share insights and proposals.

Podcast: Studies Project 12/2/14: FOR WHAT

Movement Research Studies Project, “FOR WHAT”
Moderated by Ursula Eagly
With Panelists Morgan Bassichis, Justine Lynch, Melanie Maar, Clarinda Mac Low, Alta Starr and Marýa Wethers

Part of Movement Research Festival Fall 2014: MATTERING
Co-curated by Rebecca Brooks and Daria Faïn in conversation with Shelley Senter

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FOR WHAT was a discussion led by panelists who enjoy multi-faceted engagement with the cultural field, including healing elements, social justice aspects, performance activations, and various cultural considerations. The discussion was a response to the observation that many artists decide to be of service in some way to the culture and to others and addresses questions such as what are we doing, and what are we doing it for? What does it mean to live/work as an artist at this current time, and how do we position our work in relation to everything else in our lives and our environment? And in what way are our artistic practices necessary to a collective transformation of society?

Podcast: Studies Project 11/10/14: Dancer as Agent

Movement Research Studies Project, “Dancer as Agent” – November 10, 2014
Conceived by Cecilia Roos in partnership with Iréne Hultman
Panelists included Hilary Clark and Juliette Mapp

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Within the field of dance, the creation process often demands that dancers develop methodologies, movement vocabularies and conceptual frames. Previously seen as the exclusive domain of choreographers, dramaturges and directors, these procedural boundaries are now shifting and eroding creative hierarchies in live performance. This has produced new, mostly undocumented relationships to working processes and bodies of knowledge. The Dancer as Agent began in 2013 as a conference held at University of Dance and Circus (DOCH) in Sweden. This conversation focused on some of the topics that emerged from that conference.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Studies Project: Evolving Dance Pedagogies 3.4.14

This is a Movement Research Studies Project: Evolving Dance Pedagogies
which took place on March 4, 2014 at Gibney Dance Center Hosted by Critical Correspondence.

With Panelists: Maura Donohue (Hunter College), Simon Dove (formerly of Arizona State University), Neil Greenberg (New School), Patricia Hoffbauer (Hunter College, Princeton University) and Mariah Maloney (SUNY Brockport)

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This conversation between professors from a variety of university dance departments addressed the changing relationship between their programs and the field of dance. Panelists discussed the emergence of dance studies and the model of the artist/scholar; issues of access, privilege, and the shifting economic structures of professional dance. Our panelists considered how these conditions affect their students and the way they structure their curricula.



  • March 7th, 2014
  • Movement Research Staff

Studies Project: Movement Research Festival Fall 2013 “We Came To This City To Shit On A Stage”

Movement Research Studies Project: We Came To This City To Shit On A Stage

Adrienne Truscott With Panelists: Sara Beesley of Joe’s Pub, Eric Dyer of Radiohole, Vallejo Gantner of PS122, performer/choreographer/curator Colin Self, and choreographer/performer Gillian Walsh.

Gibney Dance Center, December 3, 2013 as part of the Movement Research Festival Fall 2013 “Le Song, Ya?!” curated by Adrienne Truscott and Jibz Cameron aka Dynasty Handbag

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The conversation revolved around the following question: “How do we make, define, and notice ‘transgressive’ art in a city whose identity, economy and landscape are increasingly manicured, welcoming, mainstream, highly visible and inaccessible?”

  • March 7th, 2014
  • Movement Research Staff

Studies Project: Movement Research Festival Fall 2013: Performing Vulnerability

Movement Research Festival Fall 2013 Studies Project: Performing Vulnerability

Adrienne Truscott with panelists: niv Acosta, Ben Asriel, Hilary Clark, Miguel Gutierrez and Juliana May

Jimmy’s 43, December 4, 2013 as part of Movement Research’s Festival Fall 2013 “Le Song, Ya?!” curated by Adrienne Truscott and Jibz Cameron (Dynasty Handbag)

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This Studies Project revolved around the questions: What does it mean to be vulnerable in performance? Is vulnerability a state or can it be “done?”

Note: At about 53 minutes into the conversation there is a short missing section due to technical difficulties.

Studies Project: Vulnerable Systems: Moving Beyond Sustainability

Movement Research Studies Project: Vulnerable Systems: Moving Beyond Sustainability
Jennifer Monson and Movement Research
November 5, 2013 at Gibney Dance Center

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This Studies Project discussed how 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? Participants discussed different framings of sustainability from the perspectives of various fields, including social science, economics, and urban ecology in a roundtable conversation which invited the dance community and the larger public to explore concrete ways to create resilient systems in their own communities and beyond.

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