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May 11 at 6:30pm
Body Disrupt

Movement Research at Abrons Arts Center, Studio G05
466 Grand Street
(between Pitt and Willett Streets)
New York, NY 10002


Initiated and moderated by Kathy Westwater
With Mat Fraser, Petra Kuppers, Marissa Perel, Cathy Weis, and Wendy Whelan

Artists with disabilities and artists whose work disrupts normative notions of what constitutes a dancing body will come together in conversation. We will consider the artistic work of the panelists and how it opens up possibilities for dance to move beyond narrow historical paradigms to include a more expansive range of physical experience and formal content.

A series of artist-instigated panel discussions, roundtables, performances and/or other formats that engage issues of aesthetics, philosophy and social politics relevant to the dance and performance community.


Mat Fraser, one of the U.K’s best known disabled performers, has gathered a large body of work over the last 15 years in many different arts media; telling stories dramatically is where his heart lies. Mat is a multi-disciplinary performing artist, writer, and musician, who has played to audiences from The Olympic stadium, The Royal Albert Hall, to many dive bars and late-night clubs, all the while employing his “Cripping up the scene” attitude of working as a Disability Artist within mainstream arts environments.

Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist, and Professor at the University of Michigan. She also teaches on Goddard College’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts. She leads The Olimpias, a performance research collective ( Her book Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and Twisted Shape (2011) explores arts-based research methods. She is editor of Somatic Engagement (2011), and her most recent book is Studying Disability Arts and Culture: An Introduction (2014), a book full of practical exercises for classrooms and studios.

Marissa Perel is an artist, writer and independent curator based in Brooklyn, NY. She is interested in the body’s relationship to gender, desire and power within and against socio-political constructs. Her work explores these dynamics through writing, performance, video and installation. Perel holds a B.A. in writing from Naropa University and an M.F.A in studio/performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Cathy Weis is a dancer, choreographer & videographer based in New York City. Weis’ work features a signature blend of live performance and video. She won a Bessie award for her 1996 piece Fractured: Just the Fracts, Ma’am and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002. In 2014, she launched Sundays on Broadway, a weekly series hosted at WeisAcres Studio in SoHo that features performances, film screenings, discussions, parties and all manner of events.

Kathy Westwater is a NY-based choreographer and, since 2001, faculty member at Sarah Lawrence College, where she received an MFA. In the late 80s and early 90s she studied with postmodern dance pioneers Simone Forti, Dana Reitz, and Sara Rudner. She has performed in works by Simone Forti, Steve Paxton, Sally Silvers, K.J. Holmes, and Merián Soto & Pepón Osorio. Since 1996, she has collaborated with visual artists, architects, composers, and poets to create numerous works presented at New York Live Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Franklin Furnace, Danspace Project, Joyce SoHo, 92nd Steet Y, Performance Space 122, Pratt Institute, and Reed College, among many other places. From 2008-2013, she located her artistic research at Fresh Kills, once the largest landfill in the world.

Wendy Whelan was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. From 1991 to 2014 she was a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. In 2012, Whelan began developing new projects. Restless Creature, which premiered at Jacob’s Pillow in 2013, is a suite of duets created by and danced with Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo. In 2015, she premiered Whelan/Watson Other Stories at London’s Royal Opera House, performing with Royal Ballet principal dancer Edward Watson.

  • April 20th, 2016
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We are so grateful to everyone who made the Movement Research Gala a huge success!


Anita Durst and Nicky Paraiso

Jessica Hagedorn and Sarah Michelson

The Durst Organization
Gerald J. & Dorothy R. Friedman New York Foundation

Allyson Green
Hunter College Dance Department

Joan Finkelstein, Julie Atlas Muz, Carla Peterson, George Emilio Sanchez, Tal Yarden

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  • April 19th, 2016
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Dance In Frame with chameckilerner


Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner have been dancing together since they were fifteen years old. Moving to New York from Curitiba, Brazil, in 1989, they have been collaborating for thir- ty-five years. At times mistaken for twins, they can seem almost body–mind melded. Officially forming chameckilerner in 1992, they made dances, films, and videos. Then, abruptly, in 2007, chameckilerner staged its own demise— the figurative killing-off of the artistic duo. No one, including the two of them, knew what the outcome would be. Lucky for us, there was a resurrection. For the past few years, chameck- ilerner has been primarily choreographing for the camera, making videos, and, most recently, multi-screen installations.

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Dance In Frame (Workshop) with chameckilerner

Taking place over 2 concecutive weekends:
April 9-10 & 16-17
Saturdays 4:30-8:30pm
Sundays 2-6pm
Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway
$150 Full Workshop

More info here:

Dance In Frame

This is a workshop about “why, when and how” to convey a choreographic idea into video. Through hands-on exercises, we’ll explore tools available in this medium, like framing, camera movement, deconstruction of space and time. Are those tools essential to translate your idea, and is the video the best medium for your concept? These are some questions we will be examining in this workshop.

  • March 15th, 2016
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Deborah Hay

the prepared body

April 25-26 & 28-29

MON TUE THU FRI 10am-2pm

Abrons Arts Center, Studio G05
466 Grand Street (enter at Willett Street)

Register here:—winter-spring-2016


The body is capable of so much more than what it can do. For example, sound coming from the piano was more or less constant until John Cage created the prepared piano by introducing different objects into its’ body. These components altered the piano’s harmonics. Similarly, questions will be applied to our bodies to alter the harmonics of movement through choreography.

Hay dances, coaches, directs, and writes. Figure a Sea, a work for the Cullberg Ballet, with original music by Laurie Anderson, will be performed October 2016 at Montclair State University. Her 4th book, Using the Sky, and film, Turn Your F*^king Head, about Hay’s final Solo Performance Commissioning Project, are available from Routledge Books.

  • March 1st, 2016
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Band of Outsiders: WOMEN


A Movement Research Studies Project

Organized and Moderated by Sam Kim
With Lorene Bouboushian, Moira Brennan, Sheila Lewandowski, Noopur Singha, Adrienne Truscott 

March 1
TUE 6:30pm
Gibney Dance 890 Broadway
890 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

RSVP Here:

Women dominate the dance and performance field in numbers, but not in visibility, ‘success,’ or positions of power. Let’s keep the issue at the forefront and explore how to rectify this. One of the biggest untapped resources is women helping and supporting other women more vocally and consciously—as the majority, our collective efforts would have a massive impact on leveling the field. In this panel, we’ll discuss how to effect change and meaningfully support the majority of our fellow practitioners. Any gender expression is welcome and all are encouraged to participate.


Lorene Bouboushian is a performance artist and educator. She has shown work in Zagreb, Berlin, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and has taught in Beirut, Puebla, and Athens. Recent works have involved hysterical sink baths, skewering diversity narratives, asking the audience to run errands, and attempting to reach sensory thresholds in complete blindness. Influential collaborators include performance art/genius duo Panoply Performance Lab, punk singer Whitney Allen, performance artist Kaia Gilje, and musicians Valerie Kuehne and Matthew Gantt.

Moira Brennan is currently Program Director of The MAP Fund.She studied theater at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Her writing about the arts and feminism has been published in the New York Times, Ms. Magazine, American Theatre,, among other publications.

Sam Kim is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and performer who has been making work since the mid ’90s. Sam is a feminist. Her work has been presented and commissioned by The Kitchen, NYLA, Barnard College, DTW, Danspace Project, PS122 and Gibney Dance, among many other venues. She looks forward to an upcoming commission for Zenon Dance in Minneapolis and to the premiere of her latest work, Fear in Porcelain, at The Chocolate Factory in November 2016.

Sheila Lewandowski is a native NY’er, performer, activist, founder and Executive Director of The Chocolate Factory. She advocates for women, artists and small businesses in policy making on a local, regional, state and national level.

Noopur Singha teaches and performs with Gamelan Dharma Swara, Queen’s College Gamelan Yowana Sari, Kencana Mas, and Lotus Music and Dance. She has worked with Gamelan Gita Asmara, Santi Budaya, Surati Inc, Indian Dance Educators Association, Anna Sperber, Dai Jian, Faye Driscoll, Sidra Bell, Nelly van Bommel, Charlotte Gibbons, and Shizumi Manale among others. She is the two time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Award for solo dance performance.

Adrienne Truscott’s been making genre-straddling work for over 15 years as a means of creative and financial survival. She’s a choreographer, stand-up comedian, writer, one half of The Wau Wau Sisters, a boundary-busting cabaret act and a 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award Artist. She’s performed at the Sydney Opera House, CBGB’s and in muddy tents, wears many hats and is attracted to the possibility of failure as a mandate for rigor.

Image: Becca Albee, Radical Feminist Therapy, BB, 2015

  • February 23rd, 2016
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Dance In Frame Workshop

with chameckilerner

Taking place over two consecutive weekends: 

April 9 – April 17 

Saturday 4:30pm-8:30pm 

Sunday 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
537 Broadway between Prince and Spring streets


Register here:—winter-spring-2016

This is a workshop about “why, when and how” to convey a choreographic idea into video. Through hands-on exercises, we’ll explore tools available in this medium, like framing, camera movement, deconstruction of space and time. Are those tools essential to translate your idea, and is the video the best medium for your concept? These are some questions we will be examining in this workshop.

chameckilerner is a 22-year collaboration between Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner. From 1993 to 2007, chameckilerner created more than 17 works for the stage. Their piece EXIT at The Kitchen was an investigation into the possibility of extinction, and reinvention. Supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, they began exploring their interest in video. They have since produced many videos and installations, participating in festivals, winning awards and grants. In February 2016, they will show in NY at Pierogi Gallery. For more info, see

  • February 15th, 2016
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Somatic Fantastics for Dance – From Alexander to Zero Balancing Workshop


Somatic Fantastics for Dance – From Alexander to Zero Balancing
with Martha Eddy

February 27 SAT 5-8:30pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
537 Broadway between Prince and Spring streets

Register here:—winter-spring-2016


Dance somatics have been cooking since the 70s across the world. Now, more than 45 different somatic movement systems exist and many of them were initiated by dancers. Get a taste of at least 10 systems and learn how they contribute to your art of dancing. Eddy will share activities from her writing on Somatic Awareness and Dance and from BodyMind Dancing™. Eddy has explored Body-Mind Centering®, Laban/Bartenieff studies and Dynamic Embodiment™ for over three decades in the way that it is applied to dance phrases and improv structures. Come play, create, contextualize what’s fantastic about somatics.

Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT, EdD, is a respected author and lecturer on Dance and Somatics. Her new book, Mindful Movement – the Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action, comes out in August. In the 90s, she co-taught with Robert Ellis Dunn and developed Dynamic Embodiment™, a unique blend of LMA and

  • February 5th, 2016
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Technology and Pop Culture in Performance: how are we feeling?

A Movement Research Studies Project
Conceived by Greer Dworman
With AUNTS, Steve May, Neal Medlyn and Ayano Elson 

February 2
TUE 6:30pm
Gibney Dance 890 Broadway
890 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Obviously not everything matters to all people BUT The Biebs and The Kardashian-Wests and #memes and The Apple Watch, these things are giving us information about where we are and who we are. Engaging with popular culture, as opposed to discounting it, asks us to think about our present moment more multi-dimensionally. In this conversation with invited artist speakers, let us unpack a combination of popular media trends, iconography and the #internet with live, experimental performance and the potential for true resonance in this work.


Greer Dworman is a Chicago-born now Brooklyn-based performer. Dworman’s current work embraces her deeply rooted millenial, female and queer experience through solo comedy performance, both live and in the digital space. She continues to develop Greer:Live, a one-woman comedy show, sometimes in collaboration with Tess

AUNTS was founded by James Kidd and Rebecca Brooks in 2005 and is currently organized by Laurie Berg and Liliana Dirks-Goodman. Guided by core principles of collectivity, cooperation, and sharing, AUNTS generates a constantly shifting environment where artists negotiate the simultaneous production and/or presentation of their work in relationship to one another. Often taking the form of a live event, AUNTS allows audiences to freely move about the spaces it inhabits, choosing their own path and creating their own experiences through chance encounters.

Champagne Jerry Neal Medlyn is a performance artist and musician living in New York whose most well-known work is his seven show Pop Star Series and Champagne Jerry, the subsequent iteration of his work with popular music.

Steve May is a ma’am who performs sometimes with Yackez, The Bureau for the Future of Choreography, Kim Brandt, Kyli Kleven, and does work involving performance and knitting and weaving and sound and textiles. Steve is also in the arts admin business at Roulette, as well as a band called “arts admn,” although the latter may change names before they release any material.

Ayano Elson is a choreographer and designer. She graduated from Connecticut College in 2013, with a dual major in dance and art history. In the past year, her work has been presented by AUNTS, Gibney Dance, the New Museum, and Roulette. Ayano has recently performed in works by Evvie Allison, Phoebe Berglund, Kim Brandt, Liz Charky, Glass Ghost, and Steven Reker/People Get Ready at Audio Visual Arts, BRIC, CATCH, the Invisible Dog, the Kitchen, and Lincoln Center.

Photo courtesy of Greer Dworman

  • February 2nd, 2016
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Upcoming Deadline: AIR Program


Upcoming Deadline: AIR Program

FEBRUARY 29, 11:59PM

Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program

Application now online

Dates: July 2016 – June 2017
with additional opportunities from July 2017 – June 2018.

A two-year residency program providing year-long commissions, rehearsal space, performance and related opportunities designed to support the individualized creative process of selected movement-based artists, who are chosen by a rotating artist panel. Artists must apply as individuals. Applicants must be residents of New York City.

Five (5) – Six (6) artists will be selected to participate in the 2016 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence program via this application process. Applications will be reviewed and selected by a panel of three artists. MR AIRs selected through the panel review process will receive commissioning funds supported through The Jerome Foundation.


  • February 1st, 2016
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Body Scripting Workshop with Tamar Rogoff and Gregg Mozgala


Body Scripting Workshop
Friday February 12
10:30am-12:30pm $25
Abrons Art Center Studio G05

Register here:

Body Scripting Workshop  Tamar Rogoff and Gregg Mozgala offer a Movement Research Workshop in partnership with the Dance on Camera Festival co-presented by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, coinciding with the screening of the documentary, Enter The Faun. The film, directed by Tamar and Daisy Wright, shows how as a choreographer Tamar trained Gregg, an actor with Cerebral Palsy, to become a dancer. They will demonstrate the experiential methods used to transform Gregg’s body. Sitting on chairs or standing and moving through the room, participants are guided into experiencing new and surprising places in their own body from which to move. Whether it’s the feel of the cheek bones or being led to the sternum, or tailbone, the participants explorations take them far from their habitual patterns to discover a freedom in movement that they might not have known they had. This 2 hour workshop is open to all, from dancers to physical therapists, from people with disabilities to neurologists. No movement training necessary.

Tamar Rogoff is a choreographer and filmmaker who explores the outer limits of how people negotiate extreme circumstances. Her work has been presented at numerous venues, both nationally and internationally, including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, PS122, La MaMa Theater, and the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn. Rogoff was movement coach to Emmy award-winning Claire Danes for HBO’s “Temple Grandin,” and also coached the lead actor in Stephen Daldry’s film “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” Her choreographic work “Diagnosis of a Faun,” which became the subject matter for her and Daisy Wright’s documentary “Enter the Faun,” premiered at La MaMa in 2009 and subsequently toured. Rogoff’s work is featured in the book “Site Dance: Choreographers and the Lure of Alternative Spaces.” She is an adjunct faculty member at the Experimental Theater Wing at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and has been teaching and developing her unique brand of bodywork classes for over twenty-five years.

Gregg Mozgala is the Artistic Director of The Apothetae, a theater company dedicated to the production of works that explore and illuminate the “Disabled Experience.” A critically acclaimed actor and playwright, Gregg has been in various New York productions Off and Off-Off Broadway. Along with choreographer, Tamar Rogoff, he has been invited to speak about the effects of cerebral palsy at the Wyss Institute For Biological Engineering at Harvard University, La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Eastern Carolina University Medical School, Columbia University Medical School and the Kennedy-Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD. He now teaches and works with adults and young people with CP and he helped to start the first “Cerebral Posse” in New York City.

Photo courtesey of the artist

  • January 25th, 2016
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