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Podcast: Fall Festival Studies Project 12/1/15 – An Artist Conversation between Nelisiwe Xaba and David Thomson

Movement Research Studies Project, “An Artist Conversation between Nelisiwe Xaba and David Thomson” – December 1, 2015
Part of the Movement Research Festival Fall 2015, vanishing points, curated by Beth Gill and Cori Olinghouse

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Studies Project 12/1/15: An Artist Conversation between Nelisiwe Xaba and David Thomson

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

Movement Research at the Judson Church Fall Festival November 30, 2015


a dialectic of dark and light
Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste and invited guests and audience

What is the historical data, aesthetic memory laid within a particular site? How do we both claim and shed this skin as an act of radical acceptance? How do we simultaneously lift and lean into the weight of history?

Continuing his 2014 exploration of Black Male Revisited: Experimental Representation through the Ephemeral Form, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko in collaboration with scholar Brenda Dixon-Gottschild and sonic artist Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste will craft an evening length opening performance, improvisational jam and celebration at Judson Church that blurs the line between audience and performer. In an attempt to honor and trouble the historical site of Judson Church as a location of worship and experimentation (while allowing limited access to artists who exist on the fringe of the Judson dance experience), all are invited to explore movement, style, heritage, sound, and light in a safe, non-judgmental open environment.

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
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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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