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The Week Ahead. October 14th – October 20th… And More!

This Week at Movement Research… 

NO JUDSON TONIGHT! Stay tuned for next week


Afternoon Classes with Jeremy Nelson.
October 14-18 Monday – Friday 12:30pm-2:30pm
Avenue C Studio, 55 Avenue C
$14 per class, Movement Research Class Cards applicable
The workshop will draw on Nelson’s 25 years of continuing study in the work of Barbara Mahler and Susan Klein, and by more recent studies in other techniques such as Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method® and Body-Mind Centering®. We will begin with simple exercises and stretches that encourage mobility and suppleness in the superficial muscles, establish clear connections and directions through the bones, and create a dynamic and weighted relationship with the floor. The class will also incorporate a variety of approaches including some improvisation and hands-on work in partners that help deepen our awareness and give us the opportunity to really experience some of these ideas in a physical way. We will then take our work into very simple activities and movements in order to try and integrate this new awareness into our body’s movement patterns, and then build up to phrases of movement that involve moving more fully and dynamically.

Open Performance
Tuesday, October 15 at 7pm FREE.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
537 Broadway, 4th Floor 
Featuring works by Martita Abril, Allison Hurd, Amanda Kmett’Pendry & Marc Crousillat
Moderated by Stanley Love

*2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence


Sunday Process Lab with Antonia Baehr
Sunday, October 20  5-8pm
Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway
In this workshop, Antonia Baehr proposes to share an artistic practice around the performance LAUGH. It is for all public. LAUGH is a piece about laughing as laughing. For the length of the piece Antonia Baehr explores this expression as a sovereign entity, in separation from causal baggage; jokes, tickles, narrative, humor, joy, looking at the thing itself: the sound and shape, the music, choreography and drama, the rhythm and the gesture of laughter. Comedy is not her goal, but contamination is an unavoidable by-product that sometimes contagiously trades sides of the ‘fourth wall’.

Upcoming Workshop.

Tuning Scores with Lisa Nelson
October 22-26 Tuesday – Friday  10am-2pm
Cathy Weis Studio, 537 Broadway
$180 Full Workshop
TUNING SCORES Laboratory – Composition, communication, and the sense of imagination
A multi-sensorial approach to the questions: what do we ‘see’ when we look at dance? what do we ‘see’ from within the dance?’ The scores offer inner and outer communication tools and practices that make apparent the ways each of us sense and make sense of movement. A playful and rigorous dialogue-in-action about space, time, movement, and the innate desire to compose our experience. Creators/Performers in any discipline (dance, music, visual art, theater, science, engineering, farming) are welcome.

Classes this week with…

Ori Flomin. Morning Class 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday. 10am-12pm. $14
Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway
The class encourages students to increase their movement possibilities and take risks in dancing by maximizing the benefits of the warmed-up body. The warm-up moves smoothly from floor to standing with a strong focus on anatomy to strengthen connections of correct alignment with an increase of fluidity in the joints.. Dancers will develop an understanding of the connections between their body and the floor, and will learn how to use momentum and breath to explore physically-full dancing with the least amount of muscular tension. During phrase work, dancers will learn how to incorporate information from the warm-up to execute more complicated sequences.

Michelle Boulé. Morning Class.
Tuesday & Thursday. 10:00am-12:00pm. $14.
Danspace Project, 131 E. 10th Street.

We’ll look at different ways of approaching ‘dance technique’… energy systems, physical systems, architectural-object-spatial relationships, contact and non-contact partner and solo improvisations. I take my current somatic, dance, and performance interests and apply them to a movement practice. A maximally informed approach to dancing. A space of respectful, creative permission for everyone’s body. A time to really let things move in all senses of the word… in relationship with and beyond oneself.

As well as our Ongoing Classes (click here for full descriptions)

Barbara Mahler. Klein Technique™ with Barbara Mahler – for movers of all kinds.
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Irene Dowd. Neuromuscular Preparation for Dance. 
Tuesday 3:00pm – 4:45pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Ann Rodiger. Alexander Technique.
Wednesday. 12:30-2:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

K.J. Holmes. Contact Improvisation.
Wednesday. 6:30-8:30 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Karl Anderson. Skinner Releasing Technique™ (Introductory level). 
Wednesday 7:00pm – 10:00pm. $14.
Randy Warshaw Studio, 115 Wooster St., #2F.

Janet Panetta. Ballet for Contemporary Dancers.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12:00 pm-2:00 pm. $17.
Gibney Dance Center Studio 6, 890 Broadway.

K.J. Holmes. Athletics of Intimacy.
Saturday. 11:00-1:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church 6.18.2012

Video Clips from Movement Research 20th Year Anniversary at the Judson Church, 6.18. 2012

Featuring Works by: Linda Austin, Sophia Ribeiro, David Thomson*, Layard Thompson and Scott Heron including a special MR season finale performance by MR staff & friends*

*2011 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

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Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church 4.9.2012

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 4.9.2012

Featuring Works by Lauren Bakst, Miriam Wolf**, Rebeca Medina, Jung-eun Kim (aka j.e.)
**Movement Research Artist-In-Residence 2010

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In Honor of Tom Murrin

Dear Friends,

As you may or may not know, our beloved friend writer/actor/performer/artist  Tom Murrin AKA Alien Comic is very ill and in the ICU, no visiting allowed.  Today, Thurs Mar 8 is the day of the full moon. We invite you to show your love for Tom by doing a personal full moon show/ritual today, anytime any place, and then post photos or stories about it on the facebook page for his last show: The Talking Show: The Magical Ridiculous Journey of Alien Comic.
If you need any tips, the five pointed star is always a good one: Stand with our legs apart and your arms spread wide, one hand facing up to capture Luna’s energy, one hand facing the earth to ground you. Ask Luna for peace and grace for Tom and for us all. Pass it on.

You can read more about Tom’s life and the full moon show/ritual here:

Link to the Facebook page for posting photos:!/pages/The-Talking-Show-The-Magical-Ridiculous-Journey-of-Alien-Comic/147238605322461 <

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Movement Research Studies Project: Podcast for “Dance and the Occupy Movement,” January 25, 2012.

The podcast for the Movement Research Studies Project titled “Dance and the Occupy Movement” is now available to listen to online at You can also subscribe to Movement Research podcasts on iTunes.

Dance and the Occupy Movement
Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
January 25, 2012.

Organized by: Abigail Levine
Panelists: Barbara Browning, Paloma McGregor, Clarinda Mac Low, Edisa Weeks, and Daniel Lang-Levitsky

“Exploring an expanded notion of choreography and how it is related to our social and political organization and discovery of ourselves as individuals working within a temporary collective… circling and questioning around ideas of a moving community.” –Movement Research Festival Spring 2011 brochure

“Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.” –Declaration of the Occupation, NYC General Assembly

Participants in this Movement Research Studies Project discussed the following questions in an open conversation about the Occupy Wall Street political movement. What are the points of contact between experimental, contemporary dance and the Occupy Movement? As spatial and embodied practice? As social investigation and organization? As improvisation and movement? As agents of change? How do and might these moving communities interact? How do we approach (public and private) space in New York City?

Studies Project is an artist-curated series of panel discussions, performances, and/or other formats that focus on provocative and timely issues of aesthetics and philosophy in the intersection of dance and social politics, confronting and instigated by the dance and performance community.

The Week Ahead: January 30-February 5, 2012.

This Week at Movement Research… Movement Research at the Judson Church and Open Performance.

Monday January 30. Movement Research at the Judson Church.
8pm. Judson Memorial Church.
Featuring works by DANS.KIAS / Saskia Hölbling***, Alicia Ohs, and Donna Costello

Wednesday February 1. Open Performance.
8pm. A.R.T./New York South Oxford Space.
Featuring work by Tyler Fairbanks, David Pushkin & Pau Atela, Carla Monzo, and Christine Bornarth
Moderated by Rebecca Davis**

**Movement Research Artist-In-Residence 2010
*** in collaboration with Austrian Cultural Forum New York

Classes this Week with: Charlie Mosey, Joanna Kotze, Janet Panetta, Michelle Boule, Barbara Mahler, K.J Holmes, Clare Maxwell, and Karl Anderson.


Workshop with Daria Faïn & Robert Kocik
Feb 19
SUN 2-6pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
for non-choir member: $25 per drop-in
for choir members : $15 per drop-in

register here:
PROSODIC BODY Workshop: Choreoprosodia (the fusion of movement and prosody)
These six workshops focus on the sonic properties of language exploring the correspondences between energy centers, hormonal secretion, seed movements, sonic harmony, and emotional and neurological impact. Spending time with each of the different phoneme-harmonic-compositions developed for the Phoneme Choir, we will use a ’scientific methodology’ to differentiate and name how each affects individuals and inform us of their healing and performative properties.

The Week Ahead: November 14-20, 2011.

This Week at Movement Research… Movement Research at the Judson Church, Open Performance, and the Movement Research Town Hall Meeting.

Monday November 14. Movement Research at the Judson Church.
8 PM. 55 Washington Square South.
Featuring work by Molly Heller, Elke Luyten & Kira Alker, Effie Bowen, and Xan Burley & Alex Springer.

Tuesday November 15. Town Hall Meeting.
7 PM. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Moderated by Kyle deCamp
Panelists include: Michelle Boulé, Becky Hilton, Matthew Rogers, and

Last year’s revival of the Movement Research Town Hall meeting dove into the nature and manner of movement research being conducted by our present-day artists community. Join Movement Research and its Artist Advisory Council for a follow-up discussion regarding sustainability as it relates to research, career, value and time.

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Reflections From The Moderator

I got hit with a touch of the flu Tuesday evening and felt the chills and shivers of the sickness much of Wednesday but I had promised to moderate my first Open Performance that evening and since I couldn’t find a replacement I dragged my ass to 138 South Oxford. Luckily I could walk from my home to the space within 15 mins. I brought a big flask of grapefruit juice to help sustain me. Read the rest of this entry »

Reflections From The Moderator

My first:

It was a lot like my first actually.  Gentle, sincere, intentional, genuine, intrigued, celebratory, and new!  This was my first time moderating an evening of any sort, and it was a lot like my first time. That’s right, I said it, my first time. Exciting to say the least.  At last, the opportunity to enter another person’s world, their process, their intentions paired with my experience of them/their work *wink.

No seriously, getting to talk about your work, to an audience that has experienced it, like virgins, is one of the most precious and profound opportunities artists receive. It never gets old. Each time you perform it, each time you talk about it, it gets a little clearer. Both the process and the work. Seeing the audiences reaction is one thing, Read the rest of this entry »

Open Performance Registration begins November 4, 2009 at 9am.

Open Performance is a program of non-curated shared showings of experimentation and work-in-progress, for artists at all stages of their development. The events are centered around an audience discussion moderated by a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence or an occasional guest, where we will experiment with different feedback methods to support and inform the artists’ process.

The Spring 2010 registration period begins November 4, 2009 at 9:00am. Read the rest of this entry »

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