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Critical Correspondence 10th Anniversary Party!


Critical Correspondence
10th Anniversary Party

Tuesday, January 19 at 7pm
Abrons Arts Center – Studio G05
466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) 
New York, NY 10002


Come celebrate 10 years of Critical Correspondence, MR’s groundbreaking online publication! Join current and former CC editors and interns as we honor the extensive and unique archive of interviews, writings and discussions CC has accumulated over the years, as well as the numerous artists and thinkers who helped to create this archive. Drinks and light refreshments will be served.
Founding Editors:
Guy Yarden, Levi Gonzalez, Alejandra Martorell


Former Critical Correspondence Editors:
2013 – 2014 Abigail Levine
2013 – 2014 Nicole Daunic
2012 – 2013 Aaron Mattocks
2012 – 2012 Marissa Perel
2011 – 2012 Lydia Bell
2011 – 2011 Milka Djordjevich
 2010 – 2011 Ursula Eagly
2005 – 2010 Levi Gonzalez & Alejandra Martorell


Former Critical Correspondence Interns 2005-2014:
Aretha Aoki
Evvie Allison
Jean Butler
Tess Dworman
Christine Elmo
Elizabeth Feidelson
Alyssa Gersony
Kyli Kleven
Olive McKeon
Lydia Mokdessi
Florence Nasar
Tara Sheena
Hilary Tanabe
Meg Weeks


Current Team (2015):
Editors –  Will Rawls & Biba Bell
Interns – Patrick Gallagher & Kelly O’Grady
Editor-at-Large – Abigail Levine



  • January 6th, 2016
  • Movement Research Staff

THIS SUNDAY: Sunday Process Lab



Rebecca Serrell Cyr

Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway

October 18  $5


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 process.

This process lab is an opportunity for you to consider meta-cognition, or goal-oriented cognitive strategies and knowledge, as it pertains to your creative process. Navigating through a repeated process of reading, writing, testing, and talking, participants will 1) investigate a singular personal movement or conceptual interest, 2) consider meta-cognition as a proliferating reflexive web, and 3) create control factors as a container of form. Self-reflecting via language and dance-reflecting via movement, the last hour we will practice a durational group construction, following spontaneously constructed scores in a mindful dance experience. Open to all levels.

  • October 12th, 2015
  • Movement Research Staff

October 6: Studies Project LIVE STREAM


What I’ve Learned about Choreography from Watching Movies, Films (and TV)

with panelists Layla Childs, Tere O’Connor, Melinda Ring, Sonya Robbins and Larissa Velez-Jackson
Moderated by Ryan Hill
Conceived by Melinda Ring

October 6
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway, 6:15 pm
890 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Click here to RSVP 

How do the things we watch inform our dance making? What have our (guilty) pleasures, high and low, taught us about form, timing, structure, etc? Does our connection to TV, film and movies keep us attuned to this moment’s mind-image zeitgeist, and conversely, does a lack of attention to these mediums create a gap in relevance of this art form to contemporary culture? Panelists will discuss their perspective on these questions followed by a group conversation with everyone present.

Live stream will begin at 6:15pm.

Click here for live stream

Photo collage by Larissa Velez-Jackson

Podcast: Studies Project 5/6/2014 – Vulnerable Bodies and the Embodiment of Resistance

Movement Research Studies Project, “Vulnerable Bodies and the Embodiment of Resistance”
Conceived by 2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Cristiane Bouger (Brazil/USA)
With panelists Dominika Laster (Poland/USA), Mariangela Lopez (Venezuela/USA), Marcos Steurnagel (Brazil/USA), and Tan Temel (Turkey)

Listen to the Podcast here:

Drawing from artistic practices that reveal or subvert the strenuous adversity of social control, this panel aims to address a myriad of perspectives on the embodiment of political resistance.

Artists and scholars will address works and practices that were informed or influenced by the experience of undergoing the restrictions imposed by dictatorial regimes in the Middle East, South America, and Eastern Europe. By approaching culturally diverse and unrelated geopolitical contexts, the event aims to give visibility to the bodies and interstices of experience that are not immediately seen by the foreign gaze.

  • July 8th, 2015
  • Movement Research Staff

Apr 29 Studies Project: Dance and Labor


Studies Project: Dance and Labor

Tuesday April 29th, 2015 /// 6:30-8pm///

Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway, 5th Floor

Organized in dialogue with Movement Research, luciana achugar, Abigail Levine and Kathy Westwater

With panelists David Thomson and Yve Laris Cohen

Click here for live stream.

How is dance labor valued? How has it been valued? How might it be? And how can we affect the value assigned to this labor? These questions will be considered across a spectrum of contexts, including individual and institutional, organized and spontaneous, and historical and anecdotal to explore how performance and dance function within our current artistic, economic and labor realities.

  • April 28th, 2015
  • Movement Research Staff

Town Hall 2014


An email from Development Manager Diana Crum to the Movement Research Artist Advisory Council

On 8/19/14 4:10 PM, “diana crum”  wrote:

Dear AAC –

The TOWN HALL is coming. Here’s a proposal … in the past, some of you have expressed interest in mimicking the format of our AAC meeting discussions in the Town Hall. What if each of you picked out one or two items from past meeting minutes? We could put a table in Eden’s and invite everyone to sit at the table. Each of you could read an item from the minutes as an anonymous comment (i.e. you’d read something that is not necessarily your idea). This would bring in the idea of performance … you’d be performing past conversations. Attendees could pick up the conversation where you leave off. So it would also open up your discussions to the greater public. And you can all bring your ideas to the table; we don’t have to limit the conversation to one topic. What do you think?


MR at Judson Church Fall 2014/Winter 2015 Season


Movement Research at the Judson Church Fall 2014/Winter 2015 Season

Movement Research at the Judson Church is a free, high visibility low-tech weekly forum for the exploration of movement-based ideas, held at the beautiful Judson Memorial Church. Throughout its 22 year history, the acclaimed Monday night series has provided a safe haven for experimentation and investigation for dance and performance artists from New York and beyond. Movement Research at the Judson Church has hosted generations of dance artists often at critical moments in the development of their work and careers. The program presents over 100 artists in roughly 30 evenings of performance each year. Artists are selected by a rotating committee of peer artists, and join Movement Research Artists-In-Residence and international guests each season in performing at the historic Judson Memorial Church.

The Fall 2014/Winter 2015 season starts on September 8. Performances will be on Mondays from September 8, 2014 through February 9, 2015 at 8pm (doors open at 7:45pm) at the Judson Memorial Church.

For updates on the schedule, please go to

Please note: When referring to this series, or any performance in the series, we request that you use the full title, Movement Research at the Judson Church, to distinguish this as a program separate from activities and events sponsored by Judson Memorial Church.

Movement Research thanks the clergy, staff and congregation of Judson Church – Judson continues to be a beacon for free spirits in the arts and politics and a leader among progressive faith communities in the city and nation for over 100 years.



Mondays at 8pm

September 8, 15, 29
October 13, 27
November 17, 24
December 8, 15, 22
January 12, 19, 26
February 9

Judson Memorial Church Meeting Room
55 Washington Square South

Selection Committee for Fall 2014 / Winter 2015:
Neal Beasley, Bradley Ellis, devynn emory, Malcolm Low, Molly Poerstel

  • August 21st, 2014
  • Movement Research Staff

MRX/Latvia in partnership with The Suitcase Fund


MRX/Latvia in partnership with The Suitcase Fund
Studio showing by Latvian artists Dmitrijs Gaitjukevics & Kristīne Vismane
Wednesday, Jan 22 at 7:30pm
New York Live Arts studios
More info and RSVP with New York Live Arts here
Please join us this Wednesday, January 22nd, at the New York Live Arts studios for an informal studio showing of the work of two Latvian-based artists who are here in New York through the MRX program. Each artist will present their own work, followed by a short discussion of their work with the audience, moderated by Levi Gonzalez. This event is free and open to the public.

Dmitrijs Gaitjukevich graduated from the Riga Choreography School in 2003 and holds a BA degree from the Latvian Academy of Culture’s Department of Contemporary Dance Choreography (graduation work: Melkij). Dmitrij has danced for the Latvian National Opera and drama theatres. Since 2005, Dmitrijs has been a dancer in Olga Zhitluhina Dance Company, Dmitrijs also danced for Russian dance company Provincialjnie Tanci (2007/2008 Ekaterinburg). He has worked with Branko Potochan (Slovenia) in Mannersache and has collaborated with Stellaris Dance Theatre and choreographer Solveig Leinan Hermo, in Norway,Hammerfest. In 2011 he created the dance performance Inside at the Latvian National Theatre. In 2013 he received a theatre award for achievements of contemporary dance. As a choreographer and dancer Dmitrijs has participated in many international festivals in various countries.

Kristine Vismane (choreographer, dancer, performer) graduated from the Latvian Academy of Culture, specializing in contemporary dance and choreography. She is working as a freelance choreographer and dancer in different kinds of dance projects in Latvia as well as teaching contemporary dance practices. Kristine represented Latvia at the 2013 Baltic Bubble festival with a performance Hours (in collaboration with dancers Evita Birule and Eva Vancane) and Good Enough (in collaboration with director Andrejs Jarovojs). The performances Hours and Good Enough were nominated for the Latvian Theatre Award “Spelmanu nakts” as a “Contemporary dance achievement of the year”.

Movement Research Announces Discounted Class Passes for former DNA Students


Movement Research is offering discounted class passes for former Dance New Amsterdam students during the month of December 2013! Former DNA students with pre-paid class credit qualify for up to 4 half-price classes ($7 each), while anyone with a DNA swipe card qualifies for up to 4 classes at $10 each.

To redeem your 4-class pass, simply give your name or display your DNA swipe card to the class registrar when you sign in to your first Movement Research class at one of our two main class locations (Eden’s Expressway or Danspace Project). Class passes at either price level can be paid for in person with cash or check only. You have the option to pay for the full pass up front, or pay upon use. Class passes are valid for 2 months from the date of issue, and can be used towards any $14 Movement Research class at Eden’s Expressway or Danspace Project. Full list of eligible classes below.

DNA PRE-PAID CLASS CREDIT = $7/class (up to 4)
If you have credit with DNA for pre-paid classes, you qualify for up to 4 classes at HALF-PRICE ($7). Movement Research class registrars have a list of people with this credit.

DNA SWIPE CARD HOLDERS = $10/class (up to 4)
If you are a former DNA student but do not have credit with DNA for pre-paid classes, you may display your DNA swipe card to qualify for up to 4 $10 CLASSES (normally $14).

(Discount passes can be issued during class times only, or up to 30 minutes prior.)
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway (537 Broadway btw Prince and Spring Streets)
Danspace Project (St. Mark’s Church, 131 East 10th Street at 2nd Ave)

– Anyone qualifying for a discount will be issued a special 4-class pass that they will use to claim their 4 classes.
– The first class must be claimed during the month of December 2013.
– Class passes can be issued at class locations only and not at the Movement Research office.
– Class passes can either be paid for up front OR paid for upon use.
– Class passes will be valid for 2 months after the date of issue.

Questions? Contact Movement Research at 212-598-0551 or


Eligible Classes (December 2013)
Click on class title to read description

Barbara Mahler
Klein Technique™ with Barbara Mahler – for movers of all kinds
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 / 10:00am – 12:00pm SUB Joanna Kotze
Thursday, December 5, 2013 / 10:00am – 12:00pm SUB Joanna Kotze
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 / 10:00am – 12:00pm SUB Fara Greenbaum
Thursday, December 12, 2013 / 10:00am – 12:00pm SUB Fara Greenbaum
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 / 10:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday, December 19, 2013 / 10:00am – 12:00pm

Irene Dowd
Neuromuscular Preparation for Dance
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 / 3:00 – 4:45pm
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 / 3:00 – 4:45pm

Allison Foley
Alexander Technique
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 / 12:30 – 2:00pm
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 / 12:30 – 2:00pm
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 / 12:30 – 2:00pm

Ted Johnson
Contact Improvisation
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 / 6:00 – 8:30pm
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 / 6:00 – 8:30pm
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 / 6:00 – 8:30pm

K.J. Holmes
The Athletics of Intimacy, Improvisations
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
Saturday, December 7, 2013 / 11:00am – 1:00pm
Saturday, December 14, 2013 / 11:00am – 1:00pm
Saturday, December 21, 2013 / 11:00am – 1:00pm
Saturday, December 28, 2013 / 11:00am – 1:00pm

Luis Lara Malvacías
Morning Class
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
Monday, December 9, 2013 / 10:00am – 12:00pm
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 / 10:00am – 12:00pm
Friday, December 13, 2013 / 10:00am – 12:00pm
Monday, December 16, 2013 / 10:00am – 12:00pm
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 / 10:00am – 12:00pm
Friday, December 20, 2013 / 10:00am – 12:00pm
Monday, December 23, 2013 / 10:00am – 12:00pm

Hristoula Harakas
Morning Class
Danspace Project
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 / 10:00am – 12:00pm
Thurday, December 12, 2013 / 10:00am – 12:00pm
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 / 10:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday, December 19, 2013 / 10:00am – 12:00pm


Other great classes happening in December (but not eligible for DNA Discounts):

Alexandro Segade’s Boy Band Audition Performance/Workshop
Exorcise Class with Adrienne Truscott and Jibz Cameron (Dynasty Handbag)
The Underscore
Sunday Process Lab with Elena Demyanenko
Skinner Releasing Technique with Karl Anderson
Ballet for Contemporary Dancers with Janet Panetta
IDD Workshop with Salva Sanchis

IDD Workshop with Alice Chauchat

FREE WORKSHOP THIS WEEK March 4-8: International Dance Dialogues Workshop with Alice Chauchat!


Alice’s workshop will be based on the Ten statements on collective practice from everybody’s toolbox – check it out here. We hope to see you there!

IDD Workshop: Alice Chauchat
MON-FRI March 4-8
Avenue C Studio – 55 Avenue C
WORKSHOP IS FREE!! Drop-ins welcome.

Taking the following as an ambitious base, we’ll try out various configurations in which we might think-act together what a community choreography could be, understanding the idea of community not in terms of difference from other groups but in terms of a specific way of being together.
Ten statements on collective practice*
1. members of the group participate with their entire bodies, experiences and thoughts
2. each member is responsible for what she shares within the group
3. each member is responsible for the way she processes what is shared within the group
4. short-cut negotiations
5. general agreement is not desirable
6. create a common that is based on individual experience
7. practitioners should focus on their own activity rather than on the general composition
8. only the practitioners themselves can evaluate their own activity
9. leave space for individuals to resist the group dynamics
10. don’t direct each other
* ten statements is a game from everybody’s toolbox

International Dance Dialogues (IDD)
Created and Curated by Janet Panetta
International Dance Dialogues (IDD) is a program designed to address the need for New York’s developing dance artists to have meaningful interchange with their counterparts and potential mentors from Eastern and Western Europe. While New York artists are able to see the performances of larger companies like Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal, our artists are rarely able to interact with the creators and performers from these companies in an intimate setting. In addition, lesser-known yet prize-winning and critically-acclaimed European artists do not come to New York to perform due to lack of name recognition, funding and suitable venues; again, access to these artists is very rare for New York dancers and choreographers. IDD provides a venue where substantive professional exchange and even friendships develop, so that significant and often ongoing connections are created.

Alice Chauchat, born 1977 in Saint-Etienne (FR), lives and works in Berlin and Paris as choreographer, performer and teacher/lecturer. Studied in the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique (Lyon) and at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels). She works most in collaborative set-ups, developing numerous choreographic projects and platforms for knowledge production and exchange in the performing arts (,, etc.). 2010-2012 she was part of the artistic co-direction for Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, a center for artistic research in the Parisian suburbs.

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