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Mårten Spångberg Workshop Presentation


Mårten Spångberg

The Nature

A dance with and by: Nicole Daunic, Susanne Grau, Madeline Hollander

Saturday March 2, 2013, 6pm

Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
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The Nature, real demons don’t need us to carry out their acts of ill will – in fact, it is the height of vanity to suppose that we human beings are in any way necessary for them.

Movement Research and Mårten Spångberg invites you to the workshop presentation The Nature, a dance for three women, beautiful music, objects and some phantastical movements. The workshop focused on dance that is, that exists on its own terms, that appears to express not human consciousness but dance plain and simple. The Nature is a dance organized through methods of breaking with anticipation, dramaturgy and interpretation aiming at a dance that shows up. Not really funny or mind blowing but you know just a dance.

This small society has during a few weeks channelled demons in order to become obsessed. In any particular order Linda Blair, Balanchine, Kubelka, Chakra breathing, disco, Dennis Hopper, Kraken – the giant squid, Sutter Cane, Coke Zero and others has been called in order to enter shady, out of focus landscapes, blurry color fields, cosmic minefields and the atomic swing. And those places were kind enough to lend us some dances, come and have a look.

Participant Bios:

MÃ¥rten SpÃ¥ngberg is an internationally recognized choreographer working through a wide variety of expressions investigated through choreographies and dance. Alongside dances and choreographies he has worked closely with architecture and spatial practices as well as with education, publishing, and writing. His last book Spangbergianism appeared in 2011, followed by a new volume this spring. As performance maker, his work stretches from collective non-skilled dance performances in the 90s to constipated conceptual work in the early 00’s, to large scale choreographies with Christine De Smedt, a Steve Paxton inspired solo called Powered by Emotion (in NY 2008 and 2012), from point-shoe work to a Rite of Spring that is really messy, some activist dance, and later choreographies that perhaps best could be described as dances that mind their own business but with a smile.

Nicole Daunic is a dancer, PhD candidate (ABD) in the department of Performance Studies at New York University, and co-editor of Critical Correspondence living in Brooklyn, NY.

Susanne Grau is a dancer from Cologne.

Madeline Hollander is a dancer and choreographer from Los Angeles active in New York.

Remy Charlip Memorial October 21

Join us for a memorial honoring  Remy Charlip dancer, choreographer and founding member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, who went on to write and illustrate a number of children’s books.

Sunday October 21
5:30 pm. Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Sq South

photo by Lois Greenfield for The New York Times

You can find a lovely video of Remy here. He will be missed.

“Mr. Charlip’s half-century of work cut across a wide spectrum of art forms, aesthetic registers and audiences. He drew no particular distinctions among them. All were forms of an ‘internal dance,’ as he called it, that he liked to stage in his own and other people’s minds… The two forms he settled on, dance and children’s books, shared some essential elements. Both speak in a visual language for the most part, and both move through a series of scenes.

‘I love sequence, how one thing follows another,’ he said in the interview. ‘When you’re reading to a child, he can’t wait to get to the next page.  “Turn the page, turn the page!” That’s because each new page is a door to another, different world.”

~ Paul Vitello, Published: August 18, 2012 in The New York Times

Judson @ 50: ‘Judson: Second Generation and Beyond’

Check out Movement Research in Partnership with Anthology Film Archives for JUDSON: SECOND GENERATION AND BEYOND, a special screening celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Judson Dance Theater!

Tuesday October 16.
6:45pm. Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue.
$10; $8 students/seniors/Friends of MR; $6 Anthology Members


Judson had an impact much larger than its three year existence would suggest. Many artists were deeply influenced by the ground broken by JDT, either directly or indirectly. This screening looks at work that bears the imprint of Judson but moves beyond the boundaries of that seminal period.

Richard Rutkowski
2011, 65 min, digital video.
This highly visual and visceral documentary investigates the creative life of Suzushi Hanayagi, a powerful, innovative, even radical Japanese dancer and choreographer. For over 20 years she was a close collaborator with and major influence on theater legend Robert Wilson, who referred to her simply as “my teacher”. When Wilson discovers Hanayagi living in an old-age home and suffering from Alzheimer’s, Wilson resolves to work with her once again. Poignant witness to the transition of a life from vibrancy to legacy, this film becomes the final collaboration between a great teacher and her most renowned student.

CHANNEL Z (live performance excerpt, P.S. 122, 1986)
1986, 20 min, video.
Channel Z (1982-1990) was a collaborative improvisation group that initially formed out of a series of dance sessions organized by Robin Feld for people who were teaching Contact Improvisation in New York City. Featuring: Paul Langland, Daniel Lepkoff, Diane Madden, Nina Martin, Randy Warshaw.

Steve Paxton
1987, 23 min, video.
A sweeping look at 11 years of practice of Contact Improvisation by Nancy Stark Smith and Steve Paxton. The progression from its beginnings in 1972 through successive years of performances up to 1983 shows one strand of the development of this multifaceted duet dance form.

Plus: additional surprises!

Judson @ 50: ‘Judson Reconstructed’

Check out Movement Research in Partnership with Anthology Film Archives and Danspace Project for a special screening of JUDSON RECONSTRUCTED, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Judson Dance Theater!

Sunday October 7.
3pm. Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue.
$10; $8 students/seniors/Friends of MR/Danspace Project Members; $6 Anthology Members


In 1982, Danspace Project and Bennington College collaborated on “The Judson Project,” a series of performances dedicated to reconstructing Judson-era works with 14 Judson choreographers, including Edward Bhartonn, Remy Charlip, Lucinda Childs, Philip Corner, Brian De Palma, Judith Dunn, Simone Forti, Deborah Hay, Aileen Passloff, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Carolee Schneemann, Elaine Summers, and James Waring. The Bennington College Judson Project also filmed interviews with many of the artists that were central to Judson Dance Theater. Danspace Project and Movement Research share a selection of these rarely-seen reconstructions and interviews in a special afternoon screening.

Special thanks to: Jed Rapfogel and Andrew Lampert (Anthology Film Archives), Lydia Bell & Judy Hussie-Taylor (Danspace Project), and Wendy Perron.

photo: Deborah Hay: Ten (1968), Danspace Project, 1982.
By Herbert Migdoll. Courtesy: Dance Magazine

Judson @ 50: Yvonne Rainer’s ‘Lives of Performers’

Check out Movement Research in Partnership with Anthology Film Archives for a special screening of
Yvonne Rainer’s Lives of Performers

Tuesday October 2.
6:30pm. Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue.
$10; $8 students/seniors/Friends of MR; $6 Anthology Members


Judson artists themselves were very involved in various mediums, including film. None more so than Yvonne Rainer, who went from choreographer to filmmaker to choreographer again. This screening features her seminal film of a performance of a rehearsal, LIVES OF PERFORMERS, bridging the gap between her extensive performance work and the film work that was soon to follow.

Yvonne Rainer
1972, 90min, 16mm, b&w.

Yvonne Rainer
1969, 40min, 16mm-to-video, b&w. Cinematographer: Michael Fajans.

photo Elaine Summers, Fantastic Gardens, photo by Al Giese

The Week(end) Ahead. September 14-23, 2012.

This Week at Movement Research… We’re excited to kick off our Judson @ 50 event series, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Judson Dance Theater!

Saturday September 15. Workshop with Milka Djordjevich.
12-2pm. First Park, 133 East 1st Street.

Democratic Dance Session
This open level movement class draws from elements of social, folk, and contemporary dance forms, as well as from ordinary action and we will continuously activate our bodies through space, while discovering the kinesthetic sensitivity of a dynamic body-in-motion.

Sunday September 16. Workshop with Simone Forti.
10-2pm. Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway.

Register Online:
Body Mind World, Movement & Language Improvisation
Sometimes our words don’t have access to what we know in our bones, while our dancing doesn’t have access to what’s on our minds. In this workshop we will explore the synergy between movement and language to engage with subject matter that interests us. The class will include warm-ups to awaken our kinetic juices, and focused stream of consciousness writing to put us in touch with our wild thoughts and observations. We will divide our class time between purely improvising with movement, talking together about whatever has been on our minds, and improvising combining moving and speaking.

Sunday September 16. Judson @ 50:
MR in Residence at the New Museum
Movement Research: Proposals for Rethinking the Imprint of Judson Dance Theater Fifty Years Later
3pm. New Museum, 235 Bowery.
FREE with RSVP to
Moderated by Carla Peterson

Prior to tonight’s program, Movement Research (MR) will solicit questions from the greater MR community regarding the imprint that Judson Dance Theater (1962–64) continues to make on contemporary performance. These questions will be shared with the audience, debated, discussed, and voted upon. Ultimately, four questions will be selected by attendees as focus topics for further investigation by artists nominated to lead a series of week-long performance laboratories and open rehearsals at the New Museum. This event is presented as part of “Movement Research in Residence at the New Museum: Rethinking the Imprint of Judson Dance Theater Fifty Years Later.”

Wednesday September 19. Open Performance.
Featuring works by Martha Brim, Maja Rajenovich & Co, and Marlieke Burghouts.
Moderated by Moriah Evans. **

**2011 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Classes this Week with: Vicky Shick, Luis Lara Malvacías, Janet Panetta, Jen Rosenblit, Gabriel Forestieri, Barbara Mahler, K.J. Holmes and Joan Arnold.


Saturday September 29. Workshop with Maximilian Balduzzi.
12-2pm. First Street Green.

Every action begins with an impulse.

Tuesday October 2. Judson @ 50:
MR in Partnership with Anthology Film Archives
6:30pm. Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue.
$10; $8 students/seniors; $6 Anthology Members

Judson artists themselves were very involved in various mediums, including film. None more so than Yvonne Rainer, who went from choreographer to filmmaker to choreographer again. This screening features her seminal film of a performance of a rehearsal, LIVES OF PERFORMERS, bridging the gap between her extensive performance work and the film work that was soon to follow.

Yvonne Rainer
1972, 90 min, 16mm, b&w.

Yvonne Rainer
1969, 40 min,16mm-to-video, b&w. Cinematographer: Michael Fajans.

Saturday October 6. Workshop with Mariangela Lopez.
12-2pm. First Street Green.

This class is open to everyone interested in sharing movement experiences. We will practice listening to our instincts as movers and disregarding all preconceived ideas of how one “should” move in space. The participants will explore their own creative movement potential by releasing personal memories and perceptions of their own environment by utilizing the power of the group to build a collective experience. This class is about experiencing the joy for moving and dancing to become totally physical and present, yet connected to our internal states.

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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Special Discount for Stephanie Skura at Roulette

Roulette Presents:

Award Winning Choreographer

Stephanie Skura

Two Huts

“Stephanie Skura constructs new meanings even as she demolishes musical & choreographic preconceptions.” (New York Times)

March 15, 16, 17 & 18, 8pm

Artist talk: March 13, 7pm

What: Stephanie Skura Two Huts

Feat: Debra Wanner, Tom Cayler & Todd Jefferson Moore.

When: Artists talk: Tuesday, March 13, 7pm. Performances:March 15, 16, 17 & 18, 8pm

Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR

Cost: ONLY $15 when you mention “Movement Research” at the box office!! Info:

Two Huts extends Skura’s 25 years’ research in free-associative forms of movement into theater & text, revealing underlying realms startlingly familiar. Skura has been developing the work for the past two years in residencies at Juniata College, PA, and in Seattle with the support of 4Culture. Two Huts is the culmination of her research of the past decade into radical language, theater & voice, integrated with her lifelong experiments in movement & performance. This work has been selected as a sponsored USA Artist Project, & is partially supported by Seattle 4Culture, as well as by Roulette.

  • March 14th, 2012
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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 <

  • March 8th, 2012
  • Movement Research Staff
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The Week Ahead. January 23-29, 2012.

This Week at Movement Research… Workshop with Thomas Hauert and Studies Project: Dance and the Occupy Movement

Monday January 23. Movement Research at the Judson Church.
8pm. Judson Memorial Church.
Featuring works by Leslie Cuyjet, Thomas Hauert, Katie Workum

Tuesday Jan 25 – Friday Jan 27. Workshop with Thomas Hauert
12:15 pm-2:45 pm. Avenue C Studio, 55 Ave C, at 4th St
Full workshop $75, Drop-in $22

Tools for Dance Improvisation

Every joint of our body has its range of movement, there are countless possible combinations. The body contains a great practical knowledge far beyond what the mind is capable of processing, resulting in an ever-changing, fluid sense of orientation that can serve as a sensor for potential movement. Through (group) improvisation with one or more partners, exchanging information through touch, we will take advantage of this phenomenon to create forms, rhythms, movement qualities more sophisticated than our minds could invent. This event is part of International Dance Dialogues (IDD), created and curated by Janet Panetta.

Wednesday January 25. Studies Project: Dance and the Occupy Movement
7:30pm. Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor.
Organized by Abigail Levine
“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

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? Barbara Browning, Paloma McGregor, Clarinda Mac Low, Edisa Weeks, and Daniel Lang-Levitsky open a conversation about this creative political moment.

Wednesday January 25. Open Performance.
8pm. A.R.T./New York South Oxford Space.
Featuring work by Lauren Kearns, Athena Kokoronis, Heather Doyle, Clyde Forth
Moderated by Strauss Bourque-LaFrance, MR 2011 Artist-in-Residence

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

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