Fall Festival Workshops with Anne Iobst & Jonathan Walker, Ishmael Houston-Jones & Yvonne Meier, and Layard Thompson

Movement Research Fall Festival 2009: What Does Dance Have to Say? presents 3 Amazing Workshops, November 30-December, with Anne Iobst & Jonathan Walker, Ishmael Houston-Jones & Yvonne Meier, and Layard Thompson.

Descriptions and bios below…



Anne Iobst and John Walker:
Dare to Perform It
November 30, December 1 and 2
M TU W 12:30-5:30pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
Participants will have the opportunity to perform the works developed during this workshop at Jimmy’s 43 on the Wednesday of the festival, December 2, 9pm – see performances section for details $100 to participate in the workshop Admission to performance: two drink minimum John Walker and Anne Iobst will be teaching together for the first time. This workshop will culminate in a performance night at Jimmy’s 43 on Wednesday December 2. For this workshop you will need to bring something, anything, so as to get the ball rolling… an idea, text, movement, music, or a scrap of something that can be used as a starting off point. Each participant in the workshop will develop a 5 minute piece. It should be daring and hopefully never repeatable.

Ishmael Houston-Jones and Yvonne Meier:

Releasing it all then putting it back together
November 30 – December 4
M-Th 10am-1pm, F 9-11:40am
Danspace Project
Improv, Releasing, Scores, Texting, Authentic Movement and Automatic Writing to make stuff. Yvonne Meier and Ishmael Houston-Jones will use these strategies in a 5-day workshop to encourage the making of personal improvisational works.

Layard Thompson:
subjecting Subjectivity – Experiments in playful mindbody perceptions
December 4
FRI 12:30-5:30pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
Honoring mentor Deborah Hay as an influential foundation for this workshop, subjecting Subjectivity will offer performance experiments which expand notions of self into non-attached states of multiplicity. We will play with activating a dynamic relational existence by opening perceptions of spacetime, releasing and harnessing tension, questioning our habitual responses and seriously attending to the humor of moving spontaneously. Perceptual exercises, vocal work and scores, will elucidate the phenomenal relationship between self and Other through movement. Somatic techniques will engage whole-body awareness, meditative experience, the immediacy of the moment and engage the paradox of the self as a verb. In short, we will dance, clown and play with the subjectivity of meaning-making performance. The only requirements for this workshop are benevolent laughter and a willingness to suspend judgment of oneself and others in order to engage in observant dialogue.


Ishmael Houston-Jones’ improvised dance and language work has been performed in NYC, across the US, in Europe, Australia and Latin America. He has taught many movement, improvisation and writing workshops, notably at the EDDC (The Netherlands), American Dance Festival, Seattle Festival of Alternative Dance and Improvisation (SFADI) and at the San Francisco Festival of Improvisation. More info at http://ishmaelhj.com.

Anne Iobst has worked in dance, performance, and theater for more than 25 years. With Lucy Sexton, she created the Bessie Award-winning dance-performance group DANCENOISE, which performed extensively in New York and around the world. Beginning in1983, DANCENOISE helped define the emerging politically charged performing culture of the East Village club scene. In addition to performing their own work at such venues as Pyramid, 8 BC, and WOW Café, they hosted a weekly performance series at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. DANCENOISE went on to produce full length shows at Performance Space 122, the Kitchen, Soho Rep, Lincoln Center and at festivals and theaters throughout the US and the world. They’ve received support from the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, and The Jerome Foundation. Iobst has taught workshops in performance and composition at the Center for New Dance Development (Holland), Movement Research (NY), The Green Room (UK), and in San Francisco. As a dancer and actress she has appeared in the work of Alien Comic, Charles Atlas, Richard Foreman, The Wooster Group, Steve Buscemi and Mark Boone Jr, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Richard Move, Jennifer Monson, Cathy Weis, and Yvonne Meier, among others. Iobst has been performing as The Naked Lady since 2002, appearing in The Lucy Show, at the Kitchen, and at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Yvonne Meier, originally from Zurich, Switzerland, has been living, making dances and teaching in NYC since 1979. Her 25-year dedication to improvisation has been strongly informed by Releasing Technique and Authentic Movement, culminating in the creation of her own “Score Technique.” In 1995 she received a “Bessie Award” for her audience interactive piece The Shining. She has taught and performed throughout the US and Europe, and has been a three-time Artist-In-Residence at Movement Research.

Layard Thompson is a Bessie Award winning performer lauded for his adaptations of Deborah Hay’s mind-altering solos. Independent from, yet inextricably indebted to Hay’s mentorship, his recent work, Cup…puc……K……Ohhhh, Beauty, full, vessel: was presented at DTW in December 2008 and prompted The New York Times to call his performance “Fey and bewitching”. As a movement explorer, he clownishly investigates non-attached states of consciousness to vivify awareness between self and Other. Therein, his work humorously challenges notions of Cartesian dualism by radicalizing active verb-all relationship into playful positions of Subject-subject, rather then Subject-object modes of being. His scored, process-driven performances humbly attempt to reveal and implicate relationship between performer-viewer, performance-venue, and producer-consumer. His somatic approach to teaching engages the mindbody with technical concepts such as the released force of gravitational alignment, vocal experimentation, paradoxical thinking, spontaneous play, and serious humor. His practice is influenced by Zen thought, Aikido, Alexander technique, and his observations of nature. Layard lives in rural Tennessee where he is founding a professional artist community and residency program on 333 acres amidst a thriving community of queer homesteaders. FYI, lalalayard@gmail.com

Jonathan Walker has worked, on, off and off-off broadway for over 20 years as well as performed and collaborated in numerous performance and dance pieces in New York. He has worked with directors James Lapine, Walter Bobbie, Michael Mayer, Don Scardino, Tom O’Horgan, Daniel Sullivan, Nicholas Martin, Jack O’Brien and Doug Wright with the actors Kevin Kline, Marion Seldes, Lynn Redgrave, Mia Farrow, Julia Stiles, Kim Hunter, Elizabeth Ashley, Hal Holbrook, Alec Baldwin, Christopher Walken, Kathleen Turner, Stockard Channing, Brian Dennehy and Richard Easton at theaters which include The Roundabout Theater Company, The New Group, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theater Club, MCC, The Public Theater, La Mama, The Performing Garage, PS 122, Danspace, Limbo Lounge, The Pyramid Club, and many others. He has had the privilege of working on new or revived plays with playwrights Arthur Miller, Donald Margulies, Richard Greenberg, Doug Wright, Peter Parnell, Charles Busch, Martin Sherman, Wendy McLeod, Arthur Laurents, Paula Vogel and Rachel Axler. Jonathan has also worked with David Gordon’s Pick-up Performance Group, The Wooster Group, Jeff Weiss, DANCENOISE, Ishmael-Houston Jones, Fred Holland, Dennis Cooper, Anne Bogart, Paul Outlaw and Nicky Paraiso. Jonathan has worked on many films as well as numerous TV shows including Chapelle’s show, Eli Stone, 6 Degrees, The Good Wife, Sex and the City and Law and Order.

photos: Anne Iobst, Yvonne Meier by Eva Hurley, Ishmael Houston-Jones by Daniel Clifton, Layard Tompson by Benjy Russel


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