Movement Research Studies Project – November 10, 2014








Studies Project: Dancer as Agent

Movement Research Studies Project
MON November 10 at 6:15pm
Gibney Dance Center
890 Broadway between 19th and 20th streets


Conceived by Cecilia Roos in partnership with Iréne Hultman
Panelists include: Hilary Clark and Juliette Mapp

Within the field of dance, the creation process often demands that dancers develop methodologies, movement vocabularies and conceptual frames. Previously seen as the exclusive domain of choreographers, dramaturges and directors, these procedural boundaries are now shifting and eroding creative hierarchies in live performance. This has produced new, mostly undocumented relationships to working processes and bodies of knowledge. The Dancer as Agent began in 2013 as a conference held at University of Dance and Circus (DOCH) in Sweden. This conversation will focus on some of the topics that emerged from that conference.

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Hilary Clark, based in New York, is a dancer and collaborator performing in pivotal experimental dance and theater based work, touring nationally and internationally. She has been involved in curating, teaching, making and discussing dance and the dancer. She works with luciana achugar, Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People (*And Lose the Name of Action*), Young Jean Lee Theater Company (*Untitled Feminist Show*), and with Luke George (*Not About Face)* and Jen Rosenblit. She danced with Tere O’Connor (2004-2011) and has also performed in works by Jon Kinzel, Larissa Velez Jackson with whom she shared 10 years of a shared performance practice. Clark was honored with a 2008 New York Dance and Performance Award, a Bessie, for her body of work, and in in 2012 received the Silver Star Alumni Award from University of the Arts. Her work as been seen at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, AUNTS and CATCH.

Iréne Hultman is a native of Sweden and a New York based choreographer, dancer and teacher. Between 1983-1988 she was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company and served as the rehearsal director from 2006 to 2009. From 1988 to 2001, Hultman was the Artistic Director of Iréne Hultman Dance that toured nationally and internationally. She is co-founder of Firework and Järna-Brooklyn, a Swedish-American cultural entity. She is a recipient of grants and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts Award. Ms. Hultman currently serves on The
Bessie Committee and on Danspace Project’s Artist Advisory Board and she has been a Movement Research faculty since 1989.

Juliette Mapp is a dancer, teacher and choreographer based in NYC. Juliette has taught and performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, South America and the United States. She currently teaches at The Eugene Lang College at the New School in New York and at PARTS in Brussels. She has been on the faculty of The George Washington University, Hunter College and Fordham University. Juliette received two “Bessies,” the first in 2002 for her dancing and the second in 2008 for choreography. Juliette is a 2013 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence.

Cecilia Roos is a dancer, a Professor of Interpretation and Head of the Dance Department at University of Dance and Circus (DOCH) in Stockholm. She has worked as a dancer and rehearsal director with choreographers and companies such as Per Jonsson, Mats Ek, Ina Christel Johannessen, John Caird, Margaretha Åsberg, Cristina Caprioli, Kenneth Kvarnström, Reich/Szyber, Tim Rushton, Twyla Tharp, The Royal Swedish Ballet, Carte Blanche, Cirkus Cirkör, Cullberg Ballet. Roos has been honored with several scholarships and distinctions, from The Swedish Arts Council, The Swedish Academy, Swedish Theatre Critics, among others. Her research focuses on the dancer’s practice and the role it plays in performative processes and her current project is exploring communication linked to learning in dance.


A series of artist-instigated panel discussions, roundtables, performances and/or other formats that engage issues of aesthetics, philosophy and social politics relevant to the dance and performance community.

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