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The Week Ahead. October 22-28.

This Week at Movement Research… We’re excited to kick off the Fall 2012-Winter 2013 season of Movement Research at the Judson Church this Monday!

Monday October 22. Movement Research at the Judson Church.
8pm. Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South.

Seating is limited, so arrive early.
Featuring works by: Grace Courvousier, Aaron Mattocks, and Gabriel Forestieri.

Wednesday October 24. Open Performance.
8pm. A.R.T./NY, South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St, Brooklyn.

Featuring works by Eliza Ladd, Drew Madland, Cornerspoon, and Rosalie Elkinton.
Moderated by RoseAnne Spradlin *

Workshop with Mårten Spångberg:
Choreography As Expanded Practice/Dance As Autonomous Medium
A series of softly, or non-causally connected seminars

Thursday October 25, 4-6pm.
Sunday October 28, 12-2pm.
Sunday November 4, 12-2pm.
MoMA PS1, Corner Gallery, Second Floor

This seminar addresses, through open research and experimentation, the shifting contexts of choreography and dance in contemporary society. It considers dance and choreography as work engaged in specific modes of production and not primarily as expression or representation. The workshop drafts notions of choreography as expanded practice next to probing the grounds for the possibility of dance to again identify itself as an autonomous medium. The different sessions embark on excessive detours into economy, policy and politics, detecting the position of dance and choreography within the context of neo-liberalism and a society where subjectivity and time has been corporatized. It is, at the same time, an attempt to open a ground for dance and choreography in respect to composition, improvisation, expression, organization, interpretation and affect. The different seminars can be attended as a connected series to be finalized with a presentation at MoMA PS1 on November 4, 2012 but can also be attended as separate events. Participants need no dance background but should bring something nice to dance in, and a blanket is always good.

Sunday October 28. Judson @ 50:
MR in Residence at the New Museum

A Pluralistic View of the Judson Dance Theater Legacy:
Yvonne Rainer & Aileen Passloff with Wendy Perron

3pm. New Museum, 235 Bowery.
$6 New Museum members, $8 General Public

The divergences between the work of Yvonne Rainer and Aileen Passloff highlight the vastness of the imprint of Judson Dance Theater (1962-64; JDT) while dismantling the myth of a singular Judson aesthetic. Rainer, along with dance artists Steve Paxton, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, and others, broke with the conventions of modern dance by exploring task dances and the Dadaist idea of radical juxtaposition. Passloff, along with Jimmy Waring, Fred Herko, Arlene Rothlein, and others, reveled in the full-out dancing and whimsy of modern dance. In this talk, moderated by Wendy Perron, Rainer and Passloff consider the legacy of Judson Dance Theater from the perspectives of their divergent practices.

Some questions that Rainer and Passloff will address: What were you saying “No” to, and what were you saying “Yes” to? In what ways did the ’60s affect Judson Dance Theater? How did others in the JDT collective influence your work? What artistic values do you feel JDT has handed down to later generations?

*2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Classes this week with: DD Dorvillier, Barbara Mahler, David Thomson, Irene Dowd, Clare Maxwell, Karl Anderson, Jen Rosenblit and Bradley Teal Ellis


Monday-Friday October 29-November 2.
Workshop with Azusa Seyama Prioville.

2pm-4pm. Gibney Dance Center, Studio 6.
Full Workshop $75, Drop-in $18.50
Register Online:

Creating Character Through Movement
By raising awareness of the physical possibilities in the body this workshop will encourage finding richer and more meaningful personal movement. Employing various processes used in dance theater practices we will search where movement starts and push the limits of where it can go.

Sunday November 4. Judson @ 50:
MR in Residence at the New Museum.
“Talking about my generation”:
Jill Johnston and the Critic as Subject

3pm. New Museum, 235 Bowery.
$6 New Museum members, $8 General Public
Critical Correspondence is an online publication of Movement Research. For this program, Critical Correspondence coeditors Aaron Mattocks and Marissa Perel honor the celebrated writer and critic Jill Johnston, whose experimental and personal voice communicated the culture of the interdisciplinary 1960s art scene. In light of Johnston’s innovative contributions to the form, this conversation considers contemporary criticism and the writer as subject. Speakers include frontrunners of print journalism and the blogosphere alike. Performative readings of reviews on dance and performance are included.

Mondays, November 5-26. Workshops with June Ekman.
10am-12pm. June Ekman Studio.
$20 per class
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June Ekman’s Monday Morning Class

The workshop will be based on the Alexander Technique. There will be floor work with rubber balls, some “hands on”, as well as exploration of standing and walking.

Voguing/Alexander cont…

A couple weeks ago, I injured my shoulder practicing.  It’s been the first time in my 1 1/2 year study of voguing that I’ve hurt myself.  I’m now healing – learning – applying the process of the Alexander Technique to my observations of how I’ve been using my shoulder.  Through this practice of taking on a new dance form, I am re-learning principles from the Alexander Technique.

The planes of the shoulder girdle must be intentionally aligned to the direction of the movement

Allow the shoulder girdle to move freely off the rib cage – let it lift, glide, mobilize

Move the arms from the ground.  Root yourself/connect to the power in your stance and feet.  Vogue always has a stance.

The attitude in vogue comes from the head moving forward and up.  If the spine pushes forward (for stylized effect)- you must keep a thrust of energy moving up from the feet and through the whole length of the body.

Tomorrow I venture back to class.  Intrigued.

Cori Olinghouse -choreographer/Alexander Technique teacher, 2009 Movement Research AIR

Voguing/Alexander Technique

For the past 1 1/2 years, I’ve fallen in love with voguing and have been studying intensively with Archie Burnett, and more recently Benny Ninja.  This study has run parallel to my own practice of the Alexander Technique.  What I’ve so far discovered is that voguing is an oppositional language – the energy must thrust out and flow back in.  The vertical line must run powerfully from the ground upward through the body.   And you must be connected organically to yourself, and in the moment to how it is you feel about yourself.  It is a freestyle form, guided by your own identity and expression. 

It is also about composing and making decisions. Lining up your intention with what you are doing, so you aren’t lost inside what is happening. It is lining up yourself, inside your environment, to your focus, and your rhythmic sense – simultaneously. It’s having opposition from your center to your arms, and being motivated to move from the ground – with the back in opposition. It isn’t about collapsing – unless that is done intentionally.

Javier Ninja from the legendary House of Ninja demonstrates New Way Vogue.

Cori Olinghouse -choreographer/Alexander Technique teacher, 2009 Movement Research AIR

Podcast: Studies Project: Dance and the Alexander Technique 10.15.09

Movement Research Studies Project, “Dance and the Alexander Technique” Conceived of and moderated by Ann Rodiger

Listen to the Podcast here:

We as dancers count on our bodies to be consistent vehicles for our art form, and understand the importance of maintaining optimum balance. How can the study of the Alexander Technique help to support a sustainable dancing career? Individuals with all levels of experience with the work, from the beginning student to the seasoned teacher, are invited to join the discussion, which has been developed by Balance Arts Center in collaboration with Movement Research. Panelists include some of the most distinguished teachers of the work: June Ekman, Jenny Grove, Eva Karzag, Katherine Mitchell, Shelley Senter, and others, and will be moderated by Ann Rodiger.

Studies Project: Dance and the Alexander Technique. Thursday October 15.

Join us THURSDAY OCTOBER 15 for our  Studies Project: Dance and the Alexander Technique
Thursday October 15, Dance Theater Workshop Studio, 6:15 pm

Conceived of and moderated by Ann Rodiger
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