Posts Tagged ‘David Thomson’

Podcast: Fall Festival Studies Project 12/1/15 – An Artist Conversation between Nelisiwe Xaba and David Thomson

Movement Research Studies Project, “An Artist Conversation between Nelisiwe Xaba and David Thomson” – December 1, 2015
Part of the Movement Research Festival Fall 2015, vanishing points, curated by Beth Gill and Cori Olinghouse

Listen to the Podcast here:
Studies Project 12/1/15: An Artist Conversation between Nelisiwe Xaba and David Thomson

This event was an informal introduction to choreographer Nelisiwe Xaba who is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and was a participating artist in the festival. David Thomson led a live interview and discussion with Xaba around the political and aesthetic resonances in her work.

LIVESTREAM Fall Festival Studies Project: Artist Conversation between Nelisiwe Xaba and David Thomson

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Artist Conversation between Nelisiwe Xaba and David Thomson

Tuesday, December 1, 6:15pm
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway
890 Broadway, 5th Floor New York, NY 10003 FREE
Click here to RSVP 

This event will be an informal introduction to choreographer Nelisiwe Xaba who is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and is a participating artist in the festival. David Thomson will lead a live interview and discussion with Xaba around the political and aesthetic resonances in her work.

Presented as part of the 2015 Fall Festival: VANISHING POINTS curated by Beth Gill and Cori Olinghouse. More info at www.movementresearch.org/performancesevents/festival.

Live stream will begin at 6:15pm.

Click here for live stream

Podcast: Studies Project 4/29/15: Dance and Labor

Movement Research Studies Project, “Dance and Labor”
Organized in dialogue with Movement Research, luciana achugar, Abigail Levine and Kathy Westwater.
With panelists David Thomson and Yve Laris Cohen


Listen to the Podcast here:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/movementresearch/2015.4.29_Dance_and_Labor.mp3

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 were 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.

Podcast: Studies Project: Dramaturgy as Practice/Dramaturgy in Practice Part 2

Part 2 of the 2013 Movement Research Studies Project: Dramaturgy as Practice/Dramaturgy in Practice
Conceived by Amanda Loulaki and Susan Mar Landau
Gibney Dance Center, Octover 1, 2013
With Panelists: Annie Dorsen, Katherine Profeta, David Thomson, Talvin Wilks, Susan Mar Landau, and Vanessa Anspaugh

Listen to the Podcast here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/movementresearch/10.1.13_Dramaturgy_SP_Podcast.mp3

This Studies Project Discusses the relatively new and evolving phenomenon of a dramaturg as an active participant in the conceiving and making of movement-based works. Conceived as a two-part event, Dramaturgy as Practice/Dramaturgy in Practice speakers explored both the ontology and the workings of dance dramaturgy today. This second event brought together dramaturgs, choreographers and dancers to engage in an in-depth conversation on the experience, effect and possible implications of the presence of the dramaturg in the choreographic process.

Part 1 of the Dramaturgy Studies Project took place on May 5th 2013 and is available as a podcast at:

http://movementresearch.libsyn.com/movement-research-studies-project-dramaturgy-as-practice-dramaturgy-in-practice-may-5-2013

The Week Ahead. September 30th – October 6th… And More!

This Week at Movement Research… Applications are Due September 30th for Movement Research at Judson Church, click here for more information!

Monday September 30. Movement Research at the Judson Church.
8pm. Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South.
NO RESERVATIONS and ADMISSION IS FREE

Seating is limited, so arrive early.
Featuring works by: Ephrat Asherie, Diana Crum, Stanley Love* Performance Group, Elizabeth Ward

*2013 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Studies Project. Dramaturgy as Practice/Dramaturgy in Practice.
Moderated by Cassie Peterson and featuring panelists Vanessa Anspaugh, Susan Mar Landau, Katherine Profeta, David Thomson and Talvin Wilks.

October 1 Tuesday 6:00pm-8:00pm.
Gibney Dance Center, 890 Broadway.
FREE
RSVP here
Join us for the first Studies Project of the season at Gibney Dance Center at 6:00pm. Dramaturgy as Practice/Dramaturgy in Practice will bring together dramaturgs, choreographers and dancers to engage in an in-depth conversation on the experience, effect and possible implications of the presence of the dramaturg in the choreographic process.

Move to Heal with Jaime Ortega.
October 5 & 12 Saturday 12:00pm-1:00 pm.
First Street Green.
FREE
This class is for those struggling with health issues of their own or that of a loved one. We use movement and somatic practices to support healing processes. Sourcing from both western and eastern traditions, we will play with movement, breath, sound and imagery to encourage self-empowerment as it relates to our health and well-being.

Sunday Process Lab with Anna Sperber.
Sunday October 6 5:00pm-8:00pm.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.
$5
Beginning with a practice of solo improvisations, of seeing and allowing ourselves to be seen; letting the internal logic of the body come to the forefront; dancing for and with each other as a method towards the development of an intimate understanding of each other’s physicality and imaginative identity, while asking how the material interfaces with the space as a compositional container. how do we respond to it? how do we fill it? We will make material and then make decisions that react to what has surfaced. We will repeat a focused cycle of action and reaction, watching for an identity to emerge.

Upcoming Workshop.

Authentic Movement with David Hurwith.
October 8-10 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday  7-9pm. 
October 12 Saturday 12-4pm.
Gibney Dance Center, 890 Broadway.
$75 Full workshop, $40 Saturday, $14 per class (Tue-Wed-Thu).
Authentic Movement
A witness and a mover agree to enter a mystery. The mover, with eyes closed, self-directed, explores impulses in the present moment. The witness with eyes open watches the movement and holds the intention to support the mover’s experience. Personal imagery, sensation, emotion and the ineffable emerge to consciousness with movement as the source. Authentic Movement provides a powerful context to discover meaning or non-meaning from experience and to retrieve seminal material for the artist. After moving and witnessing, a process of speaking, moving, drawing or writing recalls the experiences. The ritual has the intention of maintaining the internal efficacy of what just happened.
REGISTER NOW.

Classes this week with…

Joanna Kotze. Morning Class.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday. 10:00am-12:00pm. $14.
Movement Research at Edens Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Beauty, awkwardness, form, strength, weakness. Intended to be both laboratory and class, the sessions will be time for us to delve into the design of the body and its potential within a given moment. Through stretch and placement, technique studies, movement phrases and open practices, habits will be discovered, challenged, and seen through a new lens. A concentration on the forces through the legs will lead to finding more range in separate body parts and ways to use weight into the floor. My hope is for you to feel present and challenged and to leave class with a few answers and more questions.

Vicky Shick. Morning Class.
Tuesday & Thursday. 10:00am-12:00pm. $14.
Danspace Project, 131 E. 10th Street.

Class will begin with systematically readying an alert body and mind for full-out and detailed dancing which we will do in the second part of class. The goal is to help each dancer increase awareness, level of articulation, strength, technical facility and focus. The warm up is simple and straightforward with an emphasis on alignment, physical mechanics, and space for sensation and feedback from our bodies as we work collaboratively to arrive at dancing. Through the practice of doing phrase work with a wide range of physicality and co-ordinations, we hone our skills and apply our training. And with repetition and exploration we educate ourselves and deepen the understanding of the intelligence in our bodies.

As well as our Ongoing Classes (click here for full descriptions)

Janet Panetta. Ballet for Contemporary Dancers.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12:00 pm-2:00 pm. $17.
Gibney Dance Center Studio 6, 890 Broadway.

Barbara Mahler. Klein Technique™ with Barbara Mahler – for movers of all kinds.
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Irene Dowd. Neuromuscular Preparation for Dance. 
Tuesday 3:00pm – 4:45pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Ann Rodiger. Alexander Technique.
Wednesday. 12:30-2:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

K.J. Holmes. Contact Improvisation.
Wednesday. 6:30-8:30 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Karl Anderson. Skinner Releasing Technique™ (Introductory level). 
Wednesday 7:00pm – 10:00pm. $14.
Randy Warshaw Studio, 115 Wooster St., #2F.

The Week Ahead. April 8-14.

This Week at Movement Research… Come check out what should be a great workshop with Larissa Velez-Jackson at Eden’s Expressway!

Monday April 8. Movement Research at the Judson Church.
8pm. Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South.
NO RESERVATIONS and ADMISSION IS FREE

Seating is limited, so arrive early.
Featuring works by: Ashley Byler, Anna Marie Shogren, RoseAnne Spradlin*, Katie Workum, Abigail Zbikowski

Wednesday April 10. Open Performance.
8pm. A.R.T./NY, South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St, Brooklyn.
FREE!

Featuring works by Kai Kleinbard, Amanda McNussen and Dancers, Alexandra Pinel, Daniela Tenhamm Tejos
Moderated by Katia Castaneda Urzua*

*2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Workshop This Week.

April 12-20. Workshop with Larissa Velez-Jackson.
April 12 FRI 2:30-5:30pm
April 13 SAT 4:30-7:30pm
April 19 FRI 2:30-5:30pm
April 20 SAT 4:30-7:30pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
$70 Full Workshop, $18 Drop-In

Register Now!
What is My Work? A workshop based on the format of a peer panel review
Facilitated by Larissa Velez-Jackson
Much value is placed on the idea of artwork that is at the cutting edge, with the words “pushing boundaries” emphasized in grants, applications and curating language. This conversation examines what might be meant by “pushing boundaries”? How important is it in the creative process and its outcome? Is the point of view of the artist different from the one of the audience when determining something as “pushing boundaries”? What assumptions or cultural contexts are assumed to establish these boundaries? Are there other ways to value contemporary work?

Upcoming Workshops and Studies Projects.

Wednesday April 17. Studies Project: “Pushing Boundaries.”
6:15pm
Gibney Dance Center
Conceived by Ori Flomin
With panelists Arthur Aviles, Jennifer Wright Cook, Colleen Thomas, Larissa Velez-Jackson and more
Moderated by Moira Brennan
FREE

Much value is placed on the idea of artwork that is at the cutting edge, with the words “pushing boundaries” emphasized in grants, applications and curating language. This conversation examines what might be meant by “pushing boundaries”? How important is it in the creative process and its outcome? Is the point of view of the artist different from the one of the audience when determining something as “pushing boundaries”? What assumptions or cultural contexts are assumed to establish these boundaries? Are there other ways to value contemporary work?

Wednesday-Friday May 1-3. Workshop with Lance Gries.
2:30-5:30pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
$90

Register Now!
Embodying and Exchanging Energy
This workshop will explore how individuals and groups embody and exchange “energy.” We will keep an open mind about how energy is present, sensed, and a source in us: inspiration, creativity, motivation, connection, collaboration, presence, emotion, spirituality – energy forms that exist in our physical and non physical experience, shaping our interactions. Guided experiences and improvisational forms bring our heightened awareness and dimensional bodies into a potent energetic state to create a supportive and collaborative environment, leading us to shared dancing, creativity, and discourse.

Classes this week with…

Jon Kinzel. Technique / EXERCISES IN COMPOSITION.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday. 10:00am-12:00pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

This class is designed to access multiple threads at once such as greater range of motion and articulation, isolated and momentum-driven movement forms, rhythmic and kinesthetic intelligence, sense of scale, ascent and descent, injury prevention, alignment, personal and musical expression, and dancing that supports a balanced square orientation over a vertical axis while traversing through space, and shifting off center, in a mode that reflects a play between athleticism, performance, and a particular disposition.

David Thomson. Morning Class.
Tuesday & Thursday. 10:00am-12:00pm. $14.
Danspace Project, 131 E. 10th Street.

Class will be taught by Kayvon Pourazar on April 16 & 18. This class will focus on alignment, weight, clarity of momentum, and breath. Using influences from Chi Gong, Alexander, yoga, modern and postmodern constructs to release the joints, connect to the floor, lengthen the spine, activate the senses and warm the body. We continue the exploration in the second half through a combination of improvisation, phrase material and other choreographic structures to expand the experience of dancing.

As well as our Ongoing Classes (click here for full descriptions)

Barbara Mahler. A Re-Education – Klein Technique as Taught by Barbara Mahler.
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. $14.
NO CLASS this Tuesday evening.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Janet Panetta. Ballet for Contemporary Dancers.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 12:00 pm-2:00 pm. $17.
Gibney Dance Center Studio 6, 890 Broadway.

Irene Dowd.
Tuesday. 3:00 pm-4:45 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Clare Maxwell. Alexander Technique.
Wednesday. 12:30-2:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Tim O’Donnell. Contact Improvisation.
Wednesday. 6:30-8:30 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

K.J. Holmes. The Athletics of Intimacy, Improvisations.
Saturday. 11:00 am-1:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

The Week Ahead. April 1-7.

This Week at Movement Research… Check out our upcoming workshop with Larissa Velez-Jackson! Register now for the full workshop or drop-in any day!

Monday April 1 Movement Research at the Judson Church.
8pm. Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South.
NO RESERVATIONS and ADMISSION IS FREE

Seating is limited, so arrive early.
Featuring works by: Michael Freeman, Catherine Galasso, Tumi Johnson, Stuart Meyers

Wednesday April 3. Open Performance.
8pm. A.R.T./NY, South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St, Brooklyn.
FREE!

Featuring works by Alicia Christof-Walshe, Ana Patricia Farfan, Priscilla Marrero, Stephanie Skier
Moderated by Saul Ulerio*

*2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Upcoming Workshops and Studies Projects.

April 12-20. Workshop with Larissa Velez-Jackson.
April 12 FRI 2:30-5:30pm
April 13 SAT 4:30-7:30pm
April 19 FRI 2:30-5:30pm
April 20 SAT 4:30-7:30pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
$70 Full Workshop, $18 Drop-In

Register Now!
What is My Work? A workshop based on the format of a peer panel review
Facilitated by Larissa Velez-Jackson
Much value is placed on the idea of artwork that is at the cutting edge, with the words “pushing boundaries” emphasized in grants, applications and curating language. This conversation examines what might be meant by “pushing boundaries”? How important is it in the creative process and its outcome? Is the point of view of the artist different from the one of the audience when determining something as “pushing boundaries”? What assumptions or cultural contexts are assumed to establish these boundaries? Are there other ways to value contemporary work?

Wednesday April 17. Studies Project: “Pushing Boundaries.”
6:15pm
Gibney Dance Center
Conceived by Ori Flomin
With panelists Arthur Aviles, Jennifer Wright Cook, Colleen Thomas, Larissa Velez-Jackson and more
Moderated by Moira Brennan
FREE

Much value is placed on the idea of artwork that is at the cutting edge, with the words “pushing boundaries” emphasized in grants, applications and curating language. This conversation examines what might be meant by “pushing boundaries”? How important is it in the creative process and its outcome? Is the point of view of the artist different from the one of the audience when determining something as “pushing boundaries”? What assumptions or cultural contexts are assumed to establish these boundaries? Are there other ways to value contemporary work?

Classes this week with…

Jon Kinzel. Technique / EXERCISES IN COMPOSITION.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday. 10:00am-12:00pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

This class is designed to access multiple threads at once such as greater range of motion and articulation, isolated and momentum-driven movement forms, rhythmic and kinesthetic intelligence, sense of scale, ascent and descent, injury prevention, alignment, personal and musical expression, and dancing that supports a balanced square orientation over a vertical axis while traversing through space, and shifting off center, in a mode that reflects a play between athleticism, performance, and a particular disposition.

David Thomson. Morning Class.
Tuesday & Thursday. 10:00am-12:00pm. $14.
Danspace Project, 131 E. 10th Street.

Class will be taught by Kayvon Pourazar on April 16 & 18. This class will focus on alignment, weight, clarity of momentum, and breath. Using influences from Chi Gong, Alexander, yoga, modern and postmodern constructs to release the joints, connect to the floor, lengthen the spine, activate the senses and warm the body. We continue the exploration in the second half through a combination of improvisation, phrase material and other choreographic structures to expand the experience of dancing.

As well as our Ongoing Classes (click here for full descriptions)

Barbara Mahler. A Re-Education – Klein Technique as Taught by Barbara Mahler.
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. $14.
Tuesday, 6:15pm-7:45pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Irene Dowd.
Tuesday. 3:00 pm-4:45 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Clare Maxwell. Alexander Technique.
Wednesday. 12:30-2:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Tim O’Donnell. Contact Improvisation.
Wednesday. 6:30-8:30 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

K.J. Holmes. The Athletics of Intimacy, Improvisations.
Saturday. 11:00 am-1:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

The Week Ahead. March 25-31.

This Week at Movement Research…

Monday March 25. Movement Research at the Judson Church.
8pm. Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South.
NO RESERVATIONS and ADMISSION IS FREE

Seating is limited, so arrive early.
Featuring works by: Antonio Ramos and the Gang Bangers, Elke Rindfleisch, David Thomson*

*2011 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Upcoming Workshops and Studies Projects.

April 12-20. Workshop with Larissa Velez-Jackson.
April 12 FRI 2:30-5:30pm
April 13 SAT 4:30-7:30pm
April 19 FRI 2:30-5:30pm
April 20 SAT 4:30-7:30pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
$70

What is My Work? A workshop based on the format of a peer panel review
Facilitated by Larissa Velez-Jackson
Much value is placed on the idea of artwork that is at the cutting edge, with the words “pushing boundaries” emphasized in grants, applications and curating language. This conversation examines what might be meant by “pushing boundaries”? How important is it in the creative process and its outcome? Is the point of view of the artist different from the one of the audience when determining something as “pushing boundaries”? What assumptions or cultural contexts are assumed to establish these boundaries? Are there other ways to value contemporary work?

Wednesday April 17. Studies Project: “Pushing Boundaries.”
6:15pm
Gibney Dance Center
Conceived by Ori Flomin
With panelists Arthur Aviles, Jennifer Wright Cook, Colleen Thomas, Larissa Velez-Jackson and more
Moderated by Moira Brennan
FREE

Much value is placed on the idea of artwork that is at the cutting edge, with the words “pushing boundaries” emphasized in grants, applications and curating language. This conversation examines what might be meant by “pushing boundaries”? How important is it in the creative process and its outcome? Is the point of view of the artist different from the one of the audience when determining something as “pushing boundaries”? What assumptions or cultural contexts are assumed to establish these boundaries? Are there other ways to value contemporary work?

Classes this week with…

Jon Kinzel. Technique / EXERCISES IN COMPOSITION.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday. 10:00am-12:00pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

This class is designed to access multiple threads at once such as greater range of motion and articulation, isolated and momentum-driven movement forms, rhythmic and kinesthetic intelligence, sense of scale, ascent and descent, injury prevention, alignment, personal and musical expression, and dancing that supports a balanced square orientation over a vertical axis while traversing through space, and shifting off center, in a mode that reflects a play between athleticism, performance, and a particular disposition.

As well as our Ongoing Classes (click here for full descriptions)

Barbara Mahler. A Re-Education – Klein Technique as Taught by Barbara Mahler.
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. $14.
Tuesday, 6:15pm-7:45pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Irene Dowd.
Tuesday. 3:00 pm-4:45 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Rebecca Brooks. Alexander Technique.
Wednesday. 12:30-2:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Margaret Paek. Contact Improvisation.
Wednesday. 6:30-8:30 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Karl Anderson. Skinner Releasing Technique (Ongoing Level).
Saturday. 10:00 am-1:00 pm. $14.
Randy Warshaw Studio, 115 Wooster St., #2F.

K.J. Holmes. The Athletics of Intimacy, Improvisations.
Saturday. 11:00 am-1:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

The Week Ahead. March 4-10.

This Week at Movement Research… It’s a busy week! We have an incredible workshop opportunity with Nancy Stark Smith, AND an IDD Workshop with Alice Chauchat!

Monday March 4. Movement Research at the Judson Church.
8pm. Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South.
NO RESERVATIONS and ADMISSION IS FREE

Seating is limited, so arrive early.
Featuring works by: Yve Laris Cohen, Elena Demyanenko, Papa Sy: Choreographer at Pasytef Dance Company

Wednesday March 6. Open Performance.
8pm. A.R.T./NY, South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St, Brooklyn.
FREE!

Featuring works by Emily Faulkner & Morgelyn Tenbeth-Ward, The Todd Henry Movement, Rebecca Medina, project.ile.imagery
Moderated by David Thomson*

*2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Workshops this Week.

March 6-10, WED-SUN. Workshop with Nancy Stark Smith.
WED-FRI 10am-6pm, Eden’s Expressway
SAT 10:30am-5:30pm, Gibney Dance Center
SAT 6-7:45pm, Underscore talk-thru, Gibney Dance Center
SUN 12-4pm, Underscore practice, New York City Center
$300
REGISTER NOW

EXPRESS TRAIN TO STATES OF GRACE: CI, contemplation, and composition
Like scaling Mt Everest, States of Grace is a pinnacle — elusive, ever-present, dangerous, fantasized, in our minds. And our bodies. “States of Grace” is what can happen when all the balls are in the air at once: solo dancing, contact improvisation, non-CI improvisation, contemplation, composition, listening, performance/art, mystery, and humanity. Many questions. Embodied research. Can we move easily between solo, contact improvisation, group work, somatic sources and impulses, and compositional awareness? What does this make? Only way to discover is to do it and find out. The Underscore on Sunday is the culminating vehicle for our discoveries. Participants should have previous experience with Contact Improvisation.

UNDERSCORE EVENTS BELOW on March 9 and 10 are included in the STATES OF GRACE Workshop. Unfortunately, THE OPTION TO ATTEND THE UNDERSCORE EVENTS ONLY IS NOW SOLD OUT. TO ATTEND THE FULL STATES OF GRACE WORKSHOP, SEE ABOVE.
March 9-10, SAT-SUN.
THE UNDERSCORE: a talk and a practice with Nancy Stark Smith and Mike Vargas (music)
March 9 SAT 6-7:45pm, Underscore talk-thru, Gibney Dance Center
March 10 SUN 12-4pm, Underscore practice, New York City Center
$40
(Included in Nancy’s States of Grace workshop. There will be some places open for others to join just for the Underscore talk and practice.)
The Underscore is a long jamming/contact/improvisation/composition score that Nancy has been developing since the early 1990s as a framework for dance improvisation research. It guides dancers through a series of “changing states” — from solo relaxation and sensitizing to gravity and support, through group circulation and interaction, contact improvisation engagements, opening out to full group improvisation, and back to rest and reflection. Previous experience with Contact Improvisation and attendance at the talk is required for participation in the Underscore practice.

March 4-8. International Dance Dialogues Workshop with Alice Chauchat.
MON-FRI 12:15-2:45pm
Avenue C Studio
$75 for full workshop, $18 drop-in
REGISTER NOW

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

Upcoming Events.

March 11-15. International Dance Dialogues Workshop with Elizabeth Corbett.
MON-FRI 2-4pm
Gibney Dance Center
$75 for full workshop, $18 drop-in
REGISTER NOW

Forsythe Improv and Phrase Workshop
Long time Forsythe dancer Elizabeth Corbett guides an exploration into the working methodologies inspired by the creative processes of William Forsythe. In this workshop dancers explore and develop improvisation approaches and deconstruction of Forsythe’s phrase work toward accessing the inner logic and unfolding mechanisms in the work.

Monday March 11.
Studies Project: Overlapping Circles (Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Performance, Practice, Human Collaboration).

5:30-7:30pm
Gibney Dance Center
RSVP encouraged to info@movementresearch.org
A conversation with Nancy Stark Smith, K.J. Holmes, Jennifer Monson & Jen Rosenblit

Improvisation as a practice, and particularly the rich history of Contact Improvisation, has spread throughout the world in various permutations and with multiple offshoots, evolutions, hybrids, specializations, etc. With improvisation in some form or another as a now ubiquitous presence in much of contemporary dance, how are people grappling with the various practices of improvisation in the context of contemporary performance?
How do we situate our dancing in the larger world? Is it performance? Practice? Who is it for and how does it serve and/or inspire us and others? What tools and materials are we using — and toward what ends?

Classes this week with…

Joanna Kotze . Morning Class.
Monday. 10:00am-12:00pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Beauty, awkwardness, form, strength, weakness. Intended to be both laboratory and class, we will delve into the design of the body and its potential within a given moment. Through open practices, stretch and placement, technique studies, and movement phrases, habits will be discovered, challenged, and seen through a new lens. A concentration on the forces through the legs will lead to finding the range in separate body parts and ways to use your weight into the floor. My hope is for you to feel present and challenged and to leave class with a few answers and many more questions.

John Jasperse. Morning Class.
Tuesday and Thursday. 10:00am-12:00pm. $14.
Danspace Project, 131 E. 10th Street.

Movement Practice
The class will begin with an anatomy focused warm-up, drawn from both traditional and recent techniques, aiming to align and re-pattern the energy flow in the body in order to find support from the floor and our connection into space. We will begin with simple movements, improvisation scores, exercises, and sequences gradually building in complexity. We will learn movement material, some from Jasperse’s work and some created for these explorations. Our goal will be to integrate energetic patterning explored in the first portion of class and to play with different manners of experiencing and embodying the choreographic material.

As well as our Ongoing Classes (click here for full descriptions)

Janet Panetta. Ballet for Contemporary Dancers.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 12:00 pm-2:00 pm. $17.
Gibney Dance Center Studio 6, 890 Broadway.

Barbara Mahler. A Re-Education – Klein Technique as Taught by Barbara Mahler.
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. $14.
Tuesday, 6:15pm-7:45pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Irene Dowd.
Tuesday. 3:00 pm-4:45 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Rebecca Brooks. Alexander Technique.
Wednesday. 12:30-2:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Margaret Paek. Contact Improvisation.
Wednesday. 6:30-8:30 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Karl Anderson. Skinner Releasing Technique (Ongoing Level).
Saturday. 10:00 am-1:00 pm. $14.
Randy Warshaw Studio, 115 Wooster St., #2F.

K.J. Holmes. The Athletics of Intimacy, Improvisations.
Saturday. 11:00 am-1:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

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.
NO RESERVATIONS and ADMISSION IS FREE

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.
FREE!

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
FREE with RSVP: alex_sloane@moma.org

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

Upcoming.

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: http://www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/?class=workshops

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
Register Online: http://www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/?class=workshops
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.

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