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Movement Research at the Judson Church Fall Festival November 30, 2015

a dialectic of dark and light
Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste and invited guests and audience

What is the historical data, aesthetic memory laid within a particular site? How do we both claim and shed this skin as an act of radical acceptance? How do we simultaneously lift and lean into the weight of history?

Continuing his 2014 exploration of Black Male Revisited: Experimental Representation through the Ephemeral Form, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko in collaboration with scholar Brenda Dixon-Gottschild and sonic artist Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste will craft an evening length opening performance, improvisational jam and celebration at Judson Church that blurs the line between audience and performer. In an attempt to honor and trouble the historical site of Judson Church as a location of worship and experimentation (while allowing limited access to artists who exist on the fringe of the Judson dance experience), all are invited to explore movement, style, heritage, sound, and light in a safe, non-judgmental open environment.

Spring Festival 2015: meet the writers


legible/illegible: opening beyond the space of identities


Tune in to the MR Spring Festival online to follow blog postings by the curators and our team of festival writers, Jaime Shearn Coan and Tara Willis. We have asked the writers to respond as artists, and as such welcome their unique vantages. Read along in real-time as each share their impressions of the various festival events. In casual blog form, these writings will be offered as open-ended dialogues.

~ the curators (Layla Childs, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, and Samita Sinha)



Jaime Shearn Coan is a writer and PhD student at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His writings on dance can be found frequently in The Brooklyn Rail. An inaugural Poets House Fellow and recipient of a 2014 Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, Jaime recently served as dramaturg for choreographer Mariangela López’s El Regreso. Jaime’s poetry chapbook, Turn it Over, from which he’ll be reading at The Poetry Project on May 22, is available from Argos Books.

Tara Aisha Willis is a dance artist and PhD candidate in Performance Studies at NYU. She is Co-Managing Editor of TDR/The Drama Review, an editorial collective member of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, co-editor of a forthcoming issue of The Black Scholar with Thomas F. DeFrantz, and a summer Thesis Writing Mentor for Hollins University Dance MFA’s. Her writing is forthcoming in Movement Research Performance Journal #46. Tara also coordinates Movement Research’s Artists of Color program.

Please note: Cassie Peterson was unable to write for the festival this year;  Tara Willis stepped in!

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