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Appropriating a Past that is still in the Present?

I’m staying with a woman here in London who is a professor of drama at Queen Mary, where they have a rad department and “drama” actually means performance art.  She told me today that a group of her graduate students have formed a contact improv group.  They feel that what they are doing isn’t necessarily the form itself, but an appropriation of the form.  They are working with a certain nostalgia about its origination.

I don’t know, I thought this sounded interesting, and I’m curious about what this looks/feels like in comparison with present contact.  I’m going to try to go while I’m here…

Jillian Peña, 2009 MR artist-in-residence, jillianpena.com, i love you

Where am I and why am I here?

Hi hi everyone! So when asked which month I wanted to blog at MR, I chose this month of February because I knew I’d be back in London for a bit, which would give me the time and space to reflect. I thought it would be particularly interesting given my relationship to the dance community here, which is NO relationship.

When I first moved here, fall 2007, to start my PhD at Goldsmiths, I was visiting friends in Brussels and was out to dinner with a couple of PARTS faculty. I asked them about dance in London—if they knew people whose work I should see, or classes I should go to, etc. They both laughed, exchanged glances with each other, then turned back to me, “London!!! Why are you there? No, we don’t know anyone there.”

So although I tend to ignore dance while I’m here (other than in my studio and in my dreams), I’m curious to look at this issue and see where it comes from. Is it just snobbery, or is it warranted? What are the differences in the London and the New York dance community? Why is my work in one and not the other?

Jillian Peña, 2009 MR artist-in-residence, jillianpena.com, i love you

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, January 4, 2010

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, January 4, 2010.
Featuring works by Jillian Peña, and Molly Lieber & Eleanor Smith, Yvonne Meier & Jennifer Monson.

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Jennifer Monson and Yvonne Meier perform on January 4 mr @ judson

Yvonne Meier by Ian W. Douglas, performing in Movement Research at the Judson Church

Yvonne Meier by Ian W. Douglas, performing in Movement Research at the Judson Church

We’re thrilled to let you know that Jennifer Monson & Yvonne Meier will perform together as a special addition to the Movement Research at the Judson Church Series. The evening will also feature performances by Molly Lieber & Eleanor Smith, Gio, and Jillian Peña (a 2009 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence). January 4, 2009 at 8pm. Admission is free, seating is first-come-first-serve, and the doors open at 7:45pm. Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South at Thompson Street.

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