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Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church 5.6.2013

Featuring works by Cristiane Bouger*, Diana Sherwood, and Jody Oberfelder.

Accumulation – Influx 32
Conceived and performed by Cristiane Bouger
Costume Design by Babatunde Ajiboye
Video Photography by Flemming Fynsk
Sound Design by Cristiane Bouger and Steve Fontaine (songs excerpts by Leonard Cohen, Gal Costa (Jards Macalé and Waly Salomão), Patti Smith (Allen Ginsberg), Nico, Nick Cave (Lennon-McCartney), Cartola and Ludwig van Beethoven)
In this study I investigate ways to give visibility to the intangible accumulation of memories and information processed by my body. Understanding how presence and intimacy unveil along the performance is part of my research.
32 is the number of days since I started crafting the structure shared with you tonight.
Thank you to Larissa Brandão, K.J. Holmes and Kávé Expresso Bar and Event Space (Bushwick).
This project was made possible, in part, through the Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program, funded, in part, by the Jerome Foundation and the Davis/Dauray Family Fund.

Cristiane Bouger is a 2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and a 2012-2013 Performa Magazine Writer-in-Residence. Her interdisciplinary work reveals existential examinations reflecting upon the female body, desire, cultural conducts, behavior and symbols, biography and fiction. Her live and video performances have been presented in numerous independent and institutional circuits in Brazil; at the Anthology Film Archives, ACE Film Festival, Dixon Place and chashama 461 Gallery (New York); 9̬me Festival des Cin̩mas Diff̩rents (Paris), In-Presentable 08 (Madrid), Montage Video Dance Festival (Johannesburg) and at the Centrul National al Dansului РBucuresti (CNDB)/Atelierul de Productie (Bucharest). Her critical writing work has been published in Brazil, the United States, England and Portugal. and

These fragments
Staging/dance: Diana Sherwood, Music (if used): Sigur Ros.
Over the last several years, I have begun to explore and embody the works of the early German Expressionist dancers as well as 20th Century dancers from the U.S. as seen on film. I have done this not to reconstruct historical dances, but to learn the earlier dancers’ interpretation and translation of the world in physical language and to then re-translate this into a contemporary context. This exploration has made me more acutely aware of partnering space and the architectural elements in movement and visual images these may create, than before. My work tonight explores these ideas.

Diana Sherwood has been a member of the Rudy Perez Performance Ensemble and currently divides her time between NY and LA.

4Chambers (performance installation in-progress)
Choreography: Jody Oberfelder created in collaboration with dancers:
Zachary Denison, Michelle Jongeneel, Joey Kipp, Mary Madsen, Mercedes Searer, and Jake Szczypek.
Music: Richard Einhorn, Jonathan Melville Pratt
4Chambers will be sited on Governors Island this summer. The piece takes place in four discreet rooms referencing the heart. Tonight we give a taste of two of these chambers blended together for Judson.

Jody Oberfelder has been making work in New York for several decades. She has sung in a rock band, choreographed an array of boldly physical dances including ‘Approaching Climax’, ‘Throb’, and ‘The Story Thus Far’, ‘The Title Comes Last’, and directed theater and opera, most recently, Stravinsky’s ‘A Soldier’s Tale’ and Purcell’s ‘Dido & Aeneas’. With a keen eye for the visual, she has also created eight dance films. 4Chambers is her first installation piece. It will premiere this summer on Governors Island for three weekends in July. Transforming Officers House #15 into a four chambered heart with arteries and veins, participants will monitor their own heart while traversing through it. As we’re still working on the piece–any feedback would be greatly appreciated ( We’re also looking for volunteers to be part of our Governors Island performances.

*2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

The Week Ahead. May 6-12.

This Week at Movement Research… Gala is coming up next Monday, get your tickets soon! Also, check out some exciting new programming (for kids!) at First Street Green!

Monday April 29. Movement Research at the Judson Church.
8pm. Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South.

Seating is limited, so arrive early.
Featuring works by: Cristiane Bouger*, Jody Oberfelder, Diana Sherwood

Wednesday May 1. Open Performance.
8pm. A.R.T./NY, South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St, Brooklyn.

Featuring works by Mary Ellen Beaudreau; Jaki Bradley, Jenny Reed, and Sam Sheppard; Ashley Handel & Yuliya Romanskaya; Sara Zimmerman
Moderated by
Courtney Krantz*

*2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Movement Research at First Street Green is back!

Saturday May 11. Workshop with Mariangela Lopez: Low, Middle, High (geared towards children ages 5-10).
SAT 12-1pm, First Park

Mariangela will share with children how to make small dances by combing simple body actions. Children will explore the levels in which the body can move through the space and find infinite possibilities. Mainly this class will be an opportunity to have fun outside while dancing and sharing with friends.

Saturday May 18. Workshop with Yvonne Meier: Kid’s class with Yvonne Meier (geared towards children ages 4-6).
SAT 12-1pm, First Park

We will warm up with the principals of straight, round and curvy. Then we will engage in an extraordinary freeze dance using fancy scores. Class will end with locomotion like walking like a spider across the floor.


May 13, 2013
Honoring Cathy Edwards, Sam Miller, and Jennifer Monson

Including Performances by Eiko & Koma, Wally Cardona, Maria Hassabi, Monsoon Orchestra (revisited), and Donna Uchizono

Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY

6:30pm Cocktails
7pm Dinner
8:30pm Performance, followed by Dance Party


Upcoming Workshops and Studies Projects.

Thursday-Sunday May 15-19. Workshop with Claudia La Rocco: Why I am not a painter.
THU, FRI, SUN 2-5pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway

Register Now!

Why I am not a painter
This is a writing workshop. It is open to anyone who wants to play with words, to see what they can do, and how. But it is made with dance-artists in mind. How do words live in time and space, whether on the stage, the page or in the mind? Critical writing, creative writing, performance texts… are they really such different creatures? Does a dancer have a particular way of approaching language? What about a writer who spends so much of her time watching dancers? So many questions. We’ll spend our time looking for answers, individually and as a group.

Classes this week with…

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

Working from the body’s innate intelligence, class will start with simple awareness and coordination exercises influenced by different somatic disciplines to organize the body and prepare us for more technical movement. We will work on remembering and re-wiring organic pathways and explore alternative solutions to our habitual patterns. Class will build in physical intensity, culminating in a chance to put our experiments to the test. Sometimes this will mean phrase work and other times class will stay in a more lab/workshop-like format.

Jennifer Nugent. Morning Class.
Tuesday & Thursday. 10:00am-12:00pm. $14.
Danspace Project, 131 E. 10th Street.
NO CLASS this Tuesday, May 7

Using improvisational and set warm-ups, we will focus on the volume and weight inside the body and its relationship to the floor. Exercises that bring awareness to the feet, spine, and pelvic floor encourage the feeling of release in the limbs, allowing us to fall and suspend off-center, simultaneously finding a grounded flexible base of support. Using these physical tools, we will explore sensation, instinct, and the inherent musicality inside the body, phrasing. All the while dancing, we will work toward a more grounded and direct approach to movement. No Class May 7.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Jen Rosenblit. look at me don’t look at me.
Saturday. 11:00 am-1:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

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