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A Note from the Curators of VANISHING POINTS

Co-curated by Beth Gill and Cori Olinghouse
December 3-5, 2015

THURSDAY December 3, 2015, 8 pm
Nelisiwe Xaba Fremde Tänze [Foreign Dances]

Fremde Tänze
Created and performed by Nelisiwe Xaba

Nelisiwe Xaba was an early catalyst in our conversations on plasticity in art making. Watching her solo work and discussing what drew us to it helped us to articulate a shared space of interest for the festival. What we saw and were captivated by was a calculated shifting of sculptural portraiture and the visual puzzling of materials: costume, objects, light and the body.

Her work Fremde Tänze was created during a project in Freiburg, Germany in which she was asked to consider and respond to early German choreographers such as Mary Wigman who were influenced by exotic dance. These pioneers of modern dance in the 1910s and 1920s often presented a series of short, exoticist pieces accompanied by music.  In her evening of “Foreign Dances”, Nelisiwe Xaba turns around the perspective and exoticizes the Black Forest.

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FRIDAY December 4, 2015, 8pm
Gwen Welliver What a Horse!
Abby Zbikowski double nickels on the dime

What a Horse!

For the festival, we invited Gwen Welliver to share What a Horse! inspired by Paul Klee’s image of the same name (Was für ein Pferd! 1929). In her piece, Welliver embraces “formalism and fantasy” as she uses the lines of the body to conjure and summon imaginative representations that hint at character, fantasy, and metaphor. The raucous, relentless, and poetic suggestions emerging from the physical body offer imaginative resonances that moves beyond abstraction.

“Lines in the body, between people and things—as pathway, intersection, collision, mark and cut—help me to understand what is happening in movement. These lines aren’t abstract or geometric; rather, they are common forms of human communication.”
– Gwen Welliver

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Abby Zbikowski will present double nickels on the dime. Zbikowski’s choreography is radical through the extreme use of labor in the body. Visual rhythms emerge in a brutish, demanding fashion. In post-modern dance, authenticity is often connected to ideas of easefulness and non-doing in the body. Zbikowski offers a new perspective—subverting the idea of an easeful or non-effortful body.

“This work interrogates effort in the body and its potential to manifest in multiple aesthetic worlds.  This explosive effort in the body sustained across multiple movement worlds deliberately renders my political perspective on dance.  I would call it a hybrid approach to moving rather than a hybrid movement vocabulary.”
– Abby Zbikowski

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SATURDAY December 5, 2015, 8pm
Impossible Dances: Past and Future
Melinda Ring and Kai Kleinbard

Impossible Dance #2 (still life)
Original concept and improvisational structure by Melinda Ring from 1999
Gift interpretation and improvisation by Kai Kleinbard

cLOUD (2016)
Choreography by Melinda Ring in collaboration with the performers, Talya Epstein, Maggie Jones and Molly Lieber, along with Kayvon Pourazar

“She’s just impossible; I don’t know what to do with her!

Dance is impossible like an unruly teenager needing just enough freedom balanced with just the right guidance to flourish. I love her. She can be so beautiful, so full of energy and potential. Her desires, my desires for her, can be frightening. How can I be ultimately responsible for this unpredictable creature? It’s maddening.”
–Melinda Ring

We originally approached Melinda Ring about her 1999 work Impossible Dances, inquiring if this was a work she could imagine ‘gifting’ to another artist. Gifting is a proposal we dreamed up as a possibility to redirect the typical exchange of artists appropriating other artists’ ideas and work. We see this process of gifting as a mentoring process; Kai Kleinbard will work closely with Ring to reimagine Impossible Dance #2 (still life) in his own aesthetic style. Our interest is to allow the exchange of information to remain dynamic through keeping the gift in motion. In this instance, the gift moves in an orbit between Melinda, Kai, and the audience. Impossible Dances: Past and Future imaginatively explores these spaces of remembering, gifting, and interpretation asking how ephemeral forms are transmitted, reconstructed, and exchanged.

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Movement Research at the Judson Church – October 13, 2014

Featuring works by Whitney V. Hunter, Arielle Pina, Kai Kleinbard, Grace E. Courvoisier

 

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Conceived and performed by Whitney V. Hunter

In reaction to the historical and very recent atrocities of shootings, strangulations, and aggression against Black men, I have wondered if there is an all out war and/or legislative mandate to rid the world of all Black men.  animal. dead. Or,                 ? confronts fear, pathology and psychology and asks the viewer(s) to consider, how they regard the Black men in their lives?

 


Interrupted Fading…/.
Choreographer/Performer: Arielle Pina
Sound Design Collaboration: Will Colella and Arielle Pina
Music Credits: Sam Cooke, Johnnie Ray, Diana Ross

 


Meeting Three
Created and danced by Kai Kleinbard
Music: Autechre, “Eggshell” and Ferenc Rofusz, “Fly”  “Have you ever seen such a thing in your life, as three blind mice?”

 


American Auto Edge Body Shop Beauty
Choreographer/performer: Grace E. Courvoisier
Music/Sound: Various Artists

Brought into a spoiled generation of lazy eccentrics, an American woman struggles with the realization that she’s born into fair opportunity, but is unwilling and ill equipped to take advantage of it. “…and I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.

October 13-19

This Week at Movement Research…

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Eleanor Bauer. Learning by Dancing
Part of: Janet Panetta’s International Dance Dialogues
October 13-17 MON-FRI 4-6pm
$75 full workshop or $18/class
Gibney Dance, 890 Broadway

As a performer, Bauer has worked for David Zambrano (Soul Project), Mette Ingvartsen (why we love action), Trisha Brown (at documenta12), Xavier Le Roy (low pieces and Retrospective), Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker/Rosas (The Song), Boris Charmatz (levée des conflits and enfant), Matthew Barney (River of Fundament), Emily Roysdon (by any other name), and Ictus Contemporary Music Ensemble (This Is Not A Pop Song II), among others….Read more

NEW CLASS SERIES!
Physical Inquiry and Somatic Practices
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway 

Schedule at a glance:

Qi Gong with Melanie Maar (starts 10/6)
Mondays and Fridays 10am-12pm

C O R E M O T I O N with Daria Faïn (starts 10/7)
Tuesdays 10am-12pm and Wednesdays 4-6pm

Pilates Mat Class for Dancers with Swan Pilates (starts 10/7)
Tuesdays 2-3:15pm

Alexander Technique (starts 10/8)
Wednesdays 2-4pm
Oct-Nov Rebecca Brooks, Dec-Jan Clare Maxwell

Contact Improvisation – The Basics (starts 10/2)
Thursdays 6-8pm
Oct Margaret Paek, Nov Bradley Teal Ellis, Dec-Jan K.J. Holmes

Feldenkrais Method with Jimena Paz (starts 10/3)
Fridays 4-6pm

 

MORNING CLASS:

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Levi Gonzalez. Morning Class
October 6-23. Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am-12pm. $14 
Movement Research at Danspace Project, 131 E 10th Street

We usually begin slowly, with imagery and gentle preparation inspired by various somatic traditions to access our awareness of the senses, the organs, the skeleton, the cells, gravity, and other energetic forces. Class may also include technical exercises, choreographic structures (“phrases”), improvisations, and performance constructs, with a focus on precision, ownership, and play.
Read Levi’s class description here.

Vicky Shick. Morning Class
September 23-October 13. Tuesday, Thursday 10am-12pm. $14
Movement Research at Danspace Project, 131 E 10th Street

Vicky Shick has been involved in the NYC dance community for 3 decades. She worked with many choreographers, is a former member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company and received “Bessies” for performance and choreography. In addition to showing work at Danspace, DTW, The Kitchen, P.S. 122 and WET, she made dances for Arizona State University, Barnard College and George Washington University. Shick was a 2006 Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant recipient and a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow.
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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS:

Mårten Spångberg
Discussion: Wait A Second, The Mood Is Dancy, Theory Without Boox, We Will Hear
October 12, 19 SUN 2-4pm $5 each
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor

Mårten Spångberg is a choreographer living and working in Stockholm. His interests concern choreography in an expanded field, something approached through experimental practices and creative process in multiplicity of formats and expressions…Read more

Movement Research at the Judson Church
October 13
Grace Courvoisier, Whitney V Hunter**, Kai Kleinbard, Arielle Pina
Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South

Open Performance
October 14
Moderated by Erin Ellen Kelly*
Carmen Caceres DanceAction, Ayano Elson, Krissy Harris
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor

 

ONGOING CLASSES (Click here for full descriptions):

Barbara Mahler. Klein Technique™
Tuesday, Thursday 10am-12pm. $14
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor

Elise Knudson. Contact Improvisation
September 3-24
Wednesday 6-8:30pm. $14
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor

Irene Dowd. Neuromuscular Preparation for Dance.
Tuesday 3-4:45pm. $14
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway

Karl Anderson. Skinner Releasing
WED 6-9pm $14
Randy Warshaw Studio

Karinne Keithley Syers. (sub for K.J. Holmes Athletics of Intimacy)
Saturday 11am-1pm. $14
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor

Janet Panetta.
Ballet for Contemporary Dancers
Monday-Friday 12-2pm. $17

Advanced Professional Ballet
Wednesday & Friday 10am-12pm. $17
Movement Research at Gibney Dance Center, 890 Broadway

The Underscore. Underscore Facilitators.
Sunday, October 12th.
2nd Sundays of each month. 5-8pm. $10

Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway 4th Floor

 

The Week Ahead: October 21st – October 27th

This Week at Movement Research… 

Monday October 21. 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: Christina Houle, Kai Kleinbard, Belinda McGuire Dance Projects, Veleda Roehl

Open Performance
Tuesday, October 22 at 7pm FREE.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
537 Broadway, 4th Floor 
Featuring works by Marcia Brooks/Various Works, Carmen Caceres & Dancers, Rebecca Lubart
Moderated by Courtney Krantz**
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Tuning Scores with Lisa Nelson
October 22-26 Tuesday – Saturday  10am-2pm
Cathy Weis Studio, 537 Broadway
$180 Full Workshop
TUNING SCORES Laboratory – Composition, communication, and the sense of imagination
A multi-sensorial approach to the questions: what do we ‘see’ when we look at dance? what do we ‘see’ from within the dance?’ The scores offer inner and outer communication tools and practices that make apparent the ways each of us sense and make sense of movement. A playful and rigorous dialogue-in-action about space, time, movement, and the innate desire to compose our experience. Creators/Performers in any discipline (dance, music, visual art, theater, science, engineering, farming) are welcome.

** 2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Classes this week with…

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Ori Flomin. Morning Class 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday. 10am-12pm. $14
Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway
The class encourages students to increase their movement possibilities and take risks in dancing by maximizing the benefits of the warmed-up body. The warm-up moves smoothly from floor to standing with a strong focus on anatomy to strengthen connections of correct alignment with an increase of fluidity in the joints.. Dancers will develop an understanding of the connections between their body and the floor, and will learn how to use momentum and breath to explore physically-full dancing with the least amount of muscular tension. During phrase work, dancers will learn how to incorporate information from the warm-up to execute more complicated sequences.

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

We’ll look at different ways of approaching ‘dance technique’… energy systems, physical systems, architectural-object-spatial relationships, contact and non-contact partner and solo improvisations. I take my current somatic, dance, and performance interests and apply them to a movement practice. A maximally informed approach to dancing. A space of respectful, creative permission for everyone’s body. A time to really let things move in all senses of the word… in relationship with and beyond oneself.

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

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.

K.J. Holmes. Improvisation Forms.
Saturday. 11:00-1:00 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

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

Zena Bibler, Sara Genoves-Sylvan, Chisa Hidaka, Emma Hoette, Elise Knudson, Lucy MahlerThe Underscore.
Sunday. 5:00pm-8:00pm. $5.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

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.

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church 6.4.2012

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 6.4. 2012

Featuring Works by Abigail Levine, Kai Kleinbard, Jessica Bravo Peña, Cori Olinghouse

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The Week Ahead. June 4-10, 2012.

This Week at Movement Research…
Monday June 4. Movement Research at the Judson Church.
8 PM. Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South.

Featuring works by Cori Olinghouse, Kai Kleinbard, Abigail Levine, Jessica Bravo Peña



Wednesday June 6. Open Performance.
8pm. A.R.T./New York South Oxford Space.

Featuring works by Irene Siegel, Ben Van Buren, Carmella Ollero, Rebeca Medina
Moderated by Jodi Bender



Classes this Week with: Miguel Gutierrez, Vicky Shick, Jen Abrams, Barbara Mahler, Shelley Senter, Karl Anderson

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Upcoming.

MELT Summer 2012
July 9 – August 10
MON – FRI 10am – 6pm Daily

www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/melt/
Five weeks of intensive workshops with internationally acclaimed faculty. Melt Faculty includes: Irene Dowd, Levi Gonzalez, Neil Greenberg, Lance Gries, K.J. Holmes, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Jen Joy, Eva Karczag, Pooh Kaye, Jennifer Lacey, Joe Levasseur, Barbara Mahler, Tere O’Connor, Jimena Paz, Lisa Race, Vicky Shick, RoseAnne Spradlin, David Thomson.

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, June 13, 2011.

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, June 16, 2011.

Featuring work by Kai Kleinbard, Narcissister, Maya Gurantz, the Bureau for the Future of Choreography




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The Week Ahead. June 13-19, 2011.

This Week at Movement Research…

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