Posts Tagged ‘Katia Casteñeda Urzúa’

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church 2.25.2013

Featuring works by koosil-ja, Naomi Goldberg Haas, Katia Casteñeda Urzúa, and Chris Aiken & Ray Chung

Body in Progress (working title)
Created by Geoff Matters and Koosil-ja for koosil-ja/danceKUMIKO
The final work will be presented by The Performing Garage, NYC in Fall/Winter 2013. The development of the work was supported by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space program through a real estate donation from Capstone Equities. Without their support, we could not have made this work.

Koosil-ja has received fellowships from NEA, NYFA, Guggenheim Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, a “Bessie” award, and LMCC President Award. Koosil-ja has been presented and commissioned: (In NY) The Kitchen, Aaron Davis Hall, Performance Space 122, Performing Garage, Danspace Project, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Central Park SummerStage, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, Japan Society, and Dance Theater Workshop, among others. She has also been presented nationally and internationally. She has taught and lectured in USA, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Japan, and Mexico. She also works with The Wooster Group. Koosil-ja holds a Master of Science degree from NYU POLY. koosil-ja/danceKUMIKO has received funds from MAP Fund, Cultural Development Fund, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and National Endowment for the Arts. koosil-ja/danceKUMIKO is a recipient of NYC Dance Response Fund, a program of Dance/NYC established by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. For more info:

Geoff Matters uses his own software “GDAM” along with innovative homemade and repurposed physical controllers in live and interactive music performances, under his real name or the aliases GeoffGDAM and Lance Blisters. As a founder of “Share” forum and open jam for audio and video artists, he helps provide a weekly opportunity to explore developments in live, collaborative, and experimental art, as well as a venue for performances by local and touring artists. As LANCE BLISTERS he performs LIVE Jungle, Breakcore, Punk, and Noise using MIDI Guitar and Microphone, using custom software to create cutup political anthems – a new and unique blend of songwriting, live performance, and electronic music. Geoff has performed in throughout the US and Europe. Geoff has composed and performed music and video for several dance pieces by koosil-ja/dance KUMIKO, including mech[a]OUTPUT (2003) deadmandancing EXCESS(2004) public sleep/Sleepover(2004, 2005) Live Processing (2006) and Dance Without Bodies (2006) and Blocks of Continuality (2010) and Invisible/Visible (2012). Geoff has received grants from Experimental Television Center and Meet The Composer and a commission from American Music Center Live Music For Dance.

Story by Linda Tarnay
Choreographed by Naomi Goldberg Haas/Dancers For A Variable Population
Music and Sound Composition by Jascha Narveson
Sound Recording by Larry Loewinger and Nick Chirumbolo
Dancers: Liz Beres, Sarah Donnelly, Erika Frankel, Lena Gilbert, Jamie Graham, Katherine Moore, Kaitlin Morse, Allie Pfeffer, Nellie Rainwater, Maggie Ronan, Samantha Siegal, Jeremy Zimmerman and Linda Tarnay
Special Thanks to Linda Mevorach and Elizabeth Gilmore for their vision, Sandy Broyard, Alison Manning and The Yard for initial support, and the dancers for their collaboration.

Naomi Goldberg Haas has worked in concert dance, theater, opera and film. She is the founding artistic director of Dances For A Variable Population (DVP), a multigenerational dance company offering performances, classes and community workshops. Most recently DVP co-presented “Roundup” with the Times Square Alliance on the Broadway plaza btw 46th and 47th Streets. Visit for more information.

Jascha Narveson was raised in a concert hall and put to sleep as a child with an old vinyl copy of the Bell Laboratories mainframe computer singing “Bicycle Built for Two.” He now makes music for people, machines, and interesting combinations of people and machines. To hear more of his work, go to:

Linda Tarnay recently retired from N.Y.U. Tisch School of the Arts where she taught for 35 years. She directed her own Company, Linda Tarnay and Dancers, and received choreography grants from NEA, NYSCA, and CAPS. She received citations for Distinguished Teaching from N.Y.U. and the American Dance Festival. She is also a writer of short stories influenced by her father, an English professor.

Tiredness or I was trying to think something when I realized that I’m exhausted.
Direction: Katia Castañeda Urzúa
Creative Team: Lina Villegas, Eduardo Withrington, Monica Palma, Clara Cristina Acosta, Katia Castaneda and Lily Rossebo.
Music: 2raumwohnung
Music edition: Alejandro Quintero
This is the first draft of a research about individual journey’s through the city; bodies drawing and painting their space in the crowd.
This project was made possible, in part, through the Movement Research Artist-In-Residence Program, funded, in part, by the Jerome Foundation and the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund.

Katia Castañeda Urzúa is a director, performer and teacher. She earned her degree in Dramatic Arts from Universidad Veracruzana. She works independently, acting and directing her own projects and in collaboration with diverse disciplines and with dance and theatre companies. She has work with Allora&Calzadilla, Quiatora Monorriel, Daniel Lara, Nadia Lartigue, Compañía Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes, Estudio 28, Arte físico, Pablo Mandoki and Abraham Oceranski among others. As a director she was the recipient of the Young Artists fellowship from the National Endowment of Arts, in Mexico in 2009-2010. She also received this distinction as a performer in 2001-2002. Currently, she’s a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence.

Duration Lab
An improvised performance created and performed by dancers Chris Aiken, Ray Chung and musician/composer Mike Vargas

Chris Aiken is a leading performer and teacher in the field of dance improvisation and contact improvisation. His work has evolved through ongoing investigations of performance, learning, perception and imagination. His work has been significantly influenced through the somatic practices of the Alexander Technique, ideokinesis, yoga and structural integration. Chris is an Assistant Professor and MFA Director in the Dance Department at Smith College and the Five College Dance Department. He recently premiered a new commissioned work with Angie Hauser entitled Utopia Parkway that was funded by the National Performance Network’s Commissioning Fund.

Ray Chung is a performer, teacher, engineer, and artist with a passion for dancing which he likes to share with other people. His main focus is improvisation and he has worked with Contact Improvisation since 1979 as part of improvisational performance practice and integrates other movement forms into his work, including martial arts, bodywork and Authentic Movement. Ray has worked with the leading proponents of Contact Improvisation and regularly collaborates with dancers, musicians, and other artists.

Mike Vargas works internationally as a freelance composer performing, teaching, recording, and improvising. Primarily a solo artist and a pianist, Vargas also specializes in percussion and electronic music. He regularly presents concerts of his work, sometimes collaborating with other musicians and artists, often in relatively small ensembles. Vargas has released 9 CDs of his music and in 2003 published an article in Contact Quarterly entitled, “Looking at Composition is like Painting the Golden Gate Bridge: 86 Aspects of Composition.” He is currently on the faculty in the dance department at Smith College. He has a daughter, Gray, and lives with his partner Nancy Stark Smith in Florence, Massachusetts.

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