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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.

The Week Ahead. February 25-March 3.

This Week at Movement Research… Judson is back, and we have some AMAZING workshops coming up in March!

Monday February 25. Movement Research at the Judson Church.
8pm. Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South.

Seating is limited, so arrive early.
Featuring works by: koosil-ja, Chris Aiken & Ray Chung, Katia Castaneda Urzua*, Naomi Goldberg Hass

*2012  Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Upcoming Events

March 6-10, WED-SUN. Workshop with Nancy Stark Smith.
WED-FRI 10am-6pm, Eden’s Expressway
SAT 10:30am-5:30pm, Gibney Dance Center
SAT 6-7:45pm, Underscore talk-thru, Gibney Dance Center
SUN 12-4pm, Underscore practice, New York City Center

EXPRESS TRAIN TO STATES OF GRACE: CI, contemplation, and composition
Like scaling Mt Everest, States of Grace is a pinnacle — elusive, ever-present, dangerous, fantasized, in our minds. And our bodies. “States of Grace” is what can happen when all the balls are in the air at once: solo dancing, contact improvisation, non-CI improvisation, contemplation, composition, listening, performance/art, mystery, and humanity. Many questions. Embodied research. Can we move easily between solo, contact improvisation, group work, somatic sources and impulses, and compositional awareness? What does this make? Only way to discover is to do it and find out. The Underscore on Sunday is the culminating vehicle for our discoveries. Participants should have previous experience with Contact Improvisation.

March 9-10, SAT-SUN.
THE UNDERSCORE: a talk and a practice with Nancy Stark Smith and Mike Vargas (music)
March 9 SAT 6-7:45pm, Underscore talk-thru, Gibney Dance Center
March 10 SUN 12-4pm, Underscore practice, New York City Center

(Included in Nancy’s States of Grace workshop. There will be some places open for others to join just for the Underscore talk and practice.)
The Underscore is a long jamming/contact/improvisation/composition score that Nancy has been developing since the early 1990s as a framework for dance improvisation research. It guides dancers through a series of “changing states” — from solo relaxation and sensitizing to gravity and support, through group circulation and interaction, contact improvisation engagements, opening out to full group improvisation, and back to rest and reflection. Previous experience with Contact Improvisation and attendance at the talk is required for participation in the Underscore practice.

March 4-8. International Dance Dialogues Workshop with Alice Chauchat.
MON-FRI 12:15-2:45pm
Avenue C Studio
$75 for full workshop, $18 drop-in

Taking the following as an ambitious base, we’ll try out various configurations in which we might think-act together what a community choreography could be, understanding the idea of community not in terms of difference from other groups but in terms of a specific way of being together.
Ten statements on collective practice*
1. members of the group participate with their entire bodies, experiences and thoughts
2. each member is responsible for what she shares within the group
3. each member is responsible for the way she processes what is shared within the group
4. short-cut negotiations
5. general agreement is not desirable
6. create a common that is based on individual experience
7. practitioners should focus on their own activity rather than on the general composition
8. only the practitioners themselves can evaluate their own activity
9. leave space for individuals to resist the group dynamics
10. don’t direct each other
* ten statements is a game from everybody’s toolbox

March 11-15. International Dance Dialogues Workshop with Elizabeth Corbett.
MON-FRI 2-4pm
Gibney Dance Center
$75 for full workshop, $18 drop-in

Forsythe Improv and Phrase Workshop
Long time Forsythe dancer Elizabeth Corbett guides an exploration into the working methodologies inspired by the creative processes of William Forsythe. In this workshop dancers explore and develop improvisation approaches and deconstruction of Forsythe’s phrase work toward accessing the inner logic and unfolding mechanisms in the work.

Classes this week with…

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

Beauty, awkwardness, form, strength, weakness. Intended to be both laboratory and class, we will delve into the design of the body and its potential within a given moment. Through open practices, stretch and placement, technique studies, and movement phrases, habits will be discovered, challenged, and seen through a new lens. A concentration on the forces through the legs will lead to finding the range in separate body parts and ways to use your weight into the floor. My hope is for you to feel present and challenged and to leave class with a few answers and many more questions.

Hristoula Harakas. Morning Class.
Tuesday and Thursday. 10:00am-12:00pm. $14.
Danspace Project, 131 E. 10th Street.

This class will dedicate itself to promoting spatial and corporeal awareness, through clarity and precision. Inviting ourselves to question, welcome, enhance, abandon and rediscover movement patterns, focal points, qualities, personal habits and preferences in order to stay alert in the present moment. Through a gentle warm up, using a series of improvisational but mostly set exercises we will transition to a pre-conceived phrase to share experiences while encouraging individuality. Let’s perceive ‘technique’ as an invaluable tool that opens doors and allows our bodies to be present in the now.

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.
Tuesday, 6:15pm-7:45pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

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

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

Karl Anderson. Skinner Releasing Technique (Ongoing Level).
Saturday. 10:00 am-1:00 pm. $14.
Randy Warshaw Studio, 115 Wooster St., #2F.

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.

Critical Correspondence – March 2010

Hello all on this beautiful Tuesday morning. It has been a busy few weeks and the CC team has been typing at full speed to bring you words from some of the great artists that make up this community. This month we have published six interviews! We have contributions from Meg Wolfe, Juliana May, koosil-ja, Meg Stuart and Trajal Harrell on Auf den Tisch! (Performa 09) and Kathy Westwater. Each of these featured artists have been interviewed about their processes and thoughts in regards to their most recent work.

CC has also published two new projects. One involves choreographers Karen Ivy ad Colleen Leonardi. Read what these women have to say on “knowledge in dance.” The published discussion is the first of many more to come. And last, but not least What Sustains You? is a new project that asks specific artists what sustains them as artists/people as they work in ways to transform structures and relationships. This month CC interviewed Justine Lynch. Watch a short video and listen to What Sustains Justine Lynch? and her theories on money as a collaboration with energy. If you are interested in being interviewed for the What Sustains You? project or have someone(s) in mind who you’d like to hear from, let us know at

Be well people,
The Critical Correspondence Team

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