Posts Tagged ‘Michal Samama’

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church 3.11.2013

Featuring works by Rebecca Bryant, Michal Samama, Ann Sofie Clemmensen & Tamara Carrasco, and Kate Martel

Suite Female: Part IX
Choreography and Video by Rebecca Bryant
Music by Don Nichols

Coming from a visual art background, dancemaker Rebecca Bryant combines pre-determined and extemporaneous movement with text, video, sound, and objects to address current societal phenomena. In addition to solo work, she performs with Lower Left Performance Collective (dance/theater) and the Past Modern Performance Duo (dance/percussion/new media), and has danced with renowned and emerging choreographers including Nina Martin, Shelley Senter, Wally Cardona, Kim Epifano, Victoria Marks, Lionel Popkin, Liam Clancy, Marianne Kim, Randé Dorn, and Manuelito Biag. Bryant has performed across the US and in Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, with projects supported by multiple residencies. Bryant currently resides in West Lafayette, Indiana where she is Assistant Professor of Dance at Purdue University.

A Piece of Meat Stuck in My Throat
Created and Performed by Michal Samama in collaboration with Inbal Hever
This work was made possible, in part, through the Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program, funded, in part, by the Jerome Foundation, the Davis/Dauray Family Fund, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Michal Samama is a New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks 2012-2013 Artist-in-Residence and a Movement Research 2011-2013 Artist-in-Residence. She was recently awarded a New Dance Alliance LiftOff Residency and participated in The Field Artist Residency. Since arriving to NYC in 2010, her work has been presented at Dixon Place, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Joyce SoHo, Chez Bushwick, Priska C. Juschka Gallery, First Street Green, Vaudeville Park, and the 92nd St Y. In Berlin she performed at the Home Sweet Home Festival and the Grimmuseum. In Israel her work has been shown in Suzanne Dellal Center, Tmuna Theater, Tzavta Theater, and more.

Inbal Hever is a mezzo soprano whose repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary classical music. She has performed as a soloist in Europe, Israel, and, recently, New York.

MODE
Choreography/Performer: Ann Sofie Clemmensen
Co-creator/Performer: Tammy Carrasco
Music: Sound design by Ann Sofie Clemmensen
This is the second time that Ann Sofie Clemmensen and Tammy Carrasco have collaborated together. In MODE they are revisiting movement material that they generated in their former collaboration (a group work). In reshaping the material into a duet, they are exploring how their relationship to the movements are changing, as the rearrangement of order, time, and intent solidifies the former into something new.

Ann Sofie Clemmensen is an emerging Danish choreographer. She will graduate with an MFA in Dance from Ohio State University in May 2013. Tammy Carrasco is a first year MFA student in the Ohio State University dance department of dance.

Relic
Choreography: Kate Martel with contributions from Whitney Jacobs
Performed by: Kate Martel, Whitney Jacobs
Music: Cjc, Clip
Costumes: Kate Martel

Kate Martel grew up in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, she has danced in NYC since 2002. A member of Laura Peterson Choreography since 2007, Kate has performed dances by Luis Lara Malvacias, Juliette Mapp, David Hurwith, Sarah White-Ayon, and Nora Stephens. Abandoned classrooms, rooftops, blackbox theaters, and lofts have been homes to her choreographic experiments (St. Cecilia’s, Rooftop Dance, Dixon Place, and Women in Motion). She has taught nationally, internationally, and is currently on faculty at Western Connecticut State University. Having earned her B.A. in Dance from Goucher College, Kate is pursuing her M.F.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is also participating in the Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course at Balance Arts Center. Big thanks, Whitney, for your collaboration!

The Week Ahead. March 11-17.

This Week at Movement Research… Another busy week! Come check out what should be an amazing Studies Project event on Monday, and a week-long I.D.D. Workshop with Elizabeth Corbett!

Monday March 11. 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: Rebecca Bryant, Kate Martel, Michal Samama*, Ann Sofie Clemmensen & Tamara Carrasaco**

Wednesday March 13. Open Performance.
8pm. A.R.T./NY, South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St, Brooklyn.
FREE!

Featuring works by Cynthia Berkshire, Irene Siegel, Cindy Stevens, Yuka Takahashi
Moderated by K.J. Holmes***

*2011 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence
**MFA Candidates, The Ohio State University; a Movement Research Exchange/OSU project, supported in part by Ohio State University
***2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Workshops and Events this Week.

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

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.

Monday March 11.
Studies Project: Overlapping Circles (Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Performance, Practice, Human Collaboration).

5:30-7:30pm
Gibney Dance Center
RSVP encouraged to info@movementresearch.org
A conversation with Nancy Stark Smith, K.J. Holmes, Jennifer Monson & Jen Rosenblit

Improvisation as a practice, and particularly the rich history of Contact Improvisation, has spread throughout the world in various permutations and with multiple offshoots, evolutions, hybrids, specializations, etc. With improvisation in some form or another as a now ubiquitous presence in much of contemporary dance, how are people grappling with the various practices of improvisation in the context of contemporary performance?
How do we situate our dancing in the larger world? Is it performance? Practice? Who is it for and how does it serve and/or inspire us and others? What tools and materials are we using — and toward what ends?

Upcoming Workshops and Events.

Tuesday March 19. Studies Project: Performing the Changing City: Public space, transformative events and creative action in New York.
7pm
Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
Organized by Abigail Levine and Paloma McGregor
With panelists luciana achugar, Randy Martin, Jenny Romaine, and Niegel Smith
FREE

“…careening astronauts and bank clerks glancing at the clock before lunch; actresses cowling at light-ringed mirrors and freight elevator operators grinding a thumbful of grease on a steel handle: student riots; that dark women in bodegas shook their heads last week because in six months prices have risen outlandishly; how coffee tastes after you’ve held it in your mouth, cold, a whole minute.” -Samuel R. Delany, Dhalgren

Hurricanes, transit strikes, planned and unplanned explosions, occupations… Bike lanes, bus lanes, protest pens, command centers… Pedestrian zones, redevelopment zones, disaster zones… How is the landscape of our city changing and what are the possibilities for creative response? Looking at the shifting social, economic, and literal topography of our city through the frame of transformative events and policy decisions, we ask the question: what is the role of artists, activists, and all citizens in conceiving, creating, and defending (a notion of) public space? And conversely, what is the role of public space as a partner in creative expression and action? luciana achugar, Randy Martin, Jenny Romaine, and Niegel Smith reflect on our shifting urban landscape and offer opportunities to imagine how we might enact our city in the future.

April 12-20.  
Workshop with Larissa Velez-Jackson: What is My Work? A workshop based on the format of a peer panel review.

Friday April 12, 2:30-5:30pm
Saturday April 13 4:30-7:30pm
Friday April 19 2:30-5:30pm
Saturday April 20 4:30-7:30pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
$70
Register Now: http://www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/?class=workshops

This workshop addresses the necessity for a practice that generates language to support one’s work and the work of others. We will find ways to create that language in a peer setting through sharing, seeing, dialoguing, and creative writing exercises. In this workshop, 4-5 students show up to 20 min. of work (live or video), and the class discusses the work and investigates the process of discussion as well. Be prepared with a segment of your artist statement or some language about your excerpt, along with a pen.

Classes this week with…

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

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 within and beyond oneself. Structure = warm-up leads to choreographed phrase work.

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

Movement Practice
The class will begin with an anatomy focused warm-up, drawn from both traditional and recent techniques, aiming to align and re-pattern the energy flow in the body in order to find support from the floor and our connection into space. We will begin with simple movements, improvisation scores, exercises, and sequences gradually building in complexity. We will learn movement material, some from Jasperse’s work and some created for these explorations. Our goal will be to integrate energetic patterning explored in the first portion of class and to play with different manners of experiencing and embodying the choreographic material.

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.

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

Margaret Paek. Contact Improvisation.
Wednesday. 6:30-8:30 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.

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 4.2.2012

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 4.2.2012

Featuring Works by Michal Samama*, Katie Rose McLaughlin, Harmony Wolfe, Arturo Vidich
* 2011 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

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The Week Ahead. April 2-8, 2012

This Week at Movement Research…

Monday April 2. Movement Research at the Judson Church.
Featuring works by Arturo Vidich, Katie Rose Mclaughlin, Harmony Wolfe, and Michal Samama*

Wednesday April 4. Open Performance.
Featuring works by Chase Angier, Jennifer Mellor Dance Project, Sophie Schapiro, Loren Groenendaal
Moderated by David Thomson*

*2011 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Classes this Week with: Asli Bulbul, Irene Dowd, Barbara Mahler, Jimena Paz, Rebecca Brooks, Ori Flomin, K.J Holmes and Bradley Ellis.

Upcoming.

Workshop with Kathy Westwater
April 30, May 2, May 4.
MON WED FRI 10 AM-12 PM

Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
$60

Register online: www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/?class=workshops
SHAKE/WALK
Taking two everyday forms of movement, we will allow these forms to disorganize within, and to be disorganizing of, our bodies. This process will lead us into understandings of function and form and also into expressive potentials that arise within experimental states of disorder. As we explore in solo, duet, and ensemble improvisations, moving periodically in contact and/or with eyes closed, the lines between states of order and disorder will be at times stark and at others blurred. The sensations that arise within this unstable and unbound matrix range from relaxing to energizing, from disorienting to freeing.

jimena-paz-from-hay-hayMELT Summer 2012
July 9 – August 10th 2012
MON – FRI 10am-6pm Daily

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

Pay and Registration Here: http://www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/melt/register.php

The Week Ahead: March 26-April 1, 2012.

This Week at Movement Research… Come take class!

Monday March 26. NO Movement Research at the Judson Church.
Movement Research at the Judson Church will resume on April 2, 2012 featuring works by Arturo Vidich, Katie Rose Mclaughlin, Harmony Wolfe, and Michal Samama.*

Wednesday March 28. Open Performance.
Featuring works by Jennifer Neff, Billy Schultz, Christina Axelsen, and Alexa Weir. Moderated by Ben Spatz**

*2011 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence
** 2010 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Classes this Week with: Bradley Ellis, Levi Gonzalez, Janet Panetta, Jennifer Nugent, Barbara Mahler, and K.J Holmes.

Upcoming.

Workshop with Kathy Westwater
April 30, May 2, May 4.
MON WED FRI 10 AM-12 PM
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
$60

Register online: http://www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/?class=workshops
SHAKE/WALK
Taking two everyday forms of movement, we will allow these forms to disorganize within, and to be disorganizing of, our bodies. This process will lead us into understandings of function and form and also into expressive potentials that arise within experimental states of disorder. As we explore in solo, duet, and ensemble improvisations, moving periodically in contact and/or with eyes closed, the lines between states of order and disorder will be at times stark and at others blurred. The sensations that arise within this unstable and unbound matrix range from relaxing to energizing, from disorienting to freeing.

The Week Ahead: January 16-22, 2012.

This Week at Movement Research… Week 3 of Winter MELT, and Open Performance.

Monday January 16. NO Movement Research at the Judson Church. Happy MLK Day!
Movement Research at the Judson Church will resume January 23. Please check the website for more details.

Wednesday January 18. Open Performance.
8 PM. A.R.T./New York South Oxford Space.
Featuring work by Taylor Donofrio, Jen McGinn, Donna Costello, and Miryam Prodanovic.
Moderated by Michal Samama.

Classes this Week.
Due to Winter MELT workshops, not all classes are running as usual. Please check the website for details about which classes are running and where.

Upcoming.

International Dance Dialogues: Workshop with Thomas Hauert
January 24 – January 27
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
12:15 pm-12:45 pm
Avenue C Studio

http://www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/?class=workshops
Tools for Dance Improvisation
Every joint of our body has its range of movement, there are countless possible combinations. The body contains a great practical knowledge far beyond what the mind is capable of processing, resulting in an ever-changing, fluid sense of orientation that can serve as a sensor for potential movement. Through (group) improvisation with one or more partners, exchanging information through touch, we will take advantage of this phenomenon to create forms, rhythms, movement qualities more sophisticated than our minds could invent. This event is part of International Dance Dialogues (IDD), created and curated by Janet Panetta.

Workshop with Daria Faïn & Robert Kocik
Jan 15, Feb 19
SUN 2-6pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
for non-choir member: $25 per drop-in
for choir members : $15 per drop-in

register here http://www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/?class=workshops
PROSODIC BODY Workshop: Choreoprosodia (the fusion of movement and prosody)
These six workshops focus on the sonic properties of language exploring the correspondences between energy centers, hormonal secretion, seed movements, sonic harmony, and emotional and neurological impact. Spending time with each of the different phoneme-harmonic-compositions developed for the Phoneme Choir, we will use a ‘scientific methodology’ to differentiate and name how each affects individuals and inform us of their healing and performative properties.

The week ahead: January 9-15, 2012.

This Week at Movement Research… Week 2 of Winter MELT.

Monday January 9. NO Movement Research at the Judson Church.
Movement Research at the Judson Church will resume January 23. Please check the website for more details.


Wednesday January 11. NO Open performance.
Open Performance will resume on January 18.

Sunday January 15. Workshop with Daria Faïn & Robert Kocik
2-6pm. Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway.
for non-choir member: $25 per drop-in
for choir members : $15 per drop-in

PROSODIC BODY Workshop: Choreoprosodia (the fusion of movement and prosody)
These six workshops focus on the sonic properties of language exploring the correspondences between energy centers, hormonal secretion, seed movements, sonic harmony, and emotional and neurological impact. Spending time with each of the different phoneme-harmonic-compositions developed for the Phoneme Choir, we will use a ‘scientific methodology’ to differentiate and name how each affects individuals and inform us of their healing and performative properties.
Classes this Week.
Due to Winter MELT workshops, not all classes are running as usual. Please check the website for details about which classes are running and where.


Upcoming.

International Dance Dialogues: Workshop with Thomas Hauert
January 24 – January 27
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
12:15 pm-12:45 pm
Avenue C Studio

Tools for Dance Improvisation
Every joint of our body has its range of movement, there are countless possible combinations. The body contains a great practical knowledge far beyond what the mind is capable of processing, resulting in an ever-changing, fluid sense of orientation that can serve as a sensor for potential movement. Through (group) improvisation with one or more partners, exchanging information through touch, we will take advantage of this phenomenon to create forms, rhythms, movement qualities more sophisticated than our minds could invent. This event is part of International Dance Dialogues (IDD), created and curated by Janet Panetta.

Workshop with Daria Faïn & Robert Kocik
Jan 15, Feb 19
SUN 2-6pm
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
for non-choir member: $25 per drop-in
for choir members : $15 per drop-in

PROSODIC BODY Workshop: Choreoprosodia (the fusion of movement and prosody)
These six workshops focus on the sonic properties of language exploring the correspondences between energy centers, hormonal secretion, seed movements, sonic harmony, and emotional and neurological impact. Spending time with each of the different phoneme-harmonic-compositions developed for the Phoneme Choir, we will use a ‘scientific methodology’ to differentiate and name how each affects individuals and inform us of their healing and performative properties.

Studio Time – Some thoughts, photos and a poem

Hi,

My name is Michal. I am a choreographer and a performer and this is the first time I am writing here. Recently I’ve been working mainly on solo performances, and that means that I spend most of my time all alone in the studio. I believe this is the motivation behind my attempt here to invite you to my studio. To visit the studio is to share in a constellation of thinking, moving, questioning, sometimes hating(mostly myself), dreaming and so much more.

Our time in the studio, so essential to our creative process, is often passed over in silence, and it’s no accident. The studio mediates between our daily routine, sometimes banal, sometimes intimate, and the stage. Between our lives on stage and off it. It’s messy, somewhere in between the private, raw experience that seeks its expression, and the processed, sometimes polished, end result.  This is a first attempt to put some of my experience in the studio into words (and pictures):

I’m not sure whether it was always this way or if it’s a recent thing that presents itself as having always-already been there, but in any case it seems I always find my self walking around with this feeling that if I  just make one tiny mistake, one careless movement, the tower of cards I have built will collapse in a heartbeat.

I believe I am not alone with this experience… and the word that comes to mind lately is –

Fragility.

This word in itself seems to me so lonely and fragile but it also has a very strong presence.

Frightening and frustrating as this fragility may be outside the studio, it is precisely what I seek in my studio work and performance.

That fragility of the moment, the image, the body. What keeps me on my toes.

The frequently changing meaning. The movement of meaning.

Enormous tension in every action. Alertness, urgency in every step.

Having something at stake, something to lose. Between risk and opportunity – to succeed or to fail,

to win or to lose.

The studio offers me a secure and intimate environment, that allows me to give myself over to fragility, the condition for the emergence of a rare moment of truth.

***********

studio-up

studio-up

studio-down

studio-down

studio-self-portrait

studio-self-portrait

*Photos from Chez Bushwick studio, were taken by Michal Samama

Hezi Leskly (1952-1994) was a poet, a critic and also a choreographer.
Here is one of his poems which I am always inspired by (with a translation by Yuval Kremnitzer, who was also very helpful with writing this post)

The Triumph by Hezi Leskly

The struggle between listlessness and labor,
ended with victory on listlessness side.
I wanted to announce the news,
but annunciation is laborious.
I wanted to embrace my friends,
but embracing is too complicated of a pa de deux.

I wanted to drink a glass of water,
But the water was a thousand light years away from the glass.
There will not be another round.
Listlessness has won.

Michal Samama, Movement Research 2011 Artist-in-Residence

www.michalsamama.com


Video Clips from Movement Research at The Judson Church 3.7.2011

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, March 7, 2011. Featuring work by Michal Samama, Christhian Diaz, Nora Stephens, Athena Kokoronis

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The Week Ahead. March 7-March 13, 2011.

This Week at Movement Research…

miriam-wolf-by-ian-douglas

Monday March 7. Movement Research at the Judson Church.
8pm. 55 Washington Square South.
Featuring works by Michal Samama, Athena Kokoronis, Christhian Diaz, Nora Stephens Read the rest of this entry »

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