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Movement Research at the Judson Church – May 4, 2015

Featuring works by Vanessa Justice, Mina Nishimura*, Vicky Shick**, Yve Laris Cohen


The Relational Body Project, Part Three (excerpt/work-in-progress)
Choreography: Vanessa Justice
Performers: Vanessa Justice, Lily Ockwell and Kendra Portier
Text: Verbatim from conversation overheard on the trains and sidewalks of NYC

The Relational Body Project is a series of works performed in close proximity to the audience that explores the body as a relational entity. (Part One occurred as a Studio Series at New York Live Arts, Part Two was a multi-channel video installed at The New Museum/auntsforcamera, Part Three will occur on NYC sidewalks and train platforms in summer/fall 2015, and Part Four will be a culminating, staged performance in 2017.)
(Please note: Vanessa is currently seeking advanced dancers okay with singing/vocalization and performing in pedestrian, public spaces. Please email her if interested. Also, please email Vanessa if you would like to receive notices about when/where her public interaction-performances will occur:


Title: Sketch 2 (of unknown landscape)
Created and Performed by Mina Nishimura
Music: Canon in Major D by Johann Pachelbel, Suite for Orchestra No. 3 in D Major by J.S. Bach


Snippets: In Process
By Vicky Shick with Dancers: Donna Costello, Olsi Gjeci, Lily Gold, Omagbitse Omagbemi, Jimena Paz, Wendy Perron, and Marilyn Maywald Yahel
Sound: Jean Derome, Elise Kermani and B.B. King

This is a series of snippets, most of which were made one-on-one. Today will be the first time we are together in the same place at the same time sharing them with you and with each other. This is truly a work-in-process.


April 19, 2015
by Yve Laris Cohen
with Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper


* 2013 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence
** 2015 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Week Ahead Blog Post: June 15-22

This Week at Movement Research…


 Sunday Process Lab with Mina Nishimura

Sunday June 15 5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway

In this laboratory, my current research around butoh scores and internal landscape as well as some of my somatic practices around nuanced forms and movements will be shared and practiced with participants. After a brief introduction to butoh and butoh scores, how to use actual butoh scores in your own creation process will be explored and discussed. Drawing and writing are involved in the process of exploration.

RSVP here



Monday June 16. Movement Research at the Judson Church

Performances by Julian Barnett, Caitlin Cook, Paul Singh, Katie Workum

Judson Church, 8:00 pm
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY


Tuesday, June 17. Open Performance

Moderator Mina Nishimura

Performances by Richard Olson, Catarina Trota, Elena Vazintaris Dance Projects

Eden’s Expressway
537 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY



luciana achugar. Morning Class

Monday June 16 last day10am-12pm. $14 
Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

luciana achugar is a Brooklyn-based choreographer from Uruguay who grew as an artist in close dialogue with the NY and Montevideo contemporary dance communities. She began making work collaboratively with Levi Gonzalez in 1999, and in 2002 she started working independently. Her work is concerned with the post-colonial world, searching for an undoing of current power structures from the inside out. She is a two-time “Bessie” recipient, a Guggenheim Fellow and Creative Capital Grantee
Read luciana’s class description here.


Levi Gonzalez. Morning Class
June 18-July 2. Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am-12pm. $14
Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.
Levi Gonzalez is a dance artist whose work has been presented in NYC and beyond for the past 14 years. He has performed with Donna Uchizono, John Jasperse, Juliette Mapp, Daria Faïn, ChameckiLerner, and Michael Laub, and has collaborated extensively with luciana achugar. He was most recently a 2010-12 BAX Artist-in-Residence.
Read Levi’s class description here



Vicky Shick. Morning Class
June 17-June 26. Tuesday, Thursday 10am-12pm. $14 
Movement Research at Danspace Project, 131 E 10th St.
Vicky Shick has been involved in the NYC dance community since the late 1970s. A member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company for 6 years, she has also worked with many other NYC-based choreographers and has made dances for over 20 years. She received “Bessies” for performance and choreography and most recently showed work in April 2013 at Danspace Project. In addition to showing her work at Danspace, DTW, The Kitchen, and P.S 122, she has made dances for Arizona State, Barnard College and George Washington University. Shick teaches regularly in Europe and the U.S, mostly for Movement Research, and for the last 12 years at Hunter College. She was a 2006 Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant recipient and a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow.
Read Vicky’s class description here

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

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

Kayvon Pourazar. Morning Class 
Tuesday, Thursday 10am-12pm. $14 
Movement Research at Danspace Project, 131 E 10th St.

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

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

Jen Rosenblit. Improvisational Forms
Saturday 11am – 1pm. $14
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor



The Week Ahead: January 27 – February 2

This Week at Movement Research…

Performances and Events:


Monday, January 27. Movement Research at the Judson Church
8pm. Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South
Seating is limited, so arrive early
Featuring works by Liana Conyers, Pamela Díaz-Lobos (Teatro Urbano PAT Chile) / Marcela Rendic Parera (LIMO), Pepper Fajans, Mina Nishimura
Tuesday, January 28. Open Performance
7pm. Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor
Featuring works by Daniel Flores/Rebecca Bruno, KitchenSink Collective, Florence Nasar
Moderated by Tara O’Con

Feb 2 SUN 5-8pm $5
Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway
I have been workshopping methods that allow practices of the voice and body to exist as the same organism. I will share specific exercises that have helped me to access a more densely layered and articulate singing body. We will wake up the internal space that unites all perceptual facets, and open our ears as well as our skin, muscle, and bone to sound. Come prepared to touch and be touched, to move and be moved, as well as listen. It will be energizing and rigorous. No prior experience with the voice is required…read more


Juliette Mapp. Morning Class
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00am-12:oopm. $14 
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor
Juliette Mapp is a dancer, teacher and choreographer based in NYC. Juliette has taught and performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, South America and the United States. She has been on the faculty of The George Washington University, Hunter College and Fordham University and currently teaches at The New School. Juliette is a 2013 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. She received a “Bessie” in 2002 for her dancing and one in 2008 for choreography.
Read Juliette’s class description here

Ongoing Classes (Click here for full descriptions):

Barbara Mahler. Klein Technique™
Tuesday, Thursday 10:00am-12:00pm. $14
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor

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

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

Charles Mosey. Contact Improvisation
Wednesday 6:00-8:30pm. $14
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor

Karl Anderson. Skinner Releasing
Wednesday 6:00-9:00pm. $14
Randy Warshaw Studio, 115 Wooster St., #2F

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

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


The Week Ahead: November 25 – December 1

This Week at Movement Research…

There will be NO CLASS November 28 – 29. Regularly scheduled classes resume on November 30.

Performances and Events:

Open Performance
Tuesday, November 26 at 7pm FREE.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway
537 Broadway, 4th Floor 
Featuring works by Jamie Boyle, Ann Van Kuren, Artistic Director of VanDance Inc., Jesse Fort White
Moderated by Mina Nishimura*

*2013 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

Upcoming Workshops and Events…
Movement Research Town Hall Meeting
Gibney Dance Center
890 Broadway, 5th Floor
Speakers include: Walter Dundervill, Marjani Forté, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Melinda Ring 
Movement Research exists, and is known, as a theoretical model of openness and experimentation. It doesn’t dictate but rather creates a space in which to follow one’s own intention or aesthetic. Over time, what shifts have occurred in the role MR plays for us as dance artists and in the culture at large? Is there a tension between the individuality and the collectivity that exists in the MR community of practice, thought and doing, and the making/marketing of our identity(ies)? What role does the dancer/dance-maker play in an age that valorizes and fetishizes making?

Robert Davidson. Skinner Releasing Master Class 
Wednesday 7:00pm – 10:00pm. $14.
Randy Warshaw Studio
115 Wooster St., #2F.
Master teacher, musician, aerial dance performer and choreographer—has been Head of Movement at the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver since 1997. Prior to that he was director of his own aerial dance company, touring nationally and internationally, and receiving numerous grants and creative fellowships. Throughout his career he has collaborated with many diverse theatre directors and acting teachers on hundreds of classical and experimental projects. His expertise lies in teaching Skinner Releasing Technique, movement improvisation, and aerial dance on low-flying trapezes. A member of Who’s Who for life, he gardens passionately in Denver whenever the weather allows.

Classes this week with…
Nia Love. Morning Class 
Monday, Wednesday 10:00am – 12:00pm. $14
Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway
Class starts with across the floor rhythmic gaits that investigate independence in the body. Stacking sequential rhythmic patterns build on cardio and core work that emphasizes a feminine-derived energy where conical movement attaches to the base of the spine and radiates up through the core and out to the extremities. Center floor exercises focus on skeletal-muscular motion; rotations, isolations, and weight shifts explore a more grounded approach. The incorporation of a more crisp sensibility to an urban approach that partners up with African, postmodern, Butoh, funk and blues sensibilities. The goal: to break down inhibitions, fine tune modern techniques, yet approach dance with a sense of abandonment!

Levi Gonzalez. Morning Class.
Tuesday 10:00am – 12:00pm. $14.
Danspace Project, 131 E. 10th Street.

Using the morning technique class structure as a model, this class will focus on dance as a physical, conceptual, and experiential practice, with an emphasis on cultivating presence inside of the forms. Class often begins with imagery and gentle preparation culled from various body-based somatic modalities that access our awareness of the organs, the skeleton, gravity, and energetic pathways through the architecture of the body and into the space. Class may also include technical exercises, choreographic structures, improvisations, and performance constructs, taking our time to engage with these materials with precision, imagination, and a thorough and informed sense of embodiment.

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

Barbara Mahler. Klein Technique™ with Barbara Mahler – for movers of all kinds.
Tuesday 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.

K.J. Holmes. Athletics of Intimacy.
Saturday. 11:00pm – 1:00pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.


HARDCORPS Spring Festival: Here’s what’s happening Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6!

For Full Festival Details, Visit: Pyle, Photo by Alex Escalante

Katy Pyle, Photo by Alex Escalante


Prosody and Commoning on Governor’s Island exhibition and performance by Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik

11AM: door opens Exhibition (on display all day): drawings and documentation concerning commoning and the Prosodic Body

1PM-3PM: Talks and Discussion with feminist activist, teacher, communalist historian Silvia Federici and the visionary socialist, writer, composer, bandleader, baritone saxophonist Fred Ho, moderated by Robert Kocik. Fred Ho: FUTURE’S END: COMMUNISM AND ECOLOGY, REVOLUTION IS THE ONLY SOLUTION AND IT MUST BE LUDDITE! In this talk Fred Ho will ask: what is revolutionary socialist ludditism? Why is it the only solution? Why is it matriarchal (matri-centric) and indigenous-centric and why must these features be the foundation for a truly effectively revolutionary movement? More on Sylvia Federici: (the nature of her talk will be announced in a subsequent email).

3PM-4PM: Performance of the Commons Choir (conceived and directed by Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik). This piece is called Re-English-a re-tuning, an atoning for the fact that our current economic, climate and security crises are consequents of the sonic and connotative qualities of the English language-by means of phonemes as cosmogony; sound sequences as specific biochemical signaling, a reparation narrative, poetry as protection, and full recovery of the lost optative mood. With Aretha Aoki, Margot Basset, Chung-chen Chang , Stephen Cooper, Levi Gonzalez, Hazuki Homma, Masumi Kishimota, Dora Koimtzi, Athena Kokoronis, Martin Lanz, Mina Nishimura, Peter Sciscioli, Kensaku Shinohara and Samita Sinha.

4PM-5PM: Screening of Collecting Collective Phase I: Filmic interpretations of commoning directed by Iki Nakagawa with contributions from Caterina Verde and Douglas Manson.

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