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Studies Project: Movement Research Festival Fall 2013: Performing Vulnerability

Movement Research Festival Fall 2013 Studies Project: Performing Vulnerability

Adrienne Truscott with panelists: niv Acosta, Ben Asriel, Hilary Clark, Miguel Gutierrez and Juliana May

Jimmy’s 43, December 4, 2013 as part of Movement Research’s Festival Fall 2013 “Le Song, Ya?!” curated by Adrienne Truscott and Jibz Cameron (Dynasty Handbag)

Listen to the Podcast here:

This Studies Project revolved around the questions: What does it mean to be vulnerable in performance? Is vulnerability a state or can it be “done?”

Note: At about 53 minutes into the conversation there is a short missing section due to technical difficulties.

The Week Ahead: December 2 – 8

This Week at Movement Research…

Performances and Events:



December 5 THURSDAY 8pm
Nao Bustamante + Martha Wilson
Zoe Coombs-Maar + Ishmael Houston-Jones
Jade Gordon + Alexandro Segade
Alicia McDaid + Nikki Zialcita

December 6 FRIDAY 8pm
Kate Berlant + Sophia Cleary
Sacha Yanow
Greg Zuccolo

December 7 SATURDAY 8pm
Effie Bowen + Zari Esaian
Cole Escola + Jenn Harris
Colin Self + Julia Crockett

Upcoming Workshops and Events…
with Alexandro Segade
December 2 MON 8pm
Boy Band Audition explores pop cultural vernaculars through improvised song, dance and performance. Fusing music videos, science fiction and improvisatory theater techniques, participants will explore group identity, create alter egos, and design a plan for attaining utopia, if not now, then at least in the future.
with Adrienne Truscott and Jibz Cameron
December 3 TUE 11am-1pm
A hyper-aerobic, sweaty, instructional, conceptual dance party designed to work out your psychic fat blockage and tone up supersensory abz. While living your spandex dreams and looking real.
Studies Project: We Came To This City To Shit On A Stage
December 3 TUE 6pm
Gibney Dance Center
How do we make, define, notice ‘transgressive’ art in a city whose identity, economy and landscape are increasingly manicured, welcoming, mainstream, highly visible and inaccessible?
Studies Project: Performing Vulnerability
Moderated by Adrienne Truscott
December 4 WED 6pm
Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th St (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
Panelists: niv Acosta, Ben Asriel, Hilary Clark, Miguel Gutierrez, Juliana May
What does it mean to be vulnerable in performance? Is vulnerability a state or can it be “done?”
Ongoing Classes (click here for full descriptions)
Janet Panetta. Ballet for Contemporary Dancers.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12:00pm-2:00pm. $17.
Movement Research at Gibney Dance Center, 890 Broadway

Joanna Kotze. Klein Technique™ – Sub for Mahler.
Tuesday, 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.

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

Ted Johnson. Contact Improvisation.
Wednesday 6pm – 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. Athletics of Intimacy.
Saturday 11:00pm – 1:00pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

The Underscore.
Alternately Facilitated by Zena Bibler, Sara Genoves-Sylvan, Chisa Hidaka, Emma Hoette, Elise Knudson, Lucy Mahler. 

Sunday 5:00-8:00pm. $5.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church 1.14.13

Featuring works by Bryon Carr, niv Acosta, Tara O’Con and Fitzgerald & Stapleton

X Y and B
Concept and Direction: Bryon Carr
Choreography: Bryon Carr in collaboration with Meghan Schardt
Performers: Bryon Carr and Meghan Schardt
Music/Soundscore: Ellery Royston
In collaboration with electronic musician Ellery Royston and dancer Meghan Schardt this dance piece explores replication and reflection through layers of virtual and live performance. The video presented is being explored as an ongoing project where we will continually add layers of Meghan and myself dancing in video projection in partnership with our live selves.

Bryon Carr holds an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts and has trained, taught and performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. Website: Ellery Royston holds a B.A. in Electronic Music Composition, and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Computer Science from Mills College. She is currently working on an M.F.A. in Performance and Interactive Media Arts. Meghan Schardt received her BFA on scholarship at New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. She has performed with Miami Repertoire Ballet Company, Ballet Randolph, Freddick Bracher and Company, Jenn Frank and Company, Memento, Octavia Cup, Maryanne Chaney, Hawaii Ballet Theatre, Jennifer Simms and Giada Ferrone. Many thanks to Sara Neece.

i shot denzel
choreographed and performed by: niv Acosta
music: Igor Stravinsky

niv Acosta is a brooklyn based artist born and raised in washington heights manhattan. niv is 24 years old, dominican and transgender. he trained at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance as an adolescent. niv attended california institute of the arts, briefly. niv has shown his work at various events/spaces including Pieter Performance Space in Los Angeles, The Community Education Center in Philadelphia, New York Live Arts through the Fresh Tracks Residency Program, through AUNTS in various spaces, The Tank, Danspace Project in Ralph Lemons “Marathon. The End.” event, The Meulensteen Gallery, and at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. he has/is worked/working on projects with Moving Theater, Larissa Velez-Jackson, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Hilary Clark, iele paloumpis, Phialdelphia Dance Projects, and Deborah Hay.

this is what we know
Performers: Jodi Bender and Megan Madorin
Created by Tara O’Con in collaboration with Jodi and Meg
This is the start of a new process. It will go deeper and get turned on its head, and looked at through various lenses. But not just yet. It’s only the beginning – or rather, the end of where we just were.
The creation of [This is what we know (in-process title)] was supported, in part, through a commission from New York Live Arts’ Studio Series program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
The project (or work) 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.

Tara O’Con’s work has been presented by Dance Theater Workshop (Fresh Tracks), Danspace Project, The Chocolate Factory Theater, and most recently as part of the River To River Festival produced by The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She is looking forward to further developing this work during her time as a Movement Research Artist-In-Residence, and this spring as part of the New York Live Arts Studio Series Program (showing May 3rd and 4th).

Choreography & Performance: Fitzgerald & Stapleton
Music: Believe, Cher & The Crying Game, Boy George remixed by Myles D
Soundtrack: In my Father’s Name, by Fitzgerald & Stapleton, performed by Ailbe Fitzgerald, Emma Fitzgerald, Áine Stapleton and Joe Stapleton. Produced by Radioactive; a joint initiative of RTE Radio Choice and Absolut Fringe.

Emma Fitzgerald and celebrity choreographer Áine Stapleton certainly make a fashionable pair, but the dynamic duo are turning their eclectic tastes down a theatrical route with an exposed creative dialogue for tonight’s Movement Research at the Judson Church. They now begin the tedious and monumental task of isolating these elements so that their choreographic properties can be determined.

The Week Ahead. January 13-19.

This Week at Movement Research… Winter MELT Week Two Workshops are happening, AND we have great line-ups scheduled for Open Performance and MR at the Judson Church!

Monday January 14. Movement Research at the Judson Church.
8pm. Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South.

Seating is limited, so arrive early.
Featuring works by: niv acosta, Bryon Carr, Liliana Dirks-Goodman, Fitzgerald & Stapleton, and Tara O’Con*

Wednesday January 16. Open Performance.
8pm. A.R.T./NY, South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St, Brooklyn.

Featuring works by Lucie Baker,  and Annie Sailer.
Moderated by Katia Castaneda.*

*2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

January 7-25. Winter MELT 2013.

Week Two, January 14-18:
Shelley Senter, technique |tekˈnēk|, 10am-12pm, $115 [SOLD OUT]
Irene Dowd, Volutes, 1-3pm, $115 [SOLD OUT]
Ishmael Houston-Jones, Doing It, 3:30-6pm, $130 [SOLD OUT]

Week Three, January 21-25:
Yvonne Meier, Improvisational “Scores,” 10am-12pm, $115 [SOLD OUT]
John Jasperse, Movement Practice, 1-3pm, $115 [SOLD OUT]
Kyle deCamp, Workshop in Performance, 3:30-6pm, $130

All Winter MELT 2013 Workshops are held at Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor (between Prince & Spring St).

Workshop Descriptions and Faculty Bios available at:


Also, join us for our Ongoing Classes… (click here for full descriptions)

Janet Panetta. Ballet for Contemporary Dancers.
Monday, Tuesday, Thurday and Friday. 12:00 pm-2:00 pm. $17.
Gibney Dance Center Studio 6, 890 Broadway.

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.

Tim O’Donnell. Contact Improvisation.
Sunday. 2:30-4:45 pm. $14.
Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, 4th Floor.

The Week Ahead. October 18-24, 2010

This Week at Movement Research…Moving Dialogue: A Bucharest/New York Dance Exchange. Presented by Movement Research, Romanian Cultural Institute New York, National Dance Center Bucharest, Dance Theater Workshop and Gabriela Tudor Foundation.

Moving Dialogue is an exchange taking place October 2010-June 2011 fostering engagement and interaction between both emerging and established American and Romanian dance artists. The project will focus on dialogue, networking, artistic process and professional development through studio research and residencies, classes and workshops, group practice sessions, panel discussions, and informal performances. Moving Dialogue is a project conceived by the partners and initiated with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute and the National Dance Center Bucharest. It is facilitated by the artists Cosmin Manolescu (RO) and Levi Gonzalez (USA), and dedicated to Gabriela Tudor. For more information and details about all Moving Dialogue events please visit or All events are free and open to the public. Read the rest of this entry »

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