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Podcast: Movement Research Town Hall Meeting October 6, 2014


Movement Research Town Hall Meeting.
October 10, 2014. Eden’s Expressway.
Co-Hosted and organized by the Movement Research
Artist Advisory Council
Moderated by Laurie Berg, Maura Donohue and Kathy Westwater

Listen to the Podcast here:

The Movement Research Artist Advisory Council facilitated a public discussion by sharing excerpts and quotes of meeting minutes to spark conversation and invite the public into its ongoing conversation, including threads related to economics, politics, aesthetics and creativity. The meeting examined the relationship between dancer and community – academic, geographic, and economic. Round-table participants discussed economics of class-taking, the limitations and potential of University-Artist relationships, and the value of geographic vs. digital communities. 


1. Political Economy of Class: What resources are necessary for class taking?
• Often, something must be given up in order to afford class, so dancers must balance the desire to grow their artistic practice/technique with other financial concerns (rent, entertainment, etc).
• Being able to afford class is a source of anxiety for many dancers/artists.
• For some dancers, it is difficult to invest in class without knowing about the teacher/the output (“Will this class be worth it for me?”); there is less interest in taking a risk on a new/different class/teacher due to limited finances.
• Distinction made between the value of bodywork/conditioning/technique classes and classes focused on artistry/artistic practice

2. Academia and Dance: What is the influence of academia/writing on dance?
• How to foster experimentation in academia? Universities have resources that should be made available to artists in ways that will be mutually beneficial.
• Example of University-Artist Relationship: CUNY Dance Initiative gives artists in need of space free access to un-used university studio space in exchange for giving back to the university (open rehearsal, teaching master class, etc).
• Within the academy, there is too strong a focus on the past (dancer-scholars are forced to separate their dance practices from their scholarly practices).
• There is an increased interest in teaching outside of the academy; a demand for more writing about dance from non-academic perspectives.

3. Community: How does geography define community? How can communities escape geographical limitations?
• As the dance community expands and globalizes, how can it maintain a clear identity?
• A fully digital community may not be successful for dance because of its nature as a physical practice; Classes and performances are a way to maintain community, but they are only available to those with geographic privilege.
• Digital communities are very visible, very accessible, and have the potential to become physical communities.

4. Art as Activism: How does one’s participation in the arts relate to their participation in activism?
• How does our artistic work interact with our activism, and how do we prioritize one over another? They are inextricably linked, and the artistic work may become activism even when not intended.
• There is a tension between the importance of individuality in art and the importance of communities in activism.
• Being a dancer/artist is in itself activism because it is the decision not to pursue money/not to work for a corporation/etc.

Town Hall 2014


An email from Development Manager Diana Crum to the Movement Research Artist Advisory Council

On 8/19/14 4:10 PM, “diana crum”  wrote:

Dear AAC –

The TOWN HALL is coming. Here’s a proposal … in the past, some of you have expressed interest in mimicking the format of our AAC meeting discussions in the Town Hall. What if each of you picked out one or two items from past meeting minutes? We could put a table in Eden’s and invite everyone to sit at the table. Each of you could read an item from the minutes as an anonymous comment (i.e. you’d read something that is not necessarily your idea). This would bring in the idea of performance … you’d be performing past conversations. Attendees could pick up the conversation where you leave off. So it would also open up your discussions to the greater public. And you can all bring your ideas to the table; we don’t have to limit the conversation to one topic. What do you think?


The Week Ahead. June 3-9.

This Week at Movement Research… Register now for our upcoming International Dance Dialogues Workshop with Chrysa Parkinson: Performers and Authorship! It should be a good one!

No Judson or OP this week!

Movement Research at First Street Green is back!

Saturday June 8. Workshop with Jaime Ortega: Move to Heal
SAT 12-1pm, First Park

This class is for those struggling with health issues of their own or that of a loved one. We use movement and somatic practices to support healing processes. Sourcing from both western and eastern traditions, we will play with movement, breath, sound and imagery to encourage self-empowerment as it relates to our health and well-being.

Read about more upcoming FREE Saturday workshops at FSG here!

Upcoming Workshops and Events.

International Dance Dialogues Workshop with Chrysa Parkinson.
Monday-Wednesday June 24-26 10am-3pm
Avenue C Studio, 55 Avenue C (at E 4th St)
$105 Full Workshop, $40 Single Days
Performers and Authorship
A performer’s authorship is an ongoing series of events: looping back, rebuilding, erasing, uncovering, disenchanting, replacing, and stumbling into unknown territory. Anything you as a performer represent or produce is temporary, but part of a contained continuity. This continuity is not necessarily progressive, doesn’t necessarily improve or devolve. It has plasticity. It’s a continuity that both accepts and resists form, folds and swells, is flexible and forceful. This workshop aims at adding to the ongoing process of skillful perception by engaging with submerged fictions through physical performance practices. Language will be useful for its ability to distinguish one thing from another. Physical experience will be useful for its ability to humble and destabilize these distinctions. Performance experience will be useful.

Movement Research Town Hall Follow-Up Discussion: Alternative Economies.
Tuesday June 25 6:15-7:45pm
Josie’s Bar, 520 E 6th St (between Avenues A and B)
Moderated by Kathy Westwater
With panelists Tamara Greenfield, Ilona Bito and more

2012 MR Town Hall Follow-Up Discussion
We’re not done yet! In a follow-up discussion to the 2012 Movement Research Town Hall, we will look deeper into structures and alternatives that have manifested within the recent and current dance economy. Join panelists, who have been involved in splinter conversations that began after the November 5 Town Hall meeting, as they share some of their groups’ discussions. We will peek into the different ongoing conversations to glean further insights and understandings on the topics of value, money, time and dance-making.

Classes this week with…

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

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 the cultivation of presence inside of the forms. Class will begin with imagery and gentle preparation culled from various bodywork 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 will expand into technical exercises, choreographic structures, improvisations, and performance constructs, exploring ways to engage with the material through precise and imaginative means. No class May 27.

Vicky Shick. Morning Class.
Tuesday & Thursday. 10:00am-12:00pm. $14.
Danspace Project, 131 E. 10th Street.

Class will begin with systematically readying an alert body and mind for full-out and detailed dancing which we will do in the second part of class. The goal is to help each dancer increase self and body awareness, level of articulation, strength, technical facility, and almost most importantly, focus. The warm up is simple and straightforward with an emphasis on alignment, physical mechanics, and also leaving space for sensation and feedback from our bodies as we work collaboratively to arrive at dancing. Through the practice of doing phrase work with a wide range of physicality and co-ordinations, we hone our skills and apply our training. And with repetition and exploration we educate ourselves and deepen the understanding of the intelligence in our bodies.

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

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

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

Charles Mosey. 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.

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

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