Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church 11.11.2013

Featuring works by Boyzie Cekwana , Sophie Sotsky | TYKE DANCE, Tony Carlson & Jasmine Cohen

… on behalf of a collective sigh 
Performance: Boyzie Cekwana
Music: Maritri
This is a probe into an explorative process of movement and song. Song as memory and movement … as remembered. Song, beautiful and evocative. Movement, striving for poetry and violence.
Facilitated through the support of the New York Live Arts –Suitcase Fund Residency program.
Soweto born Boyzie Cekwana lives in South Africa. Along with some of his peers, he is part of an artistic noise for developing a voice for contemporary dance practice and scholarship in Africa. For two years, he was Artistic Director of the Jomba! Contemporary Dance Festival in Durban, South Africa. He is a key player in the creation of a regional, South African collaboration with artists in Mozambique, the DRC and South Africa. His cross-discipline works have been shown in various platforms around the world. Some of his work is in repertoires in dance companies as far as Scotland, the U.S., and France. Currently, he is in residence at New York Live Arts, in New York, as well is he in the process of making a work with Barnard College. Maritri (singer, musician) studied jazz with Grady Tate and Geri Allen and classical with Raymond Jackson and Russell Baldwin. She received a B.S. degree in Biology from Fisk University in Nashville where she also was a world renowned Jubilee Singer. Maritri also holds a Bachelors in Composition and a Masters in Jazz Studies from Howard University, Washington, D.C. In 2002, Maritri made her classical piano debut at Steinway Hall in New York. She has been commissioned, along with cellist Shana Tucker to compose music for two ballets at the Washington Ballet uat the Kennedy Center and at the Witts Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Maritri has opened for Gladys Knight, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Stanley Jordan, Toshi Reagon, Hiram Bullock, Muzz Skillings, Vinx and the Indigo Girls with her band Hue, among others. In late 2007 Maritri helped form a musical collective of seasoned songwriters, composers and musicians called the SoulFolk Experience. For more information visit

Choreography: Sophie Sotsky in collaboration with dancers
Dancers: Greta Hartenstein, Dorothy Chen, Allison Hurd, Samantha Sherman, Sophie Sotsky
Sound: Erik Lawson
“Sinking Man” – Of Monsters and Men
TYKE DANCE is sweaty, brutal, clumsy, effortful, awkward and spastic. Using an animal and infantile movement vocabulary, choreographer Sophie Sotsky works closely with physical ordeal as a process for creating dance. Sophie is a Brooklyn-based dancer and choreographer. She has shown her work at WAXworks at Triskelion Arts, Movement Research: Open Performance, The Chocolate Factory Theater Presents Sarah Maxfield’s THROW, curated in 2012-2013 by Lindsey Dietz Marchant, AUNTS at Arts@Renaissance, The Panoply Performance Laboratory and Soundance Studio Theater. TYKE DANCE is comprised of Greta Hartenstein, Dorothy Chen, Allison Hurd, Samantha Sherman and Sophie Sotsky. For more information please visit: Erik T. Lawson (Sound Design and Original Music) is a theatre sound designer, sound artist and composer. Erik is a Lincoln Center Director’s Lab Alumni, and received the 2013 USITT Robert E. Cohen Sound Design Achievement Award. He holds an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, School of Drama.

Choreographed and performed by: Tony Carlson & Jasmine Cohen
Music: Dance with the Dead
Costumes: Tony Carlson
Tony Carlson was raised in Rochester, Minnesota where he began dancing in his early teens. He attended high school at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Minneapolis before coming to New York City. Tony is pursuing a B.A in dance at Eugene Lang College where he has had the pleasure of working with Michelle Boulé, Yvonne Meier, Faye Driscoll, and John Jasperse. Jasmine Cohen grew up in Warren, Vermont where she began studying dance at the age of 7. Living in New York City since 2010, Jasmine has been pursuing a B.A. in dance and psychology at Eugene Lang College. Since coming to NYC, Jasmine has had the pleasure of working with Juliette Mapp, Beth Gill, Eiko & Koma, and John Jasperse.

  • November 18th, 2013
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