Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church 1.11.2010

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, January 11, 2010.
Featuring works by 2008 Artists-in-Residence: Karl Cronin, Pavel Zuštiak, Arturo Vidich, and Daria Faïn.

Research site: Childress, TX
Time period: 1929-1935
Created and performed by: Karl Cronin and Deborah Black
Special thanks to Steve Craig (Childress Heritage Museum) and Cary Preston (Childress Theater Company)

Karl Cronin creates performance practices that highlight somatic experience relating to specific environments. The backbone of his work is the Somatic Natural History Archive – the embodied history of 10,000 plants and animals. Entries to the archive are added through direct physical encounter using a research methodology he has developed called Experiential Geography. Recent residencies include the Santa Fe Art Institute (NM), Partnerships for Parks (NY), Movement Research (NY), and the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance (NY). For more information visit Deborah Black received a BFA with honors in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a second major in in Art History in 2002. She maintains a daily performance practice of The Runner (2007) and I’ll Crane For You (2008), solos commissioned from Deborah Hay. She is currently working with Karl Cronin, Peter Sciscioli, and Sasha Welsh. Her choreography has been produced in Berlin (The Lucky Trimmer Tanz Performance Serie, Tacheles), Bedburg-Hau and London (ArToll artist residency and The Place, in collaboration with Genevieve Beth Grady), and venues in New York. She studies Alexander Technique regularly with June Ekman.

Weddings and Beheadings (excerpts, 2009)
Choreography, Direction and Sound Design: Pavel Zuštiak
Performed and Created with: Elena Demyanenko, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Jeff Kent Jacobs
Costumes: Nick Vaughan
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Weddings and Beheadings premiered during the Harkness Dance Festival at the Ailey Citigroup Theatre in March 2009. It was created with major funding from the Greenwall Foundation and supported by funds from the 92nd Street Y New Works in Dance Fund and in part through the Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program, funded, in part, by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional funding was provided by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation and through Materials for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs / NYC Department of Sanitation / NYC Department of Education.

Pavel ZuÅ¡tiak: Czechoslovakia-born choreographer and sound designer Pavel ZuÅ¡tiak is founder and artistic director of Palissimo Company based in New York City since 1999. Established under Zustiak’s vision to pursue artistic liberty through communion with live audiences by integrating dance, sound, set design, and video, Palissimo presents innovative dance-theater performances shaped by a highly collaborative creative process. Winner of the 2007 Princess Grace Award for Choreography, 2009 Princess Grace Residency Award, 2008 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and currently a 2010 nominee for the Alpert Award, Zustiak’s work has been presented at NYC venues P.S.122, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Chashama, Dance New Amsterdam, and La MaMa (Fall 2010). Offering work that is strongly visual and emotionally charged, The New York Times hails his work as “compellingly surreal and genuinely dark,” while the Village Voice claims it “casts a potent spell.” His history of successful collaborations includes work with acclaimed visual artist Robert Flynt, set/costume designer Nick Vaughan, and award-winning lighting designer Joe Levasseur.

Infested Waters
shark: Arturo Vidich
bait fish: Aki Sasamoto
sound: Igal Nassima

Arturo Vidich was born and raised in New York City. Aside from the vocational training he’s had as a dreamer, Vidich has worked extensively in dance, video, objects and animal behavior, domestically and internationally. Vidich is pursuing a graduate degree at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU Tisch School of The Arts. He co-directs Culture Push, a non-profit art organization that brings together diverse professionals to share knowledge and resources. Through Culture Push, he directs a collaborative open-source residency, called Genesis Project, for artists who work or want to work with or through the body- the name of the game is horizontal exchange of process and practice. He is a 2008 Movement Research Artist-In-Residence. His performance work has been shown primarily at The Chocolate Factory in Long Island City, though he has kicked it in other NYC venues, in Europe, Canada, Japan and New Zealand.

Daria Faïn is starting to choreograph on the K. Stochausen vocal music piece STIMMUNG.
Sang by “the Magic Circle” with Gisburg, Nick Hallett, Dafna Naphtali, Robert Osborne, Daisy Press, Peter Sciscioli. Faïn will be dancing with Chun-Chen Chang.

Daria Faïn is an acclaimed New York choreographer originally from Antibes, France. Her choreography fuses her European cultural background with two decades of practice in Asian philosophies of the body and American dance training. In New York, Faïn’s work has been presented at The Kitchen, Danspace Project, The Chocolate Factory, PS122, the 92nd Street Y, and Movement Research, among many other venues. In 2000, Faïn founded the dance company Human Behavior Explorers, and in 2008, with Kocik, she launched the 501(c)3 non-profit organization Universal Coverage Initiative, Inc. Fain is a 2008 Movement Artist-in-Residence and has been a faculty member of this organization since 2005. She has taught master classes and workshops at institutions across the United States, including the Trisha Brown Studio, New York University, Tulane University, Adelphi University, Rutgers University, Cooper Union, and Sarah Lawrence College. Her writing has frequently been published in the Movement Research Performance Journal.


  • Keep the articles coming. I really like reading through your things. Thanks !.

  • i was happy i got to see a couple of exerpts of judson work i could not see in real time. both arturo and daria, which i just watched, are singular artists and each have mesmerizing presences and fluid physical concepts. i am intrigued by their ideas in motion and the worlds, ancient and prescient, that they create.
    thank you.

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