Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 11.2.09

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, November 2, 2009. Featuring works by Debra Wanner, Deirdre Murphy, and Athena Kokoronis with StrataSpore.

Interview (working title)
Choreography: Debra Wanner in collaboration with the dancers
Dancers: Fiona Evans, Sam Ernst, Alessandra Larson, and Molly Lieber
Music: Layne Redmond
Sound design: Aural Fixation

Debra Wanner’s dances explore notions of being-in a range from pure dance to work that includes text, video, and improvisation. Her work has been presented in the United States and abroad. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographers Fellowship and a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in video. She has performed with many well-known diverse choreographers and experimental theater artists. She was a founding member of Stephanie Skura and Company and toured internationally with that company from 1984-1990. Debra teaches dance at Queens College and is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. She has an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a member of Interaction Dance Foundation.

in whose hands
Deirdre Murphy Disciplined Movement (DM-DM)

Deirdre Murphy is rooted in the practices of dance and yoga. Originally from Alaska, she lived and danced throughout the states before settling in Ireland 5 years ago. She is currently investigating breaking the standards of societal expectation and defining what culture can mean. She is thankful for the support of the Arts Council of Ireland, Dance Ireland, Culture Ireland, and Tedd Robinson in the creation and performance of this work.

Below At the Middle (For below Washington Square Park)
I. Fenced off /Chopping up
II. Heating up /Breathing trees
III. Cooking/ Fountain
IV. Plating/Serving
(repeat in or out of order as necessary)
Performers: Yuko Mitsuishi, Jackie Dodd, Caroline Woolard, Monique Milleson, Shinohara Kensaku, Chrisopher Kennedy, Cassie Thorton, Athena Kokoronis, Juliette Marchina
Costumes: Leila Hekmat

Athena Kokoronis is an artist choreographing and cooking up projects in NYC and elsewhere. She is a member of the cross-disciplinary group, biG CAAKe. Visit: StrataSpore is a platform for collective knowledge about mushrooms. Initiated by (biG CAAKe) Kate Cahill, Christopher Kennedy, Athena Kokoronis, Caroline Woolard, and mycologist Gary Lincoff, Strataspore uses mushrooms as material metaphor for latent potential and unseen infrastructure. Right now, mushrooms are eating oil spills, connecting dead historical figures to the living, feeding communities, and growing as alternative packaging material. Mushrooms are the pivotal orientation point for members of biG CAAKe to explore urban systems. We dance, eat, build, and learn with the mushrooms. Visit: Thank you Jennifer Monson & ILAND, Looking Glass Theatre, Mildred’s Lane, Gabriel Rivera, Cassie, Yuko, Ken, Monique, Juliette, Jaquel, Leila, and the many others who’ve supported this project.

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