Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 12.13.2010

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, December 13, 2010.
Featuring work by Ashley A. Friend, Tiana Hemlock-Yensen, Leah Meltzer

Tahachapi (a work in progress)
Choreographer/Dancer: Ashley A. Friend
Music: A. Friend; Ludwig Van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, Ode to Joy, London Symphony Orchestra & Wyn Morris
Text: America the Beautiful, Katharine Lee Bates
Costume: A. Friend
Length: 15 minutes
Thank you to LaGuardia Community College/CUNY for their support, and a special thank you to Geneviève Martel, Michael Freeman and to my mother Kathleen Friend.

Ashley A. Friend was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, California and she now resides in Brooklyn, NY. Friend recently had her second season at Joyce SoHo. Her work has been performed at the 92nd St Y, Joyce SoHo, DNA, Movement Research at the Judson Church, HATCH, Tea Dances, Conversations at The Flea, Secret Project Robot and The West End Theater. Friend received the Dance Access Scholarship to attend the 2008 Dance/USA NPAC conferences in Denver, CO and New York. She was a 2007 danceWEB Scholarship recipient and attended the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna. She was a resident artist at The Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) in Florida, 2006. Friend received her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. She graduated with her MFA in Dance and Technology from The Ohio State University with a minor in Film and Video (2005). Friend traveled the United States alone for nine months. While traversing America and rehearsing movement influenced by the terrain and personality of the road, she supported a blog, vlogs (video-logs), and documented the environment, see the site ( This experience is the motivation behind her recent works. For more information please visit:

Choreography/collaboration: Tiana Hemlock, CJ Holm, Jeremy Olson and Milvia Pacheco
Dancers: Jeremy Olson, CJ Holm, Tiana Hemlock
Music: LCD Soundsystem, Daft Punk is Playing at My House; Gene Kelly, Singing in the Rain
I wanted to look at the word ‘Left’ in all it’s meanings, interpretations and forms. This is what is left from the beginnings of that exploration.

I (Tiana Hemlock-Yensen) am an Australian dancer/choreographer who is especially interested in creating works that focus on the intricacy, falsity and vulnerability of our human condition. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Lindsey Deitz Marchant, Nia Love, Nancy Bannon, BLISS dance theater, Creature Theater, Deb Silver, Lame Duck Dance Co. in Australia and with Alexandra Beller. I also like to create installations and costumes especially out of recycled materials. I want to thank the dancers for their faith in the process and their amazing commitment, wealth (richness) and sense of humour.

i just want somebody to love
what do sartre, barthes, goethe, baudaire, bataille and beiber all have in common?
a performance essay on the universal desire for an amorous object
By: Leah Meltzer
Performers: Caleb Lanier, Michael Dipietro, Tory Censits, Venus Jazmine, Justin Wolf
Music: Justin Beiber, Beach House, Sonic Youth, Rihanna, Slow Dive
I wish to thank the professors and mentors who have inspired me and pushed me as an artist. For that I am forever grateful.

Leah Meltzer is an artist who works in photography, video art, sculpture installation and performance. While attending Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College in New York City, she performed at venues such as The International Studio and Curatorial Program, Bushwick Arts Project, the Puffin Room, and participates in the artist collective Cuhllection. Her work is a result of a preoccupation with art history, philosophy, pop culture, and Judson Church dance. Her photographs have been seen in such publications as Tokion magazine, and she appeared on the cover of ArtNews as a result of her work for artist Olaf Breuning. She is currently residing in New Orleans and working on a project for Cuhllection resulting in a group show in early 2010. Her work will also appear in an auction at Milk Studios Gallery on the 17th of December.

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