Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 1.31.2011

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, January, 2011.
Featuring work by Elisabeth Motley/ MOTLEY DANCE, Deborah Black, Karol Tyminski

I Just Want to See You Underwater

Choreography: Elisabeth Motley
Performed: Meredith Fages, Lea Fulton, Josselyn Levinson
Music: James Sparber, Tim Hecker, Here We Go Magic

‘While affected by the brain disease Encephalitis, I experienced a 3 day long hallucination, wherein I believed myself to be a living watercolor. I Just Want to See You Underwater is inspired by this waking reverie and is an introduction into a series of performances. It considers how the human form operates or fails to operate and how an altered consciousness dictates how we view our surrounding world and ourselves within it. Recovering my ability to walk, speak and function properly, a sense of backwardness was present. I often used the backs of my hands instead of my palms for support, and re-developed writing skills in a reverse direction. The choreography I found innate in my process of relearning is cultivated similarly here.’ – Elisabeth Motley

Juilliard graduate Elisabeth Motley founded DOORKNOB COMPANY in 2004 and MOTLEY DANCE in 2010. Since their establishments, Motley has held residency, created and performed work for Festival Oltre Passo in Lecce, Italy, Joyce SoHo, the AWARD show! at Joyce SoHo- where she was a finalist, Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks, Dance New Amsterdam’s RAW Materials, RAW Directions and Object Series, HERE’s American Living Room Festival, The Juilliard School, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Sitelines and Swing Space, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Stella Adler Studio of Acting’s MAD AIR, SUNY Purchase College, Toy Box Theatre Company, Vision Into Art, the Wave Rising Series at The John Ryan Theater, and WAXworks at Triskelion. Elisabeth served on faculty 3 consecutive years at The Juilliard School’s Summer Dance Workshop and is the recipient of the Hector Zaraspe Choreography Award.


Created and performed by Deborah Black and Margot Bassett
Music by Jean Ritchie

Deborah Black grew up in rural Western Pennsylvania, received a BFA in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a second major in Art
History, and commissioned two solos from Deborah Hay – The Runner (2007) and I’ll Crane For You (2008). She has collaborated with Karl Cronin, Genevieve Beth Grady, Christianne Hommelsheim, Sasha Welsh, and has danced for Diana Crum, Naomi Goldberg-Haas, Anneke Hansen, Susan Rethorst, and Peter Sciscioli. Black, with Karl Cronin, received funding from the Jerome Foundation in 2010 to travel to Childress, TX to research the town, the people, and its landscape. She studies the Alexander Technique with June Ekman and has trained with the SITI Company.
Margot Bassett has recently worked with devynn emory (BAX, BODEGA Philadelphia), Daria Faïn (DTW, Danspace Project, Governor’s Island, & The Lab @ Roger Smith), Meredith Monk (BAM), Marisa Michelson (Signature Theatre DC), Vincent Luce DeGeorge (Theater for the New City), Benn Rasmussen (Dixon Place), and Eliza Ladd (Berkshire Fringe), in addition to making her own work. Margot has an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University.

Doll House

Created and Performed By Karol Tyminski

A project presented here as work in progress, which has been inspired by the culture of the 1950’s. In his new creation, Tyminski explores the social patterns that emerged at that time. Oscillating between reality and theatrical fiction, he looks for the consequences that the subject suffers in the course of playing an imposed role. Where is the border between ourselves and the character that we have acquired?

Thanks to the support of: Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Polish Institute of Music and Dance, C/U Foundation, European Union and Free Art Fusion

Karol Tyminski is a Warsaw, Poland based dancer/ choreographer and member of Universal Law Of Impermanence dance collective. He graduated from Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.) in Brussels, Belgium and Warsaw Ballet School. Tyminski performed in works created by various artists, including Nigel Charnock, Liat Magnezy, Jennifer Lacey, Kaya Kolodziejczyk, Agneja Seiko and Joe Alter. He also collaborated with Vincent Dunoyer. While being in NY he had a chance to become an understudy for Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company. During his career Karol has performed in New York City, San Diego, United Kingdom, Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Holland, Germany, Belgium and others. Since the beginning of his career, Tyminski has also created his own dance pieces presented in various venues in Poland and abroad (ex. “Orlando”, “4:04”, “Crete for C”). Karol has been rewarded with The European Committee Scholarship, The President’s of The Radom City Fund, Solo Project Residency and Alternative Academy Scholarship.


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