Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 1.3.2011

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, January 3, 2011.
Featuring work by Sara Yassky, Christine Suarez, Liz Santoro

“proceed”
Choreographer: Sara Yassky
Performers: Michelle Tantoco, Gregory Holt
Music: Ola Belle Reed

Sara Yassky is a dance artist, performer, and advocate from Philadelphia. Sara highly regards experiments where she makes parameters for play and investigation without imposing hypotheses. Yassky attends to the question of why we are on stage in the first place and how we ask the audience to come into presence with us. “proceed” is the first conglomeration of research that Yassky will continue in a six month Artist in Residency program through The Garage in San Francisco. Sara is also a current recipient of the Leeway Foundation’s Art and Change Grant. Her work has been shown in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Mexico and Caracas, Venezuela.

Wet Spots: Solo
Choreographed and performed by Christine Suarez

Christine Suarez has been interested in orgasms for quite some time. Born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she founded SuarezDanceTheater in 1998, a New York-based not-for-profit, ensemble of dancers, actors and musicians. Since relocating to Los Angeles, she has been invigorated by making dances in unexpected places as an independent choreographer. Wet Spots was a site-specific performance created in collaboration with a multi-generational cast of women.The Los Angeles Times called it “ingeniously crafted, poignant and hilarious.” She is thrilled to be back in NYC sharing a solo version of Wet Spots. Her choreography has been presented at Anatomy Riot, REDCAT, and Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles and P.S. 122, Danspace Project and HERE in NYC. She was an Artist in Residence at Tribeca Performing Arts Center from 2003-2006. She has been awarded grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, JP Morgan Chase Regrant, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. She received an MFA from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Department. She is currently developing a dance program at the Los Angeles VA Hospital and teaches contemporary technique at Cal State, San Marcos.

We Do Our Best
Choreographed by Liz Santoro
Performed by Cynthia Koppe and Liz Santoro
Direction Assistance by Pierre Godard

Liz Santoro was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her early dance training at Boston Ballet School and with Marcus Schulkind. At Harvard University she completed pre-medical studies and a Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. Since moving to New York in 2003, she has performed the works of Jack Ferver, Trajal Harrell, Heather Kravas, Jillian Peña, David Wampach, Emily Wexler and Ann Liv Young, among others. She was a 2009 danceWEB scholar at ImPulsTanz in Vienna, a 2010 Fresh Tracks Artist at DTW and a 2010 participant of SKITe in Caen, France. She has taught at the Harvard University Dance Program and at IALS in Rome, Italy. Her choreographic work has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, PERFORMA09, Théâtre de Vanves, Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Field, Gowanus Arts, Movement Research at the Judson Church and at the festival “Il faut brûler pour briller” in Paris. She is currently appearing in Hotel Savant’s Men Go Down by John Jahnke.

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