Video Clips from Movement Research at The Judson Church 2.21.2011

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, February  21, 2011. Featuring work by Marýa Wethers, Shannon Gillen, Ben Spatz*, Justine Lynch

* Movement Research Artist-in-Residence 2010


Conceived and Directed by Marýa Wethers
Performed by Marýa Wethers with Rhetta Aleong, Marc Cary, Elena Gormley, Imani Henry, Iki Nakagawa & Teo Nakagawa-White, Will Rawls, Samita Sinha, and Sasha Van’t Hul
“Blackbird” Choreographed and Performed by Elena Gormley
Music: Blackbird written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney, vocals by Dionne Farris
Special thanks to Will Rawls, Calia Marshall, Jo Ann Gormley, Liliana Dirks-Goodman, Daria Faïn, and “the viewers” for their time and supportive presence.

Marýa Wethers has been dancing and performing in NYC since 1998. This is her first time showing her own work in NYC. She is continually inspired by her studies, collaboration, and friendship with Daria Faïn.


choreography + direction: Shannon Gillen
dancers: Xan Burley, Kristin Swiat, Frances Chaiverini, Janna Diamond, Genna Baroni
sound: excerpts from Pixel and found sound
CFTW is a physical progression that deals directly with the way in which a person attains and relinquishes the state of being FREE. Referencing the texture and materiality of the woods, performers explore the rapture of sensation and the extremes of mental emancipation. The soundscore is comprised of pre-recorded found sound in addition to the sonic landscape created live on stage.

Shannon Gillen, Artistic Director of Shannon Gillen + Guests and co-founder/director of DOORKNOB COMPANY, received her BFA from The Juilliard School. Upon graduating, Gillen studied Meisner acting at the Maggie Flanigan Studio. Her work has been presented at Alice Tully Hall, the Clark Studio Theater, DNA, HERE, in the Joyce SoHo season and as part of The AWARD Show!, with LMCC’s Sitelines Series, and the Wave Rising Festival. She has held residency with Festival Oltre Passo in Lecce, Italy, Fresh Tracks at DTW, as an AIR with DNA, and with LMCC’s Swing Space. In 2010 she was invited to create new work for Springboard Danse and Reverb Festival 2010. In December, the company toured ‘WALL’ to PULSE Art Fair in Miami, as part of Art Basel. SGG will premiere its latest work at the Ontological Hysteric Theater in May and then tour the work to Canada in June.

Fragments from The Desert, Part One: Rite of the Butcher

Created and performed by Ben Spatz
A solo work in progress, investigating the interaction and intersection of song, movement, and poetry. The source material for this project is a series of connected images related to solitude, madness, embodiment, and apotheosis. In development as a solo project since summer 2010.
This project was made possible in part through the Movement Research Artist in Residence Program, supported in part by the Jerome Foundation.

Ben Spatz ( has over ten years experience as a performer, teacher, and researcher of embodied theater practice. His ongoing investigation has involved the staging of site specific works, structured improvisations, invented rituals, informal showings, urban expeditions, and other events. Ben lives in New York City where he is a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center and a teaching fellow at Brooklyn College. He is also working with Maximilian Balduzzi on a new ensemble-based project for spring 2011.


Justine Lynch
With: Brittany Bailey, Beth Gill, Stephanie Waddell
And: Emily Anderson, Anthony Austin, Holly Faurot, Jessie Gold, Katurah Hutcheson, Arabella Kauffmann, Travis Laplante, Tom McCauley, Sarah H. Paulson, Daniel Pearce, Angela Vitacolonna
With outfits: Electric Feathers;
Set “mock-up”: Matt Dilling at Light Brite Neon (flagging an eventual neon pyramid)
This is an in-progress showing.

Justine Lynch: History in Performance – Dance by Neil Greenberg 1990-2005. Others – Roseanne Spradlin, Sarah Rudner, Paige Martin, Jennifer Monson, and… History in Alchemy: Licensed acupuncturist with Masters in Acupuncture. 8 years working under mastery in the field of alchemical acupuncture. History in Teaching: Acupuncture; at Empire State College, NYC, and Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, FL. Somatic Alchemy – classes that do not teach 2009-2010 NYC. Horary Dancing- 24 hour alchemical workshop along the Chinese clock – classclassclass, Brooklyn. June 2010. Current works: Innocence – Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, NYC. November 2010. The LAmbS would be PLAying – Europa, Brooklyn. March 2010. Ceaseless, Boneless, Darkness – Aunts Roadshow, Brooklyn. December 2009. SCREENING at REN 8 – monkeytown, Brooklyn. July 2009. Middle of Man -The Kitchen, NYC NY- – April 2009. Movement Research at the Judson Church, 2005 and 2008. Current Performance work: Reperformance in The Artist is Present, Marina Abramovic – MoMA, NYC, – March-May 2010. Teaching Schedule: Movement Research: February 28-March 18, 2011 – morning class. ClassClassClass – April 2011 – skywalker.


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