Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 2.8.2010

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, February 8, 2010.
Featuring works by Karl Cronin, Rachel Bernsen, and Kristi Spessard.

Field Notes (excerpt)
An evening-length, multimedia performance monologue by Karl Cronin
This work will premiere at The Tank (NYC) on April 28, 2010
In this excerpt, we encounter Karl working in his natural habitat, the lab. This section introduces a theme that is later developed across the evening – given that our presence effects what we are witnessing, how can we ever encounter species in their “natural” states?

Karl Cronin creates performance practices that highlight somatic experience relating to specific environments. The backbone of his work is the Somatic Natural History Archive – the embodied history of 10,000 plants and animals. Entries to the archive are added through direct physical encounter. Recent residencies include the Santa Fe Art Institute (NM), Partnerships for Parks (NY), Movement Research (NY), and the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance (NY). For more information visit

Choreography and design by Rachel Bernsen in collaboration with the performers
Performers: Rachel Bernsen, Danielle Goldman, and Carl Testa
With Anne Rhodes (voice)

Rachel Bernsen is an independent dance artist and teacher. Her work has been shown throughout NYC, most recently at Issue Project Room, and in Belgium and Germany. Collaborative projects include works with the bagpipes player and composer Matthew Welch, with composer/performer Taylor Ho Bynum, and with the musical duo of Anne Rhodes and Carl Testa. She is the recipient of a 2007 NEA Honorary Fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Bernsen is also a certified Alexander Technique teacher. She is on faculty at Movement Research, has been a guest teacher at Connecticut College, and is currently teaching dance technique at Yale University. Rachel holds an MFA in dance from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts and is a contributor and former managing editor of the MRPJ. Danielle Goldman is Assistant Professor of Dance History and Theory at The New School. She has published articles in Dance Research, Dance Research Journal, Etcetera, MRPJ, TDR:The Drama Review, and Women & Performance. Her book about the politics of improvised dance, I Want to be Ready: Improvised Dance as a Practice of Freedom, will be published by the University of Michigan Press in March. She has performed most recently with Beth Gill and DD Dorvillier. Anne Rhodes is an operatically trained vocalist with a focus on experimental music, improvisation and collaborating with composers. She holds a B.M. in Voice Performance from Boston University’s School for the arts and an M.A. in Music Performance from Wesleyan University. Her performance experience ranges from Connecticut Opera to the New Haven Improvisers Collective to the hip-hop duo Mirror Boiyz, and she has premiered works by such composers as Anthony Braxton, Neil Leonard, Taylor Ho Bynum, Mikael Karlsson, and Alvin Lucier. Carl Testa is a composer, bassist, bass clarinetist, and electronicist. He leads multiple groups that play his original compositions, as well as various side projects, most notably with Anthony Braxton. His debut recording as a leader, Uncertainty, was released in Fall 2008. After attending Wesleyan University, he currently lives in New Haven, CT where he runs the Uncertainty Music Series, which presents monthly concerts of original music.

Spring Ephemeral
Choreography by: Kristi Spessard with open and adventurous contribution from the performers
Performed by: Heather Harpham, Dages Juvelier Keates, Ariel Polonsky, Kendra Ross, Maya Seidel, Kristi Spessard and Carlton Cyrus Ward
Music: Light light light light light and The Book of Rejected Addresses by Stefan Weisman; because by Vocal LT
Set Design: by Illya Azaroff
Spring Ephemeral is an evolving work first shown as part of Essentials of Flora in 2008.  The creation of this work was supported by a Mabou Mines Suite Artist Residency and additional support for this work was received from Material for the Arts.

Kristi Spessard’s dances celebrate a broad creative footprint and invent moving imagery for theater, opera and dance. She is currently teaching at Marymount Manhattan College, performing in BAX’s Back to Work (Feb 19 & 20), creating a mass movement choir at University of Western Michigan (March 2010), choreographing Brecht’s Joan of the Stockyards at Barnard College (April 2010), and restaging Essentials of Flora (winter 2010).  Spessard has an MFA in Dance from Ohio State University.  She was a 2008 Mabou Mines Suite Resident Artist and the cover artist for Ballet Tanz Magazine’s 2007 Yearbook. Illya Azaroff, is an Architect that ventures into set design and other cross disciplinary endeavors. He is the director of the +LAB in New York and is on the Faculty at CUNY where he teaches design theory.

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