Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church 3.18.2013

Featuring works by Marilyn Maywald, Preeti Vasudevan, Quartet Collective (Rachel Bernsen, Melanie Maar, Taylor Ho Bynum, & Abraham Gomez-Delgado), and Talya Epstein

Dance Vault – Tractor (work in progress)
Choreographed and performed by Marilyn Maywald
Song by Gillian Welch

Marilyn Maywald is a dancer based in New York City, originally from Nashville, TN (BFA Arizona State University). She dances with Vicky Shick, Melanie Maar, and Beth Gill, and has enjoyed extensive working relationships with Melinda Ring, Maggie Bennett, Steven Reker, and Yin Mei (company member Yin Mei Dance 2004-09), as well as projects with Katie Workum and Milka Djordjevich/Chris Peck. Her commercial credits include backup dancing for Reggie Watts, Naomi & Wynona Judd, and Shania Twain. Past incarnations of tonight’s solo were performed in February 2013 at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and in Februrary 2010 at Danspace Project’s Food for Thought. She is very curious about any thoughts/responses/feedback & invites emails at marilyn.maywald@gmail.com.

Rain
Choreographed & Performed by Preeti Vasudevan
Music by Ben Foskett
Rain is a developing work that explores the state of the female mind after the spirit has been crushed. Like the monsoons, the liberator of the parched earth from the heat and drought, the woman is born a free spirit full of nurture. But with the ever-increasing subjugation of her spirit and body, we force ourselves to become sky watching rain birds….Asking…Where is the rain?
Rain is in response to the rise of rape incidents in India in recent times.

Award-winning choreographer and performer, Preeti Vasudevan is a leading exponent of classical Indian dance-theater Bharatanatyam creating new provocative, contemporary theater. Original works performed by her performing arts collaborative Thresh have earned international acclaim for their fresh juxtaposition of traditional dance-theater forms from her native India with modern theories of movement and expression. Originally from Chennai, South India, Preeti now lives in New York. (www.threshdance.org)

Composition, choreography and performance by Quartet Collective (Rachel Bernsen, Melanie Maar, Abraham Gomez-Delgado, Taylor Ho Bynum)

Quartet Collective (featuring Rachel Bernsen, Melanie Maar, Abraham Gomez-Delgado, and Taylor Ho Bynum) got together to experiment with doing and undoing music and dance in performance. Performing together in various music and dance venues over the past two years, the group practices spontaneous action as a way to experience and share composition and choreography in the moment, continuously seeking a collective consciousness as well as individual presence. Scores, principles, and structures are both developed and discarded, as the search for a trans-disciplinary understanding of risk and relationship, dialogue, and intention keeps this collective on its toes and ears. Quartet Collective will give a keynote performance and talk at the Stony Brook University Philosophy and Art Conference on March 30th. Past performances include The Vision Festival, The NOT Festival, The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church, Jalopy, The BIG ROOM’s Take Your Time series and internationally in Austria, Germany, and Holland.

created and performed by Talya Epstein

Talya Epstein is originally from Sharon, Massachusetts and now resides in Brooklyn. Her performance pieces have been shown at Danspace Projectʼs Draftwork series, AUNTS, Dixon Placeʼs Body Blend series, The Tank, Galapagos Art Space, Bushwick Starr, and The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, among others. She is currently engaged in creative processes with Maggie Jones, Melinda Ring, Tatyana Tenenbaum, and Larissa Velez-Jackson. Talya is a member of The Woods Cooperative in Ridgewood, Queens, where she rehearses. She holds a BFA from The Boston Conservatory and, currently, attends Janet Panetta’s ballet class whenever possible.

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