Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 3.19.2012

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, March 19, 2012.

Featuring works by Dana Michel, Samita Sinha & Julie Ulehla, Christine Elmo, Toni Renee Johnson/Maverick Dance Experience

Yellow Towel
Choreography and performance: Dana Michel
Music: Salem, James Cleveland and the Angelic Choir
Acknowledgements: This project has benefited from funding from Le Cirque du Soleil Cultural Action program and was created in residency at the MAI (Montreal), Usine C (Montreal) and at Le Chien Perdu (Brussels). Special thanks to Ivo Dimchev and Manolis Tsipos for their feedback and support.

“My hair is not white hair. This is obvious & stupid and used to hurt me. My hair is not white hair or chinese hair or mexican hair or even horse hair & this used to piss me off. Now I like my hair. Except when I see na na’s hair. Then I like my hair and her hair – but her hair more than my hair.”

Dana Michel – Choreographer and performer based in Montreal, Canada. Before discovering contemporary dance in her late twenties, she was a corporate executive and a competitive runner and football player. In 2011, she received a danceWEB scholarship, allowing her to deepen her research process at ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Austria. Her pieces have toured through North America and Europe over the past six years. Dana’s work has garnered numerous awards including the Globe and Mail’s “Best Emerging Choreographer” in 2006 and the jury prize for the best female performance at the InShadow International Festival of Video, Performance and Technologies (Lisbon) in 2010. “Michel… is a killer soloist who tackles the warped, frenetic and fierce rhythms of her piece with precision and fiery authority…” (InfiniteBody, 2007)

A collaboration of Julie Ulehla and Samita Sinha

Vocalists Julia Ulehla and Samita Sinha explore the body, space, and sound in their duo collaboration, Enkidu. Each vocalist draws from her own rigorous and diverse vocal trainings, and the terrain where they meet includes Indian and European classical music, folk and ritual songs from the American South, South Asia, Moravia, West Africa and Haiti, as well as body/sound research through qi gong and nada yoga (yoga of sound).

THING or the horrible impulse numbing god’s shoe
Choreographed and performed by Christine Elmo

Christine Elmo (b. 1984) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her choreography and video work has been presented by Kate Werble Gallery, Síraly (HU), The Chocolate Factory, Dixon Place, AUNTS, Live @ 8 (IE), among other venues. She is the founder of ROLE PLAY and Do a Little Dance. She has been involved with Critical Correspondence in one capacity or another since 2010. She has had the honor of working with Neil Greenberg, Miguel Gutierrez, Susan Rethorst, and Vicky Shick, among others. Currently on sabbatical, she taught creative movement and dance classes to children and teenagers, 1998-2011. Elmo holds a BFA in dance performance from SUNY Purchase and will be having a “Garage Sale” at Strange Loop Gallery spring 2012. Stay tuned: /

Reference Point (excerpt of an evening length work, premiere 2013)
It’s the comfortable place we always come to when in the midst of chaos and facing revolution.
Choreographer: Toni Renee Johnson
Performers: Eric Hill, Alison Li, Indira Goodwine, Marcus Lavan Braggs
Text: Toni Renee Johnson, Marcus Lavan Braggs, Indira Goodwine, Alison Li
Costumes: Toni Renee Johnson

Toni Renee Johnson is a performer, choreographer, dance educator and mentor. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in choreography and performance from Florida State University. She has performed with INSPIRIT, a dance company, Nia Love/Blacksmith’s Daughter, Nathan Trice Rituals, Peggy Choy Dance Company, and apprenticed with Urban Bush Women. In 2008, she formed her own company and in 2011 she self-produced a New York evening length concert entitled, If You Knew Me…You Would Know, at the Cunningham Studio Theater. Toni Renee was commissioned to make dances for Drexel University and INSPIRIT, a dance company. She is the recipient of the Company Choreographic Commission Project (CCCP) and the NewSteps Emerging Artist grants. She is working on a new evening length work, Reference Point.


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