Video Clips from Movement Research at The Judson Church 3.7.2011

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, March 7, 2011. Featuring work by Michal Samama, Christhian Diaz, Nora Stephens, Athena Kokoronis

Still Life with Seven Stones

Created and performed by Michal Samama
A solo work combining elements of choreography and performance art, inspired by the depiction in the visual arts of inanimate subject matter.
This solo was made possible in part through The Field’s Emerging Artist Residency program, supported by the Tides Foundation and also through a Harkness Space Grant from the 92nd street Y Harkness Dance Center.

Michal Samama is a movement based performer, choreographer and theater artist, combines in her work and her research elements from different art forms. She was raised in Israel and since moving to NYC last year her work has been presented at Joyce Soho, 92nd Street Y, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art Gallery and SiteFest 2010/11 – Art in Bushwick. She studied dance and choreography at the Excellence Program for Dance, Ha-Kibutzim College in Tel-Aviv, and upon graduating she studied theater, writing and performance art at the Interdisciplinary Art Program for Performance Studies, Search Engine Theatre School in Jaffa. She began creating her own work in 2001. Her choreography works were shown in many venues in Israel including Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater, Tmuna Theater and Tzavta Theater. A play that she wrote, directed and preformed in was presented at the Haifa Fringe Theater Festival (2009). Since 2008 she created a series of solo performances that have been presented in Tel Aviv, Berlin and NYC. Michal was an Artist in Residence at The Field Emerging Artist Residency Program (Fall 2010). To see more of her works please visit:

Landscape 0 (drowning)

Christhian Diaz
Performers: Christhian C. Diaz, Jacqueline H. Kook, Gabrielle D’Angelo, Austin M. White, Chris Pudiokus, Piotr Shtyk, Joe Jagos

Christhian Diaz: Over the past six years, Christhian Diaz has developed and grown as an artist in a rich cross-disciplinary practice through the Cooper Union School of Art’s inter-disciplinary program. His practice consists of investigating the nature of movement and how body-based practices can inform and expand artistic production. Using multiple mediums-performance, video, sound, photography and installation-and in collaboration with practitioners in different fields, he has been stretching his understanding of the moving body and its limits as it exists at the intersection between performance art and choreography.

some real good dance by a gringa

Creation & Performance: Nora Stephens
Music: Ryan Smith/Power Player

Nora Stephens is a multi-city based artist currently living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Internationally, her work has been shown as part of the exhibition Ocupação and at Rampa in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at Los Talleres and the UNAM in Mexico City, Mexico, and at the WUK and Saprophyt Gallery in Vienna, Austria. In NYC her dances have been shown around town at the 92nd St Y, The Brooklyn Museum, DancenOw/NYC, Mulberry Street Theatre, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Dixon Place, Chashama and various other venues/festivals. Nora’s video works have been screened/installed at the Brooklyn Public Library, AUNTS, the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, Le Quinto Festival Internacional de Video Danza in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Garrison Art Center in Garrison, NY and at CS 848 in San Francisco, CA. She completed her MFA in Dance as part of the Hollins University/ American Dance Festival program in 2008 and prior to that received her BS in Dance with a Certificate in InterArts and Technology from the UW-Madison. Currently, Nora is co-organizing the inaugural live arts festival in Rio de Janeiro, Arte ao Vivo, Rio ao Vivo, and has just begun her 2nd trimester of pregnancy with her 2nd child, due in September.

Everybody’s Solo
1. Table with Legs and Arms 5mins
2. Eating
I. Eating
II. Tasting
III. Measuring
IV. Gestures*

Choreography: Athena Kokoronis
Performers: Amy Baumgarten, Despina Stamos, Christina Andrea, Karen Gleeson, Vanessa Thill, Brianna Kalisch, Julia Handschuh, Meredith Talusan, Aimée Lutkin, Emmett McMullan, Stepahnie Waddell, HanaKyle Moranz, Juliette Bensimon-Marchina
Sound/Words: Barthes, Performers, and other media.
*These come from choreographer’s library of gestures that were bartered for food and other forms of knowledge.

Athena Kokoronis is a cooking artist based in Brooklyn. Her projects are interdisciplinary and usually incorporate food and dance. She is a co-conceiver of the group, Strataspore, a cross-disciplinary platform dedicated to research and collective knowledge of mushrooms ( She also collaborates as Digestion Choreographer at Mildred’s Lane, an artist community and school in Northeastern Pennsylvania ( Thank you to all my performers and readers tonight. Thank to Caroline Woolard and Tradeschool for your support.


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