Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church 4.1.2013

Featuring works by Michael Freeman, Tumi Johnson, Stuart Meyers, and Catherine Galasso.

How Beautiful, these strange ways
A work-in progress (excerpts) from the Dance-Theater-Musical: The Secret to Being Young Again
Text and rap written by Michael Freeman
Movement by Michael Freeman
Original music by DJ Moskva
Song: “Send Me An Angel” by Real Life
Hera: Stacy Lynn Smith
Nurse Nose/Condom Angel: Sharon Cacciabaudo
Homeless: Denise Turkan
Rapper: Sheldon Verneil
How Beautiful, these strange ways is a new approach to musical theater that incorporates both traditional and experimental movement with body voice to create a “state” to support the text narrative.

Michael Freeman is a theater artist and writer. He is the recipient of the Richard Porter Leach Fellowship for the Arts and the Nicholas Pekearo Endowed Scholarship for Creative Writing. His work has been supported by NYFA, The Dramatists Guild of America, PEN Writers Fund, and the Authors League Fund. His first choreography/grant was in the Young Dancers in Bryant Park Series. His choreography has been shown at the Hot Festival, FUSE HERE Arts Center, HOWL Festival, Mulberry Street Theater New Steps Series, Dance Conversations at the Flea, 24 hour durational performance festival in Toronto, Toronto Festival of Clowns, the Duplex, the PIT, and many others. He has also directed for puppeteer Ralph Lee and musician Robert Jackson’s performing companies.

Choreographed and performed by Tumi Johnson
Original poetry by Tumi Johnson
Music by David Bowie and Queen

Tumi Johnson was raised in Ibadan, Nigeria and Nashville, Tennessee. A former Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Tumi has since had the opportunity to work and dance with choreographers including Liz Lerman, Alexandra Beller, Fiona Alderman, Deborah Silver, and Shani Aduculesi. In the fall of 2011, Tumi moved to Paris and spent 6 months in France working on refining her ‘poem dances’: solo dance creations that are crafted from original poetry. Tumi currently lives in Brooklyn and works both as a professional dancer as well as a holistic physician.

On The Rocks
Creator and performer: Stuart Meyers
Music: Johto 3, Pan Sonic; Took the Night, Chelley; If I Could Incarnate This Feeling, Pan Sonic, and Keiji Haino
A full length presentation will be shown in Philadelphia as a part of Hybridge Arts Collective’s Blueprint Breakout Series at the end of June.

Stuart Meyers is a multi-disciplinary artist bridging the gaps between dance, theatre, and the visual arts. Currently based in Philadelphia, he is a recent graduate of Boston University’s School of Theatre where he earned his BFA. Studying in France, Italy, and at Connecticut College during undergrad, Stuart began to craft his provocative dance theatre pieces. This past summer, Stuart had the pleasure of apprenticing visionary theatre director Robert Wilson at The Watermill Center. Most recently, Stuart performed in Christopher William’s dance-opera Wolf-In-Skins. This showing of On The Rocks is a glimpse of a new full-length piece that will premiere in Philadelphia at the end of June as part of Hybridge Arts Collective’s Blueprint Breakout Series.

Fall of the Rebel Angels, Study 4B
Created by Catherine Galasso in collaboration with performers Edith Freyer, Alex Romania, Austin Selden, Saori Tsukada, and Buck Wanner
Sound design by Adam Bach
Fall of the Rebel Angels is supported by Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, and Dance New Amsterdam.

Catherine Galasso’s cross-disciplinary dance works have been performed at places like the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Joyce SoHo, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, Harvard University’s Carpenter Center, the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Bibliotheque National de France (Paris), and SkenaUP International Theater Festival (Kosovo). Catherine has been an Artist in Residence with the LMCC, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Watermill Center, and ODC Theater (2008-12), and her most recent work, Bring On The Lumière!, about cinema pioneers the Lumière Brothers, was nominated for a San Francisco “Izzie.” Born in NY and raised in Italy, Catherine received a BA in Film from Cornell University and is currently the Marketing/Media Associate at Movement Research. Fall of the Rebel Angels is a multi-platform collaboration with filmmaker/visual artist Brent Green that will premiere in 2015.


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