Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 4.12.2010

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, April 12, 2010.
Featuring works by Accidental Movement*, The Song Hee Lee Dance Company, and Laurie Berg, Megan Byrne, and Liliana Dirks-Goodman

Accidental #5
Choreographed, conceived, and directed by Mariangela Lopez*
Performed and created with Monica Brand, Stephanie Beauchamp, Andrew Broaddus, Malinda Crump, Laura Grant, Ashley Murray, Zoe Lukov, Jaime Shearn Coan, Pedro Osorio, Michele Torino, Amanda Torres, Juliana Vicari, Devika Wickremesinghe and Rishauna Zumberg.
Music: Giorgo Moroder “Tears”; Ennio Morricone “Ouverture del mattino”; Amanda “Follow me”; Simon Boswell “Dejame Llorar”

Accidental #5 is a performance platform where participants share individual experiences, personal memories and perceptions of their own environments by utilizing the power of the group to then build a collective experience. In the past few years my investigation has departed from the beauty I see in the accidental movement we create in the every day with the physicality of emotions and images that are connected to a deeper level of our being. The accumulation of past/present experience determines what we are willing to expose. This piece is about braking, decoding our systems of exposures.

The creation of Accidental #5 has been possible with public commissioning funds from the Dance Program of the New York State Council of the Arts, a state agency. Accidental Movement received support from the Movement Research Artist-in-Residency Program funded, in part, by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund. The creation of Accidental #5 has been possible also with the contribution from the Arnhold Foundation.

Mariangela Lopez is a Brooklyn based choreographer and performer from Caracas, Venezuela. Since 2001 Mariangela has created five independent works. Her pieces have been presented in Venezuela, Mexico, France, Boston and multiple venues in New York City such as Dance New Amsterdam, Williamsburg Art Nexus, Dixon Place, Danspace Project, Movement Research at the Judson Church, P.S 122, Tisch School of the Arts, and MonkeyTown, among others. Her work is known for the participation of people from her community to create performances. In 2004 she began to call her group Accidental Movement, hoping that this name would serves as a platform for the realization of her experimental works. Mariangela holds a BFA from the Boston Conservatory (1999) and is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies (2001). Currently Mariangela is a faculty teacher at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies, at the Harkness Center 92 Street Y, and Ballet Hispanico. From April 27th to May 13th 2010 Mariangela will be teaching for the Modern Guest Artist Series at Dance New Amsterdam. Mariangela is a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence 2009.

The Song Hee Lee Dance Company
Performed by Song Hee Lee and Joanne Kim

Prodigality is an excerpt from a full-length work, 108 Defilements and Purification, in which each of the traditional 108 defilements are portrayed, as well as nirvana, the process of purification that transforms them. Contrary to some strains in the Buddhist tradition, Lee views defilement and purification as ultimately one and the same thing, two complementary aspects of a single dynamic process of becoming. With sponsorship from the Queens Council for the Arts, 108 Defilements and Purification will premiere in Fall 2010.

Song Hee Lee was born in Pusan, Korea. She began training in modern dance at age twelve, and won several major dance competitions while still in high school. Upon graduating from college at Pusan Women’s College, Ms. Lee was accepted as a member of the Pusan Metropolitan Dance Company. She was promoted to principal in the spring of 1983, and began performing in a variety of featured roles. While with the Pusan Metropolitan Dance Company, Ms. Lee became interested in traditional dance and began taking instruction from a number of traditional Korean dance masters, each of who practiced specific kinds of traditional dances such as Seung Mu [Buddhist monk dances] and Salpuri [female shaman dances]. Building on this training, Ms. Lee came to focus on creating a personal style of choreography that drew on both modern and traditional Korean dance forms, that managed to be both contemporary and timeless, Korean and universal, intensely personal and deeply transcendent. In 1991 her first solo performance, Waiting for a Man, received national recognition in Korea for its unique combination of traditional and modern, as well as eastern and western aesthetics. Currently, Ms. Lee performs as a solo dance artist and leads her own dance company, and continues to perform in the United States and abroad. Some recent engagements have included the Lincoln Center Fringe Festival, the White Wave DUMBO International Dance Festival, DanceParade, and the World Congress on Dance in Athens, Greece.

The Sorrow of Utopia
Choreographed by Laurie Berg and Megan Byrne with material generated by the performers
Video by Liliana Dirks-Goodman
Performed by Quinn Batson, Laurie Berg, Madeline Best, Megan Byrne, Eric Conroe, Jess Holl, Deborah Karp, Jessica Ray, Alice Sunderland, and Sasha Welsh

Laurie Berg, Megan Byrne and Liliana Dirks-Goodman: The Sorrow of Utopia is Episode V of a larger work, The Apocalypse. Conceived by Brooklyn based artists Laurie Berg, Megan Byrne and Liliana Dirks-Goodman, and produced by Megan Byrne, The Apocalypse is a collection of art pieces structured around the idea of a secular apocalypse. Each episode has a different aesthetic and approach and may be shown as a separate work. Yet when performed together an over all arc between the episodes is revealed. Upcoming episodes will be shown at The TANK, Stony Brook College and Pieter PASD in Los Angeles. Past collaborations between Megan, Lili and Laurie include: AUNTS Factory/Market for the 2009 Movement Research Spring Festival, FEELLEEF (Byrne/Dirks-Goodman) and the Human Diorama Project (Berg/Dirks-Goodman).

*Movement Research Artist-in-Residence 2009


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