Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church 5.14.2012

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 5.14.2012

Featuring Works by Marjani Forté*, Erin Ellen Kelly, Erik Abbott Main, Eleanor Goudie-Averill / Stone Depot Dance Lab

*2012 Movement Research Artist-In-Residence

Memory Withholdings: Reflections on Memory (A work in Process)
Created by Marjani Forté
Performance by Marjani Forté and Nia Love
Costumes by Marjani Forte and Nia Love

Through movement LOVE|FORTÉ explores the residue of oppression, the mechanics of survival, and the weight of memory held and emanated in the body through gesture, stance, gait, and expression. This piece is a study to identify hidden traces of accumulated memories that reside in the bones and muscle tissues of women and men of African Descent and Lineage, who have undergone generations of suppression.  We ask, how does the captive mind look in the body? Are there hopes, dreams, desires, fears that color the landscape and geography of the body? Like cave drawings, how do those who come long after us decipher and interpret our time here?

Marjani Forté (Artist-In-Residence) was member of Urban Bush Women Dance Co. for 5 years, and is now an independent choreographer and co-founder of LOVE|FORTÉ.  Forté has taught master classes and workshops internationally. She has presented choreographic works for BAAD, New Orleans McKenna Museum, Danspace, and Harlem Stage. Fortè premiered EGO at DTW as a 2010 Fresh Tracks Resident Artist while concluding a choreographic residency at Loyola Marymount University. Forté is a Movement Research 2011 Artist-in-Residence, premiered Here… for Danspace PLATFORMS: Parallels in March 2012, and premiered EGO for Harlem Stage’s E-Moves in April 2012. She is currently on faculty at Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) 2012. Her work stems from being born in and having engaged with culturally rich, vibrant, historic, and politically charged communities. Nia Love has created over 20 works of which have been performed and produced internationally. Ms. Love is the winner of (2001-2003) Fulbright Fellowship in Dance Ethnology and lived in Ghana for several years. She trained and performed in Cuba with Alicia Alonzo’s Ballet Nacional De Cuba, Japan with Min Tanaka in Butoh, and with King Osei Tutu of Ghana, Kumase in traditional Court Dances. Ms. Love has served as an Artist-in-Residence at Dance Theater Workshop (DTW), teaching artist at Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) and completed her third term as Director of the dance program at PS/MS 95 in the Bronx.

River (work in progress)

It is a piece that explores the river.

Created and Performed by Erin Ellen Kelly

Thanks to everyone that has lent an outside eye and constructive critical conversations. Dedicated to Jonathan Hoare and Jeremy Bender.

Erin Ellen Kelly enjoys making work in gardens, galleries, warehouse spaces, fields, boats, and theaters. As a member of the RansomCorp, she toured Europe, performed at La Mama and participated in a residency at Schloss Broellin. She has worked with choreographers Erika Hassan, Tetsuro Fukuhara, Atsushi Takenouchi, and Kultur im Spannwerk in Berlin, Utopia Teatro in Barcelona, the HOWL Festival, and the Butoh Festival in NYC. She participated in Movement Research at the Judson Church and Fieldwork at Earthdance. Erin has been working with New Media artist Mariam Ghani on a series of video installations that have been presented at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Sharjah Biennial 9, Beijing 798 Biennial, Gyeongnam Art Museum Korea, Momenta Art, The Queens Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. She teaches Soaring Crane Qi Gong and dance to children.

If things don’t work out it’s because of the space between us

Direction & Performance: Erik Abbott-Main with Dante Brown

Erik Abbott-Main, a Michigan native currently pursuing an MFA at The Ohio State University, is a dance artist involved in choreography, improvisation, and collaborations with other artists. His work has been presented in Michigan, LA, NYC, and Montreal, through support by The Michigan Dance Project, Columbus Dances Fellowship, Johnstone Fund, and more. He also remains an active student in yoga, literature, animated video shorts, and circus performance technologies. Dante Brown began his dance training at Wesleyan University with Katja Kolcio, Pedro Alejandro, Nicole Stanton, and Susan Lourie. From that point, his interest in performance and choreography grew exponentially and, as a result, led him to The Ohio State University to pursue his MFA in Choreography and Performance. Dante has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Lily Skove, and Christal Brown, while continuing to develop his choreographic voice and presenting work at the Wexner Center for the Arts and Columbus community.

Wanna Split This?
Choreography: Eleanor Goudie-Averill / Stone Depot Dance Lab
Dancing and collaboration:  Katherine Kiefer Stark & Lauren Putty and Eleanor Goudie-Averill & Marie Brown
Costumes: Eleanor Goudie-Averill’s closet

Eleanor Goudie-Averill, a 2007 MFA Dance Performance graduate of the University of Iowa, teaches Modern Dance technique at Temple University and Ballet at the Wissahickon Dance Academy in Philadelphia. Since 2007, she has co-directed the Stone Depot Dance Lab, a collaborative team of performing, visual, and sound artists whose mission is to create honest and experiential dances. ( Her choreography has been shown in NYC at DNA’s RAW Material, White Wave Festivals, and Triskelion Arts; in Philadelphia at The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2011, Group Motion’s Spiel Uhr, CHI MAC’s INhale Series, Norristown Dance Festival, and Philly Fringe 2010-11; and throughout the Midwest. Currently, Ellie dances for MacArthur Dance Project and Group Motion Dance Company and has also performed with Movement Brigade, SCRAP Performance Group and Kayle & Company. She began her training at Ballet Midwest in Topeka, Kansas, holds a BFA in dance from the University of Kansas and has also served as Visiting Professor of Ballet at Bucknell University and Artistic Director of the UI Youth Ballet.


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