Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church 5.6.2013

Featuring works by Cristiane Bouger*, Diana Sherwood, and Jody Oberfelder.

Accumulation – Influx 32
Conceived and performed by Cristiane Bouger
Costume Design by Babatunde Ajiboye
Video Photography by Flemming Fynsk
Sound Design by Cristiane Bouger and Steve Fontaine (songs excerpts by Leonard Cohen, Gal Costa (Jards Macalé and Waly Salomão), Patti Smith (Allen Ginsberg), Nico, Nick Cave (Lennon-McCartney), Cartola and Ludwig van Beethoven)
In this study I investigate ways to give visibility to the intangible accumulation of memories and information processed by my body. Understanding how presence and intimacy unveil along the performance is part of my research.
32 is the number of days since I started crafting the structure shared with you tonight.
Thank you to Larissa Brandão, K.J. Holmes and Kávé Expresso Bar and Event Space (Bushwick).
This project was made possible, in part, through the Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program, funded, in part, by the Jerome Foundation and the Davis/Dauray Family Fund.

Cristiane Bouger is a 2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and a 2012-2013 Performa Magazine Writer-in-Residence. Her interdisciplinary work reveals existential examinations reflecting upon the female body, desire, cultural conducts, behavior and symbols, biography and fiction. Her live and video performances have been presented in numerous independent and institutional circuits in Brazil; at the Anthology Film Archives, ACE Film Festival, Dixon Place and chashama 461 Gallery (New York); 9̬me Festival des Cin̩mas Diff̩rents (Paris), In-Presentable 08 (Madrid), Montage Video Dance Festival (Johannesburg) and at the Centrul National al Dansului РBucuresti (CNDB)/Atelierul de Productie (Bucharest). Her critical writing work has been published in Brazil, the United States, England and Portugal. and

These fragments
Staging/dance: Diana Sherwood, Music (if used): Sigur Ros.
Over the last several years, I have begun to explore and embody the works of the early German Expressionist dancers as well as 20th Century dancers from the U.S. as seen on film. I have done this not to reconstruct historical dances, but to learn the earlier dancers’ interpretation and translation of the world in physical language and to then re-translate this into a contemporary context. This exploration has made me more acutely aware of partnering space and the architectural elements in movement and visual images these may create, than before. My work tonight explores these ideas.

Diana Sherwood has been a member of the Rudy Perez Performance Ensemble and currently divides her time between NY and LA.

4Chambers (performance installation in-progress)
Choreography: Jody Oberfelder created in collaboration with dancers:
Zachary Denison, Michelle Jongeneel, Joey Kipp, Mary Madsen, Mercedes Searer, and Jake Szczypek.
Music: Richard Einhorn, Jonathan Melville Pratt
4Chambers will be sited on Governors Island this summer. The piece takes place in four discreet rooms referencing the heart. Tonight we give a taste of two of these chambers blended together for Judson.

Jody Oberfelder has been making work in New York for several decades. She has sung in a rock band, choreographed an array of boldly physical dances including ‘Approaching Climax’, ‘Throb’, and ‘The Story Thus Far’, ‘The Title Comes Last’, and directed theater and opera, most recently, Stravinsky’s ‘A Soldier’s Tale’ and Purcell’s ‘Dido & Aeneas’. With a keen eye for the visual, she has also created eight dance films. 4Chambers is her first installation piece. It will premiere this summer on Governors Island for three weekends in July. Transforming Officers House #15 into a four chambered heart with arteries and veins, participants will monitor their own heart while traversing through it. As we’re still working on the piece–any feedback would be greatly appreciated ( We’re also looking for volunteers to be part of our Governors Island performances.

*2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence

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