Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 6.14.2010

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, June 14, 2010.
Featuring works by Headmistress, Tess Dworman, Jordan Fuchs, and
Surface Area Dance Theater.


: Amara Tabor-Smith and Sherwood Chen
Music: Hudson Mohawke, Two Banks Of Four

Formed in May 2009, Headmistress is a collaborative between San Francisco Bay Area-based choreographers and dancers Amara Tabor-Smith and Sherwood Chen. Representing distinct and at times disparate artistic and cultural lineages, Chen and Tabor-Smith interweave and question their respective choreographic approaches and a diasporic sensibility. Headmistress’s research and creation is all over the map-or rather, conflates multiple maps and reflects a transcultural mutt Å“uvre that contains and challenges their respective identities and artistic method. Tabor-Smith (Oakland, CA) is an actress, dancer, capoeirista and Artistic Director of Deep Waters Dance Company, and has worked with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Ed Mock, Priscilla Regalado, Pearl Ubungen, Ron Brown and was Associate Artistic Director of Urban Bush Women prior to her return to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. Chen (San Francisco, CA) was a resident member of Min Tanaka’s multinational performance collective Maijuku and Body Weather Farm, and as a performer has worked with artists including Anna Halprin, Grisha Coleman/echo::system, Sara Shelton Mann, Oguri, Ko Muroboshi and inkBoat/Shinichi Iova-Koga.

Performers: Tess Dworman, Kyli Kleven, Steve May
Music: Gene Krupa

Tess Dworman is originally from Oak Park, IL. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BFA in Dance. Since moving to New York one year ago, she has shown work through Dixon Place, AUNTS, and on various rooftops in Brooklyn.

Strange Planet
(work-in-progress excerpt)
Choreography: Jordan Fuchs in collaboration with the performers
Performers: Toby Billowitz, Jordan Fuchs, Kristina Isabelle, Leslie Scates and Storme Sundberg
Sound Score: Andy Russ

Based in San Francisco in the early 90’s and NYC from 1998-2007, Jordan Fuchs now resides in Denton, Texas where he is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas Woman’s University. His choreography has been commissioned by Danspace Project (2003, 2005 and 2008) and Kristina Isabelle, and presented nationally at venues in San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, Dallas, Columbus, and Providence. Fuchs also intermittently collaborates in duet projects with K.J. Holmes, Sarah Gamblin and Leslie Scates. He has curated an evening of improvisational dance at the Flea Theater (2009) and initiated the first annual Texas Dance Improvisation Festival in October 2009. Fuchs has performed for artists, including Kirstie Simson, Luka Kito/Megan Boyd, and Rebecca Lazier. He has been on faculty at Hunter College and Movement Research and this summer with support from DTW’s Suitcase Fund he will teach at the Tsekh Moscow Summer School.

The Flowering Moon
The Flowering Moon is a third collaboration with members of No Neck Blues Band. David Nuss and Mico will perform live with principle dance artist Molly Hodkinson. This new work is acknowledged as a meditation, and will draw upon the strength of physical and spiritual visualization.

Surface Area Dance Theater is led by Creative Director Nicole Vivien Watson and resides at Dance City, the National agency for dance in the North East of England. The company’s primary focus is to develop an original movement language and identity that reflects the creative inspirations of the company. Internationally the company has performed repertoire in Barcelona, Brussels, Sao Paulo – Brazil, Tokyo and New York.


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