Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, 6.21.2010

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, June 21, 2010, featuring works by WEGO*, Ventriculus (Gizzard), Sakura Shimada**, and Elizabeth Ward

*Movement Research Exchange/DaNY, sponsored by the Danish Arts Council Committee for the Performing Arts
**Movement Research Artist-in-Residence 2008

By: Choreographer Kirstine Kyhl Andersen, guitarist Niels Bjerg, and bass player Simon Jermyn

The collaboration between composer Niels Bjerg and choreographer Kirstine Kyhl Andersen from Denmark started in 2004, when they formed the band [WEGO]. It emerged from their common wish to create a method of composing together as choreographer and composer having dance and music as equal expressions, and to reach both music and dance audiences. [WEGO] has created eight productions in separate collaborations with Paradiso / Melkweg Productiehuis in Amsterdam (NL), Entré Scenen in Aarhus (DK) and Dansescenen in Copenhagen (DK). Kirstine Kyhl Andersen is educated at the School For New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam. Niels Bjerg holds a Masters from the Conservatory of Amsterdam and a Bachelors from The Conservatory of The Hague (NL). Simon Jermyn is an Irish, New York based bassist/guitarist and composer. He plays with a.o., Ben Monder, and Pete Robbins. Simon’s debut album as a leader, Trot A Mouse featuring a.o., Chris Speed, and Loren Stillmann, was released on Fresh Sound New Talent record label in 2009. Since then he has recorded for Songlines and released a solo album on Diatribe Records entitled Hymni.

Ventriculus Dancers: Kristina Donello, Marisa Arriaga, Noa Sagie, Meredith Blouin
Choreographer: Meredith Blouin
Music: Need New Body: Make Gay Love Not War; Mugison: I’m on Fire; Kevin Spacey: Far Away Places; and Mauricio Kagel: Lullaby

Brooklyn based performer and choreographer Meredith Blouin “is not afraid,” said legendary dance artist Dan Wagoner, “to be ugly.” In the Fall of 2007 she graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Creative Writing. Soon after she moved to New York City and dubbed herself Madame Spaghetti Arms in response to negative remarks about her unruly limbs. In January 2010 she began the group project Ventriculus to explore the visceral qualities within a conceptual soul. Works by Meredith draw upon the peculiarities and dramatics of everyday life inside outlandish plots. Such as, struggling with arms made out of 8 feet of pasta or coming to terms with a suicidal foot. In addition to personal adventures Meredith dances for Noa Saige; A Dance Project, Tennille Lambert/The Ugly Company and Sarah Dahnke/Round Tuit Dance Project.

Boro Boro
Performer: Sakura Shimada
Music: Bolero by Maurice Ravel
The project was made possible, in part, through the Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program, funded, in part, by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Starry Night Fund of the Tides Foundation.

Sakura Shimada is from Japan and has been dancing in NYC since in 1997. In recent years, she has been intensively working with Daniel Lepkoff and traveling and dancing internationally. His work has been a big influence on her, as well as the work of artists Lisa Nelson and Steve Paxton. She has been joining “Movement Inventions” ( led by Christina Svane and Gale Turner), River Valley Aikido club, Colonial Swimming club, W Halifax digging and eating healthy club. She is a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence 2008. A big Thank you to Movement Research!

what to do with self destructive desires?
By: Elizabeth Ward in collaboration with performers Aretha Aoki, Giorgos Papadopoulos, Jessica Ray, Kevin Lovelady, and Vanessa Anspaugh
Songs: Unstoppable by Santogold, Fix me by Black Flag, USA vs White Noise by Ladytron, and Children of the Grave by Black Sabbath

Elizabeth‘s recent projects include collaborating with JMY Leary on Save the Whales; think about the sea turtles at Pieter Pasd in Los Angeles, DARK: a ballet from hell with MÃ¥rten SpÃ¥ngberg and Emma Kim-Hagdahl presented at Performing Arts Forum/ St. Erme, France, Impulstanz/ Vienna and Weld/Stockholm, and Money: Need, Desire, and Utopia with Athens based theorist Giorgos Papadopoulos presented at the 2009 Athens Biennale and the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, NL. Her rock n roll ballet /bearly ballet workshops have been offered a at Danshogskolan/ Stockholm, Danscentrum/ Gothenburg, Prisma Forum/ Mexico City, Tanzquartier/ Vienna, Pa-F/ St. Erme, France, Pieter Pasd/ Los Angeles, Dance New Amsterdam/ NYC and classclassclass/ NYC.


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