Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, December 5, 2011

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, December 5, 2011.

Featuring works by Karen Bernard, Laurie Berg **, Jo Pollit and Rhiannon Newton, Melanie Maar.

** 2010 Movement Research Artist-In-Residence

Firkin Crane
Creation and Performance: Karen Bernard
Video and Costume: Karen Bernard
Soundscore: Boris Billier and “Aladair Mhic Cholla ghasda”, sung by Flora MacNeil
Special thanks to Jil Guyon, Aaron Purkey, Victoria Libertore, RoseAnne Spradlin, and the Field group.
Firkin Crane was developed in residency at Firkin Crane’s Blank Canvas Residency and Silo, as well as Fieldwork.

Karen Bernard grew up in a household which incorporated her father’s dance school, with students crossing through the family space, so performance has been deeply engrained throughout her life. As a solo artist and the Founder and Director of New Dance Alliance, she performs, teaches, lectures and serves on advisory panels across the U.S., Canada and Europe. This cross-pollination strengthens an ongoing social dialogue among international artists, one that exemplifies her lifelong commitment to performance. That commitment is fully brought to life in NDA’s justly-renowned Performance Mix Festival, now in its 26th year. This Spring Bernard will perform a first time look at Ouette at the Festival and will return for a second residency at Bogliasco. Performance Mix Festival | March 13-18th at The Joyce Soho |

Interlude: The Big A meets The Big T

Created By: Laurie Berg
Movement and Choreography: Laurie Berg, Lily Gold, and Rosie Perez
Performance: Laurie Berg and Lily Gold
Lights: Liliana Dirks-Goodman
Music: Public Enemy via Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing
This project has been made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties. The project was made possible, in part, through The Movement Research Artist Residency Project, funded, in part, by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund.

Laurie Berg is a Brooklyn-based artist who works in multiple forms including dance, performance, collage, jewelry, and video. She is a 2010 Movement Research Artist-In-Residence. Laurie presented A Different Brand of Chaos at Danspace Project as part of PLATFORM: 2011 Body Madness – Rhythm and Humor (March 2011), and presented the workings of a duet with Bessie McDonough-Thayer as part of the Brink series at Dixon Place (June 2011). She will be performing in the work of Heather Kravas as part of PS122’s COIL Festival in January 2012 in The Green Surround. She currently co-produces AUNTS with Liliana Dirks-Goodman (our next show is on December 17th), and the Salon Show at Ulla’s House with Sasha Welsh (our next show is on December 10th). Her jewelry can be seen around the necks of many NYC artists. Come have a beer after the show! Thank you.

Australian based Jo Pollitt is director of the response project- a choreographic practice of improvisation, writing and research. She holds a Master of Arts in Creative Arts (WAPPA) and has worked with various Australian companies including Tasdance and Terrapin Theatre. Jo has developed her much sought after ‘response’ work for 10 years with a focus on generating rigourous and highly watchable dance works using improvisational strategies and dynamic scores for performance. Recently she has created works for Chrissie Parrott, Emma Sandall and Rhiannon Newton that present the personal politics of experience in a human, generous and responsive frame. Jo is also the co-director and editor of BIG Kids magazine – a creative arts magazine for kids and artists.

The Check Point Solo

Direction: Jo Pollit
Performer: Rhiannon Newton
1. Spanish Colour / Spanish Panic   2. Beyond Presentation   3. The First   4. Birthday Dance   5. The Captain and The Hunter, 6. A Lack of Need   7. Be Small   8. For the People   9. Rhiannon.
A danced document of a year and ever-changing performance score created between Perth, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Spain, Brisbane, Melbourne and New York. A collaboration between director and improviser Jo Pollitt and performer Rhiannon Newton, the work is a series of check points; a string of small dances, mapped, live and relative.

Rhiannon Newton has danced for Anouk van Dijk, Jan Fabre, Odelya Kuperberg, Chrissie Parrott and Strut Dance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts honours in dance from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She is currently based in Perth, Australia working across a variety of projects as performer, collaborator and emerging Australian dancer maker. Across 2010 she developed The Check Point Solo with Jo Pollitt. In 2011 she has presented the solo in Under The Radar Brisbane Festival; First Run Lucy Guerin Inc, Melbourne; and The Chapel Space, Perth.

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Choreography, Costume: Melanie Maar
Performance, Creation: Marilyn Maywald, Melanie Maar

Melanie Maar is a New York based choreographer and dancer originally from Vienna, Austria. Her last evening work Spaces and Bones , a collaboration with audio-visual artist Kenta Nagai, premiered in 2010 at The Chocolate Factory and at ImpulsTanz Festival in Vienna in 2011. She has a performance practice with live music. She has recently worked with the collective Action Theory and in a new project with composer Anthony Braxton. Maar co-curated the Movement Research Festival Spring 2010 and was a 2007 MR Artist-In-Residence. Her work has also been seen in San Francisco, Lisbon, Glasgow, Oslo and Berlin. She is a student of Gertraud Maar, Janet Panetta and Daria Fain. Maar teaches a Qi Gong based movement class. She has worked with choreographers Luciana Achugar, RoseAnne Spradlin, Levi Gonzalez and others.


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