Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, June 13, 2011.

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, June 16, 2011.

Featuring work by Kai Kleinbard, Narcissister, Maya Gurantz, the Bureau for the Future of Choreography

Little Thefts (in progress)

Maya Gurantz
Performers: Camille Beaumont, Maya Gurantz, Soren Santos
Thefts: Matthew Barney, Jimmy Carter, Phil Davison, George W. Bush, John McCain, King Crimson, Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris, DV8 Physical Theater, Marquis de Sade, Trey McIntyre, Pilobolus, Al Pacino/Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio/Scarface, James Caan/Godfather, Sean Connery/The Untouchables, Hans Reiser, Josef Fritzl, Brian David Mitchell, Phillip Garrido, Robert A. Williams
Special Thanks to Yvonne Rainer, Mollie Morrow, Ben and Ziv Au

Maya Gurantz is an artist working in movement and performance, video, installation and community-generated projects. She has created new works in New York, rural Mississippi, San Diego, the SF Bay Area, and most recently, LA. Her group, Temescal Labs, quickly became recognized as one of most “original and exciting” performance companies in the Bay Area. Maya’s work uses rigorously physical and playful theatricality to expose the dark histories and painful contradictions embedded in performances of power. Works include live art projects Endurance Performance Proposition (Lenny Bruce Live At Carnegie Hall), Endurance Performance Proposition (Birth of a Nation), CLEAN, Clown Bible and {The 99-Cent} Miss Saigon. Recent video installation projects include Three Little Thefts and Portrait of MDW (For My Enemies). Individually and with her company, Maya has received grants and awards from the NEA, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Theater Bay Area, Puffin Foundation, and the Bay Area Critics Circle. Maya was an Artist in Residence with CounterPULSE, an NEA/TCG Emerging Director Finalist, an Altvater Fellow with Cornerstone Theater Company, and was selected for an Atlantic Center for the Arts residency by film producer Christine Vachon. Maya has a B.A. from Yale and is currently a Studio Art M.F.A. candidate at UC Irvine. She writes about art and life on her blog

The Hand (in progress)

Choreography: Narcissister and Wanda Gala
Costume by Narcissister and Laura McMillian, painted by Malcolm Stuart

Along with her performance work, Narcissister works in many other creative media including collage, sculpture, printmaking, and photography. In addition to being a featured performer at The Box NYC, she has presented work in New York at The New Museum, Deitch Projects, The Kitchen, and at Abrons Art Center. Narcissister has also developed an international following. She has been invited to perform as part of the Music Biennale in Zagreb, Croatia, at Chicks on Speed’s Gril Monster Festival in Hamburg, Germany, and at The Festival of Women in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She has also presented work at Warehouse 09, Copenhagen’s fist live arts festival, and at “Bordel Des Arts,” a performance series at Lucas Carrieri gallery in Berlin. Narcissister was a re-performer of “Luminosity” for Marina Abramovic’s groundbreaking exhibition at MoMA in 2010.

Construction Creature (work in progress)

Created and performed
by Kai Kleinbard
This piece is part of a continuing series of “creature studies” in development since 2006. I take inspiration from the incredible students I work with, including a dance class for kids that explores creature transformations. I would like to thank my students, mentors and teachers and my love, Cori.

Kai Kelinbard was born and raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. He is studying waving with Future Ninja, voguing with Archie Burnett and Benny Ninja, as well as Aikido. Kai has worked with artists Kota Yamazaki, Mina Nishimura, Gerald Casel, Jimena Paz, and Cori Olinghouse. He tutors privately (grades K-12) and specializes in developing and organizing his students’ work and learning habits. Kai is also a certified Alexander Technique teacher and teaches emergent learning with his partner, Cori Olinghouse.

Desire Dances

Bureau for the Future of Choreography
Performers: Moriah Evans, Kyli Kleven, Sarah Beth Percival, Julia Simpson, Pieter Ampe, Gui Garrido, Emma Kim Hagdahl
Collaborators: Evelyn Donnelly, Louise Hojer, Will Rawls, Ilyas Washington, Anna Whaley
The majority of rehearsals for this performance transpired in public spaces as interventions. Perhaps you saw us at: the Highline, Pier 54, the artificial bluffs and baseball fields of Central Park, along the sidewalk of the Bowery, rooftops in Bushwick, The Rivington Street Playground, laundromats, Desalvio Playground, or the Park Avenue Armory. Tonight we bring our Desire Dances to Judson and continue to explore architectures, contexts, materials and frames that determine how we inhabit and move our bodies.


  • Your never to old to start your Martial Arts Training, nonetheless you do need to bear in mind at our age our body takes longer to recoup.

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