Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, March 14, 2011.

Video clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, March 14, 2011. Featuring work by Sophia Ribeiro, Leslie Parker, Tzveta Kassabova.

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Created and performed by Sophia Ribeiro, in collaboration with Joana Fittipaldi

This research project was initiated in the framework of ex.e.r.ce 2010 program, module #3, at Centre Chor̩graphique National de Montpellier. Research opportunity funded by CCN de Montpellier and Cam̵es Instituted in Paris. Rehearsal space in New York provided by the artists Melanie Maar РThe Loft and Joana Fittipaldi РSchool of Visual Arts studio.
Thanks to Joana, Melanie, Tom, Luca, Karin, Movement Research, Judson Memorial Church and the Audience.

Sophia Ribeiro is a Portuguese choreographer, dancer – performer, collaborative artist with Swiss German and Brazillian roots. Graduated in 2007 from Laban, London, with a BA(Hons) Dance Theatre. She studied and researched during ex.e.r.ce 2010 program, module #3, led by Loïc Touzé, Rémy Héritier, Stéphane Bouquet, Patric Chiha at Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier. There she created Paper Cuts and Dans la Lumière, in collaboration with Bryan Campbell, Ana Pi, Emmanuelle Santos, Boris Hennion and Thiago Granato. She has worked with Pichet Klunchun and Lisa Nelson during the Island No.8 Muses.Masters.Monsters Festival, Tanzquartier Vienna, directed by Mathilde Monnier and Katrin Roschangar. She has also studied and been inspired by artists/teachers such as K.J. Holmes, Kirstie Simpson, Nancy-Stark Smith, Sofia Neuparth, João Fiadeiro, DD Dorvillier, Jennifer Monson, Barbara Mahler, Janet Panetta, Chrysa Parkinson. Recently, together with visual artist Joana Fittipaldi, she showed a work-in-progress as part of Movement Research Open Performance, at DTW, moderated by Laurie Berg; and finished a seven month long arts administration work placement at Movement Research offices, through the Portuguese program Inov-ART, 2nd edition supported by DGArtes. Her focus is on composition, improvisation, interdisciplinary and performance practices, dance-image-space dis-connections; details and transports of body (ies).

The Block (Working Title)

Choreography and movement by Leslie Parker
Costume by Leslie Parker and Tezra Bryant
Poetry written by Leslie Parker and spoken by Tezra Bryant
Music: Apache Indian, The Roots, Dilated Peoples
“Everyone knows that scarcity results in the loss of human dignity. A person whose identity has been violated becomes subject to control. If a gun is then given to such a person to use as a way of restoring his sense of dignity, chances are he will use it. My people are frustrated by the lack of creditability they experience from the modern world. And many have lost hope that anything but the gun will be heard.” – Maildoma Patrice Some’

Leslie Parker is a freelance dance artist, choreographer, and teaching artist holding a B.F.A in modern dance & choreography from Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University. Her eclectic urban dance style is inspired by Black folkloric thought and tradition. She is influenced by the co-existence of sacred and secular as well as its cultural continuity within African Diasporan movement. She has studied extensively under master dance teachers from Senegal, Guinea, Ghana, and Ivory Coast. She has worked with Professor Nii Yartey of Ghana University, Dr. Kariamu Welsh of Kariamu and Company: Traditions and as a guest artist with Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble, Reggie Wilson’s Fist and Heel, Tania Isaac Dance, and Sundance Multiple Performing Arts Company. She collaborates with Nioka Workman’s Jazz & Dance Co. and Nia Love’s: BlackSmith’s Daughter Music & Dance Company. She has led Contemporary African Diasporan dance residencies & intensives for Penumbra Theater’s Summer Institute: Art for Social Change ( St. Paul, MN), Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (NYC ,NY), LeAp Inc. (NYC, NY), St. Paul Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools, University of Minnesota and inner city youth nationally. Her choreography was selected for BalaSole Dance Company’s fall 2010 dance concert. Her dance works have also been presented by The WOW Café Theater (NYC, NY), Tribeca Performing Arts Center BMCC (NYC,NY), The Painted Bride Arts Center (Philadelphia, PA), The Women’s Roseville Correctional Facility (Roseville, MN), Patrick’s Cabaret (Mpls, MN), Penumbra Theater “The Late Nite Series”(St. Paul, MN), and Pillsbury House “Hip Hop Theater Nightmares of JuJube” (Mpls., MN).

Letter (to Ed)

Choreography and performance by Tzveta Kassabova
Music: Arvo Pärt
Costume: Tzveta Kassabova
Dedicated to Ed Tyler

Tzveta Kassabova believes that dance is a visual art form. She has always been fascinated by the concept of space, and is constantly trying to address it, both in her choreography and design. Tzveta was born in Bulgaria. At different times she has been a gymnast, physicist, and meteorologist. As a member of DanceWeb she took part in the Vienna ImpulsTanz in 1997 and 1998. She came to the U.S. in 1999 as a graduate student at the University of Maryland to study Meteorology. In 2004 she moved to New York, after an exciting summer at ADF and a residency at The Yard. As a dancer, Tzveta has been part of Ed Tyler, Sara Pearson/Patrik Widrig and David Dorfman Dance companies, and has performed in works of Mark Haim, Nancy Bannon, Maurice Fraga, Zoltan Nagy, Joshua Bisset, Netta Yerushalmy, and Colleen Thomas, among others. Her work as a choreographer has been presented at CSPAC(MD), Dance Place (DC), Test!0 (Croatia), NBU (Bulgaria), Judson Church (NYC), Dixon Place (NYC), Mulberry Street Theater (NYC), Artomatic. She received a Metro DC Dance Award (2008), the Prince George’s Arts Council grant (2009) and Maryland State Arts Council award (2010 and 2011). She holds three Masters Degrees. Tzveta loves creating costumes, video projections, set designs and installations for her work. Tzveta wants to thank Ed for teaching her to dream.


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