Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, October 31, 2011

Video Clips from Movement Research at the Judson Church, October 31, 2011.

Featuring works by Kota Yamazaki, Judith Sanchez Ruiz/JSR Company, Megan Mazarick, SKOTE

Choreographed by Kota Yamazaki
Performed by Masanori Asahara and Kota Yamazaki

Kota Yamazaki is from Niigata, Japan. He graduated from Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo and sometimes works as a costume designer. In 1996-2001, Yamazaki was the artistic director of Tokyo-based Rosy co., and presented works in collaboration with artists such as an architect, Toyo Ito. Since 2002, Yamazaki creates works with NY-based Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug. His work has been presented nationally and internationally at PICA/TBA Festival, BAM Harvey Theater, Place Theater in London, Melbourne International Arts Festival, FIAF/Crossing Line, and DTW, among others. In these years, he taught at Bennington College among many other universities. In 2007, Yamazaki received a “Bessie” Award with Germaine Acogny for the choreography of FAGAALA. He is the director of Body-Arts Laboratory in Tokyo, and has organized the Whenever Wherever Festival since 2009. (

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Performed by Pareena Lim, Liz Filbrun and Saúl Ulerio.
Text by JSR
Musical Direction by Andres Levin.

The fragment of work that we will show you is a result of a laboratory residency at DMAC Duo Multicultural Arts Center. After working with 13 dancers in the first initial week of work, we selected 3 performers that formed the structure, developed in 5 weeks. The score is a conclusion of a research process. I have been working in creating a score with the structure of a newspaper, full of short, intense, incoherent, interesting, abstract, sometimes literal, sometimes surreal….

Thanks to Pareena, Liz and Saul for you enthusiasm, hard work and patience during this Laboratory residency. I wish you all the very best in your upcoming endeavors. Special thanks to DMAC Duo Multicultural Arts Center, Iréne Hultman, Marietta Ulacia, Andres Levin, Yamile Malagon; and all the first performers who participated in this Laboratory.

Judith Sanchez Ruiz’s work is drawn to the exploration of the body’s raw and visceral movement. She pursues choreography that deals with the radical transformation of qualities and textures in relation with body architectures and geometrical shapes. Sanchez Ruiz is a Cuban born choreographer, performer and teacher based in New York City since 1999. She has performed with DanzAbierta Company (Cuba), Mal Pelo Company (Spain), David Zambrano and Trisha Brown Dance Company, as well as various well developed collaborative projects with innovative composers and Visual Artist. Most recently she has had work commissioned for Hedwig Dance Company (Chicago). Sanchez Ruiz also has a residency at DMAC Duo Multicultural Arts Center (2011). She is a Movement Research 2011 Artist-in-Residence. Sanchez Ruiz will be a guest artist at Sasha Waltz “Gefaltet” new production piece in 2012.

Robe Arrangement
Directed by Megan Mazarick
Movement and performance by Brad Ellis and Megan Mazarick
Music by Brad Ellis

Megan Mazarick received her BFA in dance from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her MFA in dance from Temple University. Most recently, Megan received a 2011 Independence Fellowship to study dance (digitally) with Marlon Solano. Additional support for her choreography has come from several artistic residencies including Community Education Center’s New Edge Residency (2009), Susan Hess Choreographer’s Project (2009-2010), and Live Arts Brewery (2010-2011). Her work has been presented at Philadelphia Live Arts Festival 2009, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival 2010, ODC Theater (San Francisco), Southern Theater (Minneapolis), Triskelion Arts (NYC), DNA’s Raw Material Series 2007 and 2008 (NYC), and Movement Research at Judson Church (NYC). She is a senior lecturer at University of the Arts, adjunct faculty at Rowan University, a Co-Director of Philadelphia’s nEW Festival, and a dance filmmaker.

Performed by SKOTE
Music, video, costumes and choreography by SKOTE

Founded by artists Jill Pangallo and Alex P White, SKOTE is a performance collaboration dedicated to the movement arts, the value of play and our favorite emotion, laughter through tears. SKOTE has performed, shown and screened in public spaces, nightclubs and galleries since 2006. Recently, SKOTE has performed at Bodega Gallery (Philadelphia) and screened at NoMinimo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) and Vox Popouli (Philadelphia).Their video performance installation, Nightbird 2.0, for which they received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant, debuted at Regina Rex gallery (Brooklyn) this past March. Last summer, SKOTE was in residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. On November 17th, their short film, “Jerk the Circle,” will be screened at the 24th annual Mix Film Festival.

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