GeneralMAY 29 - JUNE 7, 2007
Engaging in a practice of permissive exploration, we strove to develop various formats for critical exchange that are both intellectually rigorous and playful. This intuitive and open generation of ideas, coupled with the speed and intensity necessitated by a limited creation period, propelled us towards an approach of decentralization. Not only did we as a Curation/Production group conceptualize and develop events, we also invited other artists to engage in the shaping of the festival. As a group we have nurtured a spirit of irreverence, and encouraged omni-directional experimentation throughout the festival’s framework. We offer a skeleton, a potentiality. We are excited to see where and how it will meet you. With love, Rebecca Brooks, Beth Gill, Erika Hand and Isabel Lewis.
Movement Research Festival Spring 2007: Reverence (Irreverence) is the most recent incarnation of Movement Research’s annual festival. Initiated in 1992 as Improvisation Festival New York (IFNY) by Sondra Loring (an MR artist-in-residence at the time) and Julie Carr, the festival was turned over to Movement Research in 1999 under the curation of Program Director Amanda Loulaki. In 2004, the Festival’s structure and curatorial process shifted from a single-staff curated model to a curatorial team of artists, reflecting Movement Research’s mission of valuing artists, their creative process and vital role within society. Each year, the festival brings together a new group of artist curators that determine the emphasis, shape and program of the festival in collaboration with Movement Research staff, allowing for a more varied investigation and exploration into current artistic concerns.
BooksPerformance Journal, Critical Correspondence, Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance: Dance and Other Contexts (Brenda Dixon-Gottschild), Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center (bell hooks), Interrogating the real (Slavoj Zizek), For the Time Being (Annie Dillard), This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master's House" (Audre Lorde), Relationship Rescue (Dr. Phil) ..
Neal Beasley was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2003-2007. He is a graduate of Idyllwild Arts Academy and holds a BFA in dance from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. In his newfound freelance life, he is currently scheduled to work with choreographers Beth Gill, Eleanor Bauer, and Larry Keigwin. He has taught technique and repertory internationally for TBDC, as well as in the New York studios. He directed rehearsals for Ms. Brown's creation for the Paris Opera Ballet, both in its 2004 debut and the revival earlier this year. He is also directing the staging of Ms. Brown's featured performance installation in this year's Documenta Festival in Kassel, Germany. He has been a guest teacher at American Dance Festival, at NYU's Experimental Theater Wing, and is a regular guest faculty member at Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex in Jackson, Mississippi.
everything smaller is Jessica Jolly, David Schmidt, and Donnell Turner, who co-founded the collective in October 2002. Since then, they have performed in venues and events such as the Joyce SOHO, Studio 42's Starving Artist Ball, Movement Research's Improvisation is Hard, The Flea Theater's Dance Conversations, the DancenOw / NYC Festival, the Bodyblend series at Dixon Place, the Solar Powered Arts Festival, Dancespace Center's Wave of Humanity and their Elizabeth Pape Memorial Concert, the Williamsburg Free Festival, and the Brooklyn Dance Sampler. In addition to performing in the New York metro area, everything smaller has travelled to Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, Philadelphia, and Vermont, offering a variety of master classes, composition workshops, and performances. Presently everything smaller is creating and evening length work with their newest member, actor/dancer John Peery, to be premiered in Fall 2007 at Dance New Amsterdam.
Barbara Forbes teaches ballet and Awareness Through Movement® at Sarah Lawrence College and maintains a private Feldenkrais® practice in New York City. She was ballet mistress for The Joffrey Ballet for six years, as well as for Finis Jhung's Chamber Ballet USA, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and The New Orleans Ballet. Barbara was on the faculty of the school of the National Ballet of Canada for nine years and she has guest taught in the US and Sweden, as well as in Australia, where she was born.
Danielle Goldman has taught in the Dance Department at Barnard College and the Performance Studies Department at NYU. In the fall, she will begin as an assistant professor of dance history and theory at The New School. She's currently writing a book on improvisation, to be published by the University of Michigan Press. She also dances, most recently with DD Dorvillier, Anna Sperber, Michou Szabo, and Rachel Bernsen.
Peggy Gould has worked in dance and theater for 25 years with artists including Sara Rudner, Anneke Hansen, Patricia Hoffbauer & George Emilio Sanchez among many others. In addition to her performing career, Peggy has been a movement educator since 1990. She received an M.F.A. in Dance (NYU Tisch School of the Arts) and is a Teacher of Alexander Technique. Since 1996, Peggy has served as assistant to her mentor, Irene Dowd, renowned teacher of anatomy and neuromuscular training. Peggy has been a member of the faculty in the Dance Department at Sarah Lawrence College, under the direction of Sara Rudner since 1999, teaching Anatomy, Contemporary Practice and Graduate Seminar.
Eleanor Hullihan is from Winston-Salem, NC. She attended high school at NCSA and received a BFA in dance from NYU. Since graduating, Eleanor has performed with Eleanor Bauer, Beth Gill, Jennifer Monson, Jennifer Allen, Miguel Gutierrez and has been dancing with John Jasperse since 2003. She also choreographed for and appeared in a film by Cynthia Madansky. Eleanor makes music, dances, videos, songs and fantasy performance with Katy Pyle in their band, asubtout. Eleanor’s formative musical experiences happened backstage during operas, playing in orchestras and later in watching punk/hardcore shows at small music venues in North Carolina. She is very interested in the community surrounding music and live performance and is curious about the visceral affects of music on dance, dance on music.
Chris Lancaster [bio TBA]
Zeena Parkins [bio TBA]
Sara Rudner, a graduate of Barnard College, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She participated in the development and performance of Twyla Tharp’s modern dance repertory from 1965-1985. During this time she began to choreograph for a small group of dancers known as the Sara Rudner Performance Ensemble, conceiving and directing a series of dances that queried conventional time frames, spaces and occasions for dancing. Since 1985 Sara has continued to pursue her interest in choreography, improvisation and performing collaborating with like-minded colleagues including Dana Reitz, Russell Dumas, Christopher Janney, Jennifer Tipton, Rona Pondick, Robert Feintuch, Anastasia Lyras and Mikhail Baryshnikov among others. She received a Bessie in 1984 and has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. At present, she is the director of dance at Sarah Lawrence College.
Lynn Sally is a performer, teacher, producer and writer whose work has been characterized as "post-modern burlesque." She teaches the History of American Burlesque in the Drama Department at New York University as well as conducts workshops and performs in clubs and theatres across the country. For the work she does on the stage and in the classroom, she has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition and WCTV's critically acclaimed Chronicle, as well as other documentaries.
Ann Liv Young [bio TBA]
Andros Zins-Browne began ballet at the Joffrey Ballet School at age 7. Growing up in New York City, he began choreographing in High School. In 2002, he graduated from Brown University in Art Semiotics and pursued his dance studies in Belgium at P.A.R.T.S. While at P.A.R.T.S., Andros made five pieces which have toured internationally in Europe. His graduation piece, Limewire*, put Andros on the map of young contemporary choreographers in Europe and continues to tour. In 2007 he co-created The Kansas City Shuffle, an audience-participatory performance based on the Black Market. In 2008 he will premiere Neverland, a piece performed by Michael Jackson impersonators.
MR Spring 2007 Festival: Reverence(Irreverence) has 250 friends.
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..Wednesday May 30, 8pm, $8 – Starr Street Projects..
What can you make with $50? We are asking a group of artists to align actual production costs with actual compensation. Artists Include: Alex, The Black Sounds, Dance Gang, Melissa Guerrero and Margaret Paek, Pedro Jimenez, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Juliette Mapp, and Mary Overlie.
Rewind/Unwind: Archival Video Screenings
Thursday May 31, 4-8pm, FREE – Monkey Town
Set in Monkey Town’s 4-screen cinema, special guest VJs will make selections from the Movement Research Archives playing hits from the 80s, 90s, and today.
The Holy Ghost
Thursday May 31, 8pm, $5 – Monkey Town
A night of video screenings curated by Jillian Peña. These works re-imagine the body beyond what is represented or seen. Artists include: *Josh Mannis *Liz Rosenfeld *Faye Driscoll *Anat Ben-David *Vanessa Anspaugh *Scott Stark *Steve Reinke *Ishmael Houston-Jones *A.L. Steiner
Populous by AUNTS
Friday June 1, 7:30pm & 9pm, $8 suggested – Judson Memorial Church Gym
Like varieties of a species in a zoo, Populous is the controlled manage- ment of nine separate but simultaneous performances. The edges of the space are parceled off for each performance, delineated by markings on the floor, with a space in the center of the room for the audience. Each performance is allowed unlimited construction of movement, sound, light, and energy within its parcel. Visit: myspace.com/aunts. Ana Keilson. Liz Santoro. Juan Adley. Felicia Ballos. Jacqueline Fritz. Christine Elmo a.k.a. Andy’s MoM. Jennifer Rosenblit. Michael Mahalchick. Ede Thurrell.
The Salon of Found (and Stolen) Dance
Sunday June 3, 4pm, $5 – Dixon Place
An afternoon of live demonstrations, video footage, performance and conversation of, on and around the topics of appropriation, inspiration, transformation, and stealing. And, of course, refreshments will be served. Organized by Melinda Ring.
Movement Research at Judson Church
Monday June 4, 8pm, FREE – Judson Memorial Church Meeting Hall
A high visibility, low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas and works-in-progress. Artists include Sara Gebran, Neil Greenberg, Donna Uchizono, and Reggie Wilson.
BAAD! Research: Movement in the Bronx
Wednesday June 6, 8pm, $12 – BAAD! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance)
Movement Research Festival Spring 2007 joins BAAD!’s Boogie Down Dance Festival. This performance is an intersection between kindred communities who are spatially separate. Co-curated by BRIO award-winning choreographer and Movement Research Artist in Residence Christal Brown of INSPIRIT, and the Curation/Production Group. Artists include Eagle Ager, Malinda Allen, Maria Hassabi, Shizu Homma, Toni Renee Johnson, and Yvonne Meier.
Tuesday May 29, 8pm, FREE – Judson Church Meeting Hall
DANCE DEBATE uses the debate format to foster rigorous public discussion about dance in a way that can be focused, performative, and fun. Debate teams are predetermined and are comprised of people who currently work in dance and dance related fields. The debaters will be informed of the topics in advance, but the “sides” will be assigned arbitrarily on the day of the event. Dance debaters will develop their stance and defend their position to the death! – even if they don’t believe 100% in their argument. Anticipate spirited debate. Cheering and heckling encouraged! Moderator/MC: George Emilio Sanchez. FIRST: Luciana Achugar & Dean Moss (pro-resolution) vs. Levi Gonzalez & Iréne Hultman (counter-resolution)... resolution statement: Community hinders innovation in dance. SECOND: Thomas DeFrantz & Kathy Westwater (pro-resolution) vs. Juliette Mapp & Jill Sigman (counter-resolution)... resolution statement: Continued emphasis on the ephemerality of dance limits other ways of experiencing and theorizing the form. THIRD: Carla Peterson & Yasuko Yokoshi (pro-resolution) vs. Lawrence Goldhuber & Paul Scolieri (counter-resolution)... resolution statement: One's actions in performance are inevitably and necessarily linked to one's identity.
Ballet Research Panel
Saturday June 2, 3-5pm, FREE – Hundred Grand
At this panel, experienced teachers will gather to discuss the role of ballet in contemporary dance practice. Topics generated from posts on the following forum: www.movementresearch.org/ publishing/forum. Anyone is welcome to post thoughts and questions on the forum that will guide the direction of the panel. Panelists will include Barbara Forbes, Zvi Gotheiner, Theresa Howard, Marjorie Mussman, and Christine Wright.
twinkle twinkle tea party by AUNTS
Sunday June 3, 2-6pm, FREE – A Special Garden
..Have some wine,' the March Hare said in an encouraging tone. Alice looked all round the table, but there was nothing on it but tea. ..I don't see any wine,' she remarked. ..There isn't any,' said the March Hare. Led by whoever shows up "twinkle twinkle tea party by AUNTS" is a real-time, garden tea party to talk about dance and performance in non-sequiturs, with rhetorical questions, frippery and complete inefficiency. "Don't be nervous or I'll have you executed on the spot," said the King to the Mad Hatter. Texts that pertain to twinkle twinkle, but does not need to be read to attend the tea party can be found in the blogs of www.myspace.com/aunts.
Exchange with the Dance Scene in Denmark
Sunday June 3, 6pm, FREE – Danspace Project Parish Hall
As part of MRX/Movement Research Exchange, Danish and American artists, Sara Gebran (Copenhagen), Mute Comp (Copenhagen), Ishmael Houston-Jones, Iréne Hultman, Wally Cardona, and others, will come together for a public roundtable discussion about the opportunities and challenges of the dance scene in Denmark, aesthetics, funding, and train- ing, as well as possibilities for cultural and artistic exchange. Sara Gebran performs at Movement Research at the Judson Church on June 4 at 8pm and Mute Comp performs at Danspace Project’s Draftwork on June 2 at 3pm.
Silent Ride: An Outdoor Group Event
Friday June 1, 11:30am-3pm, FREE
Staten Island Ferry; Meeting Point: Battery Park, large flagpole at ferry entrance
This is an invitation to dance together and practice directing our attention to movement in a particular situation. Anybody can join. We are getting together to enjoy our bodies and consciousness in motion. We will learn a guided Tai Chi-like Slow Dance in Battery Park that will be executed in silence and in unison continuously for 40 minutes. The group will then migrate onto the Staten Island Ferry, becoming part of the moving environment in this free round- trip silent ride, crossing the New York Harbor. We will reassemble in the park to break the silence and continue where we left the dance in an open talk about our perceptions. Organized by Melanie Maar.
SLOW WALK: Along the Tracks
Saturday June 2, 11am, FREE
Built in 1868 and abandoned post-World War II, the old freight train tracks that cut through Bushwick’s vast landscape lie in disrepair, but stand their ground as Brooklyn continues to build itself on either side. Overtaken by weeds, trees and other plants, the tracks, which once supported tremendous movement, now foster the slow pace of the local vegetation. On Saturday morning we will gather, slow down, disarm, and re-engage our senses as we walk the tracks.
* L train to Morgan Ave *ride front of train (coming from Manhattan) and exit right-hand staircase *cross Harrison, walk on Morgan toward Ingram *right on Johnson (walk about 5 blocks) *left on Scott Ave. *Scott Ave. dead ends at the tracks, meet at the staircase>
Saturday June 2, 9pm, FREE – Space Space
Dream team is a sleep-over event led by artists Charlotte Gibbons, Ray Roy, and K.J. Holmes. It begins with an in-depth body/mind improvisation, which seeks to activate the subconscious and prepare for a group dream experience! In the morning, dreams will be discussed over breakfast, made with love by Beth, Erika, Isabel and Rebecca.
Improv Jam with everything smaller
Tuesday June 5, 3:30pm, FREE – Tisch School of the Arts
This jam, offered in the spirit of the Movement Research Festival’s legacy as an improvisation festival, will be led by the Brooklyn-based dance collective everything smaller.
DANCE PARTY: Sunset and Sweat (Festival’s Closing Event)
Thursday June 7, 8pm, FREE – Office Ops Rooftop
Catch the freshness with DJ Mattymatt and HeathaBlee as they present an open-air party full of fresh music, and surprise performances! Sweat it out, dance it out, work it out!
DIRECTIONS: Take the L to the Morgan Ave stop in Brooklyn. Leave through the Morgan Ave exit at the front of the train coming from Manhattan, and use the right hand stairs as you exit the station. Walk on Morgan Ave south towards the firehouse, crossing Grattan St. At the next block, make a left onto Thames Street. 57 is the last steel door on the left. Push the silver buzzer labeled "OfficeOps."
this class is called......... surprise
with Ann Liv Young
Wednesday May 30, 12-2pm, $15 – nld_space
you have no idea what kind of class this is....! so, there is really no preparation you can do. you can only show up and hope that nothing terrible will happen. please come prepared and willing to take on a new challenge. i will be there, ready and willing. if you are old, please come. if you are young, please come. if you are overweight, please come. if you have a terrible case of the chicken pox, please do not come unless you are sealed in a vacuum bag. i am very excited to meet whoever comes. if you have any questions or concerns, you can email me at: email@example.com.
I HEART DANCE
with Neal Beasley
Thursday May 31, 1-3pm, $15 – Eden’s Expressway
This class is an effort to reclaim technique class as a space of pleasure, and to reassess its role in sustaining a passion for the primal act of dancing. Drawing from many “dance class” fundamentals, yoga, and cardiovascular exercise, emphasis will be placed on generating heat, balancing exertion and relaxation, and using the moving body in relation to rhythm and music to cultivate unapologetic expression and articulation. It is my hope that many assumptions about the value systems present in “genres” or “styles” can be re- examined, and that we can move towards experiencing the most basic and uncomplicated love for what we do. In the context of thorough examination it will be familiar, challenging fun. We will talk, but really we’re gonna throw down.
Creating and Performing a Persona
with Lynn Sally
Saturday June 2, 5-8pm, $25 – Worley Works
IMPORTANT CHANGE: "Creating and Performing a Persona" is happening today, 5-8pm, at: Worley Works - 117 Grattan Street - 3rd fl. - to get there: L to Morgan - walk on Harrison (away from Brooklyn's Natural) - take a right on Porter - 117 is on the corner of Porter and Grattan
What do drag queens and clowns (good ones at least) have in common? They are able to “pull off” their characters by creating and sustaining believable (or unbelievable) stage personae. The stage persona can be anything from an extension of self to a fantastic flaming creature, and finding your inner queen is an effective way to connect with the audience and tell a story. Through exercises, writing, movement, storytelling, and improvisation, this workshop will provide a framework, techniques, and the creative space to begin the process of birthing a flamboyant stage persona.
Second Date Technique
with Andros Zins-Browne
Monday June 4, 3-5pm, $15 – Eden’s Expressway
In this class we will take some of the principles of ‘release technique’ and involve them in explorations of physicalities that are more direct, hands-on, or violent. The class will move from coordination exercises to group and pair work, improvising on tasks aimed at producing a body without center, front, or back, a body who does not control its own fluidity, but responds fluidly to the actions of other bodies. With this I’d like to propose a practice for a body who is not integral, but can coordinate several states of expression and intensity simultaneously.
with Barbara Forbes
accompanied by Chris Lancaster
Tuesday June 5, 10am-12pm, $15 – Dance Theater Workshop Studio
This will be a traditionally structured ballet class exploring how the qualities of ease and grace inherent in classical ballet evolve from optimal organization—and from the form itself. We will employ principles of the Feldenkrais Method® to increase awareness, learning how to reduce effort and fulfill the demands of technique without strain. Using both power and mobility in the torso to create expressive articulation and freedom of the limbs, we can cultivate the harmonious coordination needed to inhabit the form with individual integrity. Accompaniment provided by cellist Chris Lancaster, who uses real-time samplers and amplification to create multiple-layered music.
photo: Rosalie O'Connor
with Danielle Goldman
Tuesday June 5, 7pm, FREE – Dixon Place
In this two-hour session, we will discuss “Notes on Gesture” (1992), a short essay by philosopher Giorgio Agamben. After a brief introduction to Agamben’s work and the field of performance studies, we will engage in a close reading of the text. We will analyze gesture as a critical concept, and in addition consider relations between theory and practice, and dance and politics. If interested, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a copy of the essay and some additional information. Class size is limited.
with Sara Rudner and Peggy Gould
Wednesday June 6, 1-4pm, $25 – Body Language
What is dance technique? We can say that technique is how we do what we do. This class will provide dancers with an opportunity to explore both technical and creative aspects of dancing. Each participant will be encouraged to develop greater awareness of individual challenges, both structural and conceptual, which may in turn provide clues for solving technical problems. We will utilize a rigorous approach to movement exploration with emphasis on accurate perception of musculo-skeletal actions, from basic warm up to more complex coordinations. Some of the concepts & activities we will emphasize: Motion-Based Stability, Locating Movement Accurately in our Bodies, Functional/Experiential Anatomy as a tool for dancers & choreographers, and Basic locomotion on 2 and 4 “legs”, progressing to more complex, demanding coordinations and actions.
The Surface of Sound
Eleanor Hullihan and Zeena Parkins
Thursday June 7, 3-5pm, $15 – Eden’s Expressway
This workshop is an opportunity for dancers to explore different modes of improvisation, inspired by the interplay of music and movement. We will explore textures of the body in resting and moving states, accompanied by the celebrated musician and influential artist Zeena Parkins.
Who I'd like to meet:researchers, movers, artists, choreographers, dancers, architects, carpenters, musicians, teachers, performers, thinkers, talkers, mutes, audience members, slow walkers, sleepers, eaters, drinkers,
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