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Movement Research Announces Classes and Workshops

Dates:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 8:00pm

Fall 2012/Winter 2013 Season

Movement Research Announces 
Classes and Workshops
Fall 2012/Winter 2013 Season 
 
Low-cost, ongoing, drop-in CLASSES led by established, progressive dance artists, frequently those seminal in the contemporary field of movement and other arts disciplines, which attract local, national and international students. Enrollment begins 20 minutes before class. Classes are 4 each (exceptions noted below); 20 for a ten-class card (2/class, good for four months); and 0 for a five-class card (2/class, good for two months). There is no pre-registration for classes.  

WORKSHOPS assist the pursuit of deeper levels of exploration into new dance processes, techniques, and ways of thinking and working, for faculty and students alike. Pre-registration for workshops is strongly advised!
 
 

 WORKSHOPS
Register online at www.movementresearch.org

 

[NEW!] Movement Research at First Street Green

Movement Research partners with First Street Green, a new Art Park in Manhattan, NY. Working with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and community groups, First Street Green provides programming with a focus on cultural and educational events involving all of the arts, while also serving as a public forum for ideas.     


MR at FSG Community Workshops
First Park, 33 East 1st St 
SATURDAYS Sept 1, 8, 15, 29; Oct 6, 13
FREE and open to the public  

Jaime Ortega 
September 1 & 8 
12-1pm 
Move to Heal
 

This class is for those struggling with health issues of their own or that of a loved one. We use movement and somatic practices to support healing processes. Sourcing from both western and eastern traditions, we will play with movement, breath, sound and imagery to encourage self-empowerment as it relates to our health and well-being.   

  

Milka Djordjevich 
September 15  
12-2pm 
Democratic Dance Session
This open level movement class draws from elements of social, folk, and contemporary dance forms, as well as from ordinary action and we will continuously activate our bodies through space, while discovering the kinesthetic sensitivity of a dynamic body-in-motion.
 
Maximilian Balduzzi
September 29 
12-2pm   

Every action begins with an impulse.

Mariangela Lopez
October 6 
12-2pm  
This class is open to everyone interested in sharing movement experiences. We will practice listening to our instincts as movers and disregarding all preconceived ideas of how one "should" move in space. The participants will explore their own creative movement potential by releasing personal memories and perceptions of their own environment by utilizing the power of the group to build a collective experience. This class is about experiencing the joy for moving and dancing to become totally physical and present, yet connected to our internal states.
 
Daria Faïn
October 13 
12-2pm 

According to Chinese energetic, in October we are transitioning between the Earth and the Metal energy. The Earth corresponds to the Digestive System (stomach/pancreas/spleen), and the Metal to the Lungs/Large Intestine. It is about the energy coming back into the Earth and the ability to transform by letting go of what we don't need internally and externally. The session will include a warm up, and series of intuitive movement meditations to activate these energies taping into our immediate environment with our sensory apparatus and our experiential field.

 

 
Judson @ 50   

This Fall, MR celebrates the 50th anniversary of Judson Dance Theater (JDT). MR will mark this historic occasion by engaging artists from a broad range of perspectives, including artists from the original JDT, and exploring the history and perception of JDT amongst the contemporary performance community.  

 

Workshops will be led by June Ekman, Simone Forti, Deborah Hay, and Lisa Nelson. All of these artists have been involved, directly or indirectly, with the work of JDT, and have continued to develop their own work into a distinctive and considered practice that continues to reverberate today. 


Judson @ 50: Lisa Nelson
September 5-7 WED-FRI 10am-2pm
Cathy Weis Studio

60
Tuning Scores Laboratory - Composition, Communication, and the Sense of Imagination
A multi-sensorial approach to the questions: What do we "see" when we look at dance? What do we "see" from within the dance? The scores offer inner and outer communication tools and practices that make apparent the ways each of us sense and make sense of movement. Initiating a playful and rigorous dialogue-in-action about space, time, movement, and the innate desire to compose our experience. Performers/creators of all disciplines (dance, music, visual art, theater) are welcome.    

 

Judson @ 50: Simone Forti
September 16 SUN 10am-2pm, Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
November 11 SUN 1-5pm, Douglas Dunn Studio   
*This is the same workshop offered at two different times.
0 per workshop   
Body Mind World, Movement & Language Improvisation

Sometimes our words don't have access to what we know in our bones, while our dancing doesn't have access to what's on our minds. In this workshop we will explore the synergy between movement and language to engage with subject matter that interests us. The class will include warm-ups to awaken our kinetic juices, and focused stream of consciousness writing to put us in touch with our wild thoughts and observations. We will divide our class time between purely improvising with movement, talking together about whatever has been on our minds, and improvising combining moving and speaking.

 


Judson @ 50: June Ekman 
November 5-26 MON 10am-12pm
June Ekman Studio, 47 West 28th St

0 per day
8-students maximum, pre-registration encouraged  
June Ekman's Monday Morning Class
The workshop will be based on the Alexander Technique. There will be floor work with rubber balls, some "hands on", as well as exploration of standing and walking.

 

Judson @ 50: Deborah Hay

November 20-21 TUE WED 10am-1pm

Avenue C Studio 
5   

What if our attention is not on what we do onstage but how we can be continuously enlarging our experience of dance as we dance?

  

 

CLASSES
 
ONGOING
 
Contact Improvisation
September 9 - February 24 SUN 2:30-4:45pm 
(no class Dec 23, 30)
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway 
Contact Improvisation is a partnering dance form. Skills such as rolling, releasing, giving and supporting weight, expanding range of spatial concentration, lifting, catching and falling help one move with and through gravity, share weight in motion and use momentum and flow in physical contact. These weekly classes, open to people of all levels of movement experience, are informed variously by the individual artist faculty.
September Gabriel Forestieri
October Bradley Teal Ellis
November Shakti Smith
December Margaret Paek (no class Dec 23, 30)
January Tim O'Donnell
February Charles Mosey 



Open Space

September 9 - February 24 SUN 5-8pm 
(no Jam Sept 30, Dec 23, 30)
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
suggested donation

Open Space is a place for movement improvisations of all kinds, rooted in many different practices and investigations. This is a jam, a space to fill, a space to empty, a space to exist or not exist. Bring your improvisational practice to the space, share it, release it, find another, be a part of it, practice it, dance alone and with others.

 

The Underscore (2nd Sunday of each month in place of Open Space)
Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9, Jan 13, Feb 10 SUN 5-8pm
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
suggested donation
Facilitated by Rebecca Bone, Jesse Johnson, Mark Messer and Brandin Steffensen

The Underscore is a long-form dance improvisation structure developed by Nancy Stark Smith and practiced worldwide. The form includes contact improvisation and allows for a full spectrum of physical forms and changing states, often including periods of quiet internal activity and other times of higher energy and interactive dancing. The Underscore's undirected practice affords simultaneously a framework for research, a forum for play, and an opportunity to experience collective improvised composition. Open to all, familiarity with CI and the Underscore suggested. To familiarize new participants, Underscore NYC offers "talk throughs" to introduce the language, glyphs and structures of the Underscore. Stay from start to finish.

 


Barbara Mahler   

September 11 - December 20, January 29 - February 28 T TH 10am-12pm 
(no class Oct 2, 4, Nov 22)
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway

September 11 - December 18, January 29 - February 28 TUE 6:15-7:45pm 
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway  
A Re-Education - Klein Technique as Taught by Barbara Mahler

The class is grounded in 30 years of exploration and study of the body, at rest and in motion. Class provides the technical and conceptual underpinnings to support all styles of movement and aesthetic viewpoints. The purpose of class is to re-educate one's body with an interweaving of theory and practice on a physical, experiential and organic level. The result is a clarity, sureness of movement and a new level of understanding the innate intelligence of one's body. In order to move most efficiently, it is necessary to let go of the muscles that fix the body into a set and locked configuration and hold us back from moving. When the bones are aligned, we become connected and powerful, efficient and strong.  The class is open to all levels, dancers and non-dancers alike.

 


Alexander Technique

September 5 - December 19, February 6-27 WED 12:30-2pm  
(no class Nov 21, Dec 26)
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway 

Alexander Technique looks at the way we carry out our intentions. Often we use a process that is habitual, unconscious and counterproductive. The technique offers a practice of staying open and alert in the moment, observing our familiar tensions and choosing to move without them. Beginning with the assumption that we are perfectly designed for movement and balance, we engage our mind to undo layers of interference, creating opportunity for change. 
September Joan Arnold
October Clare Maxwell
November Rebecca Brooks (
no class Nov 21)
December Emily Faulkner (no class Dec 26)       
February Sabine Heubusch



Irene Dowd   
September 25 - December 18, January 29 - Feb 26 TUE 3-4:45pm
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway  

Irene will teach selections of the material choreographed in response to her interaction with professional dancers and dance teachers since 1990 as well as new material she is creating now. These choreographies can be used as very efficient warm-ups for dance as well as a musculo-skeletal conditioning program, neuro-muscular fine-tuning, and mental preparation for the greater awareness and expansiveness required of us all as creative performing artists.

 


K.J. Holmes

September 8 - February 23 SAT 11am-1pm 
Class taught by Jen Rosenblit Sept 15, Oct 20, 27, Nov 10, Dec 8, Jan 26
(no class Nov 24, Dec 29)
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
K.J. Holmes - The Athletics of Intimacy, Improvisations
Classes combine skills and practices of Contact Improvisation, applications of Body-Mind Centering® patterns of development and evolution, and tunings of somatic improvisational approaches in solo, duet (strong emphasis on partnering) and ensemble dancing. I am interested in the very physical, sensorial and imaginative, and in discovering new challenges and risks within our movement, of both body and mind. These classes will be ground to step from, into and back from Jen's investigations of the performative compositions of improvisational practice.

 

Jen Rosenblit - look at me don't look at me.

Approaching improvisation as a culture rather than aesthetic or technique, this class will locate (dis)organization as both a somatic and political gesture.  We will hold information, experience, watch it, talk about and rearrange it.  This class will consider improvisation as aggressive as technique, as rigorous as choreography and as expansive as performance is.  This will be a space to move toward ideas, our complex bodies and dance.  We will follow tangential thought to move away from definition and closer to precision. This class can act as a complimentary space for Athletics of Intimacy. 

 


Karl Anderson
Sept 15, 22, 29; Oct 6, 20, 27; Nov 3, 10, 24; Dec 1, 8, 15 SAT 10am-1pm

Randy Warshaw Studio  
Skinner Releasing Technique 

SRT was created in the 1960s and 1970s by Joan Skinner as an alternative to orthodox dance classes. This technique has remained relevant and vital over the decades because it facilitates an enhanced awareness of one's own physical logic and intuitive creativity. Skinner Releasing is an imagery based movement experience that circumvents resistance while enhancing ease and healing. At the ongoing level, we are encouraged to delve even deeper inside and shed our notions of style and aesthetics in favor of a more intense personal discovery. I believe SRT not only makes for a much more clear and concise mover, but that it also leads to greater compassion and empathy towards the self and others. Think, feel, play.

 

 

SEPTEMBER

 

Vicky Shick   
September 4 - October 4 T TH 10am-12pm
Danspace Project  

This class seeks to prepare an articulate, alert and neutral body, ready for precise dancing with intricate co-ordinations that we will work on together. There is a simple, straightforward, continuous warm-up that relies on the use of release, alignment, momentum, weight and strength. Clarity, simplicity of movement, attention to detail and concentration will be our goal.

 


Luis Lara Malvacías   

September 5-21 M W F 10am-12pm
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway    

The class begins with a simple warm-up focusing on the breathing, internal structure, weight and the body's articulations. Directed exercises give the opportunity to the students to observe and experience their own particularity and range of mobility, to integrate the parts of the body and the use of the floor. A phrase will be provided to be used for individual explorations: to manipulate it, to watch it, to re-interpret or to copy it. This class is the result of personal investigations and is influenced by many years of study and work with Jeremy Nelson, Klein-Mahler technique and other somatic works.

 

Asli Bulbul 
September 24 - October 19 M W F 10am-12pm  
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway   

Working from the body's innate intelligence, class will start with simple awareness and coordination exercises influenced by different somatic disciplines to organize the body and prepare us for more technical movement. We will work on remembering and re-wiring organic pathways and explore alternative solutions to our habitual patterns. Class will build in physical intensity, culminating in a chance to put our experiments to the test. Sometimes this will mean phrase work and other times class will stay in a more lab/workshop like format.



OCTOBER

 

Vicky Shick   
September 4 - October 4 T TH 10am-12pm
Danspace Project  

see Sept for class description


Asli Bulbul 

September 24 - October 19 M W F 10am-12pm  

Movement Research at Eden's Expressway    

see Sept for class description    



David Thomson 

October 9 - November 1 T TH 10am-12pm

Danspace Project   

Breath, core strength, sensory awareness, phrasing, weight, and focus are some of the concepts employed in the warm-up and work for this class. Using influences from Chi Gong, yoga, modern and postmodern structures to warm the body, release the joints, and activate the senses...and dance.

 


DD Dorvillier
October 22 
- November 2 M W F 10am-12pm
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway   

A morning thing
 
Some daily practice in the morning, to wake up, or feel up, or tender up, or just get into your day, or your week, or your/our entire future. A little different every day, warming up with some SRT-based, fake MB-based, semi-aerobics, ballet, and mofongo yoga. Depends on us. Then an hour devoted to serious moving with eyes closed in partners, with brief exchanges of talking about our experience.

 


NOVEMBER

 

David Thomson   
October 9 - November 1 T TH 10am-12pm
Danspace Project  

see Oct for class description

 


DD Dorvillier
October 22 - November 2 M W F 10am-12pm
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway  

see Oct for class description    

 

Levi Gonzalez

November 5-30 M W F 10am-12pm
(no class Nov 21, 23)  
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway   

Using the morning technique class structure as a model, this class will focus on dance as a physical, conceptual and experiential practice, with an emphasis on the cultivation of presence inside of the forms. Class will begin with imagery and gentle preparation culled from various bodywork modalities that access our awareness of the organs, the skeleton, gravity and energetic pathways through the architecture of the body and into the space. Class will expand into technical exercises, choreographic structures, improvisations and performance constructs, exploring ways to engage with the material through precise and imaginative means. 

 


Jennifer Nugent  
November 6-29 T TH 10am-12pm
(no class Nov 22)
Danspace Project  

Using improvisational and set warm-ups we will focus on the volume and weight inside the body and its relationship to the floor. Exercises that bring awareness to the feet, spine, and pelvic floor encourage the feeling of release in the limbs, allowing us to fall and suspend off-center, simultaneously finding a grounded flexible base of support.  Using these physical tools, we will explore sensation, instinct, and the inherent musicality inside the body, phrasing.  All the while dancing we will work toward a more grounded and direct approach to movement.  



DECEMBER

 

Stacy Matthew Spence
December 4-20 T TH 10am-12pm

Danspace Project

This technique class begins with explorations of the body that allow us to discover and notice the use of weight and momentum, clear alignment, clarity of initiation, and direction of energy. From there the class will build upon itself to more complex coordinations that lead to an opening of the body and an expansion of possibilities as we move through movement material.    

 

Kayvon Pourazar

December 10-14 M W F 10am-12pm 
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
This class will focus on allowing the inherent dynamic and organizational logic of the moving body to become more present in our dancing. We will encourage our instructive and directive intentions to succumb their influence to a listening and responding/responsible self. Our warm up will include physical situations and exercises that will help us understand and become familiar with our range of effective force, momentum, coordination, weight and balance. In turn, we will be prepared to dive into phrase material that emphasizes kinetic and energetic simplicity within more complex and multilayered forms.


Jennifer Monson

December 17-21 M W F 10am-12pm
Movement Research at the Eden's Expressway
Dancing Space

The warm up will use weight and volume to integrate the relationship between internal and external space in our dancing. This will lead into phrase material drawn from the improvisational dances created on Ocracoke Island during the BIRD BRAIN osprey migration. We will complete the class with improvisations that investigate scale, duration and limitlessness. The class will investigate the history of space in our bodies and the imaginative possibilities of dancing into new spaces.

 

 

FEBRUARY      


John Jasperse

January 28 - February 8 M W F 10am-12pm
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway    

Movement Practice  

The class will begin with an anatomy focused warm-up, drawn from both traditional and recent techniques, aiming to align and re-pattern the energy flow in the body in order to find support from the floor and our connection into space. We will begin with simple movements, improvisation scores, exercises and sequences gradually building in complexity. We will learn movement material, some from Jasperse's work and some created for these explorations. Our goal will be to integrate energetic patterning explored in the first portion of class and to play with different manners of experiencing and embodying the choreographic material.


Hristoula Harakas 

Feb 5-28 T TH 10am-12pm
Danspace Project
This class will dedicate itself to promoting spatial and corporeal awareness, through clarity and precision. Inviting ourselves to question, welcome, enhance, abandon and rediscover movement patterns, focal points, qualities, personal habits and preferences in order to stay alert in the present moment. Through a gentle warm up, using a series of improvisational but mostly set exercises, we will transition to a pre-conceived phrase to share experiences while encouraging individuality. Let's perceive 'technique' as an invaluable tool that opens doors and allows our bodies to be present in the now.



Michelle Boulé 

February 11-22 M W F 10am-12pm
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway   

We'll look at different ways of approaching 'dance technique'... energy systems, physical systems, architectural-object-spatial relationships, contact and non-contact partner and solo improvisations. I take my current somatic, dance and performance interests and apply them to a movement practice. A maximally informed approach to dancing. A space of respectful, creative permission for everyone's body. A time to really let things move in all senses of the word ... in relationship within and beyond oneself. Structure = warm-up leads to choreographed phrase work.

 
  
 
 
International Dance Dialogues (IDD)  

 Created and Curated by Janet Panetta 

 

International Dance Dialogues (IDD) is a program designed to address the need for New York's developing dance artists to have meaningful interchange with their counterparts and potential mentors from Eastern and Western Europe. While New York artists are able to see the performances of larger companies like Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal, our artists are rarely able to interact with the creators and performers from these companies in an intimate setting. In addition, lesser-known yet prize-winning and critically-acclaimed European artists do not come to New York to perform due to lack of name recognition, funding and suitable venues; again, access to these artists is very rare for New York dancers and choreographers. IDD provides a venue where substantive professional exchange and even friendships develop, so that significant and often ongoing connections are created.

 

Janet Panetta Ballet for Contemporary Dancers
August 27 - October 12, October 29 - November 9, November 19 - February 1

M T TH F 12-2pm
(no class Sept 3, Nov 22, Dec 24, 25, Jan 1)  

Gibney Dance Center, Studio 6  7/class 
(20 for 8-Class Card, valid for one month and for this class only. MR Class Cards not applicable.)
 
As a veteran of the American Ballet Theatre, Janet Panetta also has a broad experience of contemporary dance forms. She has trained dancers in many of the major American companies such as American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, as well as many European companies such as ROSAS and Pina Bausch. Ms. Panetta is also available for private classes and coaching.  

 

Additional IDD workshops will be announced during the Fall Season, including a workshop withAzusa Seyama Prioville of Pina Bausch Company. Please check our website for more details.

 

 
LOCATIONS

Avenue C Studio

55 Avenue C (between 4th & 5th Streets)

Cathy Weis Studio
537 Broadway, 3rd Floor (between Prince & Spring Streets) 


Danspace Project

located at St Mark's Church (corner of 10th Street & 2nd Avenue)

Douglas Dunn Studio
541 Broadway, 3rd Floor (between Prince & Spring Streets)

First Park
33 East 1st St (between 1st & 2nd Avenues)

Gibney Dance Center

890 Broadway, 5th Floor (between 19th& 20th Streets) 

June Ekman Studio
47 West 28 Street (between Broadway & 6th Avenue) 


Movement Research at Eden's Expressway

537 Broadway, 4th Floor (between Prince & Spring Streets)

Randy Warshaw Studio
115 Wooster St, 2F (between Prince & Spring Streets)

 

 

 

 

FACULTY BIOS   

Karl Anderson has been making performance events in NYC for 25 years.  Check out his stuff atslamfest.org. He has degrees in dance (CalArts) and architecture (Pratt) and does not make any specific kind of work. Drawing from myriad interests and desires, his performances range from raw and jarring to subtle and beautiful. Sincere explorations, as opposed to popular pursuits, are at the core of his creative expressions.  He has never caught a wave of "coolness" or been the jewel of a dance producer's eye and, for these avoidances, he is very proud. Feel free to say hi at slamfest@msn.com

 

Joan Arnold has been a movement educator for over 30 years, teaching dance, exercise, Anusara yoga and the Alexander Technique. Formerly Director of Special Programs at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies, she has performed with Johanna Boyce, Mark DeGarmo and Christopher Williams. In June 2011, she choreographed a community dance as part of the international Global Water Dance project. Certified to teach the Art of Breathing, she has a private practice in NYC and has written on mind/body subjects for national magazines. She owns and directs the Ancram Opera House in New York's Hudson Valley, where she teaches and, with her husband Jim Paul, programs seasonal events and workshops.www.joanarnold.com

 

Michelle Boulé is a dance artist, teacher, and BodyTalk Practitioner who has been performing and teaching internationally for the past 14 years. Currently dances with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People (since 2001) and John Scott. Previously danced with Deborah Hay, John Jasperse, David Wampach, Donna Uchizono, Christine Elmo, Neal Beasley, Beth Gill, among others. Her choreography has been shown at Issue Project Room, MR Festival at Judson Church, CPR, The Kitchen, Danspace Project's Food for Thought, and Catch. 2010 "Bessie"recipient for her performance and collaboration in MGPP's Last Meadow. 2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. DanceWEB recipient 2002. michelleboule.wordpress.com

 

Rebecca Brooks is a dance artist and AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher. She is on faculty at Balance Arts Center, Movement Research, and St. Margaret's House, and maintains a private practice in Brooklyn. She has taught workshops at CLASSCLASSCLASS, the Fieldston School, and the American Dance Festival. Recent performance work includes projects with Marina AbramoviA, luciana achugar, Maria Hassabi, Heather Kravas, Amanda Loulaki, Katy Pyle, robbinschilds and Kathy Westwater. Rebecca's own work has been presented throughout NYC. BA, Sarah Lawrence College; Co-founder, AUNTS; Co-curator, Movement Research Festival Spring 2007: Reverence (Irreverence); Artistic Director, Rockbridge Artist Exchange.  www.rebeccakelleybrooks.com

 

Asli Bulbul is from Istanbul, Turkey and has been living in NYC since 1997. After an apprenticeship with Tanztheater Wuppertal/Pina Bausch in 2000, she joined Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. in 2001. From 2001-10, she took part in creating eight original productions and danced in numerous repertory pieces and performed these works internationally. Since leaving this full time position, she has performed with Martha Clarke, Jennifer Nugent, Rebecca Lazier's Terrain, Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Co. and collaborated with Nu Dance Theater on a site specific project, Dorian C, which is being adapted to a short film. She is currently working with Daniel Clifton on some new ideas. 

 

DD Dorvillier - NYC since 1989. "Bessie" for Dressed for Floating (2003), and performance in Parades & Changes, replays, (2010). In 1991, she and dancer/choreographer Jennifer Monson created the Matzoh Factory. For over a decade, there was wild experimentation and artists coming together for low-tech/low-cost shows, rehearsals, parties, and readings. Worked with: Jennifer Monson, Zeena Parkins, Jennifer Lacey, Yvonne Meier, Sarah Michelson, and Karen Finley, among others. MR Artist-in-Residence, curator of the MR Festival, and co-editor of MR Performance Journal "Release". NYFA Fellowship (2000), Foundation for Contemporary Arts Fellowship (2007), and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (2011).

 

Irene Dowd is currently on the dance faculty of the Juilliard School, Canada's National Ballet School and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Author of Taking Root to Fly, she has been teaching dance and kinesthetic anatomy for 40 years. Irene has choreographed for Peggy Baker, Margie Gillis and other solo dancers. Her work has been taught in schools and dance companies across the U.S. and Canada.   

June Ekman is a certified Alexander Teacher, ACAT. She has taught Alexander Technique for over 30 years. On the staff of Sarah Lawrence College since 1988, she works with undergraduate and graduate students in the Theatre department. She has an extensive private practice working primarily with dancers. A former dancer and choreographer herself, Ms. Ekman worked with Alwin Nikolais and Anna Halprin and performed with the Judson Dance Theatre in productions choreographed by Remy Charlip, Elaine Summers, Yvonne Rainer and others. She lives and practices in New York City.


Bradley Teal Ellis is a Brooklyn-based improviser. Bradley has studied and practiced contact improvisation for 13 years with teachers Nancy Stark Smith, Danny Lepkoff, Nita Little, K.J. Holmes and many others. He has performed improvisation at Dance Theater Workshop/New York Live Arts, PS1: MoMA, Joyce Soho, 92nd Street Y, The Cunningham Studio, Movement Research at the Judson Church and other institutions.  He has presented work at The Tank (NYC) and Rooftop Dance Festival.  Bradley is a 2012-13 Artist-in-Residence at Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), where he is teaching improvisation and building new work to be presented in 2013.


Emily Faulkner
, an AmSat certified Alexander Technique teacher since 1999, performs, choreographs and teaches dance and AT. She has taught at Wesleyan University, Balance Arts Center, the Freedom to Move Alexander Technique conference, and privately. Her work has been presented by MR at the Judson Church, Philadelphia Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, Triskelion Arts, New Dance Alliance and other organizations. She directs Emily Faulkner/Wind-Up Dances, exploring the idea that when you let your innate mind-body intelligence guide your movement without interference, you allow the dance to dance you. Emily hosts and curates Tea Dances, an eclectic afternoon series featuring emerging and established artists.

 

Gabriel Forestieri has been in love with contact since his first introduction 15 years ago. Since then he has taught dance at several institutions and internationally in Brazil, India, Thailand, Germany, France and Italy. As the Choreographer/Director of projectLIMB (www.projectlimb.net), he is intent on connecting communities with their landscape, resources and each other. His work in Performance, Martial Arts, Gyrokinesis, Qi Gong and Thai Massage all inform his dancing and his research in the CI form. Dance is a way of knowing, of experiencing, and of being. I want to share all of those with you - come dance with me!

 

Simone Forti is a dancer/choreographer/writer. In 1955 she began dancing with Anna Halprin, who was doing pioneering work in dance improvisation. She then studied composition at the Merce Cunningham Studio with Robert Dunn, who was introducing dancers to the work of John Cage. Forti's early dance-constructions were seminal works in the Judson Dance Theater community. Over the years her work has evolved through various approaches. During the past several years she has been practicing an improvisational dance narrative form wherein movement and language spontaneously weave together to explore thoughts and feelings about the world.


Levi Gonzalez 
is a performer and choreographer whose own work and collaborations with luciana achugar have been presented by Movement Research at the Judson Church, DTW, The Kitchen, Danspace Project and PS1, among others. Artists he has performed with include Donna Uchizono, John Jasperse, ChameckiLerner, Juliette Mapp, Daria Faïn and Michael Laub. Levi teaches regularly at Movement Research and facilitates various workshops and dialogues. He was a 2003-04 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, a 2006 NYFA Fellow in Choreography, and is currently a BAX Artist-in-Residence.


Hristoula Harakas is a performer, movement teacher and Pilates instructor based in New York since 1996. She received a 2006 "Bessie" performance award and has had the pleasure of working with such inspiring artists as: Maria Hassabi (2002-present), Donna Uchizono Co (2003-10), Jodi Melnick, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Judith Sánchez Ruíz, Chamecki/Lerner, Levi Gonzalez, Amanda Loulaki and Jeremy Nelson and Luis Lara. She was a regular faculty member of the Merce Cunningham Studio (2002-12), and continues to teach the Technique. She has taught technique and repertory workshops extensively in New York City dance studios and universities around the U.S.


Deborah Hay - 
"Without it being my intention, dance has become a medium for the study and application of detachment. Actually, I prefer the term dis-attachment because it implies a more active role in letting go. The balance between loyalty and dis-attachment from that loyalty, sensually and choreographically, is how the practice of dance remains alive for me." In October 2009, Hay received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Dance from the Theater Academy in Helsinki, Finland. In spring 2012, she received a Doris Duke Artist Award from the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards program, a cooperative venture with Creative Capital.

 

Sabine Heubusch, originally from Austria, moved to New York in 1993. She graduated from the American Center of the Alexander Technique in 2001. Sabine also holds teaching certificates in Yoga, Pilates Mat, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and Reiki. She teaches adults and children in New York and gives yearly workshops in Austria. She has taught at NYU, Church Street School for Music and Art, and various public schools, music schools, and fitness studios. She has held a private practice in Alexander Technique since 2001. Sabine created On-Site Dance in 2009 and has performed at Chashama, Dixon Place, Figment, and many site-specific locations in New York and internationally. www.spinelight.com

 

K.J. Holmes is an independent dance artist exploring improvisation as process and performance since 1981. Her influences include Contact Improvisation, BMC®, Yoga, Authentic Movement, Release techniques, Martial Dance, world vocal studies, and contemporary dance and theater. She completed a two-year training of the Sanford Meisner acting technique at the William Esper Studio in NYC in June of 2009. She teaches and performs throughout the world and has collaborated with Simone Forti, Image Lab and Steve Paxton, among many others. K.J. is a 1999 graduate of the School for Body-Mind Centering® and has a private practice in Dynamic Alignment and Re-integration in Brooklyn, where she lives. She is adjunct faculty at NYU/Experimental Theater Wing and continues to teach through Movement Research. K.J. is a 2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence.

 

John Jasperse is a dance artist living and working in New York City since 1985. His work has been presented by festivals and presenting organizations in Brazil, Chile, Israel, Japan and throughout the US and Europe. Jasperse is the recipient of a 2011 United States Artists Brooks Hopkins Fellowship and fellowships from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lambent Foundation. He received a "Bessie" recognizing his body of work. Jasperse has created commissioned works for several companies including Baryshnikov's White Oak Project, Batsheva Dance Company, and the Lyon Opera Ballet, among others.     


Luis Lara Malvacías is a Venezuelan choreographer, dancer, dance teacher and visual artist. He has danced in the work of Jeremy Nelson, David Zambrano, John Jasperse and in his own choreography. He has presented his work at DTW, P.S. 122, Danspace Project, The Kitchen and Joyce SoHo among others. He has taught and created work at several colleges and institutions in the U.S. He regularly teaches and presents work in many countries in Europe, South America, North America and Asia. He was a 1998-99 and 2002-03 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, a 2006 DNA Artist-in-Residence and a recipient of a 2006 NYFA Fellowship for choreography.


Barbara Mahler
 is a widely respected choreographer/performer/movement educator. She travels extensively, teaching and creating at many festivals and venues across the nation, as well as in Canada and Europe.  Barbara is a master teacher of Klein Technique. She taught at the Susan Klein School of Dance 1983-2004. She is currently an ongoing faculty member with Movement Research and the Theater School/Dance Division in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her studies in the field of movement span a huge spectrum of forms, aesthetics and ideas. She received a BA in dance from Hunter College, NYC, and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her choreographic vision and passion is the small and intimate dance. Barbara has been a recipient of the Sage Cowles Land Grant, Meet the Composer, and was a 2000-01 and 2006-07 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. Barbara is a faculty and practitioner of Zero Balancing, maintaining a private practice in bodywork. www.barbaramahler.net

 

Clare Maxwell teaches the Alexander Technique privately and on the faculty of the William Esper Acting Studio in NYC.She trained at ACAT in 2000 and was certified in 2010 with Jessica Wolf/The Art of Breathing. She is also inspired by the Dart Process work of Joan and Alex Murray. In every class, Clare experiments with the basic principles of the Alexander Technique applied to movements that underlie all styles of dance. Clare has recently been healing shoulder and hip injuries by working in prone with micro-crawling, rolling, push, pull, and reach patterns that follow the spiral design of our musculature.

 

Jennifer Monson (Artistic director, choreographer and performer, iLAND-interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance) uses choreographic practice as a means to discover connections between environmental, philosophical and aesthetic approaches to knowledge and understandings of our surroundings. She creates large scale dance projects informed and inspired by phenomena of the natural and the built environment. Her recent projects include BIRD BRAIN (2000-05), iMAP/Ridgewood Reservoir (2007) inNYC, Mahomet Aquifer Project (2009) in Illinois, and SIP(sustained immersive process)/watershed (2010) in NYC. Her current project is Live Dancing Archive. Monson is on the faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in the Dance Department.  

 

Charles Mosey has been practicing, researching, facilitating and teaching Contact Improvisation for over 20 years. In that time, he has had the opportunity to work in depth with Daniel Lepkoff and Nancy Stark Smith. He is currently a guest teacher at the Juilliard School Dance Division.   


Lisa Nelson
 is a dance-maker, improvisational performer, and collaborative artist, who has been exploring the role of the senses in the performance and observation of movement since the 70s. She performs, teaches and creates dances in diverse spaces on many continents, and maintains long-term collaborations with other artists, including Steve Paxton, Daniel Lepkoff, Scott Smith, and Tuning Band-Brussels. She lives in Vermont in the U.S.

 

Jennifer Nugent is a performer, teacher and choreographer. She was a member of David Dorfman Dance from 1999-2007 and has had the opportunities to work intensively with Daniel Lepkoff, Nina Winthrop, Lisa Race, Yin Mei, Doug Elkins, Bill Young, Colleen Thomas, Kate Weare and Martha Clarke. Jennifer has taught and performed her own work at festivals, theaters, and universities throughout the United States, Korea, Russia and Vietnam. Jennifer was a 2008 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. She is currently dancing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. 

 

Tim O'Donnell first began investigating CI in the Bay Area in 1995. Since then he has taught and performed for numerous organizations, universities and festivals in both Europe and the United States. He holds an MFA in Dance and has maintained a private practice in therapeutic bodywork and somatic movement for the last 15 years. His exploration in movement and improvisation is strongly rooted in a deep physical listening while maintaining a sense of adventure. His classes range from the gentle and subtle to the acrobatic and fluidly athletic. Tim continues to draw inspiration for his work from the natural world, his love of travel and the kindness of strangers.

 

Margaret Paek is dedicated to collaboration and sees dance as a life practice. She works extensively with Lower Left (www.lowerleft.org) and has enjoyed creating with projectLIMB, Keith Hennessy, Lionel Popkin, BodyCartography, Milka Djordjevich and Mary Overlie. She is influenced by her relationships with contact improvisation, Ensemble Thinking, Alexander Technique, Barbara Dilley, Nina Martin, Shelley Senter, Loren Dempster, and their daughter. Recently she directed an ensemble of performers and their progeny for the Whitney Museum Biennial. Margaret has taught at several colleges, the International Contact Festival Freiburg, Kontakt Budapest, and the Swedish Dance Alliance. She received her MFA from Hollins University/ADF.

 

Kayvon Pourazar is of Persian origin, and was raised in Iran, Turkey and England. He graduated with a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase in May 2000. He has performed in the works of John Jasperse Company, Yasuko Yokoshi, Juliette Mapp, Beth Gill, Levi Gonzalez, Donna Uchizono Company, Jennifer Monson, Doug Varone and Dancers, K.J. Holmes, Wil Swanson and Gabriel Masson Dance. In 2010 he received a New York Dance & Performance "Bessie" Award for Performance. He has been a guest artist teacher at Bennington College, University of Maryland and Sacramento State University. He currently performs with Juliana May and Gwen Welliver.


Jen Rosenblit 
has been making dances in NYC since 2005 after graduating from Hampshire College. Rosenblit has taught for CLASSCLASSCLASS, Bowdoin College and Hollins University, and organized independent lab-like classes on performance and improvisation. Rosenblit's work has taken her to Denmark, Moscow and Milan as well as premiered in NYC at Dance Theater Workshop's 2009 Fresh Tracks Series, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church Platform 2010, Dance Theater Workshop's 2011 Studio Series, a New York Live Arts 2012 split evening and Issue Project Room. Rosenblit is a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Art 2012 grant for artists.  www.bottomheavies.blogspot.com

 

Vicky Shick is an independent dancer and choreographer and has been involved in the NYC dance community since the late 1970s. A member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company for 6 years, she has also worked with many other NYC-based choreographers. She received "Bessies" for performance (1985) and choreography (2003), and has shown her own work since the mid-80s, including in March 2011 at The Kitchen. Shick teaches regularly in Europe and the U.S, mostly for Movement Research, and for the last 10 years at Hunter College. She was a 2006 grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow.   


Shakti Andrea Smith
 has been dancing, teaching movement, and practicing bodywork for twenty years. Along with CI, she teaches Authentic Movement and Dance Meditations in Brooklyn and Manhattan; she also teaches at Earthdance, Dance New England, and in the Boston area. Shakti is known for her in-depth warm-ups that assist you in becoming more fully present. This leads to safe, soft, full and fantastic dancing. She has a degree in Transpersonal Psychology and is pursuing her Somatic Movement certification with Moving on Center. For more info on Shakti seewww.MassageandMovement.com.


Stacy Matthew Spence 
is a choreographer, teacher, and dancer based in New York City. Stacy's work has been commissioned by Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, EDge at London Contemporary Dance School, The University of New Mexico, and the OtherShore Dance Company in New York. In addition he has taught at other national and international institutions such as Movement Research; Ohio State University; Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers, France; and Laban Trinity in London. Stacy danced with Trisha Brown Dance Company (1997-2006), and continues to be involved with the company through teaching and re-staging several of her works. He was a 2008 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, and an Artist-in-Residence 2011-12 for New York Live Arts Studio Series. 

 

David Thomson is a collaborative artist who has worked in a wide range of movement-based disciplines since the early 80s with such artists/companies as Trisha Brown (1987-93), Susan Rethorst, Bebe Miller, Ralph Lemon, Dean Moss, Reggie Wilson, Meg Stuart, Marina AbramoviA and Alain Buffard, among others. He was honored with a "Bessie" in 2001 for Sustained Achievement and in 2006 as part of the creative team of Landing/Place. His own work has been supported and presented by The Kitchen, Danspace Project, and Dance Theater Workshop. He is a 2011 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence.    

 

FACILITATOR BIOS

Rebecca Bone 
is an improviser in dance and in life, reveling in moments of surrender when intuition replaces thought and play emerges.  She performs as a freelance dancer with the pleasure of collaborating with Rebecca Alaly, Nu Dance Theater and Artist Ashram. She gives solo improvisation performances regularly, teaches Contact Improvisation and co-facilitates The Underscore. She is also a founding member of Point of Contact, a collective of contact improvisers helping foster a strong CI community in NYC. 


Jesse Johnson
 is a cinematographer and dancer and teaches CI classes incorporating bhakti, meditation and movement. In addition to facilitating the monthly Underscore NYC practice, Jesse and her team organize the Global Underscore in which sites all over the world simultaneously practice together. Jesse is a math coach for math teachers in NYC public high schools, supporting kids and adults in the ultimately improvisational and inspiring process of teaching and learning.    


Brandin Steffensen is currently dancing with Keely Garfield Dance and Liz Gerring Dance Company. Brandin's work is informed by his fascination with game theory and complexity, research with the underscore, his adaptation of Deborah Hay's solo work, and his involvement in Keely Garfield's process. His pentamodes have been presented by NYC venues The New Museum, Dance Theater Workshop, and La MaMa, among others. He has a BFA in modern dance from the University of Utah and toured with Ririe Woodbury Dance Company performing Alwin Nikolais repertory.

 

 

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CLASSES

Low-cost, ongoing, drop-in classes led by established, progressive dance artists, frequently those seminal in the contemporary field of movement and other arts disciplines, which attract local, national and international students.

 

WORKSHOPS 
Workshops assist the pursuit of deeper levels of exploration into new dance processes, techniques, and ways of thinking and working, for faculty and students alike. Workshops are scheduled during MELT (Summer and Winter Intensives), in conjunction with the Movement Research Festival and at various times throughout the year.  

 

MISSION STATEMENT 

Movement Research is one of the world's leading laboratories for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms. Valuing the individual artist, their creative process and their vital role within society, Movement Research is dedicated to the creation and implementation of free and low-cost programs that nurture and instigate discourse and experimentation. Founded in 1978, Movement Research strives to reflect the cultural, political and economic diversity of its moving community, including artists and audiences alike.

 

Movement Research accomplishes its mission through a range of programs including ongoing classes and workshops taught by artist educators and innovators; creative residencies offered for choreographers and movement-based artists; biannual festivals bringing together leaders in the field; and publications and public events providing artists with forums for discourse on a broad range of issues

 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Movement Research gratefully acknowledges public support from the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency); the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; Materials for the Arts, (a program of NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC Department of Sanitation, and NYC Department of Education); and the Manhattan Borough President's Office Community Grants. Movement Research also gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of private support from the Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation, Inc; Emma A. Sheafer Charitable Trust; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; the James E. Robison Foundation; Jerome Foundation; the Lambent Foundation; the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund; the Mertz Gilmore Foundation; from MRX partners Austrian Cultural Forum New York and Dance Ireland; and from all of the dear Friends of Movement Research, who contribute financial support, labor and love.

 

Thanks always to the staff and congregation of Judson Church for the use of the space. Judson continues to be a beacon for free spirits in the arts and politics and a leader among progressive faith communities in the city and nation for over 100 years. Special thanks to Danspace Project and A.R.T./New York. Additional thanks to The Joyce for their generous donation of ongoing meeting space. Many thanks to Gibney Dance Center for their partnership in hosting the Studies Project series. Special thanks to East Village Dance Project and Goh Productions, owners and operators of Avenue C Studio. 
Enormous gratitude to Frances Alenikoff (1920-2012), owner and founder of Eden's Expressway, and to her family, for their continuing belief in the mission of Movement Research and for keeping alive Frances's spirited example of what lifelong artistry is. Frances, you are missed!

 

 

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