Movement Research
movement research is one of the world's leading laboratories for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms. Valuing the individual artist and their creative process and 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. Movement Research strives to reflect the cultural, political and economic diversity of its moving community, including artists and audiences alike.

This is a Movement Research Studies Project titled “When the Creation Changes its Creator,” moderated by Sondra Loring and KJ Holmes. Panelists included Julie Carr, Danielle Goldman, Julyen Hamilton, Miguel Gutierrez, and Jodi Melnick. This event took place at Jimmy’s No. 43, November 30, 2011.

5 talkers tackled the ticklish subject of terpsicorian investigation. Is there room for passion and discipline? What part does courage and patience play in the connection between an artist and their work?

This event was produced as part of the Movement Research Festival Fall 2011: DEVOTION/RIGOR/SUSTAINABILITY, curated by Sondra Loring and KJ Holmes.

 About the Movement Research Festival 
The Movement Research Festival finds its roots in the Improvisation Festival/New York (IF/NY), initiated in 1992 by Sondra Loring (a MR Artist-in-Residence at the time) and Julie Carr. For five years (1999-2003), Movement Research hosted the IF/NY as one of its programs, under the curation of Programming Director Amanda Loulaki. In 2004, Movement Research created an artist-curator format and beginning in 2006, Movement Research established the festival as a twice-annual event. The fall festival is shaped by Movement Research’s programming staff in collaboration with Festival Curators, who bring their own interests and ideas to specific festival events. The spring festival is produced by a group of artist-curators who determine the emphasis, shape, and programming. Together, these two approaches allow for a varied investigation and exploration into current artistic concerns and reflect Movement Research’s mission of valuing artists, their creative process and their vital role within society.

Direct download: Fall_Fest_SP_FINAL.mp3
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This is the Movement Research Town Hall Meeting, moderated by Kyle deCamp with panelists Michelle Boule, Matthew Rogers, and Becky Serrell Cyr. This event took place at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, November 15, 2011.

The 2010 Revival of the Movement Research Town Hall meeting dove into the nature and manner of movement research being conducted by our present-day artists community. Movement Research and its Artist Advisory Council led a follow-up discussion regarding sustainability as it relates to research, career, value, and time. 

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Anna and Rebecca led a discussion on the topic of parenting and its influence on one's creative life. They posed the questions: How can the journey of parenthood inspire and be additive to an artist's lifestyle? Are there parenting challenges specific to the dance community? Is there anything we can do as a community to better support one another? Tips were shared on how to find balance between our professional and private lives. Participants included new and veteran parents as well as those contemplating parenthood , and those simply interested in this topic.

Studies Project is an artist-curated series of panel discussions, performances, and/or other formats that focus on provocative and timely issues of aesthetics and philosophy in the intersection of dance and social politics, confronting and instigated by the dance and performance community.

After this discussion, Anna and Rebecca started a google group intended to support dance parents called “Dance Artist Parent,” and would like to invite interested individuals to join. You can find them by searching google groups for “dance artist parent” or by e-mailing dance-artist-parent@googlegroups.com.

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Sondra Loring Interviews Steve Paxton, DEVOTION/RIGOR/SUSTAINABILITY

This is Sondra Loring with Steve Paxton on the topic of the theme of the Movement Research Festival Fall 2011: DEVOTION/RIGOR/SUSTAINABILITY. 

photos: Anja Hitzenberger

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K.J. Holmes Interviews Lisa Nelson, DEVOTION/RIGOR/SUSTAINABILITY

This is K.J. Holmes with Lisa Nelson on the topic of the theme of the Movement Research Festival Fall 2011: DEVOTION/RIGOR/SUSTAINABILITY. 

photos by Anja Hitzenberger

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K.J. Holmes interviews Simone Forti, DEVOTION/RIGOR/SUSTAINABILITY

K.J. Holmes interviews Simone Forti on the topic of the theme of the Movement Research Festival Fall 2011: DEVOTION/RIGOR/SUSTAINABILITY.


photo: K.J. Holmes by Enid Farber and Sondra Loring by Anja Hitzenberger

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Choreographers, philosophers and performers engaged in a conversation on the nature of consciousness and how dance as an artistic practice acts as experiential research into this fundamentally human yet indeterminate and far-ranging territory. In addition to gathering different perspectives on the subject, some questions will be considered: How does dance affect current philosophical thinking on consciousness? How do choreographers and performers engage with theory on the subject? How have personal experiences and artistic practices contributed to private and collective understanding and development of consciousness? How can these experiences enter into broader discourse on the subject? Participants in this conversation included philosopher and author Alva Noë, dance performer Michelle Boulé, choreographer Daria Fain, and others.

Studies Project is an artist-curated series of panel discussions, performances, and/or other formats that focus on provocative and timely issues of aesthetics and philosophy in the intersection of dance and social politics, confronting and instigated by the dance and performance community.

Special thanks to the Gina Gibney Dance Center for the donation of the space for this discussion.  

Direct download: SP_Consciousness_10-6-11_FINAL.mp3
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Participants in this informal discussion first watched a piece created by a group of international artists during a twenty-four hour creative residency hosted by the Not Festival. Using this piece made by Rudi Cole, My Lindblad, Kasumi Hinouch and Gwendolyn Nieuwenhuize as a starting point, participants then discussed the importance of social media for the transformation of Criticism, in particular how the internet has shifted the cultural authority of traditional critical opinion.

This event was part of the Not Festival: On horns, hair, hens, haze, and other (Orgi)anics things, organized by Luis Lara Malvecías. The participants in this Not Festival Studies Project events included artists from different cultural backgrounds who live and work in New York as well as guest artists from abroad.

Studies Project is an artist-curated series of panel discussions, performances, and/or other formats that focus on provocative and timely issues of aesthetics and philosophy in the intersection of dance and social politics, confronting and instigated by the dance and performance community. 

Direct download: SP_Criticism_10-5-11_FINAL.mp3
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In an informal discussion led by Luis Lara Malvecías, participants discussed the artistic underground movement today. Does it exist? What is it? How does it relate to the social and political changes occurring in the world today?

This event was part of the Not Festival: On horns, hair, hens, haze, and other (Orgi)anics things, organized by Luis Lara Malvecías. The participants in the Not Festival Studies Project included artists from different cultural backgrounds who live and work in New York as well as guest artists from abroad.

Studies Project is an artist-curated series of panel discussions, performances and/or other formats that focus on provocative and timely issues of aesthetics and philosophy in the intersection of dance and social politics, confronting and instigated by the dance and performance community. 

Direct download: SP_Underground_9-28-11_FINAL.mp3
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 This is a Movement Research Studies Project titled ICPP: Looking to New Models at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. May 3, 2011.


An excerpt from the mission statement for the Institute for Curatorial Practices in Performance states, “As we work to understand how performance can function within multiple landscapes, we must look to new models for understanding contemporary performance practice.” ICPP Director Sam Miller and panelists Ralph Lemon, Judy Hussie-Taylor, and Lydia Bell engaged in an informal discussion regarding how the (ICCP), on the brink of its inaugural session, planned to address the needs and desires of constantly evolving communities of artists.

Studies Project is an artist-curated series of panel discussions, performances and/or other formats that focus on provocative and timely issues of aesthetics and philosophy in the intersection of dance and social politics, confronting and instigated by the dance and performance community.

 

Direct download: Studies_Project_ICPP_5-3-11_FINAL.mp3
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