Fri, 11 December 2015
Fall Festival Studies Project: An Artist Conversation between Nelisiwe Xaba and David Thomson - December 1, 2015
Movement Research Studies Project, "An Artist Conversation between Nelisiwe Xaba and David Thomson" - December 1, 2015
This event was an informal introduction to choreographer Nelisiwe Xaba who is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and was a participating artist in the festival. David Thomson led a live interview and discussion with Xaba around the political and aesthetic resonances in her work.
Direct download: 2015.12.01_Studies_Project_A_Conversation_Nelisiwe_Xaba_David_Thompson_Fall_Festival_2015.mp3
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Fri, 4 December 2015
Movement Research Studies Project, "Dancer as Agent" - November 10, 2014
Within the field of dance, the creation process often demands that dancers develop methodologies, movement vocabularies and conceptual frames. Previously seen as the exclusive domain of choreographers, dramaturges and directors, these procedural boundaries are now shifting and eroding creative hierarchies in live performance. This has produced new, mostly undocumented relationships to working processes and bodies of knowledge. The Dancer as Agent began in 2013 as a conference held at University of Dance and Circus (DOCH) in Sweden. This conversation focused on some of the topics that emerged from that conference.
Wed, 2 December 2015
Movement Research Studies Project, "what we talk about when we talk somatics: a sharing of practices leading into conversation" - November 10, 2015
What does the term “somatics” even mean? Can we arrive at consensus around this as an idea, a value, a practice? This event brought together artists/practitioners of various backgrounds and areas of study to lead the group in experiential practices which evolved into a collective discussion on the term “somatics” and the impact and resonance of this way of learning and being in the world.
Direct download: studies_project_2015.11.10_-_what_we_talk_about_when_we_talk_about_somatics.mp3
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Wed, 14 October 2015
Studies Project: What I've Learned about Choreography from Watching Movies, Films (and TV) - October 6th, 2015
Movement Research Studies Project, "What I've Learned about Choreography from Watching Movies, Films (and TV)" - October 6, 2015
How do the things we watch inform our dance making? What have our (guilty) pleasures, high and low, taught us about form, timing, structure, etc? Does our connection to TV, film and movies keep us attuned to this moment’s mind-image zeitgeist, and conversely, does a lack of attention to these mediums create a gap in relevance of this art form to contemporary culture? Panelists discussed their perspective on these questions followed by a group conversation with everyone present.
Direct download: 10.06.15_Studies_Project_What_Ive_Learned_About_Choreography_from_Watching_Movies_Films_and_TV.mp3
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Mon, 14 September 2015
Movement Research Studies Project, "Placing Performance," Part of Movement Research Festival Spring 2015: LEGIBLE/ILLEGIBLE - May 12, 2015
What words do we use, arrange, invent, and discover to talk about the particular communicative power of performance work? How does geographic location and environment influence the creation, languaging, and understanding of dance and performance? How do digital/ virtual sites affect the consumption of dance as a living, complex, emotionally dense form? This conversation covered topics concerning locality, environmental and digital influence, and curatorial process.
Tue, 21 July 2015
Moving Dialogue: A Bucharest/New York Dance Exchange
Thursday October 28. 7:30pm.
DTW Studios, 219 West 19th Street.
This was a post-performance discussion as part of Moving Dialogue: a Bucharest/New York Dance Exchange presented by Movement Researcj, Romanian Cultural Institute New York, National Dance Theatre Bucharest, Dance Theatre Workshop and the Gabriella Tudor Foundation. In this open showing Madalina Dan and Vava Stefanescu presented works in progress as a culmination of a residency in the DTW studios. The discussion was moderated by John Jasperse.
Wed, 8 July 2015
Movement Research Studies Project, "Vulnerable Bodies and the Embodiment of Resistance"
Drawing from artistic practices that reveal or subvert the strenuous adversity of social control, this panel aims to address a myriad of perspectives on the embodiment of political resistance.
Artists and scholars will address works and practices that were informed or influenced by the experience of undergoing the restrictions imposed by dictatorial regimes in the Middle East, South America, and Eastern Europe. By approaching culturally diverse and unrelated geopolitical contexts, the event aims to give visibility to the bodies and interstices of experience that are not immediately seen by the foreign gaze.
Tue, 7 July 2015
Movement Research Spring Festival, iLand Symposium
iLAND SYMPOSIUM Sensing to Know /Analyzing to Imagine was a talk and walk exploring the dual perspective of the artist-scientist. Visual, aural and kinesthetic modes in science and art were explored by participants who have experience as both scientists and artists. The first hour was dedicated to discussing the participants' understanding of the intersection of these seemingly discrete disciplines and the impact of this dual perspective on their current practices. Following the talk, each participant lead a section of a walk to the Brooklyn waterfront, reading the landscape through their particular lens. Moderator Jennifer Monson drew upon her own work, and the insight of 10 years of iLAB residencies, which have developed novel ways of examining New York City's urban environment.
Participants included Amy Berkov - visual artist, tropical biologist and professor of Biology; Kathleen McCarthy - sculptor and restoration ecologist; Jason Munshi-South - professor of Biology; Hara Woltz - visual artist, landscape architect and conservation biologist. Moderated by Jennifer Monson, artistic director and founder of iLAND-interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art Nature and Dance.
Tue, 9 June 2015
Movement Research Studies Project: Artists in K-12 Schools
Conceived and moderated by Diana Crum
With panelists Lynn Brown, Donna Costello, Randy Luna, Jessica Nicoll, Jules Skloot
What is the role of the dance teaching artist in schools? Many artists make a living by teaching grades K-12 in the NYC school system. Is their goal to share their artistic practice, the ideology behind their aesthetic, tools for making art, historical reference points, movement skills, or something else? Experienced voices from different arenas of dance-in-education and others in attendance shared their questions and ideas, reflected on their practice and how the work of teaching artists impacts education and culture in this city.
Tue, 9 June 2015
Movement Research Studies Project: Dance and Publish
March 3, 2015
Hosted by Moriah Evans, Editor-in-chief, The Movement Research Performance Journal
Biba Bell and Will Rawls, co-Editors, Critical Correspondence
As MR's two publications - the Performance Journal (semi-annual print edition) and Critical Correspondence (monthly web edition) - move into their respective 3rd and 2nd decades, the editorial teams hoped to enter into a more robust dialogue with their colleagues in the field.
The event brought together agents of the dance publishing world in New York and members of the interested public. Buoyed by wine and modest vittles, we broke into three working groups focused on three themes: Design, Circulation and Content. Each working group had auxiliary prompts and exercises to guide a hands-on, brains-on practicum leading to a larger, group conversation.
In preparation, the hosts asked that attendees bring a clutch of journals, periodicals, catalogs and/or websites that serve as their primary sources for dance content.