PAST workshop

[In-person] ONE SHOT Performing Improvisation

Meg Stuart


Mark Tompkins

11:00am – 5:00pm
September 17, 2022
MR, 122CC – Ninth Street Studio

150 1st Avenue New York, NY 10009

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  • This Workshop is offered on Sliding Scale from $175-$250.
  • Pre-registration is required. No single class is available.
  • Participants must be fully vaccinated, show proof of vaccination, and wear a CDC approved mask.
  • Daily COVID testing will be required for this workshop.

This is a 2 day [IN-PERSON] Workshop offered
on Sliding Scale from $175-$250.

Pre-registration is required.
Participants must commit to attending all the sessions.

Schedule: 11am-5pm (break from 1-2pm)


COVID-19 Safety Protocols

We will be requiring daily COVID testing for this workshop. Testing kits will be available before the workshop. Attendees should plan to arrive early if they cannot test at home. Outdoor courtyard space will be available
during the break to eat a snack, take a mask break, etc.
While you are outside,
masks are optional.

All individuals participating in an in-person class, workshop or event at a Movement Research location must:

  1. Be fully vaccinated with their vaccination series.
    • A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving all recommended doses in the primary series of their COVID-19 vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO. Read more about COVID-19 vaccines on the CDC website HERE.
  2. Present on-site proof of vaccination and photo ID (which may include driver’s license, passport, government issued ID, school issued ID, or work issued ID card) in order to gain entry into the class. Movement Research is unable to admit anyone who is not able to present these documents.
  3. Wear K95 or KN95 masks during the entire duration of the workshop. Movement Research will provide K95/KN95 masks if you do not have/bring your own.

Workshop Description:

Meg Stuart and Mark Tompkins have been collaborating and sharing their passion for improvisation since 2016 in radically different contexts and landscapes. Giving workshops, performing in duo and in groups, and collecting texts and images, they have made a book, ONE SHOT dialogues on real-time composition, published in May 2022.

The workshops are built around three intertwining focuses; listening, practicing, and performing. Through sensorial explorations and extended movement meditations, we observe and study our desires and movement patterns, temporal and spatial choices, and what moves us physically and conceptually. What do we gravitate towards, what do we avoid, and what do we let go of or invite? Moving these questions and exploring strategies of transformation, change, and surrender, we meet through touch, energetic exchanges, and shared fictions. Building trust and playfully embracing risk and vulnerability, we investigate the borders between abstraction and tension, image and action, knowing and not knowing.

“Born in the United States, Meg and I have spent most of our adult lives in Europe. Exiled by destiny and by choice, we have both embraced and rejected our original culture. From this estrangement, and because of it, we have developed a critical distance between ourselves and others. Too close, too far, the gaze of the witness. Watching the world in this way is intimately linked to our personal research, transmission, and performances. We share the same desire for transmutation and a profound belief in doubt. Our dialogue is subtle and exciting chemistry, and our agreements and frictions enrich our understanding of composition.” -Mark Tompkins

“My work navigates the tension between dance and theatre, thought and action, remembering and forgetting. Scripts, written on our bodies, contain unfinished histories of ourselves and others.” Meg Stuart

[Image Description: Meg and Mark dance in a forest clearing. Mark sits in the leaves close to a big tree, moving his upper torso and arms. Meg stands, arching backwards. The sun illuminates her face.]

Accessibility Notes:

-This class includes guidance that is mostly auditive.
-The outdoor courtyard has an uneven surface including gravel and interlocking plastic floor tiles.

For access requests and questions, please contact Christopher Unpezverde Núñez at [email protected], subject line "Meg Stuart."



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