We program a variety of events throughout the year: panel discussions, roundtables, work-in-progress performances as well as an annual gala and a biannual festival.

Events take place at a variety of locations. Check individual event details for location and directions.

You can apply to show work as part of Movement Research at the Judson Church and Open Performance. Click on a series to learn more.

  • Movement Research Festival Spring 2017: surprise! surprise(!) surprise/! surprise is May 30 – June 6

Our Performance & Event Series

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Movement Research at Judson Church

A high visibility, low-tech forum on Monday nights throughout the fall/winter and spring seasons. Movement Research at the Judson Church supports experiments in performance rather than fully produced works. Artists are selected by a rotating peer panel of artists.

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Lisa Fagan Dance Problems, Mersiha Mesihovic, Naomi Elena Ramirez, Lindsay Reuter

Mon Apr 24 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Kim Brandt, Lisa Parra, Renegade Performance Group/André M. Zachery, Kate Watson-Wallace

Mon May 1 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Argelia Arreola. AcustiKorp Project., ​Parijat Desai, Molly Poerstel, Alex Romania, Rina Espiritu

Mon May 15 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Open Performance

A program of non-curated shared showings of experimentation and work-in-progress, for artists at all stages of their development. The events are centered around an audience discussion moderated by a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence or an occasional guest, where we will experiment with different feedback methods to support and inform the artists’ process.

Open Performance takes place on Tuesday evenings at 7pm at Eden's Expressway. Admission is free and there are no reservations. A suggested donation of $3 or more is asked of those able to contribute. 

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Open Performance

Tue Apr 25 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Open Performance

Tue May 2 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Open Performance

Tue May 16 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Open Performance

Tue May 23 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Open Performance

Tue Jun 6 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Open Performance

Tue Jun 13 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Open Performance

Tue Jun 20 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Open Performance

Tue Jun 27 7:00pm - 8:30pm
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Studies Project

A series of artist-instigated panel discussions, roundtables, performances and/or other formats that engage issues of aesthetics, philosophy and social politics relevant to the dance and performance community.

All Studies Project events are free and open to the public.

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Does the Dance Field Make Room for Dancer-Parents?

Anna Azrieli, Peggy Cheng, Nia Love, Heather Olson Trovato, Samantha Speis, Sarah White-Ayón
Sat Apr 29 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Precarious Collaboration and Equitable Conflict

Chloe Bass, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Eva Peskin , Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Justine Williams, André M. Zachery, Eleni Zaharopoulos, Queer Scouts
Tue May 9 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Movement Research Festival Spring 2017 Studies Project

Sun Jun 4 12:00am - 1:00am

Movement Research Gala

Join us for the Movement Research 2017 Gala on Monday, May 8 at the Judson Memorial Church to celebrate 25 Years of Movement Research at the Judson Church and 50 Issues of the Movement Research Performance JournalTickets are available for the dinner as well as for the performance/party.

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2017 Movement Research Gala

Mon May 8 6:00pm - 11:30pm


The twice-annual festival explores contemporary dance forms through performances, classes, workshops, contact jams, multimedia installations and discursive formats. The Fall Festival continues to focus on improvisation and is shaped by Movement Research’s programming staff in collaboration with curatorial advisors who bring their own interests and ideas to specific festival events. The Spring Festival is produced by a team 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.

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What's Now, What's Next (Opening Night, It's a Surprise)

Wed May 31 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Interiority Complex XVI

Jun 1 – Jun 6 11:00am - 6:00pm

Inside Out Upside Down: Performances

Thu Jun 1 7:00pm - 12:00am

Inside Out Upside Down: MC Workshop

Thu Jun 1 9:00pm - 12:00am

Hail the New Puritan: Costume-Making Workshops

Fri Jun 2 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Hail the New Puritan: Screening and Q&A

Fri Jun 2 7:00pm - 12:00am


Sat Jun 3 6:00pm - 12:00am

Reza Abdoh: Theater Visionary

Sun Jun 4 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Pull It Sur Prize

Mon Jun 5 6:00pm - 12:00am

Basically we're all geniuses, end of story.

Tue Jun 6 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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