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.

Our Performance & Event Series

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Movement Research at the Judson Church

A high visibility, low-tech forum on Monday nights at Judson Memorial Church throughout the fall and spring seasons. Movement Research at the Judson Church is one of a number of MR programs intended to serve as a creative laboratory and incubator for wide-ranging artistic investigations in movement-based forms; this series is a platform for artists at various stages of their creative development.

Movement Research at the Judson Church artists are selected through an application process reviewed by a rotating committee of peer artists; each season the Artists of Color Council (AoCC) invites a member of the community to curate three artists to participate. These artists are joined by Movement Research Artists-in-Residence and GPS/MRX exchange artists.

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Anna Bjella and Nyah Duckworth, Aye Eckerson, Ben Gorodetsky / Flesh Mob, Nisha Ha

Mon Mar 25 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Rodney Bell, mayfield brooks, Lisa Parra, Ogemdi Ude, David Zambrano

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

Gabriella Carmichael, Caroline Garcia, NiNi Dongnier | FIELD MOTION, Diana Crum

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

Paul Singh / Singh & Dance, Sarah A.O. Rosner, Te Ao Mana, Cathy Weis

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

5 additional events

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 MR, 122CC in the Ninth Street Studio. 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 Mar 26 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Open Performance

Tue Apr 2 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Open Performance

Tue Apr 9 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Open Performance

Tue Apr 23 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Open Performance

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

Open Performance

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

Open Performance

Tue May 14 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Open Performance

Tue May 21 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Open Performance

Tue Jun 4 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Open Performance

Tue Jun 11 7:00pm - 8:00pm
6 additional events

Studies Project

An artist-curated series of panel discussions, participatory dialogues and community conversations that focus on provocative, timely issues of aesthetics and philosophy at the intersection of dance and social politics.

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

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Studies Project: Memory Moves!

Layla Zami, Oxana Chi, Sheldon Raymore, Performing Memory Students
Tue Apr 9 6:00pm - 9:00pm


The twice-annual Movement Research Festival explores contemporary dance forms through performances, classes, workshops, contact jams, multimedia installations and discursive formats. The Festivals are led by teams of artist-curators. The Fall Festival centers around performances at our long-time festival home, Danspace Project, while the Spring Festival is programmed and produced in various locations that are selected and shaped by the curatorial team. 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.

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Movement Research Gala

Thank you for joining us in honoring Yoshiko Chuma, Dona Ann McAdams, and Lori E. Seid!

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