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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Felicia Beatriz Avalos, Eva Dean Dance, Sara Gurevich, Nikima Jagudajev

Mon Jan 30 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Lauren Bakst, Julian Barnett, Camille Delaney, Soohyun Hwang

Mon Feb 6 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.

All performances are on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. 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 Jan 24 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Open Performance

Tue Jan 31 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Open Performance

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

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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Movement Research Gala

Every spring the Movement Research extended family gathers to celebrate the past, present and future of this unique organization. Innovators, artists, and pioneers integral to our mission are honored with a dinner, performances, and dance party. Tickets are available for the dinner as well as for the performance/party.

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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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