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 2018 Gala is April 30!
  • 2016-2018 Artists-in-Residence present work at CPR March 27 at 8pm!

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 and spring seasons. Movement Research at the Judson Church supports experiments in performance rather than fully produced works. Artists are selected by a rotating selection committee made up of peer artists.

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Laurel Atwell, Jasmine Hearn, Millie Kapp & Matt Shalzi, Shannon Yu

Mon Feb 26 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Arantxa Araujo, John Jasperse Projects, Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal, Kota Yamazaki

Mon Mar 5 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, Chuck Wilt / UNA Projects

Mon Mar 12 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Erick Montes/Danceable Projects, Tori Lawrence, LICO Dance

Mon Mar 19 8:00pm - 9:00pm

8 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 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 Feb 27 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Open Performance

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

Open Performance

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

Open Performance

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

Open Performance

Tue Apr 3 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Open Performance

Tue Apr 10 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Open Performance

Tue Apr 17 7:00pm - 8:30pm
3 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: All Together Now: Artist-Parent Community Meet-up

Sita Frederick, Paloma McGregor, Anthony Romero, Abbey Williams
Sat Mar 17 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Studies Project: An ethics of (talking about) watching

Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal, Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Jaime Shearn Coan, André Daughtry, Yvonne Montoya, Mark Travis Rivera
Tue May 8 6:30pm - 8:00pm


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

2018 Gala just announced! Join us on April 30 as we honor Yoshiko Chuma, Dona Ann McAdams, and Lori E. Seid!

More information coming soon.

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