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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Sanchel Brown and India Hyman, Annie Heath/Heath in Progress, Kennie Zhou/Yiyi Liu

Mon Nov 18 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Juli Brandano, Alice Heyward & Megan Payne, John Hoobyar, Rourou Ye

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

Fana Fraser, Jonathan Matthews / Holly Sass, Elisaveta Penkova, Sharleen Chidiac and Dancers

Mon Dec 2 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Aleksandra Bożek-Muszyńska, Magda Jędra, Elisabeth Motley, Emily Winkler-Morey

Mon Dec 9 8:00pm - 9:00pm

4 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 Nov 19 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Open Performance

Tue Dec 10 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Open Performance

Tue Dec 17 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Open Performance

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

Open Performance

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

Open Performance

Tue Jan 28 7:00pm - 8:00pm
2 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: Re-presenting Asian-America

Rebecca Fitton
Wed Dec 11 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Studies Project: "Are Y'all Really Feeling Me?" How Black Performance moves beyond just Matter(ing)

André Daughtry
Wed Jan 22 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Studies Project: How do we talk about silence?

Grace Osborne
Tue Feb 18 6:30pm - 8:30pm


The Movement Research Fall 2019 Festival (December 4-8) is co-curated by Marielys Burgos Meléndez, Jaime Ortega and iele paloumpis.

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.

Fall 2019 Festival will take place December 4-8, 2019. Events will take place at Movement Research and Danspace Project. Performance tickets are available for purchase from Danspace Project.

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Fall Festival | The Body Remembers: Breathwork for Radical Presence

Jennifer Patterson
Thu Dec 5 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Fall Festival | LIMINAL BODIES: Internal Practices for Unwinding Empire

Zavé Martohardjono
Sun Dec 8 11:00am - 2:00pm

Movement Research Gala

Thank you for joining us on Thursday, June 6th, in honoring Stephen Facey and David Thomson! You can still donate to this year's Gala Fund: Artist Staff Sustainability Fund or make a general donation to Movement Research.

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GPS Chats

GPS Chats offers GPS artists and cultural producers an informal platform to discuss their work in the independent contemporary dance sector within their cultural contexts and the influence of international exchange on the development of their practices.

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GPS Chats: Aleksandra Bożek-Muszyńska & Magda Jędra (Poland) with Elisaveta Penkova (Sweden)

Aleksandra Bożek-Muszyńska, Magda Jędra, Elisaveta Penkova, Marýa Wethers
Tue Dec 3 6:30pm - 8:00pm

GPS Chats: Jan Rozman (Slovenia) and Tanya Tchizhikova (Russia)

Jan Rozman, Tanya Tchizhikova, Marýa Wethers
Thu Jan 9 6:30pm - 8:00pm