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.

  • MELT Winter 2018 is January 2-26.
  • Claire Cunningham, Jess Curtis, and Alva Noë host a MELT Reading Group on January 17, 7-9pm

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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Yoshiko Chuma, Deborah Conton (Afro-Mosaic Soul Dance Collective), Jodi Melnick, Marsha Parrilla, Angie Pittman

Mon Jan 22 8:00pm - 9:00pm

devynnemory/beastproductions, Alyssa Gersony, Patricia Hoffbauer, Ma'at Works Dance Collective, Nami Yamamoto

Mon Jan 29 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 Jan 16 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Open Performance

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

Open Performance

Tue Jan 30 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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MELT Reading Group

Jess Curtis, Claire Cunningham, Alva Noë
Wed Jan 17 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Studies Project: Making Sense of Each Other—Embodied Practices

Claire Cunningham, Jess Curtis
Sat Jan 20 12:00pm - 3:00pm


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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