Collective Settlement, Fall Festival 2014, by Ian Douglas

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.

Upcoming Festivals

Movement Research Festival Fall 2018: MR at 40: Looking Back, Looking Forward

This year’s Movement Research Fall Festival honors the journey—of creative processes, artists’ trajectories, and the past forty years of Movement Research itself. On the eve of MR’s homecoming to its first-ever long-term home at 122 Community Center, the Fall Festival offers a moment to reflect on the past decades of trusting the integrity of the ride - vitality, change, movement.

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Tuesday, November 27

Morning Class with Vicky Shick @ [email protected]Danspace Project from 10am-12pm

We ready ourselves, beginning with a straight-forward warm-up emphasizing our physical mechanics, alignment and clarity with space for feedback from our bodies. We want to stimulate our awareness, articulation and focus as we collaboratively uncover the intelligence in our bodies and arrive at dancing together. In phrase work, we hone our skills and deepen our physicality.


Wednesday, November 28

GPS Chats: Aleksandra Borys and Wojciech Grudziński (Poland) in conversation with Hadar Ahuvia and Mariana Valencia (USA) @ MR, 122CC @ 6:30pm

This inaugural GPS Chats is launching as part of the Movement Research Festival Fall 2018 and features Polish artists Aleksandra Borys and Wojciech Grudziński in conversation with Hadar Ahuvia and Mariana Valencia. The Chat will be moderated by Marýa Wethers, Director of International Initiatives, GPS/Global Practice Sharing program.

Aleksandra and Wojciech are GPS Artists-in-Residence for two-weeks in NYC from November 24-December 9, 2019 supported by Art Stations Foundation with funding from the Institute of Music and Dance (Poland) and the GPS/Global Practice Sharing program of Movement Research with funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding (USA).

GPS Chats is a new series offering GPS artists in residence a platform to share about their creative practice and living and working as independent contemporary dance artists in their cultural contexts. The series features international artists in conversation with local artists about the importance of international cultural exchange on the development of their creative practices.


Thursday, November 29

Morning Class with John Jasperse @ [email protected]Danspace Project from 10am-12pm

The class will begin with an anatomy focused warm-up, drawn from both traditional and recent techniques, aiming to align and re-pattern the energy flow in the body in order to find support from the floor and our connection into space. We will begin with simple movements, improvisation scores, exercises and sequences, gradually building in complexity. We will learn movement material, some from Jasperse's work and some created for these explorations. Our goal will be to integrate energetic patterning explored in the first portion of class and to play with different manners of experiencing and embodying the choreographic material.

Open Performance ^3 @ [email protected] Project @ 8pm

PART 1 @ 7pm: Jennie Hong, Meghan Frederick, Zachary Richardson moderated by mayfield brooks

PART 2 @ 8pm: Toni Carlson, Justin Faircloth, Chloe Marie moderated by Alexandra Tatarsky

PART 3 @ 9pm: Sam Hanson, Lai Yi Ohlsen, Hadley Smith moderated by Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal

Tonight we celebrate thirty-five years of Movement Research's Open Performance program with a marathon event organized by artist and past Open Performance coordinator Martita Abril. Open Performance is a non-curated work-in-progress event in which three artists share material, and the audience joins them in discussion moderated by a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. Over the decades, Open Performance has been a radical forum, fostering experimentation both in performance and in feedback methods that inform artists' processes. Come see the program in three consecutive iterations--nine artists, three moderators, thirty-five years of innovation.

$10 suggested donation at the door.


Friday, November 30

Morning Class with Angie Pittman @ [email protected]Danspace Project from 10am-12pm

Rooted in the practices of Umfundalai, Soul Line Dance, and improvisation as African Diasporic dance practices this class will concentrate on the relationship of the pelvis to the earth. We will always begin with a Umfundalai practice called "Nanigo" and end with a Soul Line Dance as a way to relate to to each other and the space we inhabit together today. In this class, we will work together and individually using bits of the core progression of Umfundalai, improvisational scores, set material, and basic line dances.

artist4artistXartist @ [email protected] Project @ 8pm

The artists who have served as Movement Research staff over the past four decades have done so in the spirit of practice and process, valuing intention, thoughtful direction, and trusting the integrity of the ride; as artists, for and with artists.

In this 40th anniversary season, we come together as Movement Research staff, present and past, to share our creative identities with you and with each other.

Featuring work by Alice Ashton, Bree Breeden, Laurie Berg & Bessie McDonough-Thayer, Rebecca Brooks, Diana Crum, Greer Dworman, Ursula Eagly, Catherine Galasso, Megan Kendzior, Amanda Loulaki, Njeri Rutherford, Tara Sheena, Kathy Westwater

$15/$12 for Danspace members


Saturday, December 1

Workshop with Jennifer Monson @ MR, 122CC 10am-2pm (SAT/SUN)

Immediate minutes/Minuets: We will start with performing instantaneous 2-minute dances for each other. Responding with various approaches to language – descriptive, poetic, non–verbal, structural, etc., we will hone our intentions as they evolve in the act of performance. Over the two days we will expand the time frame and generate material that can be used towards future research, performance and pleasure. What is performed both for witness and dancer? Is it an act, a task, a relation, a perception? How to we communicate, obfuscate, shape, clarify, and stir up mystery? We will animate different spaces of performance and dance through our research together.

Evening performance curated by Jaime Ortega and iele paloumpis, [email protected] Project @ 8pm

$15/$12 for Danspace members


Sunday, December 2

Workshop with Jennifer Monson @ MR, 122CC 10am-2pm (SAT/SUN)

Immediate minutes/Minuets: We will start with performing instantaneous 2-minute dances for each other. Responding with various approaches to language – descriptive, poetic, non–verbal, structural, etc., we will hone our intentions as they evolve in the act of performance. Over the two days we will expand the time frame and generate material that can be used towards future research, performance and pleasure. What is performed both for witness and dancer? Is it an act, a task, a relation, a perception? How to we communicate, obfuscate, shape, clarify, and stir up mystery? We will animate different spaces of performance and dance through our research together.


Past Festivals

Curated by Jonathan Gonzalez, Zavé Martohardjono, and EmmaGrace Skove-Epes. November 27 – December 3, 2017. More info...

Curated by Laurie Berg, Monstah Black, and Amy Khoshbin. May 31 – June 6, 2017. More info...

Curated by Carolyn Hall, Omagbitse Omagbemi and Kayvon Pourazar, November 28 – December 3, 2016. More info...

The Movement Research Fall Festival finds its roots in the Improvisation Festival New York (IFNY), initiated in 1992 by Sondra Loring (a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence at the time) and Julie Carr. From 1999-2003, Movement Research hosted the IFNY as one of its programs, under the curation of Programming Director Amanda Loulaki. In 2004, Movement Research created an artist-curator format, birthing artist-team curated festivals Improvisation is Hard (2004) and Open Source (2005). Since 2007, Movement Research has invited two to three artists to curate the Fall Festival:

2008: Sidewinder curated by Jennifer Monson and Zeena Parkins
2009: What Does Dance Have to Say? curated by Charles Atlas and Lucy Sexton
2010: truly madly deeply curated by John Jeserun and Jon Kinzel
2011: DEVOTION/RIGOR/SUSTAINABILITY curated by K.J. Holmes and Sondra Loring
2012: back to basic curated by Juliette Mapp and Jen Rosenblit
2013 Le Song Ya?! curated by Adrienne Truscott and Jibz Cameron (Dynasty Handbag)
2014: M A T T E R I N G curated by Rebecca Brooks and Daria Fain
2015: Vanishing Points curated by Beth Gill and Cori Olinghouse
2016: unthreading the filter curated by Carolyn Hall, Omagbitse Omagbemi and Kayvon Pourazar

Spring 2007, REVERENCE (IRREVERENCE), curated by Rebecca Brooks, Beth Gill, Erika Hand and Isabel Lewis

Spring 2008, Somewhere Out There, curated by Milka Djordjevich, Jeff Larson, Chris Peck and Anna Sperber

Spring 2009, Roll Call, curated by Megan Byrne, Michael Mahalchick, Will Rawls and Regina Rocke

Spring 2010, HARDCORPS, curated by Walter Dundervill, Melanie Maar, Aki Sasamoto and A.L. Steiner

Spring 2011, FESTIVAL!*, curated by Chase Granoff, Clarinda Mac Low, Larissa Velez-Jackson and FACADE/FASAD aka Gabriel Rivera

Spring 2012, Push It. Real. Good. curated by Eleanor Hullihan, Neal Medlyn, Marissa Perel, and Enrico Wey

Spring 2013, ALTERNATE/SHELTER, curated by Vanessa Anspaugh, Hilary Clark, Mina Nishimura and Antonio Ramos

Spring 2014, fallow time, curated by Elliott Maltby, Jennifer Monson, Alicia Ohs, and Tatyana Tenenbaum

Spring 2015, LEGIBLE/ILLEGIBLE: opening beyond the space of identities, curated by Layla Childs, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, and Samita Sinha

Spring 2016, HAND WRITTEN NOTE(S), curated by Aretha Aoki, Elliott Jenetopulos, Eleanor Smith, and Tara Aisha Willis

Spring 2017, surprise! surprise (!) surprise/! surprise, curated by Laurie Berg, Monstah Black, and Amy Khoshbin


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