About Movement Research Festivals:
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.
ComeUnion was an invitation to explore the intersectionality of somatic practices and social justice, community building and care, and trauma informed frameworks for pedagogy and performance. The curators invited artists, somatic practitioners, activists, and healers whose practices are led by deep inquiries into these matters. Learn from our archives about this exploration and celebration of the somatics of subversion, the embodiment of resistance, and the poetics of revolution. Learn more here >>
Movement Research Fall 2018 Festival honored 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. More info...
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