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.

Past Festivals

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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