Spring Festival 2016: Hand Written Note(s)

June 6 – June 10, 2016

A week of workshops, discussions, events and performances.

Artists included: Becca Blackwell, mayfield brooks, Justin Cabrillos, Anna Carapetyan, Ayano Elson, devynn emory, Jonathan Gonzalez, Liliana Dirks-Goodman, Marguerite Hemmings, Robert Kocik, Melanie Maar, Michael Mahalchick, Sarah Maxfield, BASHIR DAVIID NAIM, iele paloumpis, Weena Pauly, Marissa Perel, Jumatatu Poe, Randy Reyes, Regina aka Wolf Medicine, Julia Santoli, Lily Bo Shapiro, Risa Shoup, Social Health Performance Club, Anna Adams Stark, Mariana Valencia, Ni'Ja Whitson.

Please visit the festival website designed by Ayano Elson.


The curators and our team of festival writers, including festival artists and guest writers, posted writings on the MR Festival website throughout the week of the festival. We asked each writer—performers and audience members alike—to respond as an artist, and as such, welcomed their unique vantages. These informal writings are offered as open-ended dialogues. Read impressions of the various festival events HERE.

Movement Research Festival finds its roots in the Improvisation Festival/New York (IF/NY), initiated in 1992 by artists Sondra Loring (an MR Artist-in-Residence at the time) and Julie Carr. In 1999 IF/NY became a program of Movement Research, under the curation of Programming Director Amanda Loulaki. In 2004, Movement Research created a guest artist curator format, and in 2006, Movement Research established the festival as a twice-annual event. This biannual, guest artist curator approach allows for a varied investigation and exploration into current artistic concerns and reflects Movement Research’s mission of valuing diverse artists’ voices, their creative process and vital role within society.

To all the artists involved; we admire and love you! Also thanks to Randy Reyes, Levi Gonzalez, Anna Adams Stark, Barbara Bryan, Catherine Galasso, Megan Kendzior, Greer Dworman, Kay Ottinger, Ayano Elson; everyone at Gibney Dance, Brian Rogers, Sheila Lewandowski, Madeline Best, Nadia Tykulsker, Risa Shoup, Pepper Fajans, the congregation of Cadman Congregational Church in Clinton Hill, Alec Duffy, Jen Polins, Lisa Thompson, the staff of all venues involved with the Festival, Liliana Dirks-Goodman, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Samara Davis, Marissa Perel, Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist ###i/i### as a co-sponsor, Julia Santoli, Pumpkin and Buddy.

Festival Schedule

Program Support

Venue Partners

  • Curated by Aretha Aoki, Elliott Jenetopulos, Eleanor Smith and Tara Aisha Willis
  • This festival took place from June 6-10, 2016 at various locations throughout the city.