GPS/Global Practice Sharing

GPS/Global Practice Sharing provides a platform for the international exchange of ideas, processes and reflective practices surrounding dance and movement based forms between the U.S. and independent performing arts communities internationally. GPS posits that dialogue across differences necessarily catalyzes the generation of new knowledge and creative innovation. By investing in the mobility of artists, curators and cultural workers, GPS advances cross cultural understanding and the development of the contemporary arts field at large. Officially established in 2016, GPS consists of an informal network of partners currently supporting exchange projects in East and Central Europe (ECE) and now the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

The GPS program is directed by Marýa Wethers, Director of International Initiatives at Movement Research.

The GPS/Global Practice Sharing program of Movement Research is supported by funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund.

East and Central Europe (ECE)

GPS Artists (2016-19)

Director, GPS/Global Practice Sharing program

Program Support

Thanks to the following funders, public agencies, like-minded organizations, and individuals for their generous support.

About the Program

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Past GPS events in NYC

[In-Person] GPS Chats: The Socio-Political Agency of Contemporary Dance in the Balkans (Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Serbia)

Vassiliya Drebova, Viktorija Ilioska, Jovana Rakić
May 24, 2023 6:30pm - 8:00pm

[In-Person] GPS Chats: Contemporary Performance & Creative Production in Beirut

Romy Assouad, YARAQA
April 19, 2023 6:30pm - 8:00pm

[In-Person] GPS Chats: Arab American Choreography Today

Nora Alami, Jadd Tank, ​Leyya Mona Tawil
April 12, 2023 6:30pm - 8:00pm

GPS Chats: Reflections on Cultural Production in Budapest, NYC, and Warsaw

Brigitta Kovács, Karolina Kraczkowska
November 09, 2022 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Movement Research at the Judson Church

Cynthia Chang, Jan Rozman, Tanya Tchizhikova
January 13, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm

GPS Chats: Jan Rozman (Slovenia) and Tanya Tchizhikova (Russia) with Nevenka Koprivsek (Slovenia)

Nevenka Koprivšek, Jan Rozman, Tanya Tchizhikova, Marýa Wethers
Jan 9, 2020 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Movement Research at the Judson Church

Aleksandra Bożek-Muszyńska, Magda Jędra, Elisabeth Motley, Emily Winkler-Morey
Dec 9, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm

GPS Chats: Aleksandra Bożek-Muszyńska (Poland) and Elisaveta Penkova (Sweden)

Aleksandra Bożek-Muszyńska, Elisaveta Penkova, Marýa Wethers
Dec 3, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Movement Research at the Judson Church

Sahar Damoni, Nicole Goodwin, Pei Ling Ho, Julie Mayo
Nov 4, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Movement Research at the Judson Church

Yassmine Benchrifa, Mohamed Lamqayssi, The Sheep Riot, Will Rawls
Oct 28, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm

GPS Chats: Yassmine Benchrifa (Morocco), Sahar Damoni (Palestine), Mohamed Lamqayssi (Morocco)

Yassmine Benchrifa, Sahar Damoni, Mohamed Lamqayssi, Marýa Wethers
Oct 23, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm

GPS Chats: International Interdisciplinary Artists Consortium

Ivana Ivcović, Agnieszka Mendel , Peter Sciscioli, Iskra Sukarova, Marýa Wethers
Aug 27, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm

GPS Chats: Marijana Cvetkovic from STATION - service for contemporary dance (Serbia)

Marijana Cvetkovic
Apr 24, 2019 6:30pm - 8:00pm

GPS Chats: Eva Kronberga and Jānis Putniņš in conversation with Inta Balode (Latvia)

Eva Kronberga, Jānis Putniņš, Inta Balode, Marýa Wethers
Jan 8, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Movement Research at the Judson Church

Anjoli Chadha/ Sentient Dance, Aleksandra Borys, Wojciech Grudziński, Ramona Sekulovic
Dec 3, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Fall Festival | GPS Chats: Aleksandra Borys and Wojciech Grudziński (Poland) in conversation with Hadar Ahuvia and Mariana Valencia (USA)

Hadar Ahuvia, Aleksandra Borys, Wojciech Grudziński, Mariana Valencia
Nov 28, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Movement Research at the Judson Church

Rachel Bernsen + Kyoko Kitamura, Courtney J. Cook, nia love, Canan Yücel Pekiçten
Nov 13, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
12 additional events

East and Central Europe (ECE)

July 1-14, 2018
Teaching residency by Chad Michael Hall at Dance PORT Derida and summer intensive (Sofia, Bulgaria)

July 21-August 5, 2018
MRX/Trinidad New Waves! Institute Scholarship: 2-week residency in NYC for Simeon Peters (Trinidad) and Shem Heliodore (St. Lucia) during MR MELT Summer 2018

September 8-15, 2018
Teaching residency by Jennifer Monson at Alternative Dance Academy (Poznan, Poland)

October 13-23, 2018
1.5-week teaching and performance residency by Jeanine Durning in Belgrade and Zagreb

November 2018
1.5 week teaching residency by Lisa Clark in Ljubljana, Zagreb, and Belgrade

November 24-December 9, 2018
MRX/Poland: 2-week residency in NYC for Aleksandra Borys and Wojciech Grudziński (Poland) during MR Festival Fall 2018
GPS Chats: MRX/Poland Wed 11/28
[email protected]: Mon 12/3
weeklong residency at Mascher Space in Philadelphia, PA

November 29-December 8, 2018
1-week teaching, rehearsal and performance residency by Daria Faïn at Zagreb Dance Center (Zagreb, Croatia)

ZIL Culture Center (Moscow, Russia)
April 22 – May 7, 2017: 2-week research residency by iele paloumpis
August 27 – September 10, 2017: 2-week research residency by Bessie McDonough Thayer

Art Stations Foundation (Poznan, Poland)
June/July 2017: 2-week residency by US artist(s) at Malta/SBNT Festivals

October 20-29, 2017: 1-week teaching residency at Alternative Dance Academy by Jeanine Durning
November 25 – December 11, 2017: US/Polish exchange; 2-week residency in NYC by two Polish artists during the Movement Research Fall Festival, with a showing at Movement Research at the Judson Church on Monday, December 4 at 8pm

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL)
September 11-23, 2017: 2-week teaching residency at UIUC by Olga Zitluhina & Inta Balode (Latvia)

Derida Dance Center (Sofia, Bulgaria)
Fall 2017: 3-week choreographic & teaching residency at Dance PORT Derida

Gabriela Tudor Foundation (Bucharest, Romania) Moving Dialogue 2.0 | Seattle-Timisoara 2017

June 16-23, 2017: Teaching and performance residency at Seattle International Dance festival by Cosmin Manolescu
September 17-27, 2017: 4x4x4 Choreographic laboratory in Timisoara, Romania

EXODOS Festival (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Shared Spaces/1 space project (Africa/ECE/Palestine/US)
April 19-24, 2017: Performance and teaching residency at Exodos Festival by Momar Ndiaye (IL/Senegal)

November 19 – December 5, 2016: 2-week residency for Agnieszka Kryst and Katarzyna Wolińska (Poland) in NYC during Movement Research Festival Fall 2016: Unthreading the Filter. Includes a showing at Movement Research at the Judson Church on November 21, 2016. In partnership with Art Stations Foundation and Institute of Music and Dance (Poland).

October 23 – November 8, 2016: 2-week residency by Olga Zitluhina (Latvia) at NYC. In partnership with NGO "Party" and Contemporary Dance Choreographers Unionin Latvia.

October 19 – November 5, 2016: 2-week residency at Locomotion (Skopje, Macedonia) & Kondenz (Belgrade, Serbia) festivals for Critical Correspondence Editor Mariana Valencia and Levi Gonzalez. In partnership with Locomotiva - Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture (Macedonia) and Stanica - Service for Contemporary Dance (Serbia).

October 16-31, 2016: 2-week coaching residency by Lily Gold at ZIL Cultural Center in Moscow, Russia.

October 1-22, 2016: 3-week choreographic & teaching residency by Charles Slender-White & assistant (CA) at Derida Dance Center in Sofia, Bulgaria.

In June 2016, Movement Research Director of International Initiatives, Marýa Wethers, along with 2015 Movement Research Artists-in-Residence Hadar Ahuvia and André Zachery , attended the Stary Browar Nowy Taniec Na Malcie (Old Brewery New Dance at Malta) festival of contemporary dance in Poznań, Poland. André and Hadar collaborated on a short film while they were in Poznan, based on Hadar's research and André's direction. Click here for André Zachery’s blog.

In May 2016, Mary Read (NYC) conducted a three-week research residency in partnership with ZIL Culture Center in Moscow, Russia. Click here for Mary Read's Tumblr.

In April 2016, Abby Zbikowski (IL) led a two-week teaching residency at the Latvian Academy of Culture in partnership with the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Contemporary Dance Choreographers Union in Latvia.

Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

October 12-November 15, 2017
Five-week research residency in NYC for Canan Yücel Pekiçten from Istanbul, Turkey through a CEC ArtsLink Residency in partnership with the GPS/Global Practice Sharing program. Canan attended classes and workshops at Movement Research, rehearsed in the MR studios, and performed on the Movement Research at the Judson Church series on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 8pm.