From The Archives: Movement Research Performance Journal's Project Pages

From 2006 to 2017, the Movement Research Performance Journal provided space for artists to do whatever they liked within the feature ‘Project Pages.’ The editorial team would invite an artist to participate, providing them with minimal instruction; they could write a rant, draw a picture, collage ideas together, declare a manifesto, tell a joke— the only guideline was to imaginatively recast their creative process onto a single 11x17 piece of paper.

The Project Pages did not try to transpose dance from the studio or stage to the readers' page. Instead, artists were encouraged to move through their multifaceted creative practices; allowing their writing and 2d visuals (mediums often subsumed by the bodies on stage) to take a turn. In all of the artists' Project Pages that follow, dance remains immaterial. Each artist captured the energy of a moment—not as a still record of something that had happened, but as the imprints of their ideas in process. When seen here all together (and for the very first time!) these pages move through the cumulative and ever shifting energy of a decade. 

These Project Pages began in 2006, on the eve of the stock market crash, that supposed “once in a lifetime" event. Now, a mere 14 years later, we are experiencing the second “once in a lifetime" event of my lifetime. This time around, our world has been ravaged not just by inequitable wealth distribution, inadequate health care, insufficient government aid and inhumane abuses of power, but all of that and a global pandemic. Everything is volatile, everything is at risk. Our bodies especially so. What now? And how? Looking back through the archives of the Project Pages I am reminded of two essential facts. 

  1. No matter what, people continue to make, to create, to invent, and to strive for that “single fleeting moment when you feel alive”
  2. Dance continues to change

Seeking proximity to dance and dancing bodies while we are shunted away from one another, I wanted to look back in time and see if I could learn anything from the work that people made after the crash, that terrifying moment that seemed like it might crush us all. Moriah Evans suggested I look at the Project Pages. I am glad I did. A necessary pas-de-deux with the myriad ways that people have kept at it for this long—and the promise that they will continue. 

-Lydia Okrent


Walter Dundervill, MRPJ#30, 2006 (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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DD Dorvillier, MRPJ#30, 2006 (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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Denise Uyehara, MRPJ#30, 2006 (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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Maria Hasabi, MRPJ#31, 2007 (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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Yves Musard, MRPJ#32, 2008 (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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Lewis Forever, MRPJ#35, 2009, (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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Melinda Ring and Jennifer Nelson, MRPJ#35, 2009 (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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John Scott, MRPJ#35, 2009 (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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Giant Women, MRPJ#37, 2010 (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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Elizabeth Ward, MRPJ#38, 2011 (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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Larissa Velez-Jackson, MRPJ#44, 2014 (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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Jen Rosenblit, MRPJ#45, 2014 (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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Andrea Liu, MRPJ#45, 2014 (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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Mina Nishimura, MRPJ#46, 2015 (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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Jack Ferver, MRPJ#47, 2015 (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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Rebecca Patek, MRPJ#48, 2016 (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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Will Penrose, MRPJ#48, 2016 (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, MRPJ#49, 2016 (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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Jillian Peña, MRPJ#49, 2016, (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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Devynn Emory, MRPJ#50, 2017 (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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Niall Jones, MRPJ#50, 2017 (CLICK HERE TO ENLARGE)

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