Since its inception in 1990, the Movement Research Performance Journal has fostered the evolution of written and graphic languages that contemplate current issues of dance and performance. Created by and for artists, the journal provides a unique forum for critical, rigorous, and creative exploration of the politics of performance, and seeks to address a multi-disciplinary readership. The journal focuses on artists' of-the-moment concerns, with past issues exploring topics related to gender and sexuality, environments and eco-activism, critical approaches to race and ethnicity, technology and multimedia, Indigenous performance and settler colonial legacies, private property and neoliberal individualism, as well as tactics of liberation and revolt.

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Issue #55

How can we make a journal dedicated to dance and performance in the absence of venues for public gathering, in the shift of stages from the actual to the virtual, and in the failure of the institutions that make the field of dance possible? Or, how could we ever have performed under those conditions and institutions in the first place? If things aren’t working now, were they working before?

Anticipating the inevitability of reopenings, we have asked (and are asking) contributors to be in the loss with us and are allowing their works to drift into the issue at their own time and pace. no before no after we will be released online as fragments of a project that is slowly coming together, congealing over the long duration of a year without live performance. Learn more and download >>

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Due to the effects of COVID-19 on our ability to distribute MRPJ at venues and arts spaces around NYC, for the first time in the thirty-year history of Movement Research Performance Journal, Movement Research is offering downloadable PDFs of two issues of MRPJ:

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Issue #55

How can we make a journal dedicated to dance and performance in the absence of venues for public gathering, in the shift of stages from the actual to the virtual, and in the failure of the institutions that make the field of dance possible? Or, how could we ever have performed under those conditions and institutions in the first place? If things aren’t working now, were they working before?

Issue #55 of the Movement Research Performance Journal will be dedicated to the mourning and rage of artists and others who refuse to return to “normal” or to agree that what we’re experiencing now is an exception from which we can return. We are framing this work as no before no after, inviting contributors to map temporalities that resist progressive or linear logics, as well as to embrace decomposition, decay, and the repair made possible in coming undone. In Spring 2021, Issue #55 will be released in its standard form, looking like another MRPJ with a roster of contributors drawn from in and around the field of dance, performance and beyond.

Anticipating the inevitability of reopenings, we have asked (and are asking) contributors to be in the loss with us and are allowing their works to drift into the issue at their own time and pace. no before no after we will be released online as fragments of a project that is slowly coming together, congealing over the long duration of a year without live performance. Download the first round of submissions by clicking here.

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