Started in 1990, the Performance Journal is a printed forum created by and for artists, fostering the evolution of written and graphic languages that contemplate current issues of dance and performance. Published twice annually, the Performance Journal provides a unique forum for critical rigor and a multi-disciplinary readership. Writings are specifically linked to events, artists, trends, and ideas associated with the current and upcoming performance season in New York, as well as nationally and internationally. The Performance Journal has focused on artists' of-the-moment concerns, with past topics including gender, environments, identity, technology, activism, dance writing and, most recently, an exploration of how contemporary dance negotiates with the larger culture, via a magazine format.

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From MRPJ #45: On Performing Donelle Woolford
From MRPJ #44: Past Present Future

Issue #51

Movement Research announces Issue #51 of its semi-annual print publication, the Movement Research Performance Journal. Continuing to experiment with approaches to engage contemporary performance through the medium of print, this issue of the MRPJ offers original textual explorations of ideas, as well as photo essays and visual experiments that present options for how we consider the place of dance in the contemporary moment.

Functioning as an object that is both form and content, the front and back covers of Issue #51 feature images of Elizabeth Garren, Wendy Perron and Mona Sulzman dancing Splang in Trisha Brown’s loft in 1978, taken by Christopher Rauschenberg, son of Robert Rauschenberg, and a teenager at the time. These beautifully awkward and intimately captured photographs show something of the movement research preceding what is now recognized as Brown's form and language. Framing the issue, these images speak to the intersections between what fills the pages of this volume: a reflective memorial portfolio on Brown's life and work, edited by Iréne Hultman, and a collection of dense and speculative texts edited by Mårten Spångberg that address "movement research" — the topic, rather than the organization....

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