Issue #51 of Movement Research Performance Journal continues to experiment with approaches to engaging with 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. The photos were taken by a teenage Christopher Rauschenberg, son of Robert Rauschenberg. Beautifully awkward and intimately captured, these photographs show something of the movement research that preceded what is now recognized as Brown's form and language. The images frame this issue and speak to what's loosely shared among the work in this issue: 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....
This issue is OUT OF PRINT.
Letter from the Editor
I love Movement Research
Twelve Rules to put Thought in Motion
From the Sad Body to the Moving Body
The Ceremony of Us in the Legacy of We
Imagining and Feigning
The Moment Before
Learning to Derive
Effing the Ineffable
The Bodies in Sade's Dream
Relations of Unpredictable Encounters
Never Stop Dancing
The Movement as Living Non-Body
Daniel Blanga Gubbay
Not-Knowing: Mobility as a State of Unrest
Vibration Spasm Reactivation
Franco Bifo Berardi
Movement Research as a Performance Practice
Ana Vujanović w/ Ellen Söderhult
Dance and Philosohy
Trish the Explorer
A Body in the History
Archiving the Gesture
Trisha is my Shepherd; I shall not want...
Christopher Rauschenberg, Wendy Perron, Nina Lundborg, Stephen Petronio, Vicky Shick, Lance Gries, Shelley Senter, David Thomson, Brandi Norton, Stacy Matthew Spence, Lawrence Stone, Jodi Melnick, Todd Lawrence Stone, Neal Beasley, Judith Sanchez Ruiz, Laurel Jenkins, Dai Jian
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Micro-Rhythms and Mini-Dramas
Iréne Hultman, Susan Rosenberg and Vicky Shick
Inside, Between, Beyond
Excerpts from the Black Dancing Body
Brenda Dixon Gottschild
Dava, Jasmine, Leslie, Solange, Trisha
Leslie Cuyjet, Davalois Fearon, Jasmine Hearn
A Fond Memoir with Sundry Reflections on a Friend and her Art
Trisha Brown's Orfeo
This issue features a selection of photos of book covers selected by artist Jennifer Lacey.
The cover and portfolio feature photographs by Christopher Rauschenberg, Johan Elbers, Babette Mangolte, Mark Hanauer, Nathaniel Tileston, Patrick Benjard, Tristan Vales, Christiane Robin, Nancy Tutko, Guy Delahaye, and Jack Mitchell.
Dispersed throughout the portfolio are a collection of memories of Trisha Brown in the form of one image, contributed by Hope Mohr, Tara Lorenzen, Dorothée Alémany, Leah Morrison, Eva Karczag, Shelley Senter, Mindy Myers, Keith Thompson, Kelly McDonald, Kathleen Fisher, Dai Jian, Lance Gries, Trish Oesterling, Brandi Norton, Denise Luccioni, and Stacy Spence.