Workshops

Jennifer Monson
July 6 - July 8
Tuesday
7:00 pm-9:00 pm FREE
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway
MELT "Movie" Night
Hosted by a different MELT teaching artist each week, the MELT “movie" night series features work that inspires, influences, engages and/or represents that artist's current creative process and artistic concerns. The screenings provide an opportunity for a more in-depth dialogue between students and teachers beyond the workshop setting, as well as a chance to connect in a more social environment.
Tatyana Tenenbaum
July 8 - July 10
Thursday
3:00 pm-6:00 pm FREE
Gallery at BRIC House
MR@BRIC Process Lab
GILLS AND BELLOWS In this workshop we will use our proprioceptive awareness to access our voices. Through a series of intertwining exercises and methodologies we will investigate pitch, timbre and phonemic resonance as felt experiences, working to translate this somatic knowledge into muscular-skeletal form. This work is rooted in physical practice. No prior experience with the voice is required.
Kyle deCamp
July 13 - July 15
Tuesday
7:00 pm-9:00 pm FREE
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway
MELT "Movie" Night
Hosted by a different MELT teaching artist each week, the MELT “movie" night series features work that inspires, influences, engages and/or represents that artist's current creative process and artistic concerns. The screenings provide an opportunity for a more in-depth dialogue between students and teachers beyond the workshop setting, as well as a chance to connect in a more social environment.
Will Rawls
July 15 - July 17
Thursday
3:00 pm-6:00 pm FREE
Gallery at BRIC House
MR@BRIC Process Lab
PUBLIC AMBIGUITY This Process Lab will take place in a semi-public gallery space and will facilitate methods and approaches for being ambiguous in plain sight. We'll organize a series of overlapping activities whose meaning and practice are unclear at the outset. Through these durational activities we will explore what kinds of space we can collectively hold open for passersby and what happens when an audience forms. The workshop will begin with a group vocal/speech warm up, a simple physical warm up and a discussion, followed by a two-hour performance. Please bring a set of key words, an object and/or costume piece that you would like to work with throughout the Lab.
Donna Uchizono
July 20 - July 22
Tuesday
7:00 pm-9:00 pm FREE
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway
MELT "Movie" Night
Hosted by a different MELT teaching artist each week, the MELT “movie" night series features work that inspires, influences, engages and/or represents that artist's current creative process and artistic concerns. The screenings provide an opportunity for a more in-depth dialogue between students and teachers beyond the workshop setting, as well as a chance to connect in a more social environment.
Larissa Velez-Jackson
July 22 - July 24
Thursday
3:00 pm-6:00 pm FREE
Gallery at BRIC House
MR@BRIC Process Lab
THE PERFORMANCE STATE AS PRACTICE Using Larissa Velez-Jackson’s performance practice, Star Crap Method, as a guide; this workshop employs and blurs speech, movement, looking, sounding, and writing. Practitioners will examine how these forms can relate to exponentially multiply our meaning making in real-time. With performance as a tool, we experience a state of being that annihilates the boundaries between perception, improvisation, and composition.
Tara Aisha Willis
July 23
Thursday
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Jimmy's no. 43
MELT Reading Group
MAKING USE, MAKING MOVE "I thought I was being asked to construct a physiological self, to balance space and localize sensations, when all the time they were clamoring for more." -Frantz Fanon, "The Lived Experience of the Black Man." "I want to insist on perceiving the body as intelligent and multivalent." -Ananya Chatterjea, Butting Out How does "lived experience" get into performance? Performance is experience, it is live, living, lived; it is also more than physiology, sensation, space, and sight. Our sociopolitical bodies, our kinesthetic bodies: what do they do together? what do we do with them when we dance? can our untraceable gestures, as Michel de Certeau offers, "escape without leaving" the ordering systems that demand so much? how do we make mysterious use of what we've been given, and what our bodies have been given to be?
Levi Gonzalez hosts Darrell Jones
July 27 - July 29
Tuesday
7:00 pm-9:00 pm FREE
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway
MELT "Movie" Night
Hosted by a different MELT teaching artist each week, the MELT “movie" night series features work that inspires, influences, engages and/or represents that artist's current creative process and artistic concerns. The screenings provide an opportunity for a more in-depth dialogue between students and teachers beyond the workshop setting, as well as a chance to connect in a more social environment.
luciana achugar
July 29 - July 31
Thursday
3:00 pm-6:00 pm FREE
Gallery at BRIC House
MR@BRIC Process Lab
GROWING A BODY In this Process Lab we will practice being in pleasure and giving our bodies a voice. A practice of growing a new body, as one would grow a plant; a utopian body; a sensational body; a connected body; an anarchic body; a body full/filled with pleasure, with love and with magic . . . with a brain that melted down to the flesh, the bones, the guts, the skin . . . and with eyes that see without naming and see without knowing.
Marissa Perel
July 30
Thursday
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Jimmy's no. 43
MELT Reading Group
NOWHERE WITHOUT YOU "For if I am confounded by you, then you are already of me, and I am nowhere without you. I cannot muster the 'we' except by finding the way in which I am tied to 'you,'" claims Judith Butler in Precarious Lives. Let's talk about how we are tied to each other as makers, performers, citizens. Let's talk about choreographing as coalition building. Let's talk about performing and looking as acts of solidarity. Let's talk about bodies as carriers of histories, 'movement as transmission,' and language as somatic connection 'between the visible and invisible, clear and obscure, private and public, given and with-held,' (quotes taken from Petra Kuppers' Waltzing disability culture: Moving history with Raimund Hoghe).
Neil Greenberg
August 3 - August 5
Tuesday
7:00 pm-9:00 pm FREE
Gibney Dance at 890 Broadway
MELT "Movie" Night
Hosted by a different MELT teaching artist each week, the MELT “movie" night series features work that inspires, influences, engages and/or represents that artist's current creative process and artistic concerns. The screenings provide an opportunity for a more in-depth dialogue between students and teachers beyond the workshop setting, as well as a chance to connect in a more social environment.
Claudia La Rocco
August 6
Thursday
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Jimmy's no. 43
MELT Reading Group
EXACTLY DO THEY DO Time. Space. Rhythm. Pacing. Breath. These words describe how we perceive bodies, and also words. How does performance perform? How does poetry perform? How does performance perform poetry and poetry perform performance? How fast can you ask that question? What is taking so long with our drinks? Is that Gertrude Stein at the next table, or Fred Moten? Let's look at some scores and poems and poem-scores and what all and think about these important questions. With any luck we'll go wildly off topic.

Past Classes

Natalie Green
January 18 - January 19
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Sunday Process Lab
What doors do we pass through before we step onto stage, so that we are mentally, physically, and emotionally present? How can the changing weather of live performance wake us up? In this process lab we will share, explore, and invent methods of readying ourselves for performance. Through a variety of embodiment practices, a series of straightforward tasks, and a lot of idea sharing we will expand and enliven our personal pre-show regimen.
Marjani Forté
February 1
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Sunday Process Lab
While creating performance that examines the oscillating natures of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Systemic Poverty, I'm interested in engaging with artists, health practitioners, and all those invested in either of these conditions/structures, to exchange tools and explore the capacity of dance/embodiment to tell story, capture emotion, and deepen listening. I will share text, tools, and processes I've used thus far, and ask participants to reflect on/identify/share their own practices. Together we will create and discuss, working at our fullest capacity as movers and thinkers, drawing on each other's tools to challenge our creative habits and/or inhabit new ideas. The room benefits from a spectrum of movers, thinkers, and practitioners- so if movement and creative practice interests you, please join us for this Sunday Workshop.
Will Rawls
March 1
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Sunday Process Lab
The focus of this interdisciplinary lab will be how rhythm functions as a device for marking time, shaping movement and establishing relations among ideas. The participants will explore a series of compositional exercises in speech and movement, embodying a set of personally motivated ideas and creating material that might be useful for further development beyond the workshop. Please bring 1-2 texts that are particularly inspirational or relevant to you at this moment. We will start with a group warm up geared to engage the voice and the body. Open to all skill levels.
Kim Brandt
March 15
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Obstructions
Makers of all kinds will be guided through a process of identifying habits, assumptions and expectations in our artistic practice. Through personal writing and group discussion, we will explore new approaches to our own modes of creation. Bringing clarity to our artistic interests and approaches, and finding comfort with unknown outcomes, we will begin developing new pieces with the main objective to surprise ourselves in an open and non-judgmental environment. Participants must bring notebook and writing utensils and/or laptop; additional art materials welcome but not necessary (non toxic materials only).
Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad
March 21 - March 22
Sunday, Saturday
4:30 pm-8:30 pm $80
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Pelvis: Motility & Mobility
This workshop will focus on the pelvis: embryology, bones, muscles, organs and glands and how we can utilize our embodied anatomy in our practice of moving. Through hands on practice we will dive into the systems of the body and create a deep foundation from which to expand our physical potential, and heighten our sensory awareness. Workshop is for anyone who wants to feel great and learn more about their pelvis and its contents.
Stanley Love
March 29
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Letting Music Open You, Letting Your Mind Structure.
The exact structure of this lab will depend on how many participants are present. Each person should bring a piece of music they love very much (bring more than one if you can't decide) and we will be starting with the emotional life-force of the song that moves you, a channeling place of freedom. Once we have something that is connected to the creator we will work on using logic, technique and structure to come up with a phrase that embodies the soul of the song and yourself, and also has a designed container that is not restrictive.
Susan Rethorst
April 4 - April 26
Saturday
4:30 pm-7:30 pm $120
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
A Choreographic Mind
I teach from the point of view that making is an endless quest with ever shifting ground. I encourage an attitude of fueling work with one's questions, not regarding plans or themes as prerequisites. I regard teaching as a conversational mode; my exercises are proposals in action. I am interested in giving students the ability to recognize and access states necessary to making work; intuition, perception, cognition, interiority, emotional distance, spontaneity, pleasure, will, reflection, humor.
Melinda Ring
May 2
Saturday
4:30 pm-7:30 pm $30
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Composing Relationships
Not as beginners, but with a beginner’s mind, we’ll examine and question the relationships (actual and conceptual) that we want to manifest in our dances. We’ll work through a variety of exercises to gather compositional tools in how to extend movement from one person to another. Please note: we’ll be working in a territory where lifts occur by happenstance, not design, and in a world where contact improvisation has yet to be invented.
Aretha Aoki
May 3
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
The Dancer is a Haunted House
The Dancer is a Haunted House I would like to share some improvisation structures and containers for research that I have found fruitful in making and performing. We will invite the seen and unseen murmurings of past, present, and future to surface in spontaneous dancing, writing, sounding, and speaking--using the principles of automatic writing to structure improvisations that move between language and body mind. We will use our imaginations to extend the boundaries of the self into the unknown so as to be more weathervane than conductor: pointing the direction of the wind, not making the wind happen. Participants of any movement background or experience level welcome.
Dr. Stephen Cowan
May 13
Wednesday
12:30 pm-2:30 pm $5
Avenue C Studio
Spring Festival: The Medicine of Art
Doctor and healer Stephen Cowan will consider how neuroscience and Chinese medicine pertain to the life of the artist. Is art good for our health? Is health good for our art? It is a question of balance and sustainability. The artist moves at the edge of comfort encountering life in every step. Cowan will lead a discussion and exercises to balance passion and curiosity, dissonance and coherence, opening a path to healing deep wounds. Come prepared to listen and participate in simple embodied exercises. Suggested donation $5. Part of Movement Research Festival Spring 2015: LEGIBLE/ILLEGIBLE.
Nicole Asselin
May 14
Thursday
4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Prospect Park
Spring Festival: Natural Dye Workshop
Nicole Asselin will lead the collective creation of a Memory Cloth in a process using found relics from the natural world. Part of Movement Research Festival Spring 2015: LEGIBLE/ILLEGIBLE.
Courtney Krantz & Tara O’Con
May 17
Sunday
5:00 pm-8:00 pm $5
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
CANCELLED
RESCHEDULED FOR FALL 2015
Pauline Oliveros and Ione
May 17
Sunday
3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Mount Tremper Arts
Spring Festival: Deep Listening Workshop
Deep Listening with Pauline Oliveros and Ione will include an Introduction to Deep Listening with history, theory and practice as well as experiential Dream Awareness Practice with Ione. Part of Movement Research Festival Spring 2015: LEGIBLE/ILLEGIBLE. --> FREE SHUTTLE FROM NYC. CLICK REGISTER FOR DETAILS.
Chrysa Parkinson
June 3 - June 6
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 pm-2:30 pm $60
Avenue C Studio
IDD Wkshp: Comprehension and Constitution
Dancers: Comprehension and Constitution Being Understood and Making Things Up... | If the performer is an experiential author, who's the editor? We will discuss and enact ways to activate the plastic border between comprehension and constitution as dancers -- how we are understood, what we are part of, what makes us up and what we make up. Not knowing the outcome of a process in contemporary dance practices is a well-respected part of the process of making it up, but knowing precisely what we are doing and how we are doing it is an integral part of being a dancer. Where does the knowing start and the not knowing begin? When does the performer's immersion in their own experience diffract? What is the performer's authorial role in relation to that moment of diffraction? This workshop will include talking, reading, writing and performance scores.
Chrysa Parkinson
June 10 - June 13
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
12:00 pm-2:30 pm $60
Avenue C Studio
IDD Wkshp: Documenting Embodied Enactment
Dancers: Looking Forward to Looking Back. Documenting Embodied Enactment... | In this workshop we will touch on known documentation practices and look for new ones. We will use memory, image, imitation and enactment to consider the process of documenting experience as well as creating questionnaires, bibliographies and dance-ographies. What is the performer, choosing, drawing on and why? What is a performer's product? How can we best speak about and find a place to store the complex influences of colleagues, weather, place and culture on our movement through and with them? This workshop will include talking, reading, writing and performance scores.
Claire Croizé and Étienne Guilloteau
June 22 - June 27
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
12:30 pm-2:30 pm $75
Avenue C Studio
IDD Wkshp: Recomposition
During our last creation, "Synopsis of a Battle", we developed a physicality based on decomposition and articulation of shapes drawn from different dance styles we knew from our own physical experience (ballet, Cunningham, release technique, modern, etc.) as well as "cheap imitations" of various techniques, movements and forms that we've seen that remain in our memory or imagination. We will play and recompose at will with all those facets lying within ourselves and give shape to them. It is a work with the body that tries to make visible the various layers that compose one body history. Every individual story is the proof that all those disparate elements can find a coherence in the body and its representation. Facing it is an attempt to find a coherence for oneself.

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