About the Festival & Curators

Movement Research Festival Spring 2012: Push it. Real. Good.


Bring on 2012 with its four horsemen and cult sacrifices. If this is the last of the great mortality myths, let’s push it to a real scorched earth explosion. We bring you a new spin on an old-school anthem: Push It. Real. Good. Reckoning with the end of the world-as-we-know-it, we are faced with the competing impulses of fight or flight. It’s time to push past the limits of what we know and challenge our bodies and minds to test the boundaries of form and action. We’re in genre-bending terrain. Performance is happening everywhere, and as a result critical questions are emerging about the future of live work. What is the measurement of discipline and energy that is necessary for our work? How do we measure value in the midst of economic ruin? We have to keep pushing with and against these questions to keep going and keep making it happen. Listen up! We’re talking about aesthetic polyamory. We present dance, sound, writing, visual art, installation and video as autonomous forms with tendencies toward intermingling. Not just intermingling, but gettin’ up in it. Not just gettin’ up in it, but going hog wild. Push It. Real. Good.

Eleanor Hullihan, Enrico Wey , Marissa Perel, Neal Medlyn

Curator Bios:

Eleanor Hullihan has been living in new York more or less since 2000. She has performed with John Jasperse (2003-2010), Jennifer Monson, Beth Gill, Jennifer Allen, Miguel Gutierrez, Zeena Parkins, Mecca vazie-Andrews, Sufjan Stevens and Jessica Dessner, and Sarah Michelson.  Eleanor had a band with Katy Pyle called asubtout that performed fantasies and dramas at various loft spaces and proper theaters around the New York area. While living in Los Angeles from 2008-2010, Eleanor made a dance with James Kidd and was around for the birth of Pieter.  She also worked as a dance coach for film. Eleanor attended North Carolina School of the Arts for high school, ADF, NYU Tisch (BFA Dance), S.E.A.D., the Kane school of Core Education where she was also a teacher trainer and was a 2010 Danceweb scholar.

Enrico D Wey is a builder with the living laboratory.  He has shown iterations of work since 2006, notably for Danspace’s 2009 winter season, at the New Museum, and for the St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab.  He was selected as an LMCC SwingSpace and DTW Fresh Tracks Resident Artist in 2010. Enrico has worked extensively with Team Djordjevich and composer Samuel Stein. Most recently, he was engaged in Ishmael Houston-Jones’ Bessie award winning revival of THEM at PS122, Yvonne Meier’s Brother of Gogolorez (DSP), and Trajal Harrell/Sarah Sze’s residency at the ICA Boston. Enrico has been a member of South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company since 2004, touring internationally with “Tall Horse” and the William Kentridge-directed opera, “Il Ritorno d’Ulisse.”  He is currently puppeteering in the Tony Award winning Broadway show, War Horse, at the Lincoln Center Theater, simultaneously developing a few personal projects. livinglaboratory.org

Marissa Perel is a Brooklyn based artist with an interest in the body’s relationship to gender, desire and power. Her work explores these dynamics through performance, installation, video and writing. Her solo and collaborative work has been presented at DTW, The Chocolate Factory, Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, and a multitude of clubs, bars and loftspaces.  Perel was a commissioned artist at the Chicago Cultural Center, performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Links Hall and various galleries in Chicago. She has been an artist in residence at Earthdance, Ox-Bow School of Art and Spoke Gallery, and has toured across Central Europe.  Perel writes her own performance column, “Gimme Shelter” on the Art21 Blog, and is co-editor of Critical Correspondence through Movement Research. She is currently teaching a performance workshop for classclassclass May – June 2012. She holds a B.A. in Writing and Literature from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University and an M.F.A in Performance and Studio from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. http://www.marissaperel.com/

Neal Medlyn has performed in a variety of films, bands, dance pieces and plays, designed sound scores, been a model and a go-go dancer and continues to do some of these things. But most importantly, he is a Performer who presents his programs in New York City, having at some time or another appeared in numerous U.S. cities and in Berlin, Germany. His work has appeared at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Kitchen, DTW, the Chocolate Factory, Joe’s Pub, PS122, Fez, Ars Nova, the Knitting Factory, Galapagos Art Space, on tour across the U.S., Canada, Berlin, and in London as a resident performer at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. He won a 2010 Bessie Award for his sound design for Miguel Gutierrez’ Last Meadow and has also designed sound for a joint project between Gutierrez and Jenny Holzer at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston. He has co-starred opposite Karen Finley, and has also collaborated with Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys), Bridget Everett, Kenny Mellman, and Adrienne Truscott. His dance moves have been featured in the work of Truscott and David Neumann. http://nealmedlyn.com/


Movement Research is one of the world’s leading laboratories for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms. Valuing the individual artist, their creative process and their vital role within society, Movement Research is dedicated to the creation and implementation of free and low-cost programs that nurture and instigate discourse and experimentation. Movement Research strives to reflect the cultural, political and economic diversity of its moving community, including artists and audiences alike.

Movement Research accomplishes its mission through a range of programs including ongoing classes and workshops taught by artist educators and innovators; creative residencies offered for choreographers and movement-based artists; biannual festivals bringing together leading artists in the field; and publications and public events providing artists with forums for discourse on a broad range of issues. www.movementresearch.org

The Movement Research Festival finds its roots in the Improvisation Festival/New York (IF/NY), initiated in 1992 by Sondra Loring (a MR Artist-in-Residence at the time) and Julie Carr. For five years (1999-2003), Movement Research hosted the IF/NY as one of its programs, under the curation of Programming Director Amanda Loulaki. In 2004, Movement Research created an artist-curator format and beginning in 2006, Movement Research established the festival as a twice-annual event. The fall festival is shaped by Movement Research’s programming staff in collaboration with Festival Curators, who bring their own interests and ideas to specific festival events. The spring festival is produced by a group of artist-curators who determine the emphasis, shape, and programming. Together, these two approaches allow for a varied investigation and exploration into current artistic concerns and reflect Movement Research’s mission of valuing artists, their creative process and their vital role within society.

Executive Director Barbara Bryan
Programming Director Amanda Loulaki
Managing Director Rebecca Wender
Marketing/Media Manager Sarah Holcman
Development Manager Diana Crum
Programs Associate  Tara Willis
Director of Special Projects Trajal Harrell
Performance Journal
Editor-in-Chief Trajal Harrell
Managing Editor Moriah Evans
Copy Editor Clarinda Mac Low
Graphic Design Troy Lambert / AFROblu
Critical Correspondence Lydia Bell, Marissa Perel
Movement Research at the Judson Church/Open Performance Coordinator Alice MacDonald

Moira Brennan, Véronique Brossier, Barbara Bryan, Mary Lou D’Auray, Cathy Edwards, Stephen Facey, Boo Froebel, Anna Glass, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Paul Langland, Will Rawls, David Sheingold, Steve Staso, Randy Warshaw, Guy Yarden, Yasuko Yokoshi

luciana achugar, Michelle Boulé, Christal Brown, Maura Donohue, Kyle deCamp, Alex Escalante, Danielle Goldman, Neal Medlyn, Jennifer Miller, Margaret Paek, Jen Rosenblit, Jill Sigman, RoseAnne Spradlin, Kathy Westwater

Wendell Beavers, David Dorfman, Simone Forti, Cynthia Hedstrom, Bill T. Jones, Daniel Lepkoff, Mary Overlie, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer

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