Movement Research at the Judson Church — March 2, 2020

Laurel Snyder, n ï m company, Movement of the People Dance Company, Malcolm-x Betts**

To What End (study #11)
Created and performed by Laurel Snyder
Videography by Carley Santori

A conversation of three dancers and three musicians based on a shared polyrhythmic language. My Research Is A Jazz Tune. Form: A B C A Mode: A Position Of Trust Tempo: ♩ = Let Yourself Be Surprised By The Results Choreographer/Dancer: Naïma Mazic Dancers: Gabriela Burdsall and Shango Nijah Ra
Music: Vinicius Gomes (guitar), Lukas Akintaya (percussion)
Dramaturgical Advice: William Ruiz-Morales
Research: Haggai Cohen-Milo, Margaux Marielle-Tréhoüart & the team of infectious
This is the first work in progress showing of these artists together and of what will be shown at the Festival Living Away in NYC

Videography by Carley Santori

What’s Left of Spring (work-in-progress)
Choreography: Movement of the People Dance Company Concept and Direction: Joya Powell Collaborating
Performers: Kelsey Burns, Camilla Davis, Brittany Grier, Tava Rose Simonsen Martinez, Joya Powell, Kendra J. Ross, Najla Sims, Emily Tellier
Music: Sound Effects by the following: Sound Affection, Sound FX, Douglas Grindstaff, Jack Finlay & Joseph Sorokin; 1999 by Prince; Rite of Spring by Stravinsky Text: MOPDC and inspired by Rod Serling

As a return to ritual, this multidisciplinary cautionary Afro-futuristic journey questions: how will this era be written/danced into history? This work has been supported by the Exploring the Metropolis Residency and Bodies in Motion Residency through The School of Contemporary Dance & Thought.

Special thanks to additional process collaborators: Tyrone Bevans, Safi Harriott, Solana Hoffmann-Carter, Ethan Meigs, Megan Minturn, Erica Saucedo, Candace Tabbs

Videography by Carley Santori

Performers: Marcus Brittan Flemming, Malcolm-x Betts**, Nile Harris, Rodney A. Brown
Projection Visuals by Jean Sonderand and Emily Allen

Kinfolk is a collaborative performance work exploring the ideas around ancestry, linage, breathe and process around collecting gathering to inform cultural or communal knowledge. Within the context of collective gathering using embodiment as an activation of flesh to reach an otherwise possibilities and or transformation. Inspired by Black Pentecostal practices of the early 1900’s in Los Angeles and how these aesthetic practices allow for the emergence of alternative modes of social organization.

*Special thanks to Ish (Ishmael Houston-Jones) for paving the way for my generation. Adel Hernandez for being a part of this process.

Videography by Carley Santori

**2018 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, supported in part by The Jerome Foundation

Movement Research at the Judson Church is a free, ongoing, Monday night performance series of experimentation and works-in-progress.

Performances are held on Mondays at 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm) at the Judson Memorial Church. Admission is free. There are no reservations, so arrive early.

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