Events – Danspace Project
Jordan Morley. Photo: Andrew Jordan.
Anna Kroll & Stuart Shugg. Photo: Alexander Ging.

DraftWork: Anna Kroll & Stuart Shugg / Jordan Morley

Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development.

Performances are followed by discussion and a reception with the artists. This weekend’s moderator will be Danspace Project Development Associate, Seta Morton.

Stuart Shugg graduated in 2008 from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia. In Australia he has worked extensively with Russell Dumas’ Dance Exchange and Linda Sastradipradja. He has also appeared in the works of Lucy Guerin, Philip Adams, and Antony Hamilton. In NYC, Stuart has worked with Jon Kinzel and Jodi Melnick, and was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2011 to 2016. He has presented his own choreographic work in NYC at the Centre for Performance Research, Gibney Dance Centre, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, in Montevideo, Uruguay at Teatro Solis, and in Melbourne, Australia at The SUBSTATION and Monash University’s Museum of Modern Art. Recently he graduated as an MFA in Dance Teaching Fellow from Bennington College, and currently teaches dance technique classes at Sarah Lawrence College and Rutgers University.

Anna Kroll is an artist whose work incorporates dance, installations, Instagram feeds, livestreams, flip books, writing, and audio experiences in an exploration of performance and technology. Kroll’s work has been shown at Cocoon Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY as well as Philadelphia, PA at theaters, parks and subway underpasses and in the Digital Fringe portion of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. After receiving her BFA in dance and digital art in 2014, Kroll returned to Bennington College as Digital Arts Technical Instructor in Spring 2017. She is a proud alum of the Headlong Performance Institute.

Jordan Morley is a skinny man with a wide imagination. He works in the field of the body. Creating performance through dance, video, text and puppetry. His work has been shown at various venues. Highlights include REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA), Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York, NY), Abrons Art Center, (New York, NY), STUFFED at Judson Church/Bailout Theater (New York, NY), Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn, NY), The Museum of Moving image(Queens,NY), The Detroit Institute of the Arts(Detroit, MI), and Uferstudios (Berlin, DE). He is a recipient of a New Music USA grant with composer John Glover for their work “Snow”. As a dancer he was a member of the original cast of Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More (Boston,MA/New York,NY), and has worked with Kyle Abraham/Abraham In Motion, The Bang Group, Keely Garfield, Christopher Williams Dance, Ron De Jesus Dance, Wanda Gala, Mira Kingsley, Jessica Mitrani, Phantom Limb Puppet Company, and Danielle Desnoyers (Montreal,QC). Currently he is working with Tiffany Mills Company.

DraftWork is presented, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Photo: Pascal Lemaitre

Emily Coates & Josiah McElheny / Emmanuéle Phuon: A Shared Evening

*There is no late seating for this performance. Please arrive on time!*

Emily Coates and Emmanuèle Phuon share an evening of new work. The two choreographers share aesthetic lineages, through working with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project and Yvonne Rainer.

Emmanuèle Phuon’s Bits & Pieces (Choreographic Donations) looks backward and inward, narrating her personal journey through dance via Cambodia, France, New York, and Brussels with the help of 5 choreographers: Patricia Hoffbauer, David Thomson, Elisa Monte, Yvonne Rainer, and Vincent Dunoyer. Their choreographic donations intersect in an eclectic collage of sounds, dances, childhood wounds, anecdotes, and memories from Phnom Penh to New York, with an open return.

A History of Light, Emily Coates’ new project with MacArthur recipient Josiah McElheny, looks backward and outward: tracing a history of light, by intertwining dance aesthetics and scientific knowledge, and the unique history of the universe through the stories of women who have pushed art, science, and technology ahead. Twentieth century cultural and scientific references inform the work’s content and form.

Bits & Pieces (Choreographic Donations)
Concept: Emmanuèle Phuon
Performed by: Emmanuèle Phuon, Zai Tang
Dramaturgy and Direction: Vincent Dunoyer
Choreography: Vincent Dunoyer, Patricia Hoffbauer, Elisa Monte, Emmanuèle Phuon, Yvonne Rainer, David Thomson.
Sound Design: Zai Tang
Lighting Design: Carol Mullins

A History of Light
Conceived and Created by: Emily Coates & Josiah McElheny
Performed by: Emily Coates & Sarah Demers
Music Direction and Composition: Will Orzo
Lighting Design: Carol Mullins

Photo: Sigel Eschkol

Christine Bonansea: OnlyHuman

Community ACCESS provides subsidized off-season rental opportunities for Danspace Project community members.

OnlyHuman is a solo inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s aphoristic volume Human, All Too Human. Christine Bonansea investigates the stark contradiction between humankind’s capacity for freedom and beauty against its most destructive and illogical behaviors.

Created in collaboration with the artists Robert Flynt, Yoann Trellu, and Nicole Carroll, this highly kinetic and virtuosic dance is a meditation on bodily images and stereotypes of self in the context of the environment – geography, emotions, social structure.

Concept / Choreography / Performance: Christine Bonansea
Solo performer: Mei Yamanaka
Dancer performers: Alvaro Estado, Maya Orchin, Becca Loevy, Amelia Heintzelman, Ichi Go, Cameron Mckinney,  Charles Gowin, Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal, Malcolm Betts
Original Music Composition / Performance: Nicole Carroll
Lighting Design: Solomon Weisbard
Photography: Robert Flynt
Graphic Programming/ video: Yoann Trellu
Publicity: | Kamila Slawinski & Ivan Talijancic

Christine Bonansea is a US-European dancer and choreographer with 17 years of international experience in conceiving, directing/choreographing and performing movement-based works. She creates performances, installations, and films. She is the Artistic director of Christine Bonansea Company, founded in 2010. Defined by expressive, virtuosic, improvisation-driven movement, her work inhabits an experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative environment in which other media – theater, video, visual art and design, spoken word, and music – play an important and integral part. Having studied Modern Literature at Paris’ La Sorbonne, she cites writers and philosophers as major influences.

Bonansea received the french national graduation in contemporary dance and studied dance with such luminaries as Regine Chopinot, Catherine Diverres, Mathilde Monnier, Ralph Lemon, Anna Halprin, Nancy Stark Smith. She’s also an accomplished dance teacher in both professional performative and therapeutic setting.

She collaborated and performed with internationally artists such as, Nita Little, Katie Duck, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Sara Shelton Mann, Faustin Linyekula, Tino Sehgal, Yoshiko Chuma.

In New York City, Bonansea’s work has been presented by Danspace Project, Dixon Place, movement research at the Judson Church, JACK. Her dances have also been developed in art residencies and commissioned by numerous venues and festivals worldwide, including YBCA, ODC Theater, San Francisco International Arts Festival, and The FRESH Festival (San Francisco); Headwater Theater (Portland); Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida); Earthdance (MA), Artscape (Toronto); Whenever Wherever Festival (Tokyo); The Centre Nationale De la Danse(Paris) and at DOCK11 (Berlin).

Christine Bonansea Company has been supported by funds from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, American Dance Abroad, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Theater Bay Area the LAD-Dancer’s Group, DOCK11 – Berlin (home artist – 2013-2019), the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Creative Engagement / Creative Learning, sponsored by New York Live Arts – NYC.

Movement Research Festival Fall 2018

Movement Research, one of the world’s leading laboratories for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms, returns to Danspace Project with its annual Fall Festival.

This year’s Movement Research Fall Festival honors the journey—of creative processes, artists’ trajectories, and the past forty years of Movement Research itself. On the eve of MR’s homecoming to its first-ever long-term home at 122 Community Center, the Fall Festival offers a moment to reflect on the past decades of trusting the integrity of the ride – vitality, change, movement.

The twice-annual Movement Research Festival explores contemporary dance forms through performances, classes, workshops, contact jams, multimedia installations and discursive formats. The Festivals are led by teams of artist-curators. The Fall Festival centers around performances at our long-time festival home, Danspace Project, while the Spring Festival is programmed and produced in various locations that are selected and shaped by the curatorial team. 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.

Thursday, November 29:
Admission for Thursday night’s performance is $10 suggested donation at the door!

Tonight we celebrate thirty-five years of Movement Research’s Open Performance program with a marathon event organized by artist and past Open Performance coordinator Martita Abril.

7pm: Jenni Hong, Meghan Frederick, Zachary Richardson moderated by mayfield brooks
8pm: Toni Carlson, Justin Faircloth, Chloe Marie moderated by Alexandra Tatarsky
9pm: Sam Hanson, Lai Yi Ohlsen, Hadley Smith moderated by Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal

Open Performance is a non-curated work-in-progress event in which three artists share material, and the audience joins them in discussion moderated by a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. Over the decades, Open Performance has been a radical forum, fostering experimentation both in performance and in feedback methods that inform artists’ processes. Come see the program in three consecutive iterations–nine artists, three moderators, thirty-five years of innovation.

Friday, November 30, 8pm:
$15/$12 Danspace Project Members
The artists who have served as Movement Research staff over the past four decades have done so in the spirit of practice and process, valuing intention, thoughtful direction, and trusting the integrity of the ride; as artists, for and with artists.

In this 40th anniversary season, we come together as Movement Research staff, present and past, to share our creative identities with you and with each other.

Featuring work by Alice Ashton, Bree Breeden, Laurie Berg & Bessie McDonough-Thayer, Rebecca Brooks, Diana Crum, Greer Dworman, Ursula Eagly, Catherine Galasso, Megan Kendzior, Amanda Loulaki, Njeri Rutherford, Tara Sheena, Kathy Westwater


Saturday, December 1, 8pm:
$15/$12 Danspace Project Members
Jaime Ortega and iele paloumpis have curated an evening of performance around the themes of somatics and social justice. From Ortega and paloumpis:

“We seem to be in a moment of collective consciousness about the need to integrate our somatic practices with our politics, and through this event we hope to continue working through this question of how our bodily practices, social politics and creative work inform one another. As an important part of the evening we have asked participating artists, Jill Sigman and Antonio Ramos, to think about what sort of somatic preparation they might like an audience to share prior to seeing their work. The evening will begin with this sort of collective experiential framing before witnessing the works of Sigman and Ramos.”

There will be a short post performance discussion to follow.

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.

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