Events – Danspace Project
Image from Samita Sinha’s “Voice as Matter” workshop at Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City. She and a student are lying on the ground in a moment of vocal work.
Photo: Daniela Martinez and Alejandro Arce.

Samita Sinha: Breathing Room

Open to all levels!

Wednesday, September 23, 10am-1pm ET (guest facilitator: Julia Ulehla) – Sign up here
Wednesday, October 21, 10am-1pm ET (guest facilitator: Julia Ulehla) – Sign up here
Wednesday, November 18, 10am-1pm ET (guest facilitator: Okwui Okpokwasili Sign up here
Wednesday, December 16, 10am-1pm ET (guest facilitator: Cesar Alvarez) – Sign up here

A link will be sent to registrants in advance of each session.

Admission: Sliding scale of $0-$20 per session. Participants are invited to choose what to pay based on your circumstances. We ask that you be honest with yourself and your financial situation. You are welcome to attend for FREE if that makes the most sense for you.

The series will offer an accumulation of tools, knowledge, and pathways, however there is no requirement to attend all sessions.

Breathing Room is a virtual space to reclaim life force. To open channels through voice and body. To come together, and be apart. To feel. To sense. To listen. To listen deeper, to be heard.  To be naked. To be complicated. To be fragile. To rebel. To be sacred.”  -Samita Sinha

In this series, artist and composer, Samita Sinha, will lead participants in vocal practice, followed by in-depth conversations with guest artists and participants. Sinha will teach energy threads, or miniature compositions, adapted from Indian vocal traditions. There will be space to work in shared solitude, as well as to sound together. “Embracing the medium of technology, we will play with making vibration-formations of our collective body through the process of listening and sounding,” writes Sinha.

Each month Sinha will be joined by a guest artist who will help facilitate reflection and conversation following the sonic travels. Guests include vocalist/composer, Julia Ulehla, artist/performer, Okwui Okpokwasili, and composer/performer, Cesar Alvarez.

Please email to request CART live captioning or any other access requests. Requests should be submitted at least three weeks ahead of any one session.

Artist and composer Samita Sinha investigates origins of voice: quantum entanglement of listening and sounding, how voice emerges from body and consciousness, and how voice is claimed and rescued from voicelessness. She synthesizes training in Hindustani (North Indian) classical music, Bengali Baul tradition, and embodied energetic practices to create a decolonized, bodily, multivalent language of vibration and transformation. 

Sinha’s sound and performance works have been commissioned by Asia Society, Performance Space 122 and Invisible Dog Art Center, Danspace, Rubin Museum, Queens Museum, and Gibney Dance, and presented by The Kitchen, Wexner Center for the Arts, REDCAT, PICA, National Sawdust and others. She has received awards from National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright Foundation, National Performance Network, New York State Council on the Arts and the Ucross/Alpert Residency Prize, and collaborated across disciplines with artists including Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born, Ralph Lemon, Sunny Jain and Grey Mcmurray, Fiona Templeton, Daria Fain, Julia Ulehla, Robert Ashley, Dani Restack, Sunil Bald, and Aki Onda. Sinha teaches voice through many channels—in addition to private lessons and workshops, she has in recent years taught at Princeton University, Swarthmore College, Movement Research, Rubin Museum, Centro Nacional de las Artes (CENART) in Mexico City, and New York Asian Women’s Center.

Barbara Dilley by Rebekah West. Yvonne Rainer by Nathalie Magnan. Wendy Perron by Da Ping Luo.

Conversations Without Walls: Barbara Dilley & Yvonne Rainer with Wendy Perron

Livestream: Saturday, November 21, 12pm ET


YouTube link will be sent to registrants on Saturday morning prior to the livestream, and will be posted on our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@DanspaceProject)

Viewers are encouraged to comment and ask questions via the YouTube chat function. Perron will join Danspace’s Benjamin Akio Kimitch in the chat to respond and share insights!

This special Conversation Without Walls is between dancer and Danspace co-founder, Barbara Dilley, and artist, Yvonne Rainer, facilitated by writer, Wendy Perron. This CWW celebrates the 50th anniversary of the legendary, leaderless group of improvisors, Grand Union‘s first performances and the publication of Perron’s new book, The Grand Union: Accidental Anarchists of Downtown Dance, 1970 – 1976 (Wesleyan University Press, 2020).

The Grand Union was a Soho, NYC-based collective that came out of Rainer’s work, the task-oriented Continuous Project Altered Daily (1970). This group, which Perron coins “the movie stars of our neighborhood,” consisted of Becky Arnold, Trisha Brown, Barbara Dilley (previously Lloyd), Douglas Dunn, David Gordon, Nancy Lewis (previously Green), Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, and Lincoln Scott.

This CWW features rare archival video of performances of Continuous Project Altered Daily, and Grand Union performances at LoGiudice Gallery (NYC) and Oberlin College (Ohio). The three women delve deep into the stories behind the performances and consider the historical context and setting of this moment – the beginning of second wave of feminism and the anti-war movement.

The CWW digital series are pre-recorded and will be streamed on YouTube and archived on the Danspace Project online Journal. More about Conversations Without Walls

this program will be captioned

Barbara Dilley trained and performed dance in New York City (1960-1975) with the Merce Cunningham Dance Co., Yvonne Rainer, and the Grand Union, a dance/theater collaboration that extended the definitions of dance/theater improvisation. Her ensemble, Natural History of the American Dancer; Lesser Known Species explored structured improvisational forms she continues to teach. In 1975 she moved to Boulder, CO to design the Dance/Movement Studies Program at Naropa University, then serve as President (1985-1993). She retired in 2015. Her book, This Very Moment ~ teaching thinking dancing, was published by Naropa University Press in 2015.

Yvonne Rainer, one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater (1962), made a transition to filmmaking following a fifteen-year career as a choreographer/ dancer (1960-1975). After making seven experimental feature-length films, she returned to dance in 2000 via a commission from the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation (“After Many a Summer Dies the Swan”). Since then she has made ten dances. Her publications include a memoir, “Feelings Are Facts: a Life” (2006), among others. A selection of her poetry was published in 2011 by Paul Chan’s Badlands Unlimited. She is a recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships, a MacArthur Fellowship, a U.S.A. Fellowship, and a Yoko Ono Courage Award.

Wendy Perron teaches dance history at Juilliard and a graduate seminar at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. As a dancer/choreographer in the 1970s–1990s, she performed at Danspace, Lincoln Center Festival, The Joyce, and other venues. A former editor in chief of Dance Magazine, she published a selection of her writing in Through the Eyes of a Dancer. She now posts articles, including the new series “Unsung Heroes of Dance History,” at WENDYPERRON.COM. Her new book, The Grand Union: Accidental Anarchists of Downtown Dance, 1970–1976, was just published by Wesleyan University Press.

Silvia Marchig. Photo by Maura Batarilovic.

Movement Research GPS Chats: Close Encounters of a Dance Kind (Croatia/Iran/USA)

Since 1992, iterations of Movement Research’s Fall Festival have been presented annually at Danspace Project’s home in St. Mark’s Church. Continuing nearly three decades of partnership with our sister organization, this year’s Festival virtual offerings include the GPS Chats series.

GPS Chats is a series offering GPS artists in residence a platform to share about their creative practice and living and working as independent contemporary dance artists in their cultural contexts. The series features international artists in conversation with local artists about the importance of international cultural exchange on the development of their creative practices.

GPS Chats: Close Encounters of a Dance Kind (Croatia/Iran/USA) is presented by Movement Research in partnership with 2020 Improspekcije Festival (Zagreb, Croatia).

This event features mayfield brooks (USA), Saghar Housseini (Iran), Silvia Marchig (Croatia), Kayvon Pourazar (USA), Sonja Pregrad (Croatia), Zrinka Simicic (Croatia), and Marýa Wethers (USA)

A note on 2020 Festival events:
Like many event series happening this year, Movement Research’s Festival looks a bit different. Rather than condensing a series of in-person events, workshops and performances into a five day period in December, various events like this GPS Chat will be scheduled throughout the coming months. We hope you’ll join us in exploring this new format, and connect with artists around the globe.

More about Movement Research, GPS Chats, and the Fall Festival

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