DraftWork: Brother(hood) Dance! / the Median Movement
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 during which artists and audiences share perspectives about the works-in-progress.
The Median Movement is the artistic intersection of Xan Burley + Alex Springer, serving as a vehicle for their collaborative choreography, performance, and teaching. Their work has been presented by Movement Research at the Judson Church, Center for Performance Research, Gowanus Art + Production, MATA Interval at the Museum of the Moving Image, the 92Y, University Settlement, DANCE NOW, the TANK, Triskelion Arts, and BAX, among other venues. They have been commissioned artists at various universities and companies throughout the U.S. Xan, has been fortunate to work with Nancy Bannon, Daniel Charon, Shannon Gillen, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance, Donnell Oakley, and Tami Stronach, among others. She joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2012 and acts as co-producer of WAXworks. Alex, originally from Michigan, joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2008 and acts as the rehearsal director. He has performed with Donnell Oakley, Amy Chavasse, Alexandra Beller, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Alex freelances as a video artist for A.O.Pro(+ductions). www.themedianmovement.com
Brother(hood) Dance! is a collective formed in April 2014 as a duo that research, create and perform dances of freedom by Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine. As a collective, we debuted in a non-traditional space of a Brooklyn Brownstone living room. The collective has performed at FiveMyles, Center for Performance Research, JACK, Dixon Place, Open Season at the Urban Justice League, VCU-The Grace Street Theater, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (B.A.A.D), Denmark Arts Center among other venues. Ricarrdo and Orlando are in the 2015-16 Dancing While Black Fellowship. They will be sharing their work-in-process solos’ in March at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange.