Movement Research Festival Fall 2016: unthreading the filter – Danspace Project
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Movement Research Festival Fall 2016: unthreading the filter

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.

The Movement Research Festival Fall 2016: unthreading the filter, is curated by Carolyn Hall, Omagbitse Omagbemi, and Kayvon Pourazar, and will feature acclaimed experimentalists, highlighting and juxtaposing their varied investigations into the artistic currents of dance and performance. The Festival will also include additional events during the week of November 28 – December 3, as well as workshops taught by Festival artists.

Thursday, December 1, 8pm: Leslie Cuyjet, Mina Nishimura, Saul Ulerio

Friday, December 2, 8pm: April Matthis, Marilyn Maywald Yahel, Alex Romania

Saturday, December 3, 8pm: Hadar Ahuvia, Lily Gold, Madison Krekel, Heather Olson

with film and spoken structures contributed by Hilary Clark and Jimena Paz


Carolyn Hall is a freelance dancer originally from Los Angeles. She has performed with numerous choreographers/directors and was awarded a Bessie for performance in 2002. She has been a company member of the Bessie award winning Then She Fell with Third Rail Projects for over three years and is currently working with Lionel Popkin, Rebecca Davis, Clarinda Mac Low, and Shannon Hummel/CORA Dance. She has also performed in the works of Sally Silvers, Carrie Ahern, Heather Kravas, Jordan Fuchs, Amanda Loulaki, Allyson Green, Ori Flomin, Jimena Paz, Abigail Levine, Sarah Maxfield, Ralf Jaroschinski, Sam Kim, Nina Winthrop, Karl Anderson, and Helena Franzen. Additionally, Carolyn is a marine ecologist working as a research assistant with author Paul Greenberg and is an instructor with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. To combine her two interests, she is a board member of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Arts, Nature and Dance (iLAND).

Omagbitse Omagbemi received her BFA in dance at Montclair State University. In 2012 she was awarded a Bessie for Sustained Achievement in Performance. She has performed nationally and internationally with Heather Kravas, Jon Kinzel, Neil Greenberg, Vicky Shick, Deborah Hay, Ralph Lemon, Wally Cardona, Jeremy Nelson, Keely Garfield, Anna Sperber, Walter Dundervill, David Gordon, David Thomson, Bill Young, Gerald Casel, Pearson/Widrig Dance, Urban Bush Women, Barbara Mahler, Shapiro & Smith, Christopher Williams, Sean Curran, and Kevin Wynn. Omagbemi has performed in the Punch Drunk production Sleep No More as Lady Macbeth.

Kayvon Pourazar
is of Persian origin, and was raised in Iran, Turkey and England. He graduated with a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase in May 2000. He has performed in the works of Juliana May, Juliette Mapp, Yasuko Yokoshi, Donna Uchizono, Gwen Welliver, Beth Gill, K.J. Holmes, RoseAnne Spradlin, John Jasperse, Doug Varone, Levi Gonzalez, Wil Swanson, Gabriel Masson, Jennifer Monson, Jodi Melnick and in The Metropolitan Opera productions of Les Troyens and Le Sacre du Printemps. Pourazar’s own work has been shown in New York City at The Kitchen (Dance & Process), PS122 (Hothouse), The Cunningham Studios, Roulette (DanceRoulette), Center for Performance Research, Catch, AUNTS, Dixon Place, Sacramento State University and the University of Vermont. In 2010 he received a New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award for Performance. He has served as Adjunct Faculty at The New School (currently) and Bennington College. He teaches regularly for Movement Research and has taught as a guest artist for Tsekh Russia and the Universities of Nebraska, Vermont, Maryland and Sacramento State. He currently dances in the works of Juliana May and Heather Kravas.

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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