Events – Danspace Project

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.

Iele Paloumpis. Photo by Scott Shaw.
Eva Dean Dance. Photo by Eva Dean.

DraftWork: Eva Dean Dance/iele paloumpis

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.

Photo: Ian Douglas
Photo: Ian Douglas

Vicky Shick and Dancers: Another Spell (Commission Reprisal)

Danspace Project has commissioned over 500 works since 1994. This winter we reprise a recent Danspace commission, coinciding with the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP).

Another Spell, Vicky Shick’s sixth Danspace Project commission, premiered at Danspace Project in Winter 2016. Wrote Claudia La Rocco in Artforum, Another Spell “showed yet again how skilled this echt downtown choreographer is at placing incongruent moments next to each other and letting them float down the same gossamer stream.”

Situated inside a small village of women, a camaraderie between dancers Jodi Bender, Donna Costello, Lily Gold, Laurel Jenkins, Marilyn Maywald Yahel, Heather Olson, and Shick herself, guides them through their movement—authentic and feigned—as they offer stereotypes, awesome idiosyncrasies, robust exuberance and, at times, the inexplicable. Explained Shick, “My obsessive passion for trying to decipher nuance, detail, intimacy and the quirkiness of the everyday bubbles here. With an abiding commitment to ongoing work, we are recycling some cherished set and costume pieces—scattering and dancing them in a new landscape.”

Set and Costume Piece: Barbara Kilpatrick
Sound Design: Elise Kermani
Additional music composition: Todd Lent
Lighting Design: Kathy Kaufmann

Photo: Judy Hussie-Taylor
Photo: Judy Hussie-Taylor

Food for Thought

Food for Thought is three nights of performance selected by a different guest artist curator each night. Admission is just $5 with 2 cans of food; or $10 with no cans!

Canned goods collected through Food for Thought are donated to St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery food distribution programs.

Curators for this edition of Food for Thought are all members of the Danspace Project staff: Michael DiPietro (Thursday), Jaime Shearn Coan (Friday), and Kirsten Schnittker (Saturday).

Food for Thought is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and City Council Member Rosie Mendez.


Ruth Patir: I dream of the elections

In my dream last night I hopped on a plane to Tokyo…Hillary Clinton was there. She came up to me and asked me if I wanted to take a picture with her… I had on a silly headwrap that I didn’t think would photograph well, but I said yes anyway. When the photographer tried to snap the picture, the camera broke. –26-year-old Hillary Clinton supporter from California 

Interdisciplinary artist Ruth Patir’s research into dreams and the political imagination has been ongoing since 2014. Patir’s most recent video work, Sleepers, was shot at Danspace Project in the St. Mark’s Church sanctuary in September 2016 in the midst of a tumultuous election season. The dreams of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama described in the work were collected by writer Sheila Heti as part of a 2008 project, “The dreams,” Patir writes, “tell a tale of desire and fear.”

Coinciding with Inauguration Day 2017, Patir will host events in the Danspace Project sanctuary dedicated to healing, sharing, and conversation.

On Thursday, January 19, at 8pm Patir will present a newly edited version of Sleepers and a solo lecture performance. 
Admission: $10. Purchase tickets here

On Friday, January 20, from 3pm – 9pm, Inauguration Day, Patir will host a day of conversations and readings reflecting on the 2008 and 2016 elections. Patir will invite special guests, including celebrity dream interpreter Lauren Lawrence, to consider the dream as a site of political intervention. Admission: $10 suggested donation at the door. Advance reservations recommended. RSVP here