the movement party

Announcing Fleet Moves 2014

Mark your calendars for the 3rd annual Fleet Moves Dance Festival,  July 7-11, 2014 in Wellfleet, Cape Cod.


Fleet Moves 2013 — “Signal”  // photo: Whitney Browne

Stay tuned for updates about programming and projects in the coming months. We’ll be back in Wellfleet this summer with more performances, classes, workshops, sensory experiences, and collaborative experiments. We hope you’ll join us!

$10 Tuesdays. Jump on it!


Today marks the kickoff of $10 Tuesdays, a new initiative to help fund our work this summer, while generating a unique, creative dialogue with our supporters.

Every Tuesday the Movement Party invites you to make a contribution of $10 or more.

In return, a Movement Party Artist will send you one of the following custom-crafted rewards (specially made for YOU):

(1) PLAYLIST: 5 songs to get your day going
(2) BOOKLIST: 3 texts to provoke and enhance your independent studies
(3) SPIRIT GUIDE: an image of an artist/thinker who we think might be of use to you
(4) DANCE VID: made with you in mind


$10 Tuesdays supports our work to present the 3rd annual Fleet Moves Dance Festival in Wellfleet, Cape Cod:

Every little bit counts. $10 Tuesdays allows us to show our appreciation and share a little of our inspiration with you…


Step 1: Click here and make a $10 contribution:
Step 2: Fill out the survey below. Note: this week’s reward (2/4/14) is SPIRIT GUIDE.
Step 3: If you like, shoot us a note about your $10 Tuesday experience! at

*Photo by Whitney Browne

Behind the scenes…

If you’ve been keeping up with us, you’ve probably picked up on the Movement Party’s adventures over the past year, from Poland, to Brazil, to our beloved Wellfleet, Cape Cod.

You may have noticed our explorations of movement across diverse landscapes and terrains— from ponds, beaches, parking lots and public squares, to abandoned railroads.

photo: Whitney Browne   photo: Whitney Browne photo: Whitney Browne photo: Whitney Browne

You may have also seen us experiment with different vehicles for dance experiences, whether through classes and workshops, performances, or an immersive summer festival.

photo: Whitney Browne   photo: Whitney Browne

And, if you haven’t noticed yet, be advised that:


photo: Whitney Browne

The key word is ALL. A lot has changed for the Movement Party over the past year. We have grown from a small creative partnership to a collaborative platform including artists from across the United States and beyond. We’ve been meeting monthly to plot our course for our 3rd annual Fleet Moves Dance Festival, an event that has become the culmination of our learning and growing.

photo: Whitney Browne

We hope you will join us in our endeavors in the coming year. It is a vital and formative season for the Movement Party, and any amount of support from you will make a definitive impact and build momentum around our work during this time.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation here, an in-kind contribution, or joining us for a class or performance. We value your support tremendously, and we look forward to this new year with you.


The Movement Party

Zena Bibler, Katie Schetlick, Kristin Clotfelter, Sara Gurevich, Emma Hoette, Hannah Krafcik, Abigail Levine, Zoe Rabinowitz, Mikey Rioux, Brandin Steffensen, Lailye Weidman, Anne Zuerner, Rishauna Zumberg

**All images: Whitney Browne

Northern Adventures

Last week, I joined fellow Movement Party member Brandin Steffensen in Buffalo to facilitate “Now Practices: Researching improvisation as performance.” Over the course of five days, we formed a a temporary ensemble of dancers and spent more than 45 hours in Wasteland Studios, dancing and discussing dancing. Collectively, we built the culminating performance, “Now The Show,” from practices offered by facilitators and scores developed collaboratively by the group. We drew from Nancy Stark Smith’s group contact improvisation form, the Underscore; Brandin Steffensen’s game structure, Pentamode; Barbara Dilley’s Contemplative Dance Practice; and the Movement Party’s site-specific workshop, RelationscapesThroughout the rehearsal process, we practiced these forms one after another, paying close attention to the phenomena unique to each and shared by each—moving towards a scaffolding for our improvised performance.

As part of this process, we got to spend a day at Silo City, playing in the abandoned grain elevators and surrounding landscape. Here are some snapshots from our Relationscapes adventures there:

Huge thanks to Jim Bush for the photos and also to Nancy Hughes and the rest of the team at Buffalo CI for hosting this wonderful experience!

Join us online for a networked performance

Greetings from Lublin, Poland! This month, the Movement Party has been in residence at the Centrum Kultury in Lublin, Poland (above) in preparation for the 17th annual International Dance Theatres Festival. On Friday we will perform the latest in a series of scores we have been developing using short video segments as material for a shared improvisation.

We will be dancing in ten separate geographic locations and connecting via a video feed. You can catch the action in real time on Twitter by following @MVMTparty (no Twitter account required).

Friday, November 8th
1pm EST // 7pm CST

I’ll Dance While You’re Dancing and We Will Have Danced Together, can best be summed up as a nonlinear game of (dance video) telephone. Using handheld technology participating performers respond to each other’s movements across time and space. Each performer is instructed to create an instant composition in response to the particularities of their own location and subjective experience, filming resonant elements to share with other performers. As video accumulates, performers are invited to respond to the contributions of others, tracking the flow of inspiration and the manner in which ideas get taken up, transported, developed, and recycled.

Performers: Zena Bibler, Tara Bonanno, Katharine Birdsall, Josefina Camus, Kristin Clotfelter, Diana Crum, Erik DeLuca, Katie Schetlick, Brandin Steffensen, Sage Tanguay, Anne Zuerner, and Rishauna Zumberg.

Time, Travel: Amsterdam

PerronOostCoordSupervisor cottage in Cruquisweg

Performers: Matias Daporta Gonzalez & collaborators

Of Note: Museum Perron Oost occupies a small stretch of track and the adjacent supervisor cottage that used to connect routes to the Eastern Dockyards. In 2013, the section and cottage were saved from destruction and renovated. The track area was paved with cobblestones and planted with trees that flank on either side. A wagon still remains with a piece of original track, as a testament to the 150-year history of the Eastern Dockyards—originally a trade site for livestock and goods from the Dutch Empire.

Time, Travel: Rhode Island


Westerly Train Station and Track Sidings

Performers: Zena Bibler and Anne Zuerner

Active: 1837-present
Length: Originally part of the Providence-Stonington line, then the New York Providence & Boston Railroad (NYP&B), later the New York, New Haven & Hartford line (NYNH&H), now connects with Amtrak service between Newport News and Boston.
Construction: Current Westerly station: 2 years (1912-1913)
Of Note: Built in the style of Spanish Revival—interest in the country’s colonial Spanish ties was strong due to the recent admission of Arizona and New Mexico as states earlier that year. New station was needed as part of “curve reduction” project undertaken by New Haven. Original fare was $0.06 per passenger per mile or $0.25 per ton of freight per mile.

Time, Travel: Virginia

Blue Ridge TunnelThe Blue Ridge Tunnel

Performers: Kim Brooks Mata and Katie Baer Schetlick

Active: 1858 – 1944
Length: 7/8 of a mile
Construction: 8 years (pre-dynamite and drills)
Labor: Over 1,000 Irish immigrants and slaves. Working 6 days/week. For $1 a day.
Engineer: Claudius Crozet
Of Note: At the time it was the longest tunnel in America. First passageway through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the West. Strategically used as a crossing through the Blue Ridge Mountains by Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. Awarded Historic National Civil Engineering Landmark.

Many thanks to Clann Mhór for their passionate research of the Blue Ridge Railroad Project

Time, Travel with The Movement Party

Join us online for a networked performance

The Movement Party at NADA Hudson

The Movement Party has been asked to create a new performance for The Transcontinental Express exhibition at the Museum Perron Oost. We will be dancing in three separate geographic locations and connecting via a video feed. You can catch the action in real time on Twitter by following @MVMTparty.

August 31st
1pm, EST // 7pm CEST

In Time, Travel we position ourselves between several technologies that have redefined how we experience space, time, and connection to each other—from webs of iron and steel that connected entire continents to digital networks that allow users to communicate far beyond the reaches of physical presence. Dancing together from the separate satellites of Rhode Island, Virginia, and Amsterdam, we will create a nonlinear time and place in which to contemplate our relationship to time, distance, and presence across the two, and how these concepts evolve in relation to the technologies we interact with. In constant transit between time zones, geographic locations, and overlapping historical contexts,Time, Travel invites participants to transcend preconceived systems of time and space, and act as navigators, or travelers of time.

For progress updates and information about the locations we’ll be broadcasting from, visit our blog.

Thank YouFleet Moves has wrapped for the season. Thanks for your presence, support, and enthusiasm! We’re already hatching plans for Fleet Moves 2014 so stay tuned…