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Performance Projects

I’ll Dance, While You’re Dancing, And We Will Have Danced Together—Wellfleet edition (2014)

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.

Adapted for Fleet Moves Dance Festival 2014 at Wellfleet Preservation Hall.

Performers: Zena Bibler, Rebecca Burrill, Sara Gurevich, Emma Hoette, Athena Kokoronis, Hannah Krafcik, Zoe Rabinowitz, Katie Schetlick, Runn Shayo, Jessie Young, Anne Zuerner, Rishauna Zumberg.

Musicians: Galen Bremer and Erik DeLuca.


A Dance Score for the Downtown Mall (2014)

A Dance Score for the Downtown Mall, was presented by concorDance contemporary and the Movement Party as part of the 2014 Tom Tom Founders’ Festival. This project grew out of a desire to reveal the Downtown Mall’s lesser-known connection to dance and to reinvigorate Lawrence Halprin’s design as a score for moving bodies. In this booklet, you will find seven dance scores designed by seven community members for seven different locations along the Downtown Mall. The locations chosen for the scores follow two paths: Lawrence Halprin’s original path for the Take Part community workshops, and the path created in the first rendition of A Dance Score for the Downtown Mall in 2013. On Saturday, April 12th, the Charlottesville dance community performed the scores live on the Downtown Mall.

Dancers: Tara Bonanno, Emily Chen, Erika Choe, Elena Dimitri, Elyssa Fonicello, Becky Glatt, Dinah Gray, Veronica Hart, Olivia Howard, Mariah Johnson, Danielle LeCompte, Faith Levine, Mary Catherine Saunders, and Katie Schetlick.


I’ll Dance, While You’re Dancing, And We Will Have Danced Together—Cairo edition (2014)

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.

Adapted for the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival in Cairo, Egypt. Presented in partnership with Culturehub, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, and Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival – Cairo.

Performers: Tiger, Engy Ahmed, Katie Schetlick, Zena Bibler, Abigail Levine, Kristin Clotfelter, Anne Zuerner, Rishauna Zumberg, Brandin Steffensen, Hannah Krafcik, Mikey Rioux, Josefina Camus, Erik Deluca, Diana Crum, and Kendra Emery.


I’ll Dance, While You’re Dancing, And We Will Have Danced Together—Lublin edition (2013)

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.

Designed and performed for International Dance Theatres Festival in Lublin, Poland.

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(–v–)^ (2013)

(–v–)^ was created through a unique collaboration with the Virginia Center for Computer Music, the University of Virginia Dance program and the McIntire Department of Music. Sampling sound through motion and motion back into sound, (–v–)^ postulates and distorts the dynamic relationship between the collective voice and artistic vision.  (–v–)^ was developed by composer Erik Deluca, director Katie Schetlick and members of the Movement Party.

Performed at the TechnoSonics XIV: Motion concert at the University of Virginia.

Performers: Zena Bibler, Erika Choe (UVa student), Kristin Clotfelter, Erik Deluca (composer), Elena Dimitri (UVa student), Becky Glatt (UVa student), Sara Gurevich, Lauren Thomas (UVa student), and Anne Zuerner


Time, Travel—Amsterdam edition (2013)

Time, Travel

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.

Commissioned by Lotte van Gelder and Clare Butcher for Transcontinental Express exhibition at the Museum Perron Oost in Amsterdam.

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Switch (2013)

Switch is a scored improvisation developed while in residency at Fleet Moves 2013. Based loosely on the Pentamodal Duet, the score allows performers to navigate five basic modes of relation in different configurations to create 15 unique pairings that comprise a pentamode. The resulting abstract relationships within the composition are the focus of playful investigation.

Performed at Wellfleet Preservation Hall and adapted for performance at FAB! Festival.


A Dance Score for the Downtown Mall (2013)


A Dance Score for the Downtown Mall, was presented by concorDance contemporary and The Movement Party as part of the 2013 Tom Tom Founders’ Festival. Inspired by the collaborative work of architect Lawrence Halprin, the designer of Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, and dance icon Anna Halprin, the dance score leads audience members through an alternative experience that seeks to highlight the intention and nuances of Halprin’s design.


MVMT meets The Eighteenth (2012)

MVMT meets The Eighteenth is a collaboration between the Movement Party and Alexa Galler’s Eighteenth NYC line.

View at 18mvmt.tumblr.com


Modern Dancing (2012)

“Modern Dancing” is a participatory movement score that draws from historical dance etiquette manuals. Using exercises from vintage books that profess to teach readers “How to Dance”, “How to Dance Well”, and “How and What to Dance”, we will take turns re-imagining all the rules with our present day bodies.


B Sides (2011)

B sides, a performance project of the Movement Party, seeks both to hide what is obvious and to render visible what is hidden. As a playlist of alternatives, it is a series of performances in which each dance is impossible without the participation of the audience. B-sides draws inspiration from the concept of the b-side, or the flipside, paradoxically defined as both the “less important side of a record”, the “second half” or a “way to add value” to a pop single.  This moving installation serves as an open invitation to experience the b-sides of each song (and of many other things) and to join the Movement Party in its quest for kinesthetic experiences of daily realities.

B Sides has been performed in different formats at NADA Hudson, Movement Research @ Judson Church, Dixon Place Under Exposed, New York University, The Hemispheric Institute’s 8th Encuentro in São Paulo, Brazil, and at Anne Zuerner’s RoofShow in Bushwick.

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