In February we were thrilled to have the opportunity to spend time in the Vazquez Building, a new space in Bushwick soon to be open to the public. Over the course of the (shortest) month, Movement Party members dove into their solo practices in three-hour exploratory sessions. Since we so often work as a group, we wanted to use the time/space to reconnect with who we were as dancing individuals. Finally, we met on February 28th to share our rehearsal & performance scores, building up to a solo round-robin and group dance party. Below are a few artifacts of our process. Many thanks to the kind folks at the Vazquez for inviting us in!
Rishauna explores sense and site
Zena builds sister scores
Hannah looks at sequencing
Mikey cultivates magic, joy, and reenchantment
Kino (center, in the cat hat) requests that we close with a dance party
I’ll Dance While You’re Dancing & We Will Have Danced Together (Cairo and Alexandria editions)
Presented in partnership with:
This month, Movement Party members Zena Bibler, Katie Schetlick, and Abigail Levine have been rehearsing via Skype with a group of dancers in Cairo, Egypt to stage I’ll Dance While You’re Dancing & We Will Have Danced Together for the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival.
If you’re in NYC or VA this week, we invite you to catch a live lunchtime performance on Friday (3/21) at Culturehub or at the Bridge PAI on Saturday (3/29).
BUT, wherever you are, you can tune in digitally to see how these different locations connect by following along online:
Using handheld technology, participating performers will respond to each other’s movements across time and space.
Each performer is instructed to create an instant, spontaneous composition in response to the particularities of their own location and subjective experience, filming certain elements to share with other performers. This score has been performed at the Museum Perron Oost in Amsterdam and at the International Dance Theatres Festival in Lublin, Poland.
Created by: Katie Schetlick, Zena Bibler & Abigail Levine in collaboration with the Movement Party
Performed by: Dalia el Abd, Mohamed Mahmoud El Sayed, 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, Veronica Hart, Danielle LeCompte and Kendra Emery.
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.
You may have also seen us experiment with different vehicles for dance experiences, whether through classes and workshops, performances, or an immersive summer festival.
And, if you haven’t noticed yet, be advised that:
WE ARE ALL REALLY EXCITED!
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.
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
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