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Performances in New York, Virginia, Cairo, Alexandria, and Your Computer!

I'll Dance While You're Dancing And We Will Have Danced Together

I’ll Dance While You’re Dancing & We Will Have Danced Together
(Cairo and Alexandria editions)

Presented in partnership with:
         

PRELUDE: 
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:

Twitter: @MVMTparty
Vine: the movement party

LIVE PERFORMANCES: 

Friday 21 March (12pm NY time)
Cairo – The GrEEK Campus
New York – Culturehub
*Culturehub space is limited. RSVP requested.

Saturday 22 March (12pm NY time)
Cairo – The GrEEK Campus

Saturday 29 March (12pm NY time)
Alexandria – Teatro Eskendria
Charlottesville – The Bridge PAI

HOW IT WORKS // WHAT YOU’LL SEE, HEAR, AND FEEL:  

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.

Photo by Whitney Browne

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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!