Movement Research’s Fall Festival at Danspace Project

Photo: Levi Gonzalez and luciana achugar in “Hit Again,” based on “Hit” performed at The Kitchen, 2002 © Levi Gonzalez and luciana achugar. The pair will perform “HIT Again” on Friday, December 7 at 8pm at Danspace Project, as part of Movement Research Festival, Fall 2012: BACK TO BASIC, curated by Juliette Mapp and Jen Rosenblit.

Experimentation is alive and well this weekend at Danspace Project thanks to Movement Research, one of the world’s leading “laboratories” for dance. Its annual Movement Research Festival opens on Thursday with a group of acclaimed experimentalists showcasing their varied explorations into dance and performance.

Juliette Mapp and Jen Rosenblit, accomplished dancers, teachers and choreographers in their own rights, curate this year’s festival. The theme, “back to basic,” focuses on the notion of the “body as a vehicle that connects us emotionally, physically and historically to each other.”

Festival highlights include: “Getting Along,” in which artists are invited to discuss relevant issues in their creative lives and/or create together during the week’s events and “Historical Pairings,” which places artists who have been intimately and creatively connected together on stage, in performance or in an improvisational conversation.

Thursday’s “Historical Pairings” with contemporary “dance artist” John Japserse and multi-instrumentalist/composer/improviser Zeena Parkins should be especially interesting. The festival also includes additional events, panels, and workshops taught by festival participants.

The Movement Research Festival FALL 2012: Back to Basics // Danspace Project // Thursday December 6th – Saturday December 8th // $12, $9 kids under 12