Middlebury College's Interdisciplinary Choreographer Residency Program
What is Movement Matters?
Movement Matters is a 44-month institutional exploration of how human bodies literally and metaphorically shape our physical and political worlds. Through reciprocal arrangements between emerging artists in the field of dance and Middlebury College professors from across the curriculum, Movement Matters seeks to foster artistic creation and curricular development at the pedagogical nexus of embodied learning and scholarly interests with a special emphasis on increasing global understanding. Faculty and students will participate in traditional research as well as engage with their material through physical and choreographic problematizing. For example, students in economics might probe similarities between business negotiations and contact improvisation sessions, or faculty in foreign language departments could develop non-verbal communication exercises to enhance cultural competency. In any case, the collision of intellectual rigor and somatic technology will provide an expansive palette of inquiry abounding with new understandings of our increasingly global culture.
This semester, I look forward to collaborating in courses in American Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, Theater, and the Writing Program and I am thrilled to be partnering across disciplines to bring guest artists for two creative residencies. I am facilitating open Gaga classes and overseeing a series of projects with the overarching title Landing/Shifting, which align with current campus initiatives exploring resiliency, inclusion, and sustainability.
Open Gaga classes (ages 16+, no previous experience necessary)
February 25 | 11-12:15p | MCA 110
February 25 | 3-4:15p | MCA 110
Landing/Shifting Project Guest Artist Residencies
April 6-10 | Michael J. Morris | Bodies, Gender, and Ecosexuality
April 10-15 | The Drop Ins | Drop In
A new dance work made in collaboration with Silvina López Barrera and David Miranda Hardy
Friday, March 18 | 8p | MCA 110
Saturday, March 19 | 8p | MCA 110
Saturday, April 30 | 7:30p | Castleton University Casella Theater
The Residency so far:
Throughout Fall 2015, Maree worked on her second collaborative creation between South Korea and the United States with Korean movement artist, HyunJung Lee. They askied questions and shared stories, resources, and movement relating to identity, family, sense of place, belonging, joy, suffering, violence, well-being, death, and hope. Maree travelled to South Korea in November to perform E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. in the Daegu International Dance Duet Festival with Hyun. This collage of a duet explores the bittersweet beauty in becoming, persevering, managing, and grappling with life’s exquisite challenges, both personal and communal.
Video excerpts from our other work Slants
Meet the Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer at Middlebury
At the helm of these investigations will be our 2015-2017 Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer (MIC) at Middlebury, Maree ReMalia. Maree was one of three artists chosen for the Winter Term Residency in which collaborations between faculty and students produced various points of inquiry and experimentation. Maree was invited back as the MIC due to her ability to integrate various perspectives into her research, her interest and ability to collaborate with a plethora of disciplines and engage bodies of all backgrounds into her movement practice.
Please contact Maree if you are interested in collaborating:
*In your courses
*On creative projects
*Within student organizations
*In community groups
Link to Movement Matters Collaboration Blog (2015-2017)
Link to Movement Matters Calendar of Events (2015-2017)
Phase 1 of Movement Matters can be seen at:https://mahiree.wordpress.com/mfa-project-solo-input/movement-matters-residency/movement-matter-residency/
If you have any questions, comments, or if you would like to join the Movement Matters email list, please contact Maree ReMalia at email@example.com.