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.
The Final Year kicks off!
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Clifford Symposium: Mindful Movement
Saturday, September 24 | 11:30-12:00pm | MCA 110
In this thirty-minute session, participants will engage in mindful movement explorations that offer tools for practicing self awareness, connecting with the space, and sensing other movers. No previous experience necessary. All are welcome!
Town Hall Theater: Contemporary Dance for Adults Monday Class Series
Mondays, September 26-November 14 | 6:00-7:15p
Register here: http://www.townhalltheater.org/classes/
In this exploratory 8-week series, students cultivate a sense of play through a variety of dance and theater-based improvisational structures that offer participants opportunities for making new discoveries while increasing sensation, flexibility, and stamina. Participants generate their own movement vocabulary, learn short movement sequences, and experiment with composition. All who are interested in movement are welcome – newcomers and seasoned dancers alike! No previous experience necessary. Led by Middlebury College Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer, Maree ReMalia.
Improvisational Practices Course: Gaga Class
Tuesday, October 4 | 9:30-10:45a| MCA 110
Roots of Movement: Land Based Dance
Saturday, October 15 | 11:00am-11:00pm | Prior Day Farm in Portland, OR
Water in the Desert/Prior Day Farm is partnering with Middlebury College MiddStart and Movement Matters Residency through Roots of Movement, a project exploring links between physicality, embodiment, and connection to the land with questions around themes of resiliency and sustainability. Join WITD and ROM collaborators in these inquiries through movement workshops, community gathering, and an in-process showing of dance works! Come for the whole day or come for a part of it! All events will happen outside on the land, regardless of weather. Come prepared for rain with a change of clothes if necessary. https://www.facebook.com/events/304589396582726/
Check out the final showing here!
Collaboration with Hyunjung Lee
Hyunjung Lee is a performer, choreographer, and teacher based in Daegu, South Korea. In 2012, she earned her certification to teach Ohad Naharin’s Gaga movement language after completing the first official Gaga Teacher Training program. Tools from her practice of Gaga help her find meaningful activities, unconventional thought, and fresh perceptions in her creative endeavors and everyday life.
Hyunjung graduated from KeiMyung University where she earned her BA in Dance (2003) and she was a recipient of the scholarship in excellence to attend Kyung Buk Art High School (1999). She has studied various dance styles ranging from traditional Korean dance, Korean modern dance, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, African dance, and Gaga. As a member of Yoo Kyung Chang Dance Company and as a guest artist with various dance companies, she performed nationally and internationally in Denmark, China, Mexico, Japan, America, and Korea.
Lee was a gold prize winner in the 10th New Figure in Dance Daegu Contest, sponsored by the Korean Arts and Culture Organization in 2002. She was also the first prize winner through Daegu Dance Association. Additionally, she choreographed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2003 Universiade in Daegu summer program and has presented her original works in South Korea and the United States.
Intro to Dance Course: Movement with Hyunjung Lee and Maree ReMalia
Tuesday, November 15 | 11:00-12:15p | MCA 110
BlakTinx Showcase: e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.
Friday, November 18 | 8p | BAAD! Bronx Academy of Art and Dance
SPdp Company Class: Gaga movement language
Wednesday, November 30 | 10:00-11:00am | PearlArts Studios Pittsburgh, PA
This fall, Maree is collaborating with Silvina López Barrera in the Intermediate Architectural Design course and Amitava Biswas in the Management, Enterprise, and Business course to develop an interdisciplinary performance-community space with an operational business model that will be designed for Middlebury College Organic Farm. She will also join Catharine Wright in the Writing in the Academy course in lessons dealing with phenomenology and poetry.
During January Term 2017, Maree will facilitate the Collaboration in the Arts course with her colleagues Paul Kruse, Adil Mansoor, and Nicole Shero from Hatch Arts Collective and Joseph Hall, Deputy Director from BAAD! Bronx Academy of Art and Dance.
Roots of Movement
Stay tuned for events related to the Roots of Movement project, a collaboration with Middlebury dance majors Miguel Castillo, Mandy Kimm, Lorena Neira, Andrew Pester, recent alum, Otto Pierce and Middlebury College Organic Farm exploring ways to connect dance and sustainable living in our artistry and daily living. We will participate in creative residencies at The Sable Project (Stockbridge, VT) and Prior Day Farm (Portland, OR) where we generate choreographic material drawing from our on site experiences and interviews conducted with farmers in the U.S. and abroad. Sponsored by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Movement Matters Residency, Environmental Council of Middlebury College, and MiddStart.
-September 30-October 2 in residence at The Sable Project in Stockbridge, VT
-October 14-18 in residence at Water in the Desert/Prior Day farm in Portland, OR
-TBA late October informal sharing at Middlebury College Organic Farm
This fall, Maree is inviting students, faculty, and staff to collaborate on a new choreographic project for the Faculty Dance Showcase with the intention of honoring the broad range of identities, abilities, backgrounds, and histories of the individuals with which she is working and to consider the role dance/movement play in our contemporary moment.
In November 2016, watch for events with Korean guest artist, Hyunjung Lee in Middlebury, New York, DC, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh. Save the date for our performance at BAAD! Bronx Academy of Art and Dance on November 18! We are thrilled to be a part of this BlakTinx showcase with Christal Brown, devynn emory, and Kensaku Shinohara.
Calendar link to Movement Matters Events:
Contact Maree at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.