Movement Matters: Artistry and Experience within the Liberal Arts

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.

Meet the Middlebury Interdisciplinary Choreographer In Residence

At the helm of these investigations will be our 2015-2017 Middlebury Interdisciplinary Choreographer (MIC) in Residence 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.

Maree's Research Blog from January:


Meet the Choreographers for Winter Term 2015

Kate Speer:

Kate has just completed her MFA at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She earned her BA in Dance and Biology at Swarthmore in 2008. She has performed works by Gesel Mason and David Dorfman. She has also taught as a graduate assistant in both Biology and Dance. She has presented research at UCLA’s Dance Under Construction Conference, the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) and the Congress on Research and Dance (CORD). Two experiences that have deeply influenced my dancing body and research interests are my studies in Madagascar and France. While based in Philadelphia in 2008-2011, Kate was an artist-in-residence at Mascher Space Cooperative and a member of Philly Contact Collective. 

Photo by Heather Gray


Makeda Thomas:


Makeda is a well-regarded dance scholar and artist, the recipient of numerous grants and awards including her induction into the Caribbean Hall of Fame for Excellence in Dance in 2012. She earned a BA in English and Dance from Hofstra in 1999, and her MFA in Dance from Hollins University in 2009. Makeda Thomas is a 2013 Creative Capital Grantee. Her 2008 solo, "FreshWater" was embedded into MIT's "Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies" and toured throughout the U.S., Mexico, Zimbabwe, and Trinidad. She has served as a Cultural Envoy for the U.S. Dept. of State and is the Director of the Dance & Performance Institute in Trinidad & Tobago. As a dancer, Thomas performed internationally with Ronald K. Brown's EVIDENCE, URBAN BUSH WOMEN, and Rennie Harris/ Puremovement. 

Photo by Matthew Karas


Maree ReMalia: 

Maree ReMalia is a dance artist currently based in Washington D.C. Born in South Korea and raised in Medina, OH, Maree earned her MFA in dance at the Ohio State University and her BA in Education for Social Change and Cultural Studies at Prescott College (AZ). In 2012, Maree earned her certification to teach the Gaga movement language through the first official Gaga Teacher Training program in Tel Aviv, Israel. In addition to her affiliation with regional companies, Maree has performed works by choreographers Meghan Durham, John Giffin, Bebe Miller, Ohad Naharin, Ming Shen Gu and Noa Zuk. Her choreographic work has been produced in Pittsburgh, New York and Cleveland.
 Photo by Garrett Jones


Important Dates

Proposal/Form Submission Deadline April 4, 2014
Notification to 3 Selected Artists June 2, 2014
Winter Residency (see next 4 listings)

January 5-30, 2015

Master Class with Makeda Thomas January 13, 2015
Master Class with Maree ReMalia January 14, 2015
Master Class with Kate Speer January 15, 2015
Winter Term Final Presentations January 26, 2015
1 Artist Selected as the
Middlebury Interdisciplinary Choreographer
March 2, 2015
2-Year Residency  September 2015-May 2017

Dance Program Receives Mellon Grant

A 3-year interdisciplinary grant, "Movement Matters," will connect movement research with traditional scholarship across campus. Read more...

Video: Assistant Prof. Christal Brown discusses the Mellon grant.

Program in Dance

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