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.

Where are we now?

Winter/Spring 2017

the Current Sessions x La MaMa Moves Festival
LaMama Experimental Theater, New York, NY
June 4 | 6:00pm
Tickets and more information here.

Movement Matters: Two Years in Process
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theater
April 20 | 6:00pm
Free and open to the public
Join Maree ReMalia, Movement Matters Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer, and her cross-disciplinary collaborators to learn about discoveries made through practices of embodied learning and the scope of activities that have taken place during a two-year residency. Enjoy an informal sharing through text, movement, archival media, and more, followed by a celebratory reception. 

Middlebury Dance Program Master Class: Butoh as Creative Process
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theater
Led by Michael J. Morris in Lida Winfield’s Creative Process Class
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 2:50pm-4:05pm
Free and Open to the public
This workshop will provide an introduction to butoh as a resource for creative process, specifically for accessing potentially unfamiliar and unexamined physical possibilities. Butoh is a postmodern Japanese dance form that emerged from the work of Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata in the 1950s. Working from a series of images, tasks, and scores, this practice invites participants to experiment with a range of sensory modes and body schemas, destabilizing static perceptions of what a body can mean and bringing the body to the edges of what it has been. No previous dance experience is necessary.

Middlebury College Faculty Dance Concert
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theater
April 6 | 8:00pm
Tickets and information here.

Mahaney Center for the Arts Performance Arts Series
The Ubiquitous Mass of Us

March 17 & 18 | 8:00pm
Join Maree ReMalia | merrygogo for The Ubiquitous Mass of Us, an evening-length, escalating journey where nine performers from across artistic disciplines question the bounds of their identities. Moving in and around the set designed by visual artist Blaine Siegel, they explore the way they take up space. Watch them bare a broad range of physicality and newly discovered expressions to an original soundscore by David Bernabo. For all ages, seasoned performance goers, and those new to the theater. The artists offer a post-performance discussion both nights. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Movement Matters Program, and the Dance Program.  Buy tickets: $20 Public/$15 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students. Friday, March 17 post show Q&A.

Ubiquitous Outreach Events
Monday, March 13 | 12:15pm-1:30pm | Class Visit
Modern Technique in Advanced Modern Technique 470
Led by Jil Stifel
Mahaney Center for the Arts, 110

Tuesday, March 14 | 11:00am-12:15pm | Class Visit
The Impact of Fracking on Food Sources (short lecture + video clips)
Led by David Bernabo in Diego Thompson Bello’s Environmental Sociology Course
Warner Hall HEM

Tuesday, March 14 | 3:00-4:15pm | Free and open to the public
Gaga/Improvisation/Repertory Experiments in Lida’s Advanced Improv Course
Led by Maree ReMalia and Friends
Mahaney Center for the Arts, 110

March 15 | |12:15pm-1:30pm | Class Visit
Topic: How food options changed with redlining, Jim Crow laws, and gentrification
Led by David Bernabo in Erica Morrell’s Environmental (in)justice Course
Munroe Hall 405

Wednesday, March 15 | 2:50-4:05pm | Class Visit
Movement Explorations in Lida’s Creative Process Course
Led by slowdanger (Anna Thompson and Taylor Knight)
Mahaney Center for the Arts, 109

Thursday, March 16 | 1:30-2:00pm | Class Visit
Costume Styling and Entrepreneurship in Mira Veikley’s Costume Design Course
Led by Rachel Vallozzi
Wright Theatre Room 205

Thursday, March 16 | 1:30pm-2:45pm | Class Visit
Music Discussion in Peter Hamlin’s Electronic Music Course (MUSC 212)
Led by David Bernabo
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof Artists-in-Residence February 20-25

This residency is supported by the Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Movement Matters Residency, Committee on the Arts, Director of the Arts Discretionary Fund, Hebrew Department, Living Dance, Middlebury College Activities Board, Middlebury College Dance Program, Music Department, and Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs.

Gaga/dancer and repertory workshop (intermediate/advanced dancers, registration required)
Monday, 2/20-Friday, 2/24 | MCA 110

The Final Year kicks off!

For updated information on events check:

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:

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.

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

Course Collaborations

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:

FB page:

Contact Maree at

Spring 2016

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






Landing/Shifting (working title) in Middlebury Dance Program Faculty Showcase and DanceFest Vermont

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

Maree and Hyun

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
*And more…

Link to Movement Matters Collaboration Blog (2015-2017)

Link to Movement Matters Calendar of Events (2015-2017)


Link to Facebook Page:

Oratory X class

Phase 1 of Movement Matters can be seen at:

If you have any questions, comments, or if you would like to join the Movement Matters email list, please contact Maree ReMalia at

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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