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 Choreographers for Winter Term 2015
Photo by Heather Gray
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
|Proposal/Form Submission Deadline||April 4, 2014|
|Notification to 3 Selected Artists||June 2, 2014|
|Winter Residency||January 5-30, 2015|
|1 Artist Selected as the
Middlebury Interdisciplinary Choreographer
|March 2, 2015|
|2-Year Residency||September 2015-May 2017|