In the final weeks of the exhibition, MoMA’s Marron Atrium hosts the New York–based Movement Research (MR), one of the world’s leading laboratories for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms. At the Museum, MR offers classes, workshops, and discursive events, transforming the Atrium into a space for creative process and education.
Studies Projects are a series of panel conversations and participatory dialogues that focus on critical issues at the intersections of dance, aesthetics, philosophy, and social politics.
Free and open to everyone. Space is limited and registration is required to participate. Registration is available online and in person on a first-come, first-served basis.
Thursday, January 17
Creating the Score
This Studies Project considers the questions, goals, and strategies behind different kinds of scores for dance performance, research, movement invention, and other forms of investigation. In describing the trajectory of a score from design to activation, panelists will confront a range of questions: What are dance scores, and how are they used to make dances? How are they constructed and designed? How are they articulated and translated to dancers? Are they works of prose, poetry, or both? Are they possible to achieve, or purely aspirational? Are they meant to be adhered to, or should they be abandoned once employed? Panelists include mayfield brooks, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Jennifer Monson, Lisa Nelson, Angie Pittman, Kayvon Pourzar, and Yvonne Meier.
Thursday, January 24
This Studies Project traces the legacies of dance beyond Judson Dance Theater, considering the complex web of influences and developments in the years before, during, and in the many decades since. Guest artists and audience members will discuss the apparent, residual, and invisible experiences of race and culture within experimental practices in movement in an effort to decolonize its lineages. Panelists include Ambika Raina (moderator), Miguel Gutierrez, Parijat Desai, Tara Aisha Willis, and David Thomson.
Ambika Raina, Concept, Co-organizer, and Moderator
J. Soto, Co-organizer, Studies Project Advisor
Rainey White, Studies Project Coordinator