MSP: Connection

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Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast
Spring 2020

Call for Submissions
First Call: Friday, March 20th, 12pm
Second Call: Thursday, April 23rd, 12pm 

What a time we have entered.  With the spread of COVID-19 causing dance spaces, classes, theaters, performances, rehearsals, and seasons to come to an abrupt halt, we are left to navigate our lives in new ways. And we don’t know for how long. We have the practical side to think about – paying the bills, continuing to train and move our bodies, not knowing what to make of unknown schedules and timelines.  And we have the spiritual side – how we need the community and intimate bonds dance brings, how we need to create and move.  And we think of our future health, our family’s health, our friends’ health. So how are we going to get through this?

My guess is the only way we know how. Connection. Coming together, listening to each other, learning from each other, being with each how we can – something the dance field already does well.  What are your new points of view, struggles, resources, thoughts, or fears at this time to address these spiritual and practical issues?

Let us hear your voice! Anyone in the dance field – dancers, choreographers, collaborators, educators, writers, directors, scholars, administrators, record for us your thoughts. We will put your responses together for a special upcoming Movers & Shapers episode.  And if you have a lot to say, we will keep rolling them out.

How to Submit An Audio Clip to moversandshaperspodcast[at]gmail.com
First Call: Friday, March 20th, 12pm
Second Call: Thursday, April 23rd, 12pm 

  1. Use your phone to record up to 3 minutes of your spoken thoughts.  Use the “Voice Memos” program that is automatically on your iPhone, or download “Smart Voice Recorder” if you have an Android (see further directions below). Make sure there is no background noise by recording in a quiet space.
  2. State your name and where you are calling from at beginning of recording.
  3. Before you send, listen to it and make sure all words are audible (we will not be able to use bad audio).
  4. Name your audio clip MSP “LastName” (ex.  MSP CarlisleNorton)
  5. Email audio clip to moversandshaperspodcast[at]gmail.com. You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of sending.
  6. A variety of responses will be used in our upcoming podcast(s).  While we can’t guarantee all recordings will be used, we will do our best to feature a wide array of insights reflective of the responses.
  7. Thank you for sharing.

Directions for Recording Audio on an iPhone

  1. Open “Voice Memos” program that comes installed on your phone.
  2. To begin, tap red button. Voice recording will start. As you record, you will see the changing audio level meter and the working time counter.
  3. You can stop the recording by tapping the red button a second time. After you finish recording, you will be able to use the Trim function. It enables you to trim the unwanted fragments from the start and end of the recording.
  4. To save the audio file, tap the Done button in the new window, enter its name and tap Save (name it MSP “Lastname”). The newly recorded file will appear in the voice memos list.
  5. Hit the 3 dots on the left side of screen, and “Share” through Mail and email.  If this does not work, you may need to “Airdrop” to your computer and send from there.

Directions for Recording Audio on an Android

  1. Find in the App Store Google Play app Smart Voice Recorder.  Download and install.
  2. To start recording, tap the red button or the Start Recording button. While you are recording, the big red button will show how much time has passed since you started recording. Above this button you will see the recording level indicator.
  3. To end the recording, tap the Finish button. A new window will open where the audio file can be saved. The default file name is automatically generated. Change the name to MSP “Lastname”.
  4. The saved audio files list will open, containing the newly created audio file. The audio file entry contains the date it was created, its length, and size. The entry also contains a way to manage playback. You can listen to the recorded audio file.
  5. To select an option for sharing the file, tap and hold your finger on the audio file’s entry until a new window opens, showing a list of additional actions available for that audio file. Select “Share…”. A window will open, showing the available options for sending the desired file and email. If this does not work, you may also send to “Dropbox” if you have it installed and email from there.

Movers & Shapers: Pavel Zuštiak

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.96 –

Pavel Zuštiak

 

Release Date: 2.20.20

TO DOWNLOAD PODCAST OR LISTEN:

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ABOUT PAVEL

Pavel Zuštiak (b. 1971) is a Slovak-American director, choreographer and designer living in NYC for the past twenty years. He is the 2015 Bessie Juried Award winner for his “poetic layering of movement and visual imagery, conceiving the stage as a decentralized world in which the corporeal body is the focus and canvas for a wide range of human expression.”

Zuštiak finds live performance and the corporeal body an ideal vehicle for ontological questions around perception and presence, fiction and utopia, physical and unseen. Often described as human and humane, his works merge the abstract aspects of dance with nonlinear qualities of “theatre of images” into interdisciplinary works both visually evocative and emotionally piercing.

Zuštiak has been presented in the US and Europe in venues such as the NYU Skirball, Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, American Dance Institute, New York Live Arts, PS122, COIL Festival, Abrons Arts Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, La MaMa, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Response Festival, Legion Arts, Archa Theatre, Bratislava in Movement, KIOSK Festival, Slovak National Theatre and State Theatre Kosice.  Zuštiak’s work was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Princess Grace Foundation-USA, National Performance Network, Department of Cultural Affairs City of New York, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and New Music USA.

Zuštiak has received fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation, Princeton Arts Fellowship, Guggenheim Foundation, MANCC, multiple Princeton Grace Foundation-USA awards and LMCC President’s Award. He has been an artist in residence at Bogliasco Foundation, MIT, Movement Research, Baryshnikov Arts Center, GIBNEY, American Dance Institute, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, Cowles Center, Vermont Performance Lab, LMCC, MANCC, Abrons Arts Center, Czech Center NY and Grotowski Institute.

Zuštiak is the director and founder of PalissimoCompany in NYC. He aspires to direct and choreograph large scale stage works in new music and contemporary theatre. His love of design led him also to interior design and real estate and directing transformations of houses and apartments. He is also a licensed real estate agent with Douglas Elliman.

www.palissimo.org

 

PRESS

Zuštiak creates no movement that looks like dancing for its own sake. It becomes a statement of identity, a task to be completed, an urge to be satisfied.
Deborah Jowitt, ARTSJOURNAL
 
A vivid, often anguished imagination shines through in Zuštiak’s work.
Brian Seibert, THE NEW YORKER
 
PRAISE FOR PALISSIMO COMPANY
Like many productions of Mr. Zustiak’s company, Palissimo, this one boasts compelling performers. The integration between the action, the imaginatively harsh lighting (by Joe Levasseur) and the ominous soundscape (by Christian Frederickson and Bobby McElver) is exceptionally tight.
Brian Seibert, THE NEW YORK TIMES
 
…in an age where many creators make cookie-cutting an art, this company deserves kudos for boldly (and refreshingly) reinventing its approach with each new piece. I look forward to seeing what they will cook up next.
Ivan Talijanćic, BACHTRACK

 

ABOUT: MFA IN DANCE at RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Guided by the belief that dance is a fundamental embodied practice for understanding the human condition in a globalized context, the MFA in Dance at Rutgers University establishes students as creatively literate world citizens who can develop interdisciplinary solutions to address complex contemporary issues. Our interdisciplinary approach is the hallmark of the MFA in Dance, offering working dance professionals the opportunity to study with award-winning dance artists, scholars, and educators.

Rutgers’ Dance Department Graduate Faculty, as well as guest artists and scholars such as Sondra Fraleigh and Pavel Zustiak, support the MFA in Dance degree’s goals of curricular integration of theory and practice towards developing each MFA students’ interdisciplinary praxis.

Applications are being accepted for the Summer 2020 cohort.
For more information: dance@mgsa.rutgers.edu or 848-932-1345.

 

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at djplie.com

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping. jamdancer.com, networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.

MSP 95: Sondra Fraleigh

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.95 –


Sondra Fraleigh

 

Release Date: 2.7.20

TO DOWNLOAD PODCAST OR LISTEN:

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    • Stitcher: Subscribe and Listen HERE

    • Any Smartphone Podcast app: Subscribe and Listen

ABOUT SONDRA

Sondra Fraleigh is professor emeritus of the State University of New York at Brockport, a Fulbright Scholar, SUNY Faculty Exchange Scholar, and an award winning author of nine books: Back to the Dance Itself: Phenomenologies of the Body in Performance (2018); Moving Consciously: Somatic Transformations through Dance, Yoga, and Touch (2015);BUTOH: Metamorphic Dance and Global Alchemy (2010); Land to Water Yoga (2009); Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Kazuo (2006) on the founders of butoh; Dancing Identity: Metaphysics in Motion (2004); Dancing into Darkness: Butoh, Zen, and Japan (1999); Researching Dance(1998); and Dance and the Lived Body (1987). She has also published numerous articles and book chapters. Fraleigh was chair of the Department of Dance at SUNY Brockport for nine years and later head of graduate dance. Her innovative choreography has been seen in the USA, Germany, Japan, and India. Fraleigh is the founding director of Eastwest Somatics Institute.

ABOUT: MFA IN DANCE at RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Guided by the belief that dance is a fundamental embodied practice for understanding the human condition in a globalized context, the MFA in Dance at Rutgers University establishes students as creatively literate world citizens who can develop interdisciplinary solutions to address complex contemporary issues. Our interdisciplinary approach is the hallmark of the MFA in Dance, offering working dance professionals the opportunity to study with award-winning dance artists, scholars, and educators.

Rutgers’ Dance Department Graduate Faculty, as well as guest artists and scholars such as Sondra Fraleigh and Pavel Zustiak, support the MFA in Dance degree’s goals of curricular integration of theory and practice towards developing each MFA students’ interdisciplinary praxis.

Applications are being accepted for the Summer 2020 cohort.
For more information: dance@mgsa.rutgers.edu or 848-932-1345.

MSP 94: Christine Dakin

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.94 –


Christine Dakin

 

Release Date: 1.16.20

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ABOUT CHRISTINE

Dancer – teacher – director, a foremost exponent of the Martha Graham repertory andtechnique, Dakin is known for her performance of Ms. Graham’s roles and for those created for her by Martha Graham and artists such as Robert Wilson, Twyla Tharp and Martha Clarke.  She has performed recent work created for by Brice Mousset, Alejandro Chávez and Jaime Blanc in festivals in Mexico and the US and has been guest artist with the American Dance Guild, the Sokolow Theater/Dance Ensemble and since 2015 has produced and performed in programs at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater with guest musicians and choreographers.

Performing in the principal theaters of the world, partnered by renowned artists such as Rudolf Nureyev and filmed in the repertory, Dakin was chosen by Graham for the company in 1976.  She became Associate Artistic Director in 1997 and was named Artistic Director with Terese Capucilli in 2002.  Leading the company to its rebirth, they are credited with bringing the artistic excellence and repertory of the Company to a level not seen since Martha Graham’s death and were named Artistic Directors Laureate.

She was awarded the Evelyn Green Fellowship at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, developing her film project La Voz del Cuerpo(2007/08), was Visiting Lecturer for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (2006, 2009), offering the University’s first credit courses in dance, and was the “Learning from Performers” guest artist (2001).  Educated at the University of Michigan, Ms. Dakin is the recipient of the University of Michigan Alumni Award (2001), an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Shenandoah University (2001), and an Honorary Doctorate from the Universidad de Colima, Mexico (2007).

Dakin has directed and written La Voz del Cuerpo / The Body Speaks; the personal poetics of a Martha Graham dancer. The film was created in collaboration with dancers and musicians from the United States and Mexico,  exploring the work and creative life of a dancer and was official selection in 2013 of New York City Independent Film Festival and Golden Door International Film Festivals, NewFilmmakers New York 2014, and has been shown at the 92Y in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oaxaca, Mexico and for International Day of Dance UNESCO in Barcelona.  Her filming, and commentary on fundamental sequences of Martha Graham’s technique, Terpsikon, Vol. 1, is available by subscription on Vimeo on Demand.

On the faculty of The Juilliard School, (1993 – 2003) , she is currently faculty at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and the Ailey School in New York, and is guest teacher for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She is known internationally as a teacher and guest artist from Russia to Latin America; since 1981 maintaining a special relationship with the Mexican dance community as teacher, choreographer, performer: guest performer with Compañía Ciudad Interior, Invernadero Danza Oaxaca , ‘choreographic guide’ at Encuentro de Creación Coreográfica EnTiempoReal2017,  teacher, choreographer with the Ballet Nacional de México, Universidad de Colima’s Ballet Folklórico (Dir. Rafael Zamarripa) and contemporary company Univerdanza,Universidad de Veracruz, Xalapa, Centro de las Artes in Sn. Luis Potosí and Querétaro, and Compañía de Danza Contemporánea de Yucatán. Her choreography in collaboration with Mexican composers and scenic designers premiered in Mexico City and the International Festival Sn. Luis Potosí.

Dakin was honored by the dance community with a “Bessie” New York Dance and Performance Award (2003) and the Dance Magazine Award (1994), and the 14thannual Labat Loano Grand Prix “Giuliana Penzi” 2015 Career Award. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar (1999), recipient of a grant from CEC ArtsLink for performance in Vladivostok, Russia (1996), the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (2000) and two Rockefeller-US-Mexico Fund for Culture grants (1998, 2001) for choreography, research and teaching.

On film Ms. Dakin represented contemporary dance in the WNET production “Young Artists in Performance at the White House”, was a featured performer in the 1993 French documentary Les Printemps du Sacre.  In Japan (NHK) she was filmed in “Night Journey” and “Rite of Spring” for release on Bravo, and at the Paris Opera in “Herodiade”.  Other film credits include “Clytemnestra” and “Acts of Light” (WNET).

She is collaborating with Francesca Schironi, classics scholar, on a book/website project: “Dancing Myth”,  studying Martha Graham’s ‘Greek’ works.   She is dancer and founding member of Buglisi Dance Theatre (1993), of danz.fest(Italy 2008), guest teacher for “Tecniche Di Danza Moderna”(Italy 2017) and is honored to serve as a Creative Advisor for Robert Battle’s New Directions Choreographic Lab ( 2015/16 and 2016/17).  At the Radcliffe Institute with colleague, physicist Jane Wang, Dakin has investigated with artists and scientists: “Locomotion/Emotion; perception of complex movement and the dynamics of beauty” (2009); and “The Dynamics of Beauty: Human Perception of Complex Movement” (2011)

 

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at djplie.com

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping. jamdancer.com, networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.

MSP 93: Jessica Chen

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PODCAST No.93 –


Jessica Chen

 

Release Date: 12.5.19

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ABOUT JESSICA

JESSICA CHEN is a freelance theater choreographer, Gyrotonic® instructor and Artistic Director of J CHEN PROJECT, a 501c3 non-profit modern dance company based in NYC.  She holds a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara and continued her dance training at The Ailey School and Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts.  Her work has been supported by LMCC, Taiwan Ministry of Culture, Gibney Dance Center, and Jerome Foundation. 

In 2013, Jessica made a miraculous journey back to the stage after suffering a horrific car accident, which rendered her in a coma for 13 days after 8 hours of brain surgery. She shares her story and fight to live through her work as a choreographer, speaker, and Artistic Director of J CHEN PROJECT.

Her choreography credits include The Portal at Minetta Lane Theater (Off-Broadway), INTERSTATE at New York Musical Festival (Off-Broadway), Cliché at The Cutting Room (NYC), Fiddler on the Roof at Timberlake Playhouse (IL), Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NYC), and Ai Weiwei: The Seed for Brooklyn Museum (NYC).

She has taught master classes, workshops and seminars at institutions such as Semester at Sea, Yale, Boston University, Rosie’s Theater Kids, Do-One (Japan), Jazz DU Funk (China), Mt. Holyoke, and Orange County School of the Arts, as well as her alma mater.

Cornell University honored Chen as Keynote Speaker of their 2011 Celebration of Asian American Women, for her work empowering female leadership within the community. She presented “If I Can Dance It, Then It’s Possible” at the 2014 TEDx organized by Semester at Sea. International and National credits include 2010 World Expo USA Pavilion in Shanghai, China, and the Amnesty International Arts Festival in Washington D.C. Chen includes her thoughts on “Identity and Marketing in the World of Social Media” as a featured chapter contributor to a new book called A Life In Dance: A Practical Guide.  Jessica trains people privately as well as teaching group classes in the Gyrotonic® Expansion Method at Body Evolutions West 72nd Street.  Jessica is a Proud Member of SDC. 

 

 

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at djplie.com

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping. jamdancer.com, networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.