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January 2020

An Evening with The Moving Architects – POSTPONED (Montclair, NJ)

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Due to the spreading of COVID-19, we are taking precautions and postponing this special event to be rescheduled for a future date.


March 26, 2020 @ 7pm
An Evening with The Moving Architects

Montclair Women’s Club
82 Union Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
Parking Behind Building

2020 will mark the century milestone of U.S. women winning suffrage, gaining the right to vote in 1920.  Around us the individual and political voices of women are being amplified: 2020 is the year of the woman. Join us as we celebrate nearly 14 years of movement with the dance company The Moving Architects and their dynamic history of performance, education, and collaboration, upheld by the artistic vision of bringing the female voice and female form to the forefront. March 26, 2020 TMA will host an evening looking forward into the next decade of dance.  The event will feature delicious food and drinks, performances by TMA, and a unique opportunity for discussion with the dancers and Artistic Director.  Attending this evening supports TMA’s mission in producing new works, offering community classes, and providing platforms for dialogue and collaboration. We are grateful to all of our attendees for supporting the organization and who continue to make this work possible.

7pm: Anniversary Toast and Hors d’oeuvres
7.30pm: Performance
8.30pm:  Engage with the Artists

$25 General Admission or 2 for $50
$35 at the door
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MSP 94: Christine Dakin

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Christine Dakin


Release Date: 1.16.20


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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

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

Second Saturdays at Central (Montclair, NJ)

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Saturday, March 14, 2020 / 3pm
Second Saturdays with The Moving Architects

Central Presbyterian Church of Montclair
46 Park Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
Tickets: Free event!
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“Second Saturdays at Central” welcomes the dance company The Moving Architects in March as part of their monthly community programming at Central Presbyterian Church in Montclair. The Moving Architects will provide a family-friendly interactive dance and movement program and performance. “Second Saturdays” is a community-wide service program presented in collaboration with local arts organizations and businesses and offered to families for free or by suggested donation.

The Moving Architects at SPRING/BREAK Art Show (NYC)

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March 3-9, 2020

The Moving Architects in collaboration
with Imlay Gallery, sculptor Crystal Gregory,
and multi-disciplinary artist gwen charles

Former Offices of Ralph Lauren HQ
Booth 1129
625 Madison Avenue, NYC

Booth 1129 – Performances (13 min):
03/03 7pm, 7:30pm
03/04 5:30pm, 6pm
03/05 6.30pm, 7pm
03/06 1pm, 1.30pm
03/07 5pm, 6pm
03/08 1pm, 2pm
03/09 6:30pm, 7pm


SPRING/BREAK Art Show is an internationally recognized exhibition platform using underused, atypical and historic New York City exhibition spaces to activate and challenge the traditional cultural landscape of the art market, typically but not exclusively during Armory Arts Week.  The 9th Annual New York City exhibition will be held from March 3rd  – March 9th, 2020.

By first inhabiting St. Patrick’s Old School, and then the former James A. Farley Post Office, Condé Nast building, and UN Plaza building, the initiative offers independent curators free space within New York City landmarks, past and future. In exchange for no-cost exhibition space, visionary perspectives both established and unknown are charged with engaging these areas under a unifying theme and pushed to extend the boundries of typical market week practices, low overhead and shifting curatorial themes their assets to this end.

Performance Collaboration: The Moving Architects and Visual Artist Crystal Gregory

Crystal Gregory’s work investigates the intersection between textile and architecture. In “The Event of a Thread,” Gregory’s materials are those of support and change. Scaffolding is used to build, clean or repair, textile is used to protect or shield, and concrete pipes contain and carry. Pairing seemingly opposite worlds together, Gregory inverts material stereotypes while considering the life of each thread, “individually it is prone to stress, strain, and breakage, but as a collective the burden of tension becomes bearable.”

Gregory’s work is overlaid with The Moving Architects’ “Demure as Dynamite,” a dance intervention wherein women activate the materials of the sculpture through gesture and movement. The dancers also share the narrative of the choreography, which looks to portraits of women in the bible as depicted in the poetry of Thomas John Carlisle — Carlisle Norton’s late grandfather. Shamefulness, submissiveness, vitality, and heroism are traits pulled from the prose, thereby giving voice to faceless historical women in sections that reveal the darker underbelly of the female experience and sections that embrace the significance of camaraderie and generosity connecting women from biblical times through today.


More info IMLAY GALLERY: Imlay Gallery