Jennifer Monson and collaborator nibia pastrana santiago share a duet developed this past winter at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.
Monson returns to Explode Queer Dance on
August 9, 10
Get your tickets here!
Jennifer Monson and collaborator nibia pastrana santiago share a duet developed this past winter at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.
Monson returns to Explode Queer Dance on
August 9, 10
Get your tickets here!
LMCC presents the 18th annual River To River Festival, Downtown New York City’s completely free summer arts festival, from June 18-29, 2019.
Performances and events celebrate artistic and creative diversity in all its forms throughout spaces in Lower Manhattan. This year’s festival encourages the discovery of what arises when we all slow down.
All events are free and all are welcome.
ditch explores the interactions among the forces of gentrification; the history of community activism, especially in response to Hurricane Sandy; the current pressure of development that exacerbates income inequality; as well as the ecological interactions between the life at the edge of the island in the Lower East Side. The choreography is developed from the rhythms, tones and spatial inflections of movement generated by flows of people, the traffic, weather and water along the river’s edge. ditchaccesses and creatively explores the embodied knowledge that signals both danger and safety. How do we sense impending disasters? How do we seek safe havens?
Exploring the possibilities of signaling through murky territory and dense movement, the choreography asks questions such as: What appears as a beacon? What is an orienting feature in an unstable system? The piece investigates squeezing and tightening as both a generator of movement and as choreographic strategy. The work aims to emanate an urgency and disquiet that drives the performer and viewer towards unexpected openings.
For more info and to rsvp, click here:
Composer and sound artist: Jeff Kolar
Performers/dancers: Courtney Cooke, Madeline Mellinger, Kaitlin Fox
Costume designer: Susan Becker
Lighting designer: Ben Demarest
by Jennifer Monson
for full registration info visit:
We will investigate how we make scores out of the systems that we live in, observe and are attracted to. In this work, a score is an open structure that creates improvisational choices for a particular context. We will create systems for movement that can be layered into performance scores. This will be our practice. How does the practice influence our approach to performance? How do we observe and shape this process? How can our practice of making scores help us to observe the possibilities in movement and choreographic systems? We will work on presence, states of moving and scales of sensation and time. We will perform our scores daily.
11.00 – 17.00
Registration fee of 80 euro required (as part of the 250)
Performance: Date in negotiation
Solo Improvisation by Jennifer Monson
Duration: 20 to 60 minutes
This workshop is also part of the Special Summer Package of 4 weeks of Improvisation coached by 5 different dance artists of 5 different continents. If you want to book this package, it costs only 800 Euro (or 960 Euro with daily lunch included).
See below a fellowship opportunity from our friends at Open Waters!
For more info: http://openwaters.org/fellowship
What possibilities emerge when we look at social repair and environmental care as public, creative acts? The Archives & Performance Fellowship is a year-long opportunity with stipends for four Fellows that follows the tradition of Wabanaki Guiding, connecting Native and non-Native people to place through experience, language, and story. Fellows will experiment with research and performance approaches to understand stories and histories of the Penobscot River and watershed. They will collaborate to create new work, inspired by their learning, that addresses ecological recovery and social justice. Fellowship activities will be led by Penobscot Nation partners and will center indigenous knowledge and experience.
The Fellowship year will include a regular check-in schedule, workshops and skill-shares, two intensives that immerse Fellows in research and performance methods, and a public performance and/or presentation of work created. This work may take many forms including but not limited to narrative play scripts, research papers, multi-media and video-based performance, spoken word, movement-based work, music and songwriting, cross-genre journals and/or any combination of forms and formats. Fellows will receive a $1500 stipend, dramaturgical/research support, connections with the broader In Kinship community, photo and video process documentation, and space to present their work.
The broad goal of this project is to activate potential for richly layered research, cross-discipline dialogue, and creative process to shift public understanding of our shared environments and histories. It is driven by a desire to understand how the (hi)story of the Penobscot River is preserved and told and, at the same time, to work against linear, progress-based narratives of the river that represent the past as something static that is disconnected from the present and future.
Registration: click here
Description: This workshop will use the framework of the iLANDing scores to research some of the art works in MOMA’s collection. What happens when we propose that the artwork itself is an ecological system that we inhabit? What kinds of movement emerge from this investigation? What new conceptual possibilities between performance and visual art are activated through this embodied process of the score? The art work becomes performance, the performance becomes the artifact, everything is experienced through movement. We will start by working with the iLANDIng scores outdoors then bring that experience into the museum to research particular artworks. From that we will create performance events as artifacts of this exchange of the resonance between movement, form, scales of sensation, time and experience -locating new aesthetic value in artistic frames for inhabiting our world.
The materials explored in this workshop will culminate with a public manifestation at The Museum of Modern Art, in conjunction with Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done. Participation in the workshop does not require you to participate in the manifestation at MoMA.
Location (venue, city, state, country): 122 Community Center and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA
[Photo: Performers Jennifer Monson and Mauriah Donegan Kraker in bend the even at Chocolate Factory Theater, Photo by Ian Douglas]
December 1 – 2, 2018
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Jennifer Monson teaches a workshop at Movement Research!
We will start with performing instantaneous 2 minute dances for each other. Responding with various approaches to language – descriptive, poetic, non–verbal, structural, etc., we will hone our intentions as they evolve in the act of performance. Over the two days we will expand the time frame and generate material that can be used towards future research, performance and pleasure. What is performed both for witness and dancer? Is it an act, a task, a relation, a perception? How to we communicate, obfuscate, shape, clarify, and stir up mystery? We will animate different spaces of performance and dance through our research together.
For more info and to register: https://movementresearch.org/event/9046
Full Flyer here: INVITATION COLLOQUE ADD
Jennifer Monson heads to France next for ENSAM’s Architecture Dance Design Conference!
See a rough translation from their website:
MONDAY OCTOBER 29: BODY IN MOTION, SHARING WORKS AND A CONTEXTUALIZED ARCHITECTURE: WHAT SENSIBLE APPROACH?
RESTITUTION OF EXPERIENCE AS RESEARCH AND PEDAGOGY
TUESDAY 30 OCTOBER:
AT THE CROSSING OF THE DISCIPLINES, INTERROGATE THE SPACE GENERATED AND SHARED. PERFORMANCE SPACE AND EPHEMERAL COMMUNITY OF GESTURES:
WHAT ARE THE RECIPROCAL CONNECTIONS BETWEEN DANCE, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN?
ENSAM, in partnership with ICI-CCN, La Sapienza and the French Institute of Rome, organizes the Architecture Danse Design conference.
This symposium puts in conversation several disciplines around theory and practice, research and creation, pedagogy and transmission, and retraces the experiences of the organizing institutions in connection with the resident artist.
Guest sessions led by: Emmanuelle Huynh, Jennifer Monson, Mathias Fish – choreographers, Francesco Careri, founder of Stalker, collective of architects, Alix de Morant, lecturer in theatrical and choreographic studies at the Paul-Valéry University Montpellier 3.
Free RSVP at: ADDreservation@montpellier.archi.fr
FEVERISH WORLD (2018-2068): Arts and Sciences of Collective Survival will be a three-day symposium and convergence intended to catalyze the building of bridges between the arts and the sciences, and between academe and the broader community, to help prepare UVM and the Burlington region for the next 50 years of anticipated “feverishness.” (Fill in your own blanks about the likely sources of that feverishness–climate and ecological changes, resource wars, movements of refugee populations, clashing political paradigms, and so on.)
FEVERISH WORLD will include panels and roundtables, keynote talks and conversations, as well as public art and music performances, a “tent city” encampment of TentWorks installations, a parade, and more. Among the featured speakers and artists will be
– anthropologist and philosopher of science Bruno Latour, whose Burack Lecture on “The Politics of Gaia” will take place on Monday October 22 at 4 p.m. in Ira Allen Chapel;
– Brazilian sculptor Nele Azevedo, whose Minimal Monument ice sculpture will be installed on the back steps of City Hall Park on Sunday October 23;
– painter, sculptor, and installation artist Torkwase Dyson, whose art works will be exhibited at Williams Hall (and potentially the new Cohen Building) and whose Molly Ruprecht Talk will take place on Monday October 22 at 7 p.m. in Ira Allen Chapel;
– environmental philosopher and jazz musician (known for his recordings with animals) David Rothenberg, whose keynote talk will take place on Sunday October 21, with a musical performance on Saturday evening;
– Burlington City Arts artist-in-residence Pauline Jennings, who will lead a performative urban wilderness walk/game on Saturday October 20;
– eco-artist and engineer Natalie Jeremijenko, director of the xDesign Environmental Health Clinic at New York University, who will be in residence at the Green House Residential Community for the week leading up to and including Feverish World;
– UVM composer David Neiweem, whose church bell compositions will be heard at various sites and times over the three “feverish” days;
– Abenaki historian and archaeologist Frederick Wiseman, who will speak on the history of this land on Sunday October 21;
– Anne Strainchamps and Steve Paulson, co-hosts of the award-winning public radio program “To the Best of Our Knowledge”;
– Vermont poet laureate Chard deNiord, artist and eco-arts theorist Linda Weintraub, ecology and religion scholar Bron Taylor, musicians including cellist Anne Bourne, Rural Noise Ensemble, Metamorph, Pantet, and others.
The event is being organized by a group of UVM faculty and Burlington and area activists working under the auspices of the EcoCulture Lab, with generous support from the Gund Institute for Environment, the UVM Humanities Center, the Rubenstein School and the Steven Rubenstein Professorship, the Dan and Carole Burack Lecture Fund, the Molly Ruprecht Fund for Visual Arts, and from UVM departments and programs including Environmental Studies, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Global and Regional Studies, Art and Art History, as well as the Fleming Museum, Champlain College, Burlington City Arts, the McCarthy Art Gallery at St. Michael’s College, and the Shelburne Institute.
A partial list of speakers and guests can be found here (others are still being confirmed):
A tentative schedule of events (to be updated with more detail in the coming weeks) can be found here:
Feverish World will be free and open to the public, though select events, as well as roundtable paper access, will require pre-registration
JENNIFER MONSON/SCORES AND SYSTEMS FOR PERFORMING IMPROVISATION
09:15-11:15am, Mon-Wed, Aug 13-15
FROM THE 12TH-19TH OF August 2018 David Zambrano and Mat Voorter will finally open TICTAC Art Centre in Brussels, Belgium.
From Sunday 12 until Sunday 19 August 2018, we will be celebrating the opening of TicTac Art Centre with a non stop of daily art activities:
- Master Classes by Marlon Barrios Solano, Jennifer Monson, Yoshiko Chuma, Terence Lewis, Archie Burnett, David Zambrano, Horacio Macuacua, Enano, and TimSon.
- Performances: Every evening will be improvisational performances by a selection of a long list of invited artists. The performances will be announce on the same day each day on the website and Facebook page of TICTAC ART CENTRE.
- Exhibitions by local and international visual artists will be presented throughout the TicTac Art Centre spaces.
More info: http://tictacartcentre.com
From John Lipscomb and our friends at Riverkeeper:
(Full post here)
Fast-tracked Army Corps proposals threaten the future life of the Hudson.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering six different plans for massive offshore barriers and/or land-based floodwalls intended to “manage the risk of coastal storm damage” to New York Harbor and the Hudson Valley. Several of these alternatives could threaten the very existence of the Hudson as a living river.
If you live anywhere near the shorelines of New York City, New York Harbor or the Hudson up to Troy, your community will be forever affected by this decision.
Anyone who cares about the life in the Hudson River needs to become informed and involved, now.
Please attend one of these meetings, just announced:
• Monday, July 9, 3-5 p.m., NYC: Borough of Manhattan Community Center in Tribeca, enter at 199 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007, between Greenwich St. and the West Side Highway. The session is in the Conference Room-Richard Harris Terrace, on the main floor.
• Monday, July 9, 6-8 p.m., NYC: (duplicate session) at the Borough of Manhattan Community Center in Tribeca, enter at 199 Chambers St., Manhattan, between Greenwich St. and the West Side Highway. The session is in the Conference Room-Richard Harris Terrace, on the main floor.
• Tuesday, July 10, 3-5 p.m., Newark: Rutgers University-Newark Campus, Paul Robeson Campus Center, 2nd floor, Essex Room. Entrance is at 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Newark, N.J.
• Tuesday, July 10, 6-8 p.m., Newark: (duplicate session) at Rutgers University-Newark Campus, Paul Robeson Campus Center, 2nd floor, Essex Room. Entrance is at 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Newark, N.J.
• Wednesday, July 11, 6-8 p.m., Poughkeepsie: Hudson Valley Community Center (Auditorium room), 110 South Grand Avenue, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
This process is being fast-tracked, and it’s an outrage. The Army Corps gave only 12 days’ notice for meetings on an issue that will take many years to resolve and could change the river forever.
The six alternatives are under consideration as part of the New York – New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries (NYNJHAT) Coastal Storm Risk Management Feasibility Study, affecting more than 2,150 square miles. We all know that sea level rise and more frequent, intense storms require action and planning. But there is a difference between creating more protective, resilient shorelines over time, and installing massive, in-water barriers that threaten to change the ecosystem forever. Offshore barriers will choke off tidal flow and fish migration – the very life of our river.
Riverkeeper is working on an information piece to tell you what you need to know. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned.
Monday May 21
7:30pm Performancesat Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Street, NYCPerformances by:Rev Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir!
….and special surprise guests!
All proceeds go to support the 2018 Parks Tour September 1-16 !
Ridgewood Reservoir Public Meeting
Monday, March 5th, 2018 @ 7 PM
Redeemer Lutheran Church – 6907 Cooper Ave, Glendale, NY
Join us to make your voice heard to protect the Ridgewood Reservoir’s unique ecology. The NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be holding a public meeting to discuss the proposed Ridgewood Reservoir wetlands delineation. NYC H2O encourages all Ridgewood Reservoir neighbors and enthusiasts to attend this meeting and speak in favor of the wetlands designation.
DEC has found that “The majority of the western basin (Basin 1), as well as the majority of the southern half of the western basin (Basin 3) contain forested wetlands that are seasonally flooded. The majority of central basin (Basin 2) contains open water, surrounded by emergent wetlands…” The comment period on the wetland designation starts today and will close on March 22nd. A copy of DEC’s The Ridgewood Reservoir Wetlands Report is available for download here.
Comments should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
or mailed to:Regional Administration, Region 2
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101-5401
Attn: Ken Scarlatelli
(tickets now available at the link above!)
February 20-24, 2018
We just finished a two- week residency at the Chocolate Factory – such a generous and generative space to work and big thanks to the amazing team of Brian Rogers, Sheila Lewandowski and Madeline Best. We are preparing to open bend the even in one month, February 20 – 24 at 8 pm at the Chocolate Factory. Get your tickets early!
The work continues to shift, and expand. I am learning something about time, about stillness and a sense of quiet that is full of movement, sound and light. We are narrowing in on the ways in which the mediums press into each other and create a friction that emanates an uncanny animacy in the space. It was a pleasure to share a work in progress on January 13th alongside a beautiful solo of luciana achugar’s. The two of us have been in conversation with each other about the how we make work, our overlapping concerns, themes and differences. That conversation will be public through the Chocolate Factory website in February.
bend the even is a collaboration with myself, Susan Becker (costumes), Elliott Cennetoglu (lighting), Regina Garcia (scenic design), Jeff Kolar (composer), Mauriah Kraker (performer), and Zeena Parkins (composer), It culminates a year long process researching varying scales of light, sound and movement generated before and during dawn. The work accesses new frameworks for emanating presence and animacy through the three mediums of sound, light and movement leaving the audience at the edge of perceptual comprehension. Undoing hierarchies of value between viewer and performer, bend the even explores containment and relinquishing through ever-narrowing parameters. This work allows for the possibility that movement disappears and leaves only sensation, an emanation that is experienced through the skin and ears, not so much through the eyes. In bend the even this asks the viewer to release what might be tangible about the experience in preparation for what is newly emerging.
If you are in NYC, I would love to see you there. Be sure to get your tickets soon and stay tuned for more on the work– including spotlights on our collaborators– in the next month!
Yours always in creative collaboration,
Jennifer and the iLAND Team
I am tremendously excited and proud to announce the publication of A Field Guide to iLANDing by 53rd State Press. It is such a pleasure to hold this pocket-sized book of scores in hand after the years of hard work that went into creating it.
I can’t wait to share it with you all. This book is the result of deeply stimulating collaboration and holds the creativity and brilliance of our entire iLAND community. I hope it will guide you into your own adventurous creative research with urban ecologies and beyond.
Books are available for $15. If you’re able to donate a bit on top for added support to iLAND’s upcoming projects, we’d be so grateful.
The book is accompanied by a redesign of our archives that include information about past dance projects, residencies, symposiums, and iLANDing laboratories. These archives hold additional information about all of the projects represented in the book. Once you activate the scores in the field guide, you can view detailed documentation on our website about each of the collaborative projects as a companion piece to your own research. Thank you to Julia Handschuh for this beautiful reorganization of the iLAND archive!
We have also recently reconstructed the www.birdbraindance.org website. This project happened from 2000-2006 and was the foundation of iLAND. It remains an important archive of environmental research and performance. Thank you to Jason Woofenden for his hard work and generosity in making this website available to the public again!
All of these projects were made possible with financial support from the Doris Duke Impact Artist Audience Development Fund and we are deeply grateful for their support.
And as always, we offer our heartfelt gratitude to all of the folks that created and participated with such risk and enthusiasm to generate this delicate and innovative approach to collaboration, especially the iLAND Board and the iLAB Residents.
Next week, we will be announcing re-runs of IN TOW TV and sharing a thoughtful and provocative essay about in tow written by Colin Gee.
So please – buy a copy of A Field Guide to iLANDing, crack it open and start collaborating! We look forward to following your discoveries and insights into dancing with our urban ecologies.
With Love and In Collaboration,
Join Jennifer Monson July 17-21, 2017 for MELT Systems/Scores
The Pier 35 Festival is happening in June 2018 in partnership with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Two Bridges Neighborhood Council. This project is supported by a Building Demand for the Arts Implementation grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. These workshops are supported in part by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
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