Landing/Shifting: Bodies, Gender, and Ecosexuality

Choreographer, performer, scholar, and educator, Michael J. Morris, will collaborate with Movement Matters through a  five-day residency at Middlebury College in April 2016. During their stay, they will offer guest lectures, facilitate a Butoh class, and conduct rehearsals.

Morris works across and between dance studies, performance studies, and sexuality studies. Their work is concerned with destabilizing normative categories through which bodies are made to live and proliferating difference as an irreducible multiplicity through which more lives might come to matter.

Morris holds a PhD in Dance Studies from The Ohio State University and is currently a three-year Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at Denison University. At OSU, Morris was awarded both the Presidential Fellowship and the Graduate Associate Teaching Award, the highest recognitions for graduate research and teaching at Ohio State.

Ecosexuality in Performance Mention in Gender, Sexuality, Feminist Studies Newsletter here.

April 7 | 1:30-2:30p | Chateau Lounge | Course Participants Only
Talk: Gender and Sexuality Embodied in Dance in Catharine Wright’s Writing Gender & Sexuality Course
In this session, Morris will discuss ways in which gender and sexuality are embodied in dance, and the ways in which dance and choreography provide frameworks for thinking about sexuality and gender. What are the physical conventions and codes that we perform through which our genders become constituted? How is spatiality implicit in our conceptualization of sexual orientation? In what ways do dances reproduce normative expectations for the embodiment of sexuality and gender, and how might dances also provide innovative or subversive propositions for how we might embody gender and sexuality differently?

April 7 | 3-4:15p | MCA 110
Facilitation: Butoh Class in Katie Martin’s Dance Improvisation Course
Butoh is a postmodern approach to movement that originated primarily in the work of Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno in Japan in the 1950s. Synthesized in the aftermath of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, butoh—also known as Ankoku Butoh or “the dance of utter darkness”—is now practiced around the globe and has developed through many strategies for generating movement. My approach to butoh cultivates shifting experiences of embodiment as a mode of becoming. Through a series of layered improvisations, the body passes into various states of awareness, duration, and deterritorialization as it is given over to a range of images and other modes of materiality. In this process, we surrender certainty of what a body means or what it might become; we experiment with the potential of the body in relation to others and task-based scores, opening possibilities for how else we might experience ourselves. In this sense, butoh provides a context in which to investigate the relationship of the body to the world; to explore what can emerge out of states of complexity, crisis, or impossibility; and to practice staying open to what might not be known.

April 7 | 5-6p | MCA 232 | Open to faculty and staff
Facilitation: Choreographic movement experience with Faculty/Staff Movement Lab

April 8 | 10:10-11a | AXN 229
Talk: Ecosexuality in Performance in Mez Baker-Médard’s Gender, Health, and Environment Course
In this talk, Morris will introduce ecosexuality as a framework for considering the entanglements of human sexuality with the nonhuman world, and in turn, for analyzing the ways in which performances figure possible perspectives of such entanglements. We will consider how the performing arts might offer resources for reimagining, rethinking, and enacting differently the ways we understand ourselves and the more-than-human world of which we are a part.

April 8 | 11:15-12:15p | Chellis House
Lunch: Bodies, Gender, and Ecosexuality

April 9 |  4p  | MCA 109
Informal In-Process Sharing: Solo work Michael J. Morris is choreographing with Maree ReMalia

*This residency is generously co-sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Program, Environmental Studies Program, and the Writing Program.

Landing/Shifting

The Landing/Shifting projects objectives align with current campus initiatives related to practicing inclusivity and resiliency in the face of external change and are meant to help us strengthen our understanding of what contributes to personal and communal sustainability and further inform our intellectual perspectives by physically cultivating our abilities to be flexible, adaptive, and regenerative through our collaborations across disciplines.

Landing/Shifting

Landing/Shifting: Bodies, Gender, and Ecosexuality

Landing/Shifting: Drop In

 

Calendar

Calendar

Link to Maree’s professional calendar of events extending beyond Movement Matters here.

Winter/Spring 2017

the Current Sessions x La MaMa Moves Festival
LaMama Experimental Theater, New York, NY
June 4 | 6:00pm
Tickets and more information here.

Movement Matters: Two Years in Process
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theater
April 20 | 6:00pm
Free and open to the public
Join Maree ReMalia, Movement Matters Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer, and her cross-disciplinary collaborators to learn about discoveries made through practices of embodied learning and the scope of activities that have taken place during a two-year residency. Enjoy an informal sharing through text, movement, archival media, and more, followed by a celebratory reception. 

Middlebury Dance Program Master Class: Butoh as Creative Process
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theater
Led by Michael J. Morris in Lida Winfield’s Creative Process Class
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 2:50pm-4:05pm
Free and Open to the public
This workshop will provide an introduction to butoh as a resource for creative process, specifically for accessing potentially unfamiliar and unexamined physical possibilities. Butoh is a postmodern Japanese dance form that emerged from the work of Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata in the 1950s. Working from a series of images, tasks, and scores, this practice invites participants to experiment with a range of sensory modes and body schemas, destabilizing static perceptions of what a body can mean and bringing the body to the edges of what it has been. No previous dance experience is necessary. http://denison.edu/people/michael-j-morris

Middlebury College Faculty Dance Concert
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theater
April 6 | 8:00pm
Tickets and information here.

Mahaney Center for the Arts Performance Arts Series
The Ubiquitous Mass of Us

March 17 & 18 | 8:00pm
Join Maree ReMalia | merrygogo for The Ubiquitous Mass of Us, an evening-length, escalating journey where nine performers from across artistic disciplines question the bounds of their identities. Moving in and around the set designed by visual artist Blaine Siegel, they explore the way they take up space. Watch them bare a broad range of physicality and newly discovered expressions to an original soundscore by David Bernabo. For all ages, seasoned performance goers, and those new to the theater. The artists offer a post-performance discussion both nights. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Movement Matters Program, and the Dance Program.  Buy tickets: $20 Public/$15 Middlebury ID holders/$6 Middlebury students. Friday, March 17 post show Q&A.

Ubiquitous Outreach Events
Monday, March 13 | 12:15pm-1:30pm | Class Visit
Modern Technique in Advanced Modern Technique 470
Led by Jil Stifel
Mahaney Center for the Arts, 110

Tuesday, March 14 | 11:00am-12:15pm | Class Visit
The Impact of Fracking on Food Sources (short lecture + video clips)
Led by David Bernabo in Diego Thompson Bello’s Environmental Sociology Course
Warner Hall HEM

Tuesday, March 14 | 3:00-4:15pm | Free and open to the public
Gaga/Improvisation/Repertory Experiments in Lida’s Advanced Improv Course
Led by Maree ReMalia and Friends
Mahaney Center for the Arts, 110

Wednesday, March 15 | 11:30-1:30pm | Private Event
Healing from Trauma Workshop for Midd Safe Directors
Led by Ella Mason
Mitchell Green Lounge

March 15 | |12:15pm-1:30pm | Class Visit
Topic: How food options changed with redlining, Jim Crow laws, and gentrification
Led by David Bernabo in Erica Morrell’s Environmental (in)justice Course
Munroe Hall 405

Wednesday, March 15 | 2:50-4:05pm | Class Visit
Movement Explorations in Lida’s Creative Process Course
Led by slowdanger (Anna Thompson and Taylor Knight)
Mahaney Center for the Arts, 109

Thursday, March 16 | 1:30-2:00pm | Class Visit
Costume Styling and Entrepreneurship in Mira Veikley’s Costume Design Course
Led by Rachel Vallozzi
Wright Theatre Room 205

Thursday, March 16 | 1:30pm-2:45pm | Class Visit
Music Discussion in Peter Hamlin’s Electronic Music Course (MUSC 212)
Led by David Bernabo
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Thursday, March 16 | 4:30-6:00pm | Private Workshop
Movement and Discussion with Chicago Posse 5 Group
Led by Maree ReMalia and Joseph Hall
DKE House, 20 Old Chapel Rd.

Saturday, March 18 | 6:45-7:15pm | Free and open to the public
Open, Pre-show Warm Up with the Ubiquitous Cast
Led by Maree ReMalia and friends
Mahaney Center for the Arts, 110

Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof Artists-in-Residence | February 20-25
Facebook event page.

This residency is supported by the Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Movement Matters Residency, Committee on the Arts, Director of the Arts Discretionary Fund, Hebrew Department, Living Dance, Middlebury College Activities Board, Middlebury College Dance Program, Music Department, and Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs.

Gaga/dancer and repertory workshop (intermediate/advanced dancers, registration required)
Monday, 2/20-Friday, 2/24 | MCA 110
Registration and more information here.

Open Gaga/people classes (no previous experience necessary)
Wednesday, 2/22 | 12:30-1:30pm | MCA 110
Friday, 2/24 | 12:30-1:30pm | MCA 110

Open rehearsal
Stay after Gaga/people to watch an open rehearsal with Noa Zuk!
Friday, 2/24 | 1:30-3:00pm | MCA 110

Lecture Demonstration
Saturday, 2/25 | 7:30pm | MCA 110

Collaboration in the Arts 
Final Project Showing
Wednesday, February 1 | 4:30pm
Wright Theater
Join the students and facilitators from the January Term Collaboration in the Arts course and see how their month of making together has culminated in their final project showings! The students and facilitators draw from assignments, mini-projects, reflections, and their explorations in dance, theater, visual art, writing, and their various areas of study to create this final event!

Fridays at the Museum
Friday, January 20 | 12:15-1:15pm
Mahaney Center for the Arts Dance Theater (studio 110)
An informal, interdisciplinary works-in-progress showing with Maree ReMalia and friends.
Come see the projects Maree ReMalia and her collaborators from Hatch Arts Collective (Pgh), South Korea, and Middlebury College are working on this month drawing from their backgrounds in dance, theater, visual art, writing, and film in this works-in-progress showing in partnership with the Middlebury College Museum.

Tracks // Invited Showing
APAP | NYC 2017
e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.
Presented by: Green Street Studios & JAMpress
Gibney Dance Center (890 Broadway, NYC)
January 7, 2017 // 7:02pm
Reserve your seat here.
A Part of Tracks 2017: featuring Boston and PGH dance artists at Gibney Dance Center (890)Green Street Studios and JAMpress presents an invited showing.

Fall 2016
Improvisation Session with HyunJung Lee and Maree ReMalia
Thursday, December 8 | 4:30-6:30pm
MCA 109

Gaga and Improvisation with HyunJung Lee and Maree ReMalia
Monday, December 5 | 6:00-7:15pm
Town Hall Theater

LightLab Performance Series
e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.
Shared bill with David Bernabo and collaborators
Wednesday, November 30 | 7p
Wood Street Galleries, third floor, Pittsburgh

Open Gaga Class
Wednesday, November 30 | 10-11am
PearlArts Studios, Pittsburgh

Open Gaga Class and Repertory
Saturday, November 26 | 2:30-4:30pm
Slovenian National Home, Cleveland

Gaga Master Classes 
Monday, November 21 | 10-11:50am & 12-1:50pm
Towson University Dance Program, Maryland

BlakTinx Performance Series: e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. with HyunJung Lee
Friday, November 18 | 8p
BAAD! Bronx Academy of Art and Dance
Tickets here.

Gaga and Improvisation with HyunJung Lee and Maree ReMalia
Monday, November 14 | 6:00-7:15pm
Town Hall Theater

Gaga Master Class Vermont College Dance Festival
Saturday, November 12 | 9:30-11:15am
E320 Studio, Bennington College

Improvisation Session with HyunJung Lee and Maree ReMalia
Thursday, November 8 | 4:30-6:30pm
MCA 109

Gaga and Improvisation with HyunJung Lee and Maree ReMalia
Monday, November 7 | 6:00-7:15pm
Town Hall Theater

Town Hall Theater: Monday Class Series
Mondays, September 26-November 14 | 6:00-7:15p
Register here.

Roots of Movement: Land Based Dance
Performance and Pizza at Middlebury College Farm
Friday, October 28 | 3-5pm
Free and Open to the Public
Rain location Lower Lobby MCA

Roots of Movement Workshops and Residency: Land Based Dance 
Saturday, October 15 | 11:00am-11pm
The Headwaters Theatre | 55 NE FARRAGUT ST. #9 | Portland, OR | 11-4:30pm
Prior Day Farm | 9233 N. Bristol Avenue | Portland, OR 97203 | 7-11pm

Guest Teaching in Lida Winfield’s Improvisational Practices Course: Gaga Class
Tuesday, October 4 | 9:30-10:45a| Middlebury College MCA 110

Clifford Symposium: Mindful Movement
Saturday, September 24 | 11:30a-12:00p | Middlebury College MCA 110
In this thirty-minute session, participants will engage in mindful movement explorations that offer tools for practicing self awareness, connecting with the space, and sensing other movers. No previous experience necessary. All are welcome!

Middview Rhythm and Dance Trip: Improvisational Play Workshop
Friday, September 9 | 9:30-11:00a | Middlebury College MCA 109

MiddSummer Play Lab: Improvisational Play Workshop
Thursday, September 8 | 4-6p | Middlebury College MCA 232

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Spring 2016
DanceFest Vermont: Landing/Shifting
Saturday, April 30 | 7:30p | Castleton University Casella Theater

Residency: Landing/Shifting: Drop In
Sunday, April 10 – Friday, April 15 | Middlebury College

April 12 | 3-4:15p | Bi Hall Discovery Court | Open to the community
Facilitation in Katie Martin’s Dance Improvisation Class
Play with Movement Scores and Installation Concepts
*Rain location Bi Hall Great Hall

April 12 | 4:30-5:30p | Bi Hall Discovery Court | Open to the community
Drop In–Participate in movement scores and interactive installations
*Rain location Bi Hall Great Hall

April 13 | 12:15-1:30p | Twilight Auditorium | Open to the community | Free
Screening of David Bernabo’s Food Systems documentary in
Diego Thompson’s Sociology of Food and Agricultural Systems Course

April 13 | 7-8p | Warner Hall Greenhouse | Open to the community | Free
Looking Out, Seeing In—Informal performance
*In case of rain bring umbrella and wear warm clothes and rain proof shoes

April 14 | 12:30-1:30p |  Ross Dining Hall Patio  | Open to the community
Drop-InMoving Perspective: participate in movement scores, interactive installations, and sound. With local sound artist, Sean Nealon. Rain location MCA Lower Lobby

Residency: Landing/Shifting: Bodies, Gender, and Ecosexuality
Wednesday, April 6 – Sunday, April 10 | Middlebury College

April 7 | 1:30-2:30p | Course participants only
Talk: in Catharine Wright’s Writing Gender & Sexuality Course

April 7 | 3-4:15p | MCA 110 | Open to the community
Facilitation: Butoh Class in Katie Martin’s Dance Improvisation Course

April 7 | 5-6p | MCA 232 | Open to faculty and staff
Facilitation: Choreographic movement experience with Faculty/Staff Movement Lab

April 8 | 10:10-11a | AXN 229 | Open to the community
Talk: Ecosexuality in Performance in Mez Baker-Médard’s Gender, Health, and Environment Course

April 8 | 11:15-12:15p | Chellis House | Open to the community
Lunch: Bodies, Gender, and Ecosexuality

April 9 |  4p  | MCA 109 | Open to the community
Informal In-Process Sharing: Solo work Michael J. Morris is choreographing with Maree ReMalia

Faculty Dance Concert: Landing/Shifting
Friday & Saturday, March 18 & 19 | 8p | MCA 110

*Tickets: $12/10/6

Guest in Tara Giordano’s Creative Process Course: Open Gaga class
Wednesday, March 2 | 3:05-4:05p | Middlebury College MCA 232

Guest in Katie Martin’s Dance Courses: Open Gaga classes
Thursday, February 25 | 11-12:15p and 3-4:15p | Middlebury College MCA 110

Fall 2015
Fall Dance Concert: Between Two Meanings
Friday & Saturday, December 4 & 5 | 8p | Middlebury College MCA 110

*Tickets: $12/10/6, open to the public

Gaga/people Classes at Middlebury College
Tuesday, December 1 | 8-9a | Goldsmith Lounge VFH 298
Thursday, December 3 | 4:30-5:30p | MCA 109
*Free and open to the public ages 16+

Vermont College Dance Festival
Thursday-Saturday, November 12-14 | Middlebury College Mahaney Center for the Arts

Thursday, November 12 | Faculty Showcase | 7:30p
For more information on workshops and performances click here.

Dance Department Informal Feedback Showings for Fall Dance Concert
Wednesday, October 7 & 28 | 7p | Middlebury College MCA 110

Tuesday, November 17 | 4:30-7:30p | Middlebury College MCA 110
*Free and open to the public

Guest Teacher: Gaga Class
Wednesday, October 21 | 5:45-7:15p | The Flynn Center for Performing Arts
*No previous experience necessary, open to the public ages 16+ | Drop-in $17.50

Guest in Andrea Olsen’s Body & Earth Course: Gaga Class
Tuesday, October 20 | 9:30-10:45a | Middlebury College MCA 110
*No previous experience necessary, free and open to the public ages 16+

Guest Teacher: Improvisation
Monday, October 19 | 3:30-4:45p | Middlebury Town Hall Theater

Guest in Tzveta Kassabova’s Dance Technique Course: Gaga class
Tuesday, October 6 | 3-4:15p  | Middlebury College MCA 110
*No previous experience necessary, free and open to the public ages 16+

Guest in Tzveta Kassabova’s Intro to Dance Course:
Discussion on Gaga movement language

Monday, October 5 | 1:45-2:35p | Middlebury College MCA 110
*Free and open to the public ages 16+

Clifford Symposium: Gaga Class
Saturday, September 26 | 5-6:30p | Middlebury College Wilson Hall (McCullough)
*No previous experience necessary, free and open to the public ages 16+
Other Clifford Symposium activities here.

Middlebury Student Dance Department Fall Concert: Audition
Friday, September 18 | 4:30-6p | Middlebury College MCA 110
*I will be directing a work with the ‘Newcomers’ (students who have not yet performed through the Dance Department).
No previous experience necessary!

Middlebury Dance Department Sampler: Gaga and Improvisation Workshop
Monday, September 14 | 2-4p | Middlebury College MCA 109
*No previous experience necessary, free and open to the public ages 16+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love, Sex, Race, Disability

About the Course
In this course we will explore the connections between gender and sexuality, race, and disability. Culture and representation, understandings of diversity and difference, and contexts (political, social, and historical) will provide central areas of study. Comparing and integrating topics and perspectives, we will critically analyze the constructions and politics of identity (and multiple identities) and historical perspectives on gender and sexuality, race, and disability. We also will consider the impact of education and activism, as well as the meanings of intimate relationships across and between genders and sexualities, races, and disabilities. Our work will foster a fundamental reexamination of American life and history through its study of bodies and minds, identities, languages, cultures, citizenship and rights, power and authority, what is “natural” and “unnatural.” This course will draw on diverse sources, including documentary and Hollywood films, poetry and short fiction, academic texts, and memoirs.

Movement Matters is partnering with this course in the considerations of sensory, physical experience and to bring awareness to the ways in which we come to understand diversity and difference in regard to the body.

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