Middlebury College’s Interdisciplinary Choreographer Residency Program

Movement Matters is a two-year residency supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Middlebury College Dance Program focusing on the significance of movement and its intersectionality across disciplines through collaboration in curricular and creative initiatives.

Maree ReMalia was invited as the Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer (2015-2017) due to her ability to integrate various perspectives into her research, her interest and ability to collaborate with a plethora of disciplines and engage bodies of all backgrounds into her movement practice. 

Through Movement Matters, Maree and her team are inviting collaborators on campus and in the community to help them consider the following questions. How can examinations of movement across disciplines offer insights into the ways we are connected personally, socially, politically, and environmentally in our global circumstance? How might movement help us cultivate awareness, remain present, practice empathy, engage in compassionate confrontation, and source tools for well-being? How might asking these questions and engaging in movement exploration offer spaces to embrace the broad range of identities and experiences of our times? What are the ways creative process and performance give us the opportunity to practice skills of listening, witnessing, being with uncertainty, making decisions, adapting, responding, and being playful? Can these questions and practices help us arrive at more nuanced understandings of ourselves and our world?

They are interested in connecting their questions to your course work, research questions, creative projects, physical practice, and personal interests. They are reaching across disciplines and inviting participation from individuals from a broad range of backgrounds and perspectives to share resources and embodied experiences, and where there is interest, having you join them in the studio and in performance.


Movement Matters related classes and events.

Movement Matters January 2015 research blog.

Maree ReMalia | merrygogo archival website.

Maree ReMalia was born in South Korea and raised in the United States. Currently, she is the Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer through the Movement Matters Residency at Middlebury College (2015-2017) and is based in Vermont and Washington, DC. She travels frequently working as a choreographer, performer, and teacher facilitating movement experiences with individuals from a broad range of identities, abilities, and disciplines.

merrygogo is her platform for creating project-based performance works with communities of shifting collaborators. In 2014 and 2015 her choreographic work was named by The Examiner as one of “Pittsburgh’s Top 10 Contemporary Dance Performances.” Her choreography has been commissioned by Gibney Dance DoublePlus Festival under the curation of Bebe Miller and has been presented at BAAD! Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, Cleveland Public Theatre Big Box and DanceWorks Series, CKM&A Dance & Dessert at American Dance Institute, Daegu International Dance Festival and Daegu International Dance Duet Festival (South Korea), Dance Place, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, LightLab Performance Series, Movement Research at the Judson Church, New Hazlett Theater Community Supported Art Series, Summer Portraits (Israel), the CURRENT SESSIONS, Three Rivers Arts Festival, DanceFest Vermont and Vermont College Dance Festival. She was selected for artistic residencies at Dance Exchange, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, and PearlArts Studios and has been funded by Cleveland Arts Prize Kathryn Karipides Scholarship, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Greater Pittsburgh Artist Opportunity Grant, Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative, Middlebury College Environmental Council, Faculty Professional Development Fund and Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (a state agency), and The Ohio State University Alumni Grants for Graduate Research. 

Recent performance credits include Katie Martin’s non-events both uniform and singular, Michael J. Morris’s From Here, Blaine Siegel and Jil Stifel’s Objects for Dance, and dancing in the work of Bebe Miller, Ohad Naharin, and Noa Zuk. She was a member of MegLouise Dance, MorrisonDance, and STAYCEE PEARL dance project and previously performed with the Richmond Ballet and Southern Ballet Theatre.  In 2013, she was an original cast member of Chickens, a new play by Paul Kruse produced by Hatch Arts Collective.

As an educator, Maree facilitates classes in Gaga, improvisation, and creative process in academic, conservatory, and community settings. She co-facilitates Soma/Gaga workshops with Mark Taylor and is a visiting teaching artist with Colorado Conservatory of Dance and Dreams of Hope Queer Youth Arts.

In 2011, she completed her MFA at The Ohio State University and went on to earn her certification to teach the Gaga movement language through the first official Gaga Teacher Training program in Tel Aviv, Israel. She received her BA in Education for Social Change and Cultural Studies at Prescott College and studied somatic and improvisational practices at Moving on Center School for Participatory Arts. 

Maree is certified in the Ilan Lev Method, a Feldenkrais-based body work.

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