Median Movement to Premiere FOR NORTH at CPR This December
Center for Performance Research (CPR), an artist-driven organization co- founded by Jonah Bokaer Choreography and John Jasperse & Thin Man Dance, Inc. to support the development of new works in contemporary dance, will present for North, a new work by the Median Movement, from December 1-3, 2016. Performances are at 7:30pm at CPR (361 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn). Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Founded by choreographers Xan Burley and Alex Springer, the Median Movement includes sound and set designer Will Owen, dance artist Hsiao-Jou Tang, and lighting designer Andy Dickerson. As a collective the group creates interdisciplinary work that examines the ephemeral and imperceptible networks that confine and expand personal pathways through public encounters.
All creative collaborators perform in the work; acting as dancers, live musicians, and agents of the set. for North unfolds and shifts on CPR's stage as the dancers' bodies navigate transient architectural borders, creating geometric textures that are echoed in the live sound score and lighting.
for North was developed with the support of CPR's Andrew W. Mellon Artist-in-Residence program as well as the organization's first ever week-long technical residency. The residencies provided the Median Movement with 100 hours of low cost rehearsal space and one week of fully supported, exclusive access to CPR's flexible performance space, with additional support provided by CPR's resident Technical Director and General Manager.
CPR's 1,845 sq ft performance space is one the most technically advanced venues of its size offering technical residencies within the five boroughs. The residency program underscores the organization's commitment to providing services that support the creation of new work at all stages of development, and ensures New York City is a sustainable place to live and work for artists. The inaugural residency, generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, was held from May 1-7, 2016.
"CPR's Technical Residency has been one of the best residencies that we've received. It is one-of-a-kind in its mission to provide technical and production support in a tangible way without the pressure of presenting immediately. Our project was already in process when we began at CPR, but we were able to realize its full potential once we moved into the space and considered the work site specific," said a representative of the Median Movement.
The Median Movement, the moniker under which Xan Burley + Alex Springer create, serves as a vehicle for their collaborative choreography, performance and teaching. Their work has been presented at Center for Performance Research (2016 Technical Residency recipients), Danspace Project's DraftWork, Movement Research at the Judson Church, University Settlement (2013-14 Artists-in-Residence), Brooklyn Arts Exchange/BAX (2011 Space Grant Recipients), DanceNOW (2011 Encore Challenge winners), the 92Y, the TANK, and Triskelion Arts, among others. They have enjoyed staging their work on many university dance
departments and professional companies throughout the U.S. Burley and Springer are members of Doug Varone and Dancers and have performed extensively with other artists in NYC. They recently received the Emerging Artist Award from their alma mater, the University of Michigan. For more, visit www.themedianmovement.com.
Will Owen is a composer, artist, and curator originally from North Carolina, based in both New York and Philadelphia. Currently, Will is an artist in residence at Flux Factory in Queens, NY and a curator with Philadelphia's Little Berlin Gallery. Will has had the honor of presenting his work internationally in Denmark, Iceland, Russia, and Wales as well as domestically, most notably at the Museum of the Moving Image (NYC), Black Mountain College Museum (NC), and Philadelphia Water Works (PA). www.willowen.net
Hsiao-Jou Tang was born and raised in Taiwan, and is currently a member of Doug Varone and Dancers. She has additionally worked with a variety of companies, such as Shen Wei Dance Arts, Abraham.In.Motion, the Metropolitan Opera and The Pharmacy Project. Hsiao-jou has been working with the Median Movement since 2009.
CPR is an artist-driven initiative, co-founded by Jonah Bokaer & Chez Bushwick and John Jasperse & Thin Man Dance, Inc. CPR's mission is to support the development of new works in contemporary dance, performance and related forms, and to promote awareness of and appreciation for contemporary performing arts. CPR is particularly interested in supporting artistic processes that integrate visual design, installation, and technology. Located in a 4,000 square-foot mixed-used arts facility in Brooklyn's first L.E.E.D.-certified green building of its kind, CPR provides affordable space for rehearsal and performance, innovative arts programming, education, and pedagogical engagement with the communities of New York City and abroad. CPR addresses the critical need for space in New York City's creative landscape and is committed to building arts infrastructure that nurtures contemporary performance. At the same time, CPR provides a sustainable model for livability in New York City with a focus on community involvement and environmental responsibility. For ticketing services visit cprnyc.org.