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Movement Research Festival

May. 31 - Jun. 06, 2017

May 31 - June 6

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Movement Research Festival Spring 2017

Curated by Laurie Berg, Monstah Black and Amy Khoshbin

FESTIVAL ARTISTS
Adam Soch, Bessie McDonough-Thayer, BS Movement, Brother(hood) Dance!, Cakes Da Killa, Carlos Soto, Charles Atlas, Deville Cohen, DJ Adam Rhodes, Doreen Garner, Dynasty Handbag, Erica Magrey, Greer Dworman, Jackie 60 MCs Paul Alexander and Chi Chi Valenti with DJ Johnny Dynell, Jasmine Hearn, Jen Sullivan, Kembra Pfahler, Kenya (Robinson), Larissa Velez-Jackson, Liz McAuliffe, Lucy Sexton, Manchildblack, Michael DiPietro, Mr. Richard Kennedy, Narcissister, Raja Feather Kelly, Reza Abdoh, Slim Ninja, Sophia Peer, Tendayi Kuumba, Tyler Ashley, Yozmit

In the middle of the intersection we met, simultaneously. Riding on a wave, each of us gravitating toward the unknown, disregarding boundaries that were no longer needed. This place where movement blends with humor, sound paints the landscape and visuals twist the mind into… surprise!

Overcome by the political landscape, here we are with our feelings. FUCKING FEELINGS (!) – yell and scream – catharsis – emotional outbursts – dance party – sweat – bodies close together – humor – collaborations with other artists/people who aren’t artists (civilians) – widen your dirty sphere – dance – music – visual art – all in one space – productive political dialogues – conversation – think tank – make fun – make serious – make art – surprise(!)

How can we surprise one another with the unexpected alliances that are made by cross-pollinating our communities and revolutionizing the intended uses of the venues and institutions we’re used to? It’s time to deframe or reframe the suddenly static definitions of what performance, art, and creative expression can be. Does it need the validation of the institution that it is assigned or can it be validated by the diverse communities that support and create it? surprise/!, the “high” and the “low” are not so different from one another.

Let’s overcome the divisiveness of current politics and culture and pay homage to our roots, subverting boundaries through showing up and coming together. surprise. It’s a festival duh, we’re doing this.

As we create the structure for this festival, we cannot ignore the fact that we have no idea what will occur under this new administration in the next few months. In order to stay ready, we are creating designated open space for meetings, discussions or other needed formats to address what we can’t plan for – or even imagine. Throughout the course of surprise! surprise(!) surprise/! surprise, HOWL! Happening acts as the hub for the Movement Research Festival Spring 2017 for this very purpose. We want to invite people from different communities to come together in a shared space both in formal and informal gatherings. It is also our hope that you will also get to know these incredible venues and spaces that are doing great work for their neighborhood and artistic communities. A gallery, performance space, and archive, HOWL! Happening aims to shine a light on the vibrant mix of rock and roll, social justice, art and performance, community activism, LGBTQ rights and culture, immigrants, fashion, and nightlife past and present in the East Village.

FESTIVAL ARTISTS
Adam Soch, Bessie McDonough-Thayer, BS Movement, Brother(hood) Dance!, Cakes Da Killa, Carlos Soto, Charles Atlas, Deville Cohen, DJ Adam Rhodes, Doreen Garner, Dynasty Handbag, Erica Magrey, Greer Dworman, Jackie 60 MCs Paul Alexander and Chi Chi Valenti with DJ Johnny Dynell, Jasmine Hearn, Jen Sullivan, Kembra Pfahler, Kenya (Robinson), Larissa Velez-Jackson, Liz McAuliffe, Lucy Sexton, Manchildblack, Michael DiPietro, Mr. Richard Kennedy, Narcissister, Raja Feather Kelly, Reza Abdoh, Slim Ninja, Sophia Peer, Tendayi Kuumba, Tyler Ashley, Yozmit

www.movementresearch.org/festival
Download PDF of festival brochure.

Schedule
MAY 31 WEDNESDAY What’s Now, What’s Next

JUNE 1 THURSDAY Inside Out Upside Down

JUNE 2 FRIDAY Hail the New Puritan

JUNE 3 SATURDAY Vertigo

JUNE 4 SUNDAY Reza Abdoh: Theater Visionary

JUNE 5 MONDAY Pull It Sur Prize

JUNE 6 TUESDAY Basically we’re all geniuses, end of story.

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Details

Start:
May 31
End:
June 6

Venue

Howl! Happening
6 East 1st Street
New York City, 10003
Phone:
917.475.1294
Website:
www.HowlArts.ORG