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for North is an interdisciplinary project created in collaboration with and performed by Xan Burley, Will Owen, Alex Springer, and Hsiao-Jou Tang. for North is a devotion. We build and rebuild transient architectural borders that expose and consume our pursuant bodies. Each created chamber holds its own familiarity, its own distinct events, its own sonic climate. With every repeated act of making, we come closer and closer to artifact.
As a collaborative duet, we work simultaneously with individual instinct and practiced conversation. These are both literal and figurative points of reference for us. Our bodies speak their languages and our minds cohere to intersect this divide. We are interested in this intersection, the ever-changing landscape of collaborative choreography, a landscape wherein each of the parts are willfully consumed by the whole. For this workshop, we invite participants to problem-solve movement creation with another (or many others) in embodied improvisations and scores for generating material. We will source ideas of the imaginary, drawing upon the absence of people, things, time, and/or space to develop form and content. In this process, we pursue the playfulness of bending expectation. All explored partner work emphasizes the supportive physicality embedded in weight sharing, cooperative dancing, and our fascination with the “duet.”
The Median Movement was selected for the first ever fully supported technical residency at the Center for Performance Research. The residency offers a full week of access for artists to their completely customizable performance space and laboratory.
Alex + Xan received the University of Michigan's 2015 Emerging Artist Award.
The Emerging Artist Awards recognize School of Music, Theater, and Dance graduates from within the past 15 years who have made a significant contribution to their artistic field.
We're showing a new, very much in-progress, duet in Movement Research at the Judson Church on MONDAY OCT 5 @ 8pm!
Special thanks goes out to Quentin Burley, Cesar Cordova, Katherine Ferrier, Imani Nia Foster, Natália Karam, the McGraw kids, Marian Passafaro, Alex Plaskey, Austin Selden, Mark Springer, Nathan Whiting, and Sofia Zalaquett for their generous help in the research process.
Come check it out and catch three other artists as well. Bonus >>> it's free!
Catch us for some class in the coming weeks...
Aug 31 - Sept 4 @ Gibney Dance Center
Sept 14 - 18 @ Gibney Dance Center
"Though the movements themselves are refined and straightforward, Burley and Springer make small moments seem momentous by keeping in mind the holistic organization of the space..."
"Burley and Springer show their prowess as story-tellers."
Katherine Bergstrom, Point of Contact
We're excited to premiere the first portion of our newest work, Room Moving Part I, a collaboration with sound/set designer/performer Will Owen and dance artist Hsiao-Jou Tang. Room Moving examines established relationships of formal performance in working with an integrated set of bright, white string. Additionally we will perform X, a duet, opens on a moment before an end. Having originally premiered X at the Tank in March 2012, Alex and Xan will revisit the work and present a newly developed version of the piece at the Green Building.
GAP Presents! The Median Movement
Wed + Thu // April 15 + 16 // 8pm
The Green Building
452 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
"Alex Springer and Xan Burley find ways to uplift and enlighten with subtle, telepathic duo work or with large groups of dancers, humanizing the audience experience..."
Quinn Batson, offoffoff.com