Acclaimed Organization Joins Alliance for Positive Change, Mabou Mines, Painting Space 122 and Performance Space New York in Iconic Building
Movement Research has been announced as the fifth tenant to join 122 Community Center (122CC), the newly renovated community center at 150 1st Avenue in the East Village, 122CC announced today. Movement Research, a 40-year-old organization with deep roots in the neighborhood, is one of the world’s leading laboratories for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms. Movement Research is committed to providing free and low-cost programs to a diverse intergenerational constituency through classes, rehearsal space, artists-in-residence programming and public events and festivals. The organization provides classes at no charge to neighborhood schools, as well as other community services.
Movement Research joins four other constituent organizations in the 122CC building, including Alliance for Positive Change, formally known as AIDS Service Center, Mabou Mines, Painting Space 122, and Performance Space New York. Movement Research will occupy three spaces in the building: two dance studios and an office, totaling 3,850 square feet. Programming is expected to begin summer/fall 2018.
“We enthusiastically join this group of distinguished organizations and look forward to working collaboratively with them and with the East Village community,” said Moira Brennan, Chair of the Movement Research Board of Directors.
Choreographer, performer, curator, and writer Ishmael Houston-Jones, who serves as Secretary of Movement Research said, “Art and service to the community are two cornerstones of Movement Research’s mission, so I am thrilled that Movement Research now will have a home in 122 Community Center, and will share this iconic building with three vital arts organizations—Mabou Mines, Painting Space and Performance Space—and Alliance for Positive Change, an indispensable organization that serves our community.”
Choreographer and curator Sarah Michelson said, “In my first-ever meeting with Guy Yarden, Movement Research’s co-director at the time—in 1995, at Nation, next to the organization's then-home on Avenue A—I was asked to help find Movement Research a permanent home. Since then I have personally packed the moving boxes, for relocations of our offices, four times; and that's just a third of the moves the organization has moved over the last 22 years. So when I heard the news that the City is giving Movement Research a true home, in this historic East Village building, I wept with relief, exhilaration and hope.”
Artist Jaime Ortega said, “For almost three decades Movement Research has been my home. For me and countless others, Movement Research has provided a space to play and experiment, to ponder and question. It has allowed room for controversy and dissent. It has offered a nest to nurture dialogue, community and artistic inquiry. And it has achieved all this without a permanent base. It gives me great joy to know that now MR will have its own home in this historic building. May it thrive in its new headquarters.”
The restoration of 122CC, a City-owned building, is funded by the City of New York and managed by the Department of Cultural affairs, with construction managed by the Department of Design and Construction.
About Movement Research
Movement Research is one of the world’s leading laboratories for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms. Valuing the individual artist, their creative process and their vital role within society, Movement Research is dedicated to the creation and implementation of free and low-cost programs that nurture and instigate discourse and experimentation. Movement Research strives to reflect the cultural, political and economic diversity of its moving community, including artists and audiences alike.