|An Ostrich Proudly
An Ostrich Proudly, a new film by alex|xan: the Median Movement, features a woman defined by a space. The space is an empty barn, the floor of which is brittle with debris underneath her feet. A man loiters. He draws nearer and nearer until she is well within his reach. He takes hold of her and she fights this; she is always fighting restraint to no avail. Her freedom is limited. Even from without, the man positions himself to thwart her efforts to flee. It is a piece of unrelenting captivity and the woman’s own dismal and futile attempts to escape, or not. It is reminiscent of bygone times and bygone motivations. It is melancholy, beautiful, and crushing. Shot at Kirkland Farms as a part of Dancenow[NYC]’s Silo residency, the score is sound captured during the filming.
|by Xan Burley and Alex Springer
Xan Burley + Alex Springer (the Median Movement) have been making work in NYC since 2008. Their work has been shown at Triskelion Arts, BAX, 100 Grand, Dixon Place, DanceNOW[NYC], Movement Research at Judson Church, Rooftop Dance, as well Chicago, Detroit, and other fine cities around the country. Their dance film daylighting received the silver award in DFA’s 48-hour challenge and An Ostrich Proudly has been screened at Moviehouse, WESTfest, the Flea, and Motion Captured. Notably, they received the 2011 BAX Space Grant and were selected as winners in the Encore performance of the DanceNOW[NYC] Joe’s Pub Challenge. For more information visit www.themedianmovement.com.Xan, a native of Youngstown, OH, graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in Dance and English. She has had the pleasure of working with artists such as Nancy Bannon, Elizabeth Dishman/Coriolis, Daniel Charon Dance, Shannon Gillen and Guests, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance and Donnell Oakley, among others. She also produces WAXworks and is an active teacher of dance.Alex is originally from Farmington Hills, MI and received a BFA in Dance with a Minor in Movement Science from the University of Michigan. He has worked with Amy Chavasse, Elizabeth Dishman/Coriolis, Leyya Tawil and has been a member of Doug Varone and Dancers since 2008. Additionally, Alex has staged Varone’s work for various companies and universities and acts as the company’s video designer. He has taught in NYC at the 92Y, DNA, The Playground, and Triskelion Arts.
An everyman alone in a vacant all lost survivors world of a cataclysmic event, protected by a glass bubble on his head and a rain suit, on a pilgrim’s journey to nowhere only to find out his salvation is out side of his bubble, which is the root to our salvation, people and creatures of planet earth.
|by Run Shayo
Run Shayo is a performance based artist, creating interdisciplinary work that explores the struggle of an artist in contemporary contexts, and the processes encountered. “I find my characters and their stories during researching archived TV melodramas, classic history films, and documentation of conceptualized Asian post modern performance art . The basic form of storytelling is what I strive to follow, yet, in the center of my exploration is the meaningless of structure in the face of a true improvised moment.”
Based in New York for the past 14 years, he has been creating his own work as well as collaborating with other artist, locally, and internationally. He presented his work in places as: The Irondale Center; Theater for The New City; The Tank; The Brick; Triskelion arts; The Vox Populi Gallery; The Sophianale; Berlin; Lalikah Festival Finland, Hollins University, NACL, and others. He studied performance art back in his native Tel Aviv, Israel, and Film and Video at School for Visual Arts New York.
Fallen limbs, gray skies, hushed whispers, silent houses. A dance for the winds left behind. Windings is part of a series of site specific films that aims to capture something from a particular place without much premeditation or planning. These dances serve as postcards or snapshots—preserved views of places that are often in a state of constant change.
|by Zena Bibler
Zena Bibler is an independent dance artist based in Brooklyn and co-founder of The Movement Party with Kathryn Baer Schetlick. As a choreographer and filmmaker she is interested in improvisation structures and site-specific performance, using movement and film as a means of experiencing diverse environments, uncovering their histories, secret meanings, serendipities, and previously unimagined possibilities. Her live work has been shown at Movement Research @ Judson Church, Dixon Place, NADA Hudson, Gibney Dance Center, and Yale University, and her films have been shown domestically and internationally at La MaMa Galeria, WestFest, Rice University, São Carlos Videodance Festival, Village Cinemas East, FIVU (Uruguay) and 3rd Ward/Moviehouse. As a performing artist, she has danced in parks, windows, convents, gutters, steamships, stages, and city streets with Willi Dorner, Mariangela Lopez/Accidental Movement, Susana Cook, David Balula, Alexx Shilling and the Movement Party. She holds an MA in Performance Studies from New York University with a focus on dance and site-specific composition, and a BA in History from Yale University.