Movement Research

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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.


Residencies or Fellowships


Movement Research’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program is a residency program for New York-based artists providing commissions, rehearsal space, performances, national and international exchanges and related opportunities designed to support the individualized creative process. Artists are chosen by a rotating artist panel. 


Movement Research offers two programs providing ongoing opportunities for artists to show works in progress.

Movement Research at the Judson Church is a free, high visibility, low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas and works-in-process held in the Fall and Spring seasons on Monday nights at the historic Judson Memorial Church. Artists are selected through an application process reviewed by a rotating committee of peer artists; additionally, each season the Artists of Color Council (AoCC) selects an artist-curator to invite three artists from the community to participate. These artists are joined by Movement Research Artists-in-Residence and international and national exchange artists.


Open Performance is a program of non-curated shared showings of experimentation and work-in-process by artists at all stages of development. Each evening includes an audience discussion moderated by a current or former Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, who experiments with different feedback methods to support and inform the artists’ process. Sign up is strictly on a first come, first served basis.


Learning Opportunities

Low-cost, ongoing, drop-in classes are led by influential movement-based artists in the contemporary fields of dance and performance.

Workshops support the pursuit of deeper levels of exploration into new dance processes, techniques and ways of working for faculty and students alike. Workshops are scheduled during MELT Summer and Winter Intensives, in conjunction with the Movement Research Festival, and at various times throughout the year.


Move To Heal/Action To Heal shares the practices of artists who work across forms – movement and body-based practices, community activism, social justice, and identity politics. Move to Heal/Action to Heal offers workshops, discussions, performances, and other frameworks that center collective action and healing, and provides opportunities to gather in inquiry, action and resistance. All sessions and events are open to the public.


Access to Space and Resources

The Movement Research Space Subsidy Program provides subsidized rehearsal space to artists involved in a dance or movement-related process at a rate as low as $10 per hour. High-quality, affordable, accessible and column-free rehearsal space is available to investigate new ideas and develop new work.



Movement Research Performance Journal is a forum by and for artists fostering the exploration and evolution of written and graphic languages that engages current issues of dance and performance. Artist editorial teams drive the publication. Published twice annually, the MRPJ is distributed for free at venues in NYC. Subscriptions, back orders, bulk subscriptions, bulk back orders and full in-print sets are available and can be purchased online.

Critical Correspondence is a web-based publication., Critical Correspondence utilizes the flexibility of a digital platform to publish timely and in-depth content in multiple formats, including interviews, experimental and critical writing. Edited by a rotating team of artists, the publication aims to foster discourse and increase the visibility of dance and movement-based forms in larger artistic and cultural conversations. 


Special Programs – Other


Dance Makers in the Schools

A collaboration with NYC public school communities, Dance Makers in the Schools creates educational opportunities in which working dance artists teach children and share their own creative processes. Movement Research partners with each school to create a unique program that serves the school’s specific needs. The teaching artists and classroom teachers together develop lesson plans for the appropriate age group, learning level and academic environment.


Artists of Color Council

A cohort of artists of color addressing cultural diversity, equity, and sustainable structural integration in MR’s operations, programming, outreach, and throughout its extended communities. The council aspires to increase visibility, opportunities, and engagement with resources for artists of color within the field.

For further information about the Artists of Color Council, please contact the Council Coordinator at


Exchange Programs

GPS/Global Practice Sharing and Movement Research Exchange (MRX) are two programs that provide a platform for the international exchange of ideas, processes and reflective practices surrounding dance and movement based forms between the U.S. and independent performing arts communities internationally.


We offer ongoing internships during our Fall and Spring seasons, as well as winter and summer internships geared to college and university students and recent graduates. Interns receive free classes and some free workshops.


Studies Project is an artist-curated series of community-focused panel discussions and participatory dialogues that focus on provocative and timely issues at the intersection of dance and social politics.


MR Festivals explore contemporary dance forms through performances, classes, workshops, contact jams, multimedia installations, and discursive formats. The Festivals are led by rotating teams of artist-curators, allowing for a varied investigation and exploration into current artistic concerns and reflect Movement Research’s mission of valuing artists, their creative process, and their vital role within society.


Photo: Harry Shunyao Zhang