Movement Research Studies Project: interdisciplinary responses to the political moment with Pramila Vasudevan, Piotr Szyhalski, Salome Asega, and Jill Sigman

Collaborators Pramila Vasudevan and Piotr Szyhalski invite artists Salome Asega and Jill Sigman to participate in a facilitated dialogue about the responsiveness of artistic practice to pressing sociopolitical and ecological concerns of our time. Through artist-led presentations that will detail a range of interdisciplinary strategies, this Studies Project will share how arts practitioners are making political interventions while challenging formal expectations around legibility, site-specificity, and linearity. Pramila Vasudevan’s NYC Residency is made possible by the McKnight Choreographer Fellowship Program, administered by the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts and funded by The McKnight Foundation, in partnership with Gibney Dance Center, The Playground, and Movement Research. Pramila Vasudevan is a 2016 McKnight Choreographer Fellow.

Movement Research works in partnership with local, national, and international organizations to create opportunities that spur interaction and exchange among choreographers and movement based artists through residencies, workshop exchanges, informal showings, and discussions. This Studies Project is offered this Fall by these means.

Pramila Vasudevan is a choreographer and interdisciplinary artist. She has a combined 30+ years of experience in Bharatanatyam and contemporary Indian dance, plus a B.F.A. in Interactive Media and a B.A. in Political Science, all which inform her interdisciplinary voice and socially conscious performance practice. Pramila is the founding Artistic Director of Aniccha Arts, an experimental arts group producing site-specific performances that examine agency, voice, and group dynamics within community histories, institutions, and systems. Aniccha Arts is best known for Census (2016) and In Habit: Living Patterns (2012), experienced by thousands at the annual all-night Northern Spark Festival; ‘Every Other’ (2015), a site-specific performance installation at Grain Belt Studios; plus commissions from the Walker Art Center and Weisman Art Museum. Pramila is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2016 McKnight Fellow for choreography. Major influences and teachers include Dr. Bala Nandakumar, Roshan Vajifdar Ghosh, Ranee Ramaswamy, Dr. Ananya Chatterjea, Dipankar Mukherjee, Piotr Szyhalski, and Steve Dietz. In addition to her own practice, Pramila is the Director of Naked Stages, a fellowship program for emerging performance artists at Pillsbury House Theatre.=

Polish-born, US-based multimedia artist Piotr Szyhalski’s works move between installation, performance, moving image, painting, photography, drawing, sound, and design to explore issues related to human ecology and extreme historical phenomena. His work has been exhibited at museums, festivals, and other events worldwide. Szyhalski’s ongoing Labor Camp project (1998–) celebrates the beauty and dignity of labor through visual art, music, posters, printed ephemera, performance, and public actions. Commissioned works include projects for Wim Mertens Quartet in Brussels, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, VocalEssence, Ingenuity Cleveland, Zero One San Jose, IN Light Indianapolis, Northern Spark Festival, and Eastern State Penitentiary (2017), among others. Szyhalski is the recipient of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Visual Artists (2009 and 2017).