When impresario, curator, director, choreographer, dancer and actor Richard Move steps onto the stage as dance legend Martha Graham, one has to ask, “Who is animating whom?” And that’s exactly what members of the HWS community will wonder when Move joins this year’s Fisher Center Series, focused on Animation, in a performance/lecture that will surely move the entire audience. On Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. in Winn Seeley Gym-Theater, Move will take the stage as Graham in Martha@TheFisherCenter.Dance.
The performance is a part of Move’s critically acclaimed Martha@ series, created in 1996 as an homage to Graham in word and dance. Described as more Martha Graham than Martha Graham, Move’s Martha@ has been reviewed as a “sophisticated, dead on, letter perfect parody. A dandy education in modern dance.” Move himself has been described by critics as “a perfect repository of all her glamour and camp genius.”
Martha@ has received two New York Dance and Performance Awards (a.k.a. the “Bessie” Award) and been featured on the BBC’s Bourne to Dance and Arts Express, MetroArts 13, and the PBS Television Program City Arts-The Best of Dance, which received an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Fine Arts Program.” In 2005, the film Ghostlight starred Move as Martha to wide acclaim, and in the Spring of 2006, Move made his debut as ‘Martha Graham’ with The Martha Graham Dance Company on their 80th Anniversary Celebration. Move is the subject of a forthcoming British documentary Making Martha, and recently opened MoveOpolis!: Hostile Takeover, performance installations of collisions of sexual desire and violence, masculinity and femininity in real and imagined worlds.
Prior to Move’s performance, he will offer a dance master class, titled Dancing Words/Moving Text, from 3 – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4 in the Winn Seeley Dance Studio. The workshop will focus on the integration of text, movement/dance and character development for theatrical performance. Following a physical warm up (traditional dance technique) will be vocal, improvisation and composition exercises: all aimed at developing and enhancing the use of theatrical gesture, dance/movement and the spoken word in performance works. The workshop then focuses on specific improvisation and composition assignments, culminating in the creation and performance of short choreographic/theatrical works.
Richard started his college education at Hobart College, arriving in 1985, and credits Hobart and William Smith with igniting his passion for dance and remembers fondly his experiences in Bartlett Theater, Winn Seeley, Houghton House. He performed in Koshare Dance Collective, a senior Honor’s Project in Dance for Maura Keefe ’86, and in other dance as well as theater events.
Move’s performance is co-sponsored with the Dance Department and supported in part by DanceForce. Faculty/staff $5, general admission $7, and HWS students with ID for free. All proceeds go to the Dance Department.