multiple bodies/movement matters residency

Premiere: Movement Matters Residency Presentation, January 26, 2015
Project Concept: Charli Brissey
Created by: Maree ReMalia and Jil Stifel with David Cherry and Blaine Siegel
Length: 3 minutes
Sound Design: David Bernabo
Costume Consultation: Zoe Collins with Maree ReMalia and Jil Stifel
Videography: David Cherry
Video Production: David Cherry and Blaine Siegel
Performers: Maree ReMalia, Jil Stifel

Starting Point

The Multiple Bodies Project is a collaborative endeavor conceived of by Charli Brissey that includes multiple artists who produce a series of interconnected works to be revealed in various cities and in various forms throughout 2015-2016. Instead of one comprehensive and geographically specific premiere evening, we hope to extend these ideas and processes into multiple communities and through multiple iterations, maybe even happening at the same time. These collaborations will take on many forms and structures, including performances, sound installations, videos, photography, essays, and who knows what else. Cooking? (So for example: A performance may be happening in DC while a related video is screening in New York). Not all events will be held in major cities, and some might only exist online. We are interested in pursuing critically engaged ideas that develop from the purposefully vague prompt of ‘tomorrow.’ This could include interrogations of gender, habit, sexuality, socialization, transformative action, censorship, forgiveness, love, kinship, and all shades of queerness that resonate when considering these topics in relation to ‘tomorrow.’

Extension of Multiple Bodies Project and Movement Matters Research
For this video experiment, Maree worked with Pittsburgh collaborators David Cherry, Blaine Siegel, and Jil Stifel to explore topics that arose in her creative research with her team of collaborators during Phase I of Middlebury College Movement Matters Residency in January 2015. This included questions related to the individual vs. the crowd, finding moments of quiet as a potential act of transgression within the sprawl and stimulation of modernity, and being curious about how our ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ lives intersect. In response, merrygogo Pittsburgh collaborators shared ideas related to “soft zones” or “neglected spaces” or “spaces of other.” Blaine Siegel described these zones as man made but neglected and not used but usually existing beside heavily trafficked areas. For example, next to freeway passes or commercial zones and trying to figure a way to use these areas of desolation: abandoned malls and the like. We were interested in the videographer/camera filming as a partner, having a mind of his own. For movement, Jil chose words from the following list as a loose score: confrontation anchor rapidity quiet hope fear yes


A search for quiet amidst the noise while looking for the other in oneself and oneself in the other. The result, a shared movement language reminiscent of the two.


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