May 9, 2017

They Promised Her the Moon

written by Laurel Ollstein
directed by Valentina Fratti

Jerrie Cobb, one of the famed Mercury 13, whose test scores surpassed many of the male astronauts during rigorous psychological and physical testing in the early days of the country’s space program was almost the first American in space.  Cobb was reaching for the moon but hit the glass stratosphere, blocked not only by her gender but by notions of sisterhood and colliding egos.

Theatre at St. Clements, 423 West 46th St.  New York, NY May12-May 27th
Tickets at Mirandatheatre.com

Join this terrific cast and crew!

“Jen Harmon’s excellent choreography adds needed aesthetic imagery.”
- Theaterscene.net

“This story of strength and resilience is beautifully told in this insightful and humorous play.” – Huffington Post

 

 

 

May 10, 2016

Meditation practice continues in May/June

Union Sitting

Meditation on Fridays.  10:00am – 11:30am in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  By Donation.

We cultivate awareness and return again and again to the present moment.  When we return to the present, we notice what arises in us and we can begin to work with the mind.

Everyone is warmly welcomed at the loft, a sunny and spacious studio space for remembering the body/mind.  A little bit of meditation experience is helpful. We sit for 30-40 minutes.  The session also includes walking meditation, a body scan, or a brief period of easy stretching for everyBODY,  a short reading and time for sharing about one’s practice.  The sessions are lightly facilitated.

May 13th, May 20th, June 3, June 10, June 24

Contact: info@jen-harmon.com to confirm the schedule.

April 28, 2016

For Maxine Who Lives Next Door

 

Dear Art Institute of Marigold Lane,

Is this for real?  The inter subjectivity of the aforementioned praxis (brought to my attention by Monica M.) begs the question: Is a pomelo really a pomelo?  Or rather: Does a parrot and a pirate have the same capacity for language?

If neither of the above questions get to it, certainly in research driven methodology where the process and the site interdigitate or rather creates a nexus of engagement becoming the “expression” itself,  we re:consider fully all our notions of making — making room, making love, making marks, making soup, making materiality, that sometimes but not always resides in the ephemeral.  The gift object, or perhaps a divination, is explicit or subterraneous.

A class on the disruption/emergence is taking place in New Brunswhim, NJ shortly with friends. We are co-opting this “this” and re: configuring it.  Re-examing friendship as dynamic workshipping.  With multiple people steering the ship or in some cases styling it.

Sin/cereal(y),

Maxine

March 24, 2016

 

I choreographed a new piece Winter Electric for the Creative Arts Studio Company.  Its been a pleasure to work with such inspiring pre-professional teenage dance artists. They will perform at the Actors Fund Arts Center at 160 Schenmerhorn St. in Brooklyn on Saturday April 2nd at 7pm and Sunday April 3rd at 2pm. They will also perform on May 15th at Paul Taylor Studio at 3pm.

March 22, 2016

Union Sitting

This past fall I began facilitating a Vipassana Meditation group on Friday mornings.  The sessions include 30-40 minutes of sitting meditation practice as well as a shorter walking meditation period and one of the following: gentle movement/yoga or a body scan.  These sessions are open to all levels of experience although a a little bit of meditation experience is helpful.  The sessions are lightly guided. We rotate bringing in a reading.

Sessions provide an opportunity to practice training the mind to come back to the present moment. Email at info@jen-harmon.com if you are interested in joining in at any time.

April 1, 8, 22 and 29. Where:  The loft, 725 Union St. #3  When 10-11:30am.  By donation.

 
May 30, 2014

improvisation

 

Barbara Dilley is a wonderful dance artist and teacher.  Here is writing by her below:

The question for the improviser then becomes: What is your delight? It has to do with not doing things because you think you should––50 ab curls or looking a certain way for your teacher––but using delight as your touchstone. It’s a turn- ing of the focus inward and allowing that to be the source of movement, without pointing to what you should or shouldn’t find. For me, that investigation has been the richest. I had to give up my habitual patterns of moving and come back to kinesthetic delight.

She also practices the below.

“This is the most important teaching: 

not two, and not one.  

Our body and mind 

are not two and not one.”

from Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

May 29, 2014

Writing in Rehearsal

I asked the dancers I was working with to keep a journal and to write on the rehearsal process we were undertaking together.  Sometimes  the writing was open ended, whatever arose.   At other times I asked a particular question.  The writing below is from Kristin Swiat.

 

This place already feels like a sanctuary. Processes are always rushed, but here, we don’t rush the slowness and we don’t skip the details of who someone is inside of their dancer body. Think and talk and share and then get out of the head, let the energy pass downwards, into the heart and lungs.  It is so hard to let the thoughts go, but let them go we must.  A quake has a warning, a tremor.  When I go from stillness to movement, I can feel already in my minds eye where I want to go- but do something other than that.  The new sensation of my psoas muscle, any resistance to exploration that I have felt in other times (in other projects) is totally gone.  But I can see my habits: forced arch foot, pivot around it.

Group synthesis, enough time passes that we begin to have collective memories, some which we will one day have to remind each other of. Using less effort for simple restorative movements like circling of head on cervical spine, then thoracic, then lumbar.  finding limitations in the body, small injuries, working through them, though they are scary.

You can get everything you need in the body right here, right now.  Deep visceral belly dance to warmup, move organs.  Move bones, but let the dance that is already there come out, don’t try to make it.

May 10, 2014

August 22, 2012

One Thousand Paper Cranes

I recently found this early video of my choreographic work with young people. The dancers and I worked with structured improvisation, abstracting narrative ideas, and set choreography for this piece.  I utilized a story most of the children and parents knew from reading it in school that year.

Affiliated with the Creative Arts Studio in Brooklyn, these young dancers performed an evening of work by a handful of professional choreographers at the Triangle Theatre, Long Island University.