Movement Matters Residency (2015-2017)

Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT
August 2015-May 2017

From 2015-2017, Maree ReMalia worked as the Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer through the Movement Matters Residency at Middlebury College. It was an institutional exploration that sought to foster artistic creation and curricular development at the pedagogical nexus of embodied learning and scholarly interests with a special emphasis on increasing global understanding. During her time as the artist-in-residence, she collaborated with students, faculty, staff, the local community, and her professional colleagues beyond the institution to 1) choreograph dance works and teach movement-based classes and workshops with a broad range of participants, 2) develop interdisciplinary projects, 3) host residencies with national and international artists, and 4) develop curricular lessons in programs across campus. This residency was made possible by a major performing arts grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Middlebury College Dance Program. Learn more about the residency and activities here.

Middlebury Dance Program Chair Christal Brown
Movement Matters Steering Committee Christal Brown, Pieter Broucke, Liza Sacheli, Rebecca Tiger, Jeremy Ward, Shannon Bohler
Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer Maree ReMalia
Administrative Collaborator Shannon Bohler
Student Research Assistants Mandy Kimm, Andrew Pester
Technical Director Jennifer Ponder
Photo Documentation Claire Adams, Yeager Anderson, Todd Balfour, Shannon Bohler, Colin C. Boyd, George Bouret, Christal Brown, Alejandra Chavez, Allison Coyne Carroll, Alan Kimara Dixon, Gigi Gatewood, HyunJung Lee, Daegu International Dance Duet Festival, Staycee Pearl, Marissa Perez, Maree ReMalia, Blaine Siegel, Jason Vrooman
Video Documentation Demetrius Borge, David Cherry, SteVon Felton, Danny Padilla, Vladimir Kremenović
Looking Out/Seeing In & Moving Perspectives Trailers David Cherry
Full list of acknowledgements & collaborators here.

This residency was made possible through generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Middlebury Dance Program. Related projects and residencies have received additional support from the Director of the Arts Discretionary Fund, Environmental Council, MiddChallenge, Committee on the Arts, Environmental Studies Program, Faculty Professional Development Fund, Faculty Research Assistant Fund, Middlebury College Farm, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Program and Chellis House, Museum of Art, Performing Arts Series, Rothrock Family Fund for Experiential Learning in the Performing Arts, Writing Program, and New Hazlett Theater.

“On a cold January afternoon in the Middlebury College dance theater, students stepped onto the dance floor in stocking feet. These weren’t veterans of the dance program — rather, they were students of economics and sociology and theater, among other disciplines. And they were ready to unveil works in progress outside their usual scopes of study. One student launched into a spoken word and movement piece in response to a news story about privilege and wealth on college campuses. Another two rocketed into a Mad Libs-inspired improv game. All were participants in Andrew W. Mellon interdisciplinary choreographer Maree ReMalia’s J-Term class, the theme of which was “Collaboration in the Arts.” Along with collaborators from the Pittsburgh-based Hatch Arts Collective Paul Kruse and Adil Mansoor, ReMalia and her students spent the month exploring what happens when musicians dance, or choreographers write, or economists build sculptures.”
– Kathryn Flagg, Middlebury News