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As mvworks closes out our fifth anniversary we are grateful to numerous groups, dancers to donors, technicians to translators, and many, many others.  mvworks is blessed to have so many individuals contribute to our growth and success.  The past five years have been full of tremendous accomplishment. In 2005, mvworks began essentially as a choreographer/dancer showcasing a solo. Today, we are an internationally touring company employing over 15 highly talented dancers and collaborators for numerous projects. We are committed to our vision and will continue to build upon on our success.

2010 brought with it several great opportunities. We launched the year in January with the rare occasion of remounting our last evening-length work, …within us., during the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference. As a direct result, we were invited to Coyoácan, Mexico for our first international tour in November. Additionally, Artistic Director, Megan V. Sprenger, sat on the Dance Theater Workshop Fresh Tracks artist selection panel, a premier emerging artist platform. mvworks also participated in One-Shot, a new video dance program created to maximize existing resources to spark creativity and community. This project signaled mvworks’ first foray into video choreography.

As outstanding as 2010 has been, 2011 is projected to be just as exciting.  We are well under way in the development of our next major project “Hold my hand,” a quintet investigating communication and the need to feel connected to one another. In February, Ms. Sprenger’s curated program Am I too Close? will be shown at the 92nd Street Y through their Friday’s at Noon Series. mvworks is also in conversation with several different organizations and colleges regarding work in the 2011 – 2012 season. As projects develop, we will keep you updated.

As you know, mvworks’ success would not be possible without the generosity of our donors. mvworks has been overwhelmed by the support provided this year as we recognize the difficulties of donating during these uncertain times.  A contribution of any size will make a tremendous difference as close out this amazing year and prepare for another rewarding season. Without you mvworks is just a dream, with you it is a vibrant, passionate company creating and touring “thrilling work” (This Week in New York) that “demands attention” (The New York Times).
Wishing you the warmest of Holiday Seasons,

Megan Sprenger
Artistic Director

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The passports have been dusted off, the set is on the road, and the dancers are in rehearsal. …within us. is back and we are thrilled by this chance to share our work with an international audience.

This opportunity marks mvworks’ first tour and would not be possible without the continued support of our followers.

Be a part of this milestone accomplishment.
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On Friday night I sat on the Simulation: Living the Simulacra round table as part of Prelude.10 Festival. The spirited conversation roved around the value of Live Performance: “Why does performance that asks us to be inquisitive and socially engaged human beings matter?” I was there mainly as the Director of Marketing for Dance Theater Workshop, with other speakers Kimon Keramidas, Reid Farrington, Andrew Schneider, Reggie Watts, Kevin Cunningham, Eric Dyer, and Tanya Selvaratnam. None of which I had met before, many of whom I have admired from a far. The conversation was lively, and peaked around ideas of visceral connection, proximity, and the joy of when a performance goes awry and both the audience and performers share a feeling of possibility.

Since the panel I have been thinking more specifically about what is it is to share experience. It seemed that whenever the panel agreed on something “being effective” or truly “live”, it was because the audience member could feel what was happening (breath, anticipation, wonder, authenticity). This is a key issue for me as an artist. My investigation is rooted in electrifying the relationship between audience and performer. I believe this kind of charged space is absolutely crucial to open pathways for abstract communication that leads to emotional shifts in the viewer. This kind of performance must exist to create room for reflection on humanity (maybe more specifically society), and hopefully allows for progress to be made in the individuals understanding of other, one another, and self.

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2010 has been a milestone year for mvworks and in the coming months we are embarking into new territory. In these next weeks Artistic Director, Megan V. Sprenger, will sit on the Dance Theater Workshop Fresh Tracks Artist Selection Panel. Fresh Tracks, a premier emerging artist platform provides six emerging artists with unparalleled visibility and creative support. In February, Ms. Sprenger will curate Am I too Close? a Friday’s at Noon work-in-progress showing at the 92nd Street Y. These two events continue the expansion of mvworks and will surely bring greater opportunities.

In addition, we are proud to announce that this fall includes two new performance opportunities. First, on September 26th mvworks will be participating in One-Shot, a new video dance program created to maximize the creativity of one choreographer/dancer in collaboration with one film maker for a one-time intensive six hour period. The resulting piece will live online in perpetuity. This project signals mvworks’ first foray into video choreography.

Second, this November mvworks is touring to Coyoacán, Mexico for our first international performances! Our most recent critically acclaimed work, “…within us”, will open the Mexico/US Contemporary Dance Festival presented by DanzaUNAM.  We are thrilled by this chance to share our work with another community, and to spread the artistic ideals and principles of both Jacob Landau and mvworks.

Last, but certainly not least, we are in the midst of creating our next major work, “Hold my hand.” After our recent residency in Princeton, NJ the company has been hard at work creating new movement, exploring the order of the dance, and digging deeper in to the root of human connection and social anxiety.

Over the next couple of months we will have you in our thoughts. Every success is shared with you, our supporters, and we cannot extend a large enough thank you for your continued well wishes, donations, and support.

In sincere appreciation,

Megan V. Sprenger
Artistic Director

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mvworks is busy this fall with work from NYC to Coyoacán, Mexico! This weekend we head to Princeton, New Jersey for our cherished Egg South Residency. Kendra, Michael, and Yarden will be joining us for the first time and Tara and Alli know the drill. I am counting the days until we leave. Egg South has repeatedly been a time of great discovery, forward motion, and laughter.

Up until this point we have been in heavy research and development. Creating movement, duets, trios, solos and trying different combinations of all of the above. This weekend  we will try several different choreographic structures and then show a small group of loyal supporters what we’ve come up with. I look forward to getting more feedback, and getting the dancers in front of another audience. Watch out Banyan Rd. here we come!

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Tomorrow marks the end of Susan Marshall and Company’s SUMAC  (Systems for Understanding Movement and Choreography) Intensive. I have relished this 6 day escape into dance, movement, choreography, and the inevitable muscle soreness. I have learned a great deal, and have enjoyed the group immensely.

There is a certain nostalgia that comes with this kind of intensive. Remembrance of days when sitting at desk never crossed my mind, and a day full of dancing was expected. I hope that someday, I will again find a daily dancing practice. In the meantime I vow to you, my few but loyal blog readers, and to myself that I will take these movement holidays more often.

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mvworks just turned 5! Honestly I can’t believe it, but if we were founded in 2005 (which we were) then it is so and there are so many people to thank.

mvworks has been and is blessed with amazing dancers (Alli, Kendra, Michael, Maria, Tara, Richert, Yarden), kick ass designers (AaronBrad, Jason, Joe, Mary), loyal donors (huge thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Sprenger and Mr. and Mrs. D’Augusta more amazingness here), and courageous audiences. What else could a choreographer ask for? Well, I’m asking for more. These past five years were just the beginning. mvworks is larger and stronger than ever, and we are headed with full force into the next five. Join us as we raise a glass and celebrate our accomplishments and work to bring powerful performance to every single person willing to experience it.

Cheers.

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Thanks to my lovely parents the set has arrived, my fabulous team has hung the speakers, lights, and drape, and the dancers worked their butts off. I’m still working at 2am. Yes, I do believe we have completed the task of load in.

I love working in the theater. Set pieces and theater seats instead of a desk and chair, speakers and lights instead of copy and fax machines, sweat instead of carpal tunnel. There is nothing quite like it, though I imagine a chef feels the same way about a gourmet kitchen. I seem to find a particular calm in the theater. Even if we are behind, or if something goes completely wrong, I know it will all work out. And, it always does.

I wish I had this level headedness in other aspects of my life. For those of you that know me, you know that I tend to over plan, want everything, and tend to stress easily if my plans and or systems are interrupted. Maybe all I need is more time in a theater. There’s a new years resolution…spend more time in a theater as my artist self. I think I can manage that.

Forgot why I was in a theater?
…within us.
presented as part of COIL 2010
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Jan 8 at 9:30pm
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