Reflection:Response Choreographic Commission 2019 features kNots and Nests by Marion Ramírez

Internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer Marion Ramírez premieres kNots and Nests, an improvisational performance project celebrating duets as the smallest units of a community. Responding to an era of heightened tension and violence, kNots and Nests zooms into partnerships as “home spaces” for collaborative practice in sound, movement and visual art expression. kNots and Nests is a multi-event project that includes public interdisciplinary performances and workshops in the Tyler School of Art & Architecture building, Sept 3-6, and a performance at Conwell Theater Sept 20-21.

In the making of kNots and Nests, Ramírez draws inspiration from Contact Improvisation, Somatic Movement Therapy, and her lifelong practice of social partner dance. She intends for the work to provide space for planting seeds of conflict resolution; practicing ways of attaching to others while maintaining personal boundaries; and celebrating our capacity to create communities of attuned dialog and consent.

Performers and workshop leaders include Ramirez and collaborators Adam Vidiskis (music), Kris Rumman (visual art), Jungwoong Kim (dance) and Temple students from the dance, music, and visual art departments.

Puerto Rican dance artist, Marion Ramírez, is dedicated to the art of improvisation as a tool for experiencing bodily agency and empathy. She has choreographed, performed, and taught Contact Improvisation in numerous dance festivals, university residencies and events across the US, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Cuba, Germany, and the UK. Since 2003, she has been immersed in the practice of Kinetic Awareness and Body-Mind Centering®, and is currently completing a Certification in Somatic Movement Therapy (Dynamic Embodiment™) with Dr. Martha Eddy. She teaches Contact Improvisation and Somatics at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Her most recent works include the choreographic commission, I see you, choreographed for The Fathering Circle, and presented at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and extensive creative collaborations with Jungwoong Kim, including the development of SaltSoul presented at Asian Arts Initiative. She holds a BFA from The Laban Center London and an MFA from Temple University.

The Reflection:Response Choreographic Commission, curated by Merián Soto, includes a cash award of $5,000 and access to rehearsal space at Temple University throughout summer
2019. Past commission recipients include Laura Peterson, Charles O. Anderson, Tatyana Tennenbaum, Jennifer Weber, Kathy Westwater, Lela Aisha Jones|Flyground, and Awilda Sterling-Duprey.

kNots and Nests is made possible with support from The Esther Boyer College of Music & Dance, Center for Performing and Cinematic Arts, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, Rose Vernick Fund, and Temple University’s General Activities Fund.

kNots and Nests public events include:

Tues- Fri September 3-6
• Pop up site specific performances at Tyler School of Art building 12-1pm
• Open Workshop at the Lounge Gallery, Tyler School of Art 1-4pm

Fri-Sat September 20-21
• kNots and Nests Performance at Conwell Theater 7:30-8:30pm