Richard Move, PHD., M.F.A., Joins NYU’s Tisch Dance Faculty

Monday, Jul 22, 2019

NYU TISCH Dance Welcomes Richard Move in their new role as Assistant Arts Professor. Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan

NYU TISCH Dance Welcomes Richard Move in their new role as Assistant Arts Professor. Photo Credit: Patrick McMullan

Acclaimed as a fearless innovator, multidisciplinary dance – artist, Richard Move, Ph.D., M.F.A., has joined the Department of Dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts as Assistant Arts Professor effective fall 2019. Move’s appointment expands Tisch Dance’s commitment to innovation in dance arts and dance pedagogy. “Dr. Move's creative work as a dancer and choreographer, combined with their scholarly research at the intersection of history, performance art and interdisciplinary work, is quite remarkable,” said Sean Curran, chair of the NYU Tisch Department of Dance. “I am so impressed with the creative research that Richard sustains year after year that continually extends the notion of performance. Their work challenges traditional standards by investigating them with a sense of purpose and play. I am so pleased to welcome Dr. Move to NYU Tisch Dance and am excited for the role they will play in shaping our new M.F.A. program, among other contributions, while bringing their passion and love for "Dance Herstory" to the Tisch community.”

Dr. Move is a TED Global Oxford Fellow and Artistic Director of MoveOpolis! Move's wide range of choreographic commissions include productions for Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project and two works for the Martha Graham Dance Company, in addition to creations for the European Capital of Culture/France, Guggenheim Museum/New York, Parrish Art Museum, Dame Shirley Bassey, New York City Ballet Principal, Heléne Alexopoulos and PARADIGM (Carmen de Lavallade, Gus Solomons, Jr., and Dudley Williams).

While Resident Artist at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia in 2018, Move began collaborating with Astronaut – Artist Dr. Sarah Jane Pell on two new works, Stellar Corpus and LunAres. Both works unite the performance of human spaceflight training with technologies such as VR (Virtual Reality), immersive photogrammetric data visualizations, interactive 3D, live and prerecorded motion capture in 360, and with LunAres, an analogue Moon to Earth to Moon choreographic transmission in 5/6 gravity.

MoveOpolis! has been presented by New York Live Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, Sitelines, River to River Festival, Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, MASS MoCA and on tour internationally. Move’s esteemed collaborators include designers Alba Clemente, Patricia Field and Isaac Mizrahi, visual artist Charles Atlas, author Hilton Als and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Deborah Harry of Blondie.

Move’s works as filmmaker include; Bardo - Jury Prize nominee at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival; BloodWork - The Ana Mendieta Story - National Board of Review Award at Directors Guild of America; GhostLight - Tribeca Film Festival premiere and GIMP - The Documentary, which premiered at the Lincoln Center Dance on Camera Festival. These films regularly screen at film festivals and other venues internationally.

Martha@..., Move’s critically acclaimed performances of 20th Century icon, Martha Graham, received two New York Dance and Performance Awards (“Bessies”) and tours globally. Recent performances include Martha@MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), Martha@Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore and Martha@Ravello in Italy. In August of 2019, Move brings Martha@Unicamp to the University of Campinas in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2017, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts commissioned Move’s staging and performance of Graham’s once lost solo from 1928, Immigrant. Martha@... has featured world premieres created especially for the event and showcases both emerging artists and some of the art forms most influential figures including: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mathew Bourne, Deborah Bull, Merce Cunningham, Sean Curran, Nacho Duato, Ballet Frankfurt, Stuart Hodes, Deborah Jowitt, Murray Louis, Lar Lubovitch, Wayne McGregor, Meredith Monk, Mark Morris, Maria Pages, Stephen Petronio, Yvonne Rainer, The Royal Ballet and Paul Taylor, among numerous others.

Move’s recent publications of Dance and Performance Studies scholarship include chapters for the Oxford Handbook of Dance and Reenactment; Ally: Janine Antoni, Anna Halprin and Stephen Petronio; and Rhythm Field - The Dance of Molissa Fenley. As a sought- after speaker, Move has made presentations at Brown University, Columbia University, MADA (Monash University Art, Design and Architecture), Oxford University, TED Global and TED Fellows conferences, Temple University, and for a variety of conferences and symposiums at New York University, CUNY and internationally. At New York University in 2010, Move curated and produced Where is Ana Mendieta? Donde esta Ana Mendieta? 25 Years Later – An Exhibition and Symposium on the life, work and tragic death of performance and visual artist, Ana Mendieta. The exhibition at New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections and the symposium at the Department of Performance Studies, were made possible with the support of organizations and departments across New York University including the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Center of the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS), Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), English Department, Grey Art Gallery and Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory.

In 2018, Move was appointed Artist in Residence at both Pratt Institute and at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to joining the Tisch faculty, Move served as Assistant Professor of Dance at Queens College, CUNY and as Lecturer in Design and MFA Thesis Advisor at Yale University’s School of Drama. Since 2005, Move has served as artist advisor and workshop leader for the Creative Capital Foundation’s visionary Professional Development Program (PDP), which is designed to empower artists across disciplines by providing the business and strategic planning skill sets necessary for a successful and sustainable career.

Move earned their Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. in Performance Studies at New York University after receiving their M.F.A. in Media Arts Production from CUNY/The City College of New York and their B.F.A. in Dance from Virginia Commonwealth University.

This fall Move will teach Dance Herstory and, in collaboration with Dr. Andy Teirstein, the Graduate Seminar.