Richard Move

2021-2022 *This Is Not A Drill* Faculty Fellow

Richard Move

Richard Move, Ph.D., M.F.A., is a TED Global Oxford Fellow and Artistic Director of MoveOpolis! Move's 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 extreme performance of human spaceflight training with technologies such as VR (Virtual Reality), immersive photogrammetric data visualizations, interactive 3D and live motion capture exhibited in 360°. With LunAres, Pell and Move completed an analogue Moon to Earth to Moon choreographic transmission in 5/6 gravity.

Dr. 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.

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 worldwide. Move’s 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, Debbie Harry of Blondie.

Martha@..., Move’s performances of 20th Century icon, Martha Graham, received two New York Dance and Performance Awards (“Bessies”) and tours globally. Recent performances include Martha@Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore, Martha@Ravello in Italy, and Martha@Unicamp at 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, ImmigrantMartha@... features world premieres 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 many.

Dr. 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. 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. Move also authored and produced the exhibition’s accompanying catalogue.

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 CUNY/Queens College, 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


Richard Move

PeiJu Chien-Pott in 'Amaterasu' by Slobodan Randjelović

Herstory of the Universe@Governors Island by Richard Move and MoveOpolis! is the first-ever performance commissioned by the Trust for Governors Island and features six site-specific dance performances made especially for six different sites on the Island, designed to call attention to its newly flourishing ecosystems while highlighting its stunning landscapes in the midst of one of the world’s most populated urban areas. The world premiere performances this October 9 and 16, 2021 are free to the public. "Herstory of the Universe" will lead visitors on an immersive journey across the iconic public space with choreography that embodies natural processes with a kind of biomimicry—telling the stories of Governors Island through a series of striking dance installations. The *TINAD* Fellowship will focus on two primary objectives; transforming the live performances into a film to reach a larger global audience and developing a template based on the premiere performances to be replicated in other public spaces in urban areas worldwide, designed to call attention to both environmental challenges and ecosystems in recovery.