Circulation Project

Premiere May 8, 2015, Kelly Strayhorn Theater newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival
Concept and direction Maree ReMalia
Movement in collaboration with Jessie Laurita-Spanglet and Candace Scarborough
Performers Maree ReMalia, Jessie Laurita Spanglet, and Candace Scarborough

Cast members consider ideas related to habit, bringing what exists at the margins to the center, and reactivating neglected spaces. This experiment with collective generation and open source material is my way of co-owning choreographed movement with performers through the intentional use of derivation and iteration. These ideas and explorations offer webs of connection between cast members while valuing individual expression and interpretation. This work is an experiment with open source material and experiencing how different dancers in various locations interpret or develop materials from the original trio and the ways in which movement information might evolve based on personal histories and identities, place, and perspective.

*This project was supported by Dance Exchange Local Artist in Residence Series and Kelly Strayhorn Theater newMoves Festival.

From Jane Vranish’s Pittsburgh Post Gazette review “newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival Continues to Inspire Pittsburgh Arts Scene”
“Maree ReMalia l merrygogo presented “The Circulation Project,” an intellectual, yet whimsical trio where the accompaniment came from noises created by the performers.”

Process Materials:

Circulation Project Rehearsal 1: Jessie Laurita-Spanglet & Candace Scarborough

Rehearsal 1 | 2.4.15
Collective thoughts that emerged from initial conversations, writing, and movement explorations:

  • reactivating abandoned/marginalized spaces; once space is reactivated/made visible again how can we maintain visibility?; process of raw-purpose-activated-abandoned-reinhabited-re-activated-seeing anew-forgotten or remembered?
  • weightedness of performance product vs. richness of process; why is performance a thing?
  • habits; habit of being connected via social media; acts of searching and posting-why?
  • identity; perceived vs. actual; ‘crabs in a basket’ mentality; selective sight; masking to meet expectations
  • mystery/personal wonder; humor; considering ways we are or are not intimately connected over time and space; intersections; assertiveness; new platforms

On the radar, thank you Michael J. Morris

Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof do it again!

Related links from Kalindi Stockton
Randall Park Mall Map
Randall Park Mall Demolition Images
Photos of Abandoned Shopping Malls

Rehearsal 2 | 2.6.15
From Maree
working with phrase material…

From Candace
Playing with rhythm

From Jessie
Clowning “yes game” learned from UMD Theatre professor Leslie Felbain

Rehearsal 3 | 2.11.15
Clowning “yes game”
Ridiculous Opera
Rhythm Variations and Phrases
Return to Precious Phrases

Thinking about bringing what is at the margins to the center, or what is potentially at the edge of consciousness into consciousness. Making what is sometimes less visible to us more visible or bringing new intentions into focus.

“Chapel Hill Shooting Leaves 3 Muslim Students Dead; Neighbor is Charged”


“Pussy Riot Pen Eric Garner Tribute for First English Song”
by Patrick Reevell, Rolling Stone

Rehearsal conversations about place: DMV area, transience, sense of in between-ness, politics, structure, decriminalization, training histories – ballet, modern, jazz, Trisha Brown, cheerleading, ‘contemporary’, Gaga, House

“17 Beyond Sickening New Looks from Clubkid/Artist Ryan Burke”
by James St. James, The Wow Report


Eva Hesse “Right After” (1969) (Credit:
Eva Hesse “Right After” (1969)

Dissolving into Form: Eva Hesse’s art comes into being even as it falls apart
by Greer Barker, Seven Ponds Soulful Expressions Blog

Jess X Chen
Chinese American multi-disciplinary poet, artist/activist, filmmaker, and arts educator
Image from Apogee Journal (Issue: 4)

Jenny Johnson
from “Souvenirs”
the Paris Review 2015 Whiting Awards, poetry

Karin Gottshall
“Mud Nymph”
Devil’s Lake, poetry