Saturday 12/01/12 10AM-12PM
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Improvisational Performance

Join the New Museum and Megan Byrne—one of the featured artists taking part in Movement Research in Residence: AUNTS—for an interactive workshop. Explore movement, character, sound, and costume through improvisation and simple exercises in which guests of all ages can participate. Then combine it all to create an instant performance with other families and guests. Workshops will take place in the seventh-floor Sky Room only.

New Museum First Saturdays for Families are free of charge. This program is designed and recommended for families with children aged between four and fifteen years, and includes free New Museum admission for up to two adults per family. Children under eighteen are always admitted free. For this workshop, all galleries will be closed until 11 a.m. No preregistration is required. Space is limited and tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Your entire party must be present; tickets will not be given to partial parties.

Megan Byrne is a Brooklyn-based artist working mostly with movement, dance, and light. Her chandeliers have been displayed at the Chocolate Factory in New York and the 2011 and 2012 Movement Research Spring Festivals. She designed lighting for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, MGM Grand, luciana achugar, Chase Granoff, People Get Ready, and Maggie Bennett. Byrne was a 2010 danceWeb participant at ImPuls Tanz and she co-curated the Movement Research Spring Festival 2009: Roll Call. Her choreography and collaborations have been at the Kitchen, Movement Research at Judson Church, Roulette Intermedium, AUNTS, the Tank, Loree Theater, International Computer Music Festival, Dixon Place, the Salon Show at Ulla’s House, Bushwick Open Studios, Hudson Guild Theater, CATCH at the Invisible Dog, and Pieter. This summer she produced Secret Works::Dinner Works—a series where artists of varying disciplines share their work, a meal, and discussions surrounding art.

She is a collaborating member of AUNTS, an underground platform for dance that generates events in unconventional spaces with multiple performers, overlapping performances, open dance parties, and multidisciplinary, body/non-body-based, time-oriented, finished/experimental/unfinished/process art.

This program is provided in conjunction with Rethinking the Imprint of Judson Dance Theater Fifty Years Later: Movement Research in Residence.


This program is made possible, in part, through the support of the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

New Museum First Saturdays for Families are made possible in part through the generous support of the TD Charitable Foundation.

Additional support for New Museum First Saturdays for Families is provided by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, with additional support from Con Edison.

Generous endowment support is provided by The Keith Haring Foundation School and Youth Programs Fund, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Education and public programs are made possible by a generous grant from Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David and Hermine Heller.

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