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The Movement Project


a modern dance company located in Cleveland, Ohio

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The Movement Project


a modern dance company located in Cleveland, Ohio

Artistic Statement

Dance making is our form of expression and communication. Our goal is to foster conceptual, intellectual, and innovative thinking, as well as to spark the imagination and creativity of our audience. Through our art, we evoke social awareness and community responsibility. To advance the art of dance making, we push boundaries by rejecting the predetermined notion of what dancers should look like, dance like, and what they ought to be capable of doing.

We are inspired by the need and obligation to share and move others through our work, asking all involved to question thinking and challenge perspectives. Our work represents ideas and themes that can be interpreted in multiple ways, weaving connections with each audience member. Our work is significant because it challenges the viewer to be active in thought and action. It confronts the norm. It is relatable, self-­reflecting, and it exposes truths.

The human body and mind is the form and medium through which our work is shared. We use imagery, emotions, and human experiences to construct movement that represents specific concepts and themes exploring space, effort, time, quality, and energy. We believe in "doing", not "showing." We are interested in making movement that is real, tangible and "in the moment". Our work is made of us, it is made of all the artists involved, it is made of life experiences, and most significantly it is made of the observer.

Inspiring Audiences

Sparking Imagination

 

Pushing Boundaries

 

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What they are saying...


“Working with The Movement Project is nothing short of extraordinary, stress free, fun-filled collaboration.  Megan & Rebecca are the epitome of true artists sharing ideas for the purpose of a common goal - and doing it seamlessly well!  When we first met, I commissioned them to create a series of vignettes for a collection of work that was very personal and sentimental to me - they did such an incredible job telling a story through their movements that they literally brought myself and the entire audience to tears. They are some of the most gracious, kind and talented women, artists and dancers I have met - and I am only too thrilled to continue working with them on future events for years to come!"

Valerie Mayen – Yellowcake/Project Runway

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What they are saying...


“Working with The Movement Project is nothing short of extraordinary, stress free, fun-filled collaboration.  Megan & Rebecca are the epitome of true artists sharing ideas for the purpose of a common goal - and doing it seamlessly well!  When we first met, I commissioned them to create a series of vignettes for a collection of work that was very personal and sentimental to me - they did such an incredible job telling a story through their movements that they literally brought myself and the entire audience to tears. They are some of the most gracious, kind and talented women, artists and dancers I have met - and I am only too thrilled to continue working with them on future events for years to come!"

Valerie Mayen – Yellowcake/Project Runway

History

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The Space


Richfield, Ohio

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The Space


Richfield, Ohio

The Barn

The Movement Project's barn is located in Richfield Ohio. The barn was built in 1918 by Bert Hart, the owner of a large celery farm located on the property. Through the early years, the barn served as a boarding location for the horses of the teachers that worked next door at the Richfield High School. In 1923, a house was built on the property. This house also served as a boarding home for female faculty of the Richfield High School.

Through the years, the celery farm was sold off, cutting the farm down to two lovely acres, nestled in the historic district of Richfield Village. Having passed through only a few owners over the years, the property was purchased in 2012 by Co-Artistic Director Megan Gargano and her husband Anthony Gargano. Falling in love with the property, history and the barn, they started right away on transforming the barn into a personal rehearsal space for the company. Thanks to the help of Co-Artistic Director and sister Rebecca Nicklos, TMP has a new home to grow their company. 

 
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Shaping Collaborations


"Megan and Rebecca of The Movement Project bring a certain joy to their work which is delightful to see. Their performances express a genuine human experience. They do not rely on tricks to dazzle their audiences but instead present cohesive works of art that resonate with deep emotion. They care for their dancers and respect the input of their creative collaborators. As a photographer and videographer, I have found them to be professional and fun to work with. I highly recommend experiencing a Movement Project performance firsthand - and if you get the chance to work with them, take it."

Jonny Riese – Freelance Photographer/Videographer

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Shaping Collaborations


"Megan and Rebecca of The Movement Project bring a certain joy to their work which is delightful to see. Their performances express a genuine human experience. They do not rely on tricks to dazzle their audiences but instead present cohesive works of art that resonate with deep emotion. They care for their dancers and respect the input of their creative collaborators. As a photographer and videographer, I have found them to be professional and fun to work with. I highly recommend experiencing a Movement Project performance firsthand - and if you get the chance to work with them, take it."

Jonny Riese – Freelance Photographer/Videographer

What's the BUZZ?

Pandemonium

SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

Cleveland Public Theatre is planning a festive evening in keeping with its tradition of presenting innovative, original artistic work, featuring diverse artists. CPT will present its annual fundraising extravaganza and party of the year. PANDEMONIUM '14 TAKE FLIGHT. TMP will be joining in the fun this year, performing on CPT's MainStage! 

TMP in NYC! 

SEPTEMBER 27, 2014

TMP was selected to perform as part of the 14th ANNUAL DUMBO DANCE FESTIVAL in NYC. This performance marks our New York debut! The opportunity to share our work with a NYC audience is a huge step in the growth of our Cleveland based dance company. Stay tuned for live updates during our trip to the Big Apple! 

Hullabaloo 

NOVEMBER 15, 2014

TMP is thrilled to collaborate yet again with Valerie Mayen of Yellowcake Shop at HULLABALOO 2014! This year's theme is inspired by the countries & cultures that are home to the children and orphanages Yellowcake supports through the HALO Foundation. Come see Cleveland light up during this spectacular event!