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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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Our Mission


The Movement Project’s mission is to challenge perspectives, evoke social change and bridge communities through the power of movement.

TMP redefines the status quo and questions predetermined notions of what should be. We do so by creating thought provoking work, providing affordable and accessible dance education and performance to all communities, making space for dance and providing programming that supports the needs of today’s local artists.

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Our Mission


The Movement Project’s mission is to challenge perspectives, evoke social change and bridge communities through the power of movement.

TMP redefines the status quo and questions predetermined notions of what should be. We do so by creating thought provoking work, providing affordable and accessible dance education and performance to all communities, making space for dance and providing programming that supports the needs of today’s local artists.

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?

TMP at OU

NOVEMBER 22-23, 2014

The Movement Organization of Ohio University invited Artistic Director Megan Lee Gargano to teach dance workshops.

TMP at BW

DECEMBER 5, 2014

TMP will perform as part of the Testing Ground show at Baldwin Wallace. This program debuts works in progress from budding choreographers and showcases the senior theses of BW seniors. 6:00 pm FREE Allman Theatre. 

TMP Classes: Sara Whale

DECEMBER 14, 2014

Looking for classes in Cleveland? Through TMP’s new class series, The Movement: Artists Teaching Artists,  professionals will have a place to continue expanding their knowledge in dance, while staying connected and taking classes from leading dance artist in Cleveland. $10. Classes held in Parish Hall at CPT. 11-1pm.