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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.

July 2015, TMP received their 501 c (3) status and is looking forward to growing their efforts in unifying the Cleveland community and supporting artists who call Cleveland their home.

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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.

July 2015, TMP received their 501 c (3) status and is looking forward to growing their efforts in unifying the Cleveland community and supporting artists who call Cleveland their home.

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 Leuszler, TMP has a new home for the lovely Cleveland summers!

 
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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?         

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Artists Teaching Artists Ann Cooper Albright

February 7th & 14th

TMP values the importance of supporting our growing professional dance community in Cleveland and are active participants in making Cleveland a hub for professional dance. ATA returning for it's 2nd season, will offer professionals a place to continue their studies in dance, while staying connected to Cleveland dance artists. Classes 11 - 12:30 pm. Location: Cleveland Masonic & Performing Arts Center
3615 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115.

  Performances  

TMP at Pilgrim church

January 30th

Join TMP at Pilgrim Church in Tremont for an evening of new work by TMP, intermedia performance artist Marcia Custer, guest choreographer Emily Jarosz from Kent State University and new work by TMP company member Irene Honora! Purchase your tickets today!

Photo Credit: Jonny Riese

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New work featuring Cleveland composers

May 20th & 21st

In collaboration with two Cleveland composers, TMP is creating a new work exploring the relationship between sound, movement and people. The result will be a live performance of three new solos choreography by TMP artists Irene Honora, Rebecca Leuszler and Megan Gargano, with a live musical performance by composers Colin Holter and Matthew Ryals/Asound. The performance will take place at the beautiful Lakewood Masonic Temple located in Lakewood. Purchase your tickets today! 

Photo Credit: Jonny Riese