Richard Move Portrait

Photo of Richard Move by Josef Astor
for The New York Times

Richard Move is a Director, Choreographer, Performing Artist, Filmmaker and Artistic Director of MoveOpolis! and Move It! Productions. Move’s recent film Bardo premiered January 9, 2009 at the Lincoln Center Dance on Camera Festival and was nominated for the Jury Prize. He created a new work Lamentation Variation, commissioned by the Martha Graham Dance Company, which premiered on September 11, 2007 at New York's Joyce Theater and will be presented as a part of the Company’s upcoming New York Season in May 2009, as well as on its international tour. In August of 2008, MoveOpolis! presented Hostile Takeover, six site-specific performances in six locations around lower Manhattan, as a part of the Sitelines / River to River Festival. MoveOpolis! had a World Premiere at the 2006 Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival and its NYC Premiere at Dance Theater Workshop (DTW) in December of 2006: "His present, now on display, is fascinating... His future would seem limitless." (The New York Times). This production features costumes by Emmy Award winner and Oscar nominee Patricia Field (Sex and the City, The Devil Wears Prada), live video by visual and video artist Charles Atlas and a sound score by Hilton Als (The New Yorker). Move also appears as a Guest Artist with the Centre Choréographique National de Tours (CCNT) in Tours, France, including a premiere in December of 2006 at Théatre de la Ville in Paris.
Move created The Show (Achilles Heels), an acclaimed theatrical dance work for Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project, called "A powerful, iconoclastic theater piece that is made to measure for the 21st Century." (Dance Magazine) and "A brilliant work."(Star Ledger). The Show (Achilles Heels) was re-staged in the spring of 2006 and given its New York premiere, co-produced by the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation, at The Kitchen in New York. The Show (Achilles Heels) stars Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Deborah Harry and the virtuosic Rasta Thomas.
Move choreographed the film Strangers With Candy, a feature based upon the Comedy Central series starring Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello. The film also stars Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker and Philip Seymour Hoffman and was released in June of 2006. Move also choreographed the new musical The Fartiste, with music by Michael Roberts, book by Charles Schulman and directed by John Gould Rubin. Based upon the life of Joseph Pujol, a performer at the notorious Moulin Rouge, The Fartiste was presented at the NYC Fringe Festival in August of 2006 and received the 'Outstanding Musical' Award. "Also notable is the choreography of Richard Move, who sexes up such traditional dance forms as the Can-Can to highly lascivious effect." (New York Post) Move created the solo Lust for New York City Ballet Principal, Helene Alexopolous, which premiered at the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival and was called "Stunning, first rate work." (New York Times), and choreographed Dame Shirley Bassey's Diamonds are Forever performance at the Cannes Film Festival. His other dance and theater works have been presented at such venues as the American Festival in Paris, La Mamma in New York City and in the repertory of the Opera Ballet/Teatro Communale of Florence, Italy. He choreographed the Music Theater Group's production of Arjuna’s Dilemma, Directed by Wendall Harrington and created MoveOpolis! an evening length Music/Video/Sport/Circus Event, commissioned by the European Cultural Capitol in Lille, France.
He directed LES MIZrahi, a one-man show performed by famed fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, which ran at the Drama Department in NYC; "Director Move and Mizrahi have created a triumph." (Time Out) He also produced and directed the notorious professional wrestler, 'The Iron Sheik' in his one-man show, which previewed at Carolines in NYC. Move appears on the A&E television program, Role Reversal. This reality-based program is a poignant and funny exploration of societal perceptions of gender and closely follows two male and two female subjects as they attempt to assume the identity of the opposite sex. Move works with these subjects as an on camera character development coach. The program is produced and directed by Maro Chermayeff, the Emmy Award winning creator of the acclaimed Frontier House series for PBS and Kindness of Strangers on HBO.
Move also premiered Verdi For Three at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, a theatrical dance work performed by PARADIGM, the legendary trio of Carmen DeLavallade, Dudley Williams and Gus Solomons. Verdi For Three is costumed by Patricia Field, with a sound mix by Hilton Als. He has performed with such dance legends as Merce Cunningham and Yvonne Rainer and has toured internationally with the Karole Armitage Ballet and DANCENOISE, among numerous other companies.
In 1996, Move created Martha @ ..., an homage in word and dance to the 20th Century Icon, Martha Graham. Martha @ ... received two New York Dance and Performance Awards (a.k.a. "Bessie" Award). Martha @ ... was featured on the BBC's Bourne to Dance and Arts Express, MetroArts 13 and the PBS Television Program City Arts-The Best of Dance, which received an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Fine Arts Program." In addition to New York City appearances, Move has performed as 'La Graham' around the world, at such venues as the Jacobs Pillow Festival, Central Park /SummerStage, Salzburg Festival, Holland Dance Festival, Tanzfest/ Berlin, Dance Umbrella/ London, Centre National de la Danse/ Paris, Festival RomaEuropa/ Italy and Festival de Otono/ Madrid. Move appeared as 'Martha' in a staged reading of TWEED Theater's Caged, along with Lorna Luft, Lily Tomlin, Isabella Rosellini and Joan Rivers. And, with Liza Minelli as a part of the annual CTFD Gala at New York's City Center. In the Spring of 2006, Move made his debut as 'Martha Graham' with The Martha Graham Dance Company, on the occasion of the Company’s 80th Anniversary Celebration at New York’s Skirbal Center. Move is the subject of a forthcoming British documentary Making Martha, Directed by Talal Al-Muhanna.
Move completed a feature film of the life and work of Martha Graham under the direction of her long-time associate and filmmaker /producer Christopher Herrmann. The film GhostLight also stars Ann Magnuson with Deborah Harry, Isaac Mizrahi and Mark Morris and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. GhostLight, called "Glorious" (New York Times) and "Magnificent" (Daily News), has been shown at international film festivals and is distributed by Palisades Pictures.
Move appeared as another 'Martha' in the Fusion Theater Company of New Mexico’s production of Edward Albee’s Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He also portrays the renegade choreographer/filmmaker Yvonne Rainer, in a documentary video installation of her life and work, directed by Charles Atlas.
Move has performed in nightclubs throughout the world and is co-founder of the legendary and long-running cabaret Jackie 60, producing, directing and appearing in countless performances, including the much loved annual Christmas extravaganzas. Move creates theatrical installations for numerous special events, including the Guggenheim Museum, MAC Cosmetics, Veuve Clicqout, New York Academy of Art's Tribeca Ball and the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards.
Move is represented by Gillian Newson Associates, Beth Blickers / Abrams Artists and HP Garcia Gallery.
M.F.A. The City College of New York (Media Arts Production)
B.F.A. Virginia Commonwealth University (Dance-Theater)