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Rachel Mckinstry

Brooklyn, NY      

Rachel Mckinstry, born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, improvises her way in order to try to reside in the space between 4 and 5. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance performance/choreography from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2002 and made her way to NYC. Rachel co-founded Launch Movement Experiment in 2005 in NYC and has been creating danceart with Launch ever since.

I am studying to reclaim the pimp.
I am studying movement and its stories.

Launch Movement Experiment formed in NYC in 2005 by Rachel Mckinstry and Liz Riga, in order to make the dance experience accessible to all. Launch’s work has been presented in NYC at Movement Research at the Judson Memorial Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam, Tisch School of the Arts, Hunter College, Dixon Place, Mulberry Street Theater, Galapagos Arts Space, Triskelion Arts, Snapshot Series @ Bar 13, Solace Bar/Lounge.

Launch Movement Experiment works to promote communication and the awareness of "other" as well as to engage in and inspire anarchic, creative acts whenever possible. We are committed to creating and performing work that is ALIVE, breaking down the rigid wall that commonly detaches us from one another; the wall that stops us from asking questions and seeking answers. We work to eliminate the tight grip of expectation by replacing it with improvisation, freedom, risk, evolution, and communication. 



re:arrangement #2 (2013)

This excerpt is an improvisation within 3 boundaries:
Pause: wait, decide what the next move will be.
Flow: muscles and their memories react, establish, expand.
Exit: turn around. see what you left behind…move on?
We create in real-time. Immediacy is the only story. The studied language breeds creativity. Each moment the performers consider their external and internal dreams. In the forms and fractures of this work, we see ourselves. It is a practice of living.

LIGHTING: Andy Dickerson
MOVES: Rachel Mckinstry
SOUND: found/collaged

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