Sunday, August 28, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Bodies of Text will be back in the early Fall with our third show, featuring choreographers:
Beau Hancock & Eleanor Goudie-Averill
of Stone Depot Dance Lab and
Kristen Shaverdian & Jacelyn Biondo of Melissa Diane.
These outdoor performances will be site-specific and FREE and are not to be missed!
The shows will take place during the Philly Fringe Festival on September 3rd at 4 & 7 pm and will begin at Clark Park C in West Philadelphia!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Here[begin] Dance Ananda Connolly
Movement Brigade Rebecca Kelly
Stone Depot Dance Lab Judith Robison
May's exciting installment of choreographic creations will be performed on Friday, May 27th at Studio34 located at 4522 Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia at 8 pm followed by a discussion with the Choreographers and Book Artists, moderated by Philadelphia Center for the Book’s Curator, Mary Tasillo. The performances will continue throughout the weekend at the historic Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 North American Street in Old City, on Saturday May 28th at 7 & 9 pm and Sunday, May 29th at 7 pm. These performances are co-presented by Philadelphia Dance Projects and made possible by a grant from New Stages for Dance, a program of Dance USA/Philadelphia. All three works are world premieres and explore different aspects of the natural and the organic world.
Tickets for the Christ Church performances are $15 ($12 for Dance Pass holders and $10 for students) and are available in advance through Brown Paper Tickets (www.brownpapertickets.com) and at the door.
Stone Depot Dance Lab’s co-director and Bodies of Text Curator Eleanor Goudie-Averill’s new work is inspired by Judith Robison's gorgeous interpretation of Colette Inez’s poem, The Woman Who Loved Worms. Inez created the poem based on the legend of a Japanese woman with “unpinned hair, weevils queuing across her bare and unbound feet.” In the early 1970’s, Robison and fellow dancer, Janet Brodie created a solo dance inspired by the poem. Robinson said that she has found herself coming back to the images presented within the poem throughout her adult life. Many beautiful layers of Tibetan paper make up the book she created almost thirty years later, just as many layers of interpretation have gone into Goudie-Averill’s intricate dance about how legends are passed throughout time. Danced by Goudie-Averill and Katherine Stark, the piece explores the expectations placed on women across cultures and mimes the poem’s kinetic, natural imagery.
Working within the context of the body and how it relates to various states of blue, Movement Brigade artists Heather Cole, Erin Shanti Desmond, and Alie Vidich have created a new dance theater work inspired by Rebecca Kelly’s The Blue Book. Kelly’s work is one of a kind handmade book that was created in the aftermath of 911. It is a true collection of artists’ and writers’ reactions to different states of blue. Working collaboratively, Cole, Desmond and Vidich are inspired by their own personal associations with blue: an emergence of crushing loneliness, the vividness of water pushing limbs, and the inevitable submergence that is essential to living and renewal.Zornitsa Stoyanova of Here[begin] Dance has created a movement performance featuring three dancers: Emma Morehouse, Lisa Rothstein and Greg Holt. Inspired by the elaborate textures and subject matter of Collateral Bee Box, a book by Ananda Connolly, Stoyanova will offer a string of dances mirroring the architecture of the book. Transforming the visual aesthetic of Connolly into a moving image, she explores qualitative and performance state changes that correspond to the textures found in the book. Stoyanova will approach the work in a new way that is unique to any of her previous choreographies. She will generate movement utilizing the skills she learned in her work with the internationally renowned dance maker Susan Rethorst. With this skill set, she will create complex phrase work based on the ways bees move and communicate.
Contact Ellie Goudie-Averill for a full press release and/or photos
(by Lindsay Browning)
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
For the first installment of Bodies of Text, a part of the Philadelphia International Festival for the Arts, idiosynCrazy Productions and Rain Ross dance interpret three unique books, selected from many submissions by Philadelphia Center for the Book members (more information about the collaborations below).
These choreographic creations, all world premieres, will be performed on April 16th at the Community Education Center (3500 Lancaster) at 8 pm. Tickets are available through PIFA at www. Pifa.org.
April's performance will be followed by a discussion between choreographers and book artists, moderated by Mary Tasillo, examining the transformation from printed page to stage, and accompanied by storefront exhibits of artist books and related material. Featured books will be on view alongside the performance.
Rehearsal Footage from the new Duet by Ross:
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Idiosyncrazy director Jumatatu Poe’s piece, A Big Enough Grief, inspired by Lesley Mitchell's abstraction of Astor Piazzolla's song, Balada para un Loco, in her book of the same title.
Along with Idiosyncrazy's works ...
Rain Ross Dance, in collaboration with book artist Mimi Shapiro, will premiere another duet, The Flight To Varennes. This choreographic work explores an unforeseen fantasy that could never be a reality, asking the question: does love fall into categories? Ross and dancer Lauren Kelly will perform this exciting and sensuous duet, with an original composition by Dan Roeder.
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Friday, February 11, 2011
In this blog post, we preview Blast Vs Blaze, featuring choreography by idiosynCrazy productions’ Shannon Murphy and the artist book Strike by Monica Kane, with movement input by Jumatatu Poe, sound and video work by Steve Surgalski.
Blast Vs Blaze is an investigation of an argument that can never be won or lost.
Shannon Murphy and Jumatatu Poe combat in unlikely ways; their movement, often explosive and aggressive, forever flues their battle without ever coming to resolution. This dance theater duet explores the definitions that keep us separated, keep us fighting, and that keep us from communication.
Shannon Murphy has been researching her families’ history during the Vietnam War and how its lasting effects can be discovered in her own body. She is currently working on a documentary about a group of Vietnam Veterans that reunited after 30 years, and is working with a group of female Veterans of her own generation. Both of these projects have shaken her own understanding of war then and now. She finds herself re-examining the assumptions that had kept her from listening and empathizing with other humans simply because of liberal /conservative titles. This exploration led her to choosing her Philadelphia Center for the Book Collaborator Monica Kane.
Blast Vs Blaze is not a comment on who is right or wrong or good or bad. It is more a question of how we fight for ourselves and who we fight against.
Stay tuned for updates on other pieces in the performance, and more information about the artist books....