PDP’s 25th

PAST PRESENT FUTURE

Fall 2021 marks PDP’s 25th season as an independent arts organization.

We will kick off this anniversary with a FREE outdoor event “If Walls Could Dance…”
When Award-winning Cine-Dancemaker, CARMELLA VASSOR-JOHNSON and Experimental Media Artist, GRALIN HUGHES, Jr. will animate walls of PhillyCAM at 699 Ranstead Street, (on 7th btwn. Market & Chestnut Streets), Philadelphia PA 19106, during the finale weekend of PhillyCAM’s month-long People Power Media Festival.

 
Friday – Sunday, October 22 – 24 at 7PM

 
Artist, Gralin Hughes,Jr.’s rendering of site for “If Walls Could Dance”
At PhillyCAM, 699 Ranstead Street. Image: Leah Stein Dance Co. circa 2011
Drawing from her video archive documenting PDP and her other film/video works, Carmella Vassar-Johnson will create a special dance video loop, and Gralin Hughes, Jr. will lend his artistic expertise in video-mapping to create a large installation ‘If Walls Could Dance”

PDP’s 25th: Carmella Vassor-Johnson leads a PDP Dance & Camera Workshop 2007
Carmella Vassor-Johnson is recognized for her documentaries on Philadelphia dance artists including Philadanco’s Joan Myers Brown in “Standing at the Edge: We Dance.” PureMovement’s Rennie Harris in “Endangered Species” and Lisa Kraus in “Tracing Lineage.” In 1999, she was awarded a Dance Media Fellowship at UCLA, as part of the National Initiative to Preserve America’s Dance (NIPAD). Her local production company Wild Child Productions produced, “Creating across Cultures” a documentary on the Asia Pacific Performance Exchange and documents dance work for local and national artists. In 2001, Carmella collaborated with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of Urban Bush Women on “Hair Stories” through special residencies at Jacob’s Pillow and Atlantic Arts Center. She was the resident videographer for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival where she produced Video Journals, half-hour documentary/performance videos distributed to the educational community. More recently she was a videographer for the Philadelphia Museum of Dance at the Barnes (2019), and she has been documenting Building Knowledge and Breaking Barriers funded by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
 
Choreographer Tommie-Waheed Evans, 2021 Guggenheim Fellow
Anticipating returning to indoor theater PDP Presents DANCE UP CLOSE will continue in late Spring 2022 featuring Philly-based artists including new work by TOMMIE-WAHEED EVANS and a shared program of choreographers (TBA) We will restart our Education Projects in the coming year as well.
Meanwhile, we continue to work on our History Projects.
 
Make sure you join us on FaceBook and Instagram as we post 25 years of performances, classes, workshops, artist exchanges, informances, screenings, and just good times together…
 


PDP continues to need and welcome your support.  THANK YOU.
*Happy to help PDP a little bit, especially with programming like the wonderful Informances!



News:  PDP Director served on the ARTS & CULTURE TASK FORCE this past spring.

SEE the ACTF’s RECOMMENDATIONS HERE. 
PHILADELPHIA DANCE COMMUNITY SCAN SPRING 2021      

 
PDP gratefully acknowledges support from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial, Vanguard Matching Gift Program Foundation, many Individual Donors and community partner Philadanco and Muhely Alapitvany/Workshop Foundation and PhillyCAM.
 

Terry Fox, Director & PDP Board: Jeff Cain, Chair, Chris Deephouse, Treasurer, Curt Haworth, Stacey Mann, Alexis Pappas, James Shelly, Jonathan Stein, Joan Myers Brown, Member Emerita.

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