Local Dance History Project

Calendar of Events

Artists Driven Archive/Dancing through time…

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 6:30pm

An archive is not synonymous with dust or sleep…

Location: 
PhillyCAM
699 Ranstead Street
Philadelphia, PA

Calendar Archive

Local Dance History Project + Next Up Program II

March 5, 2010 - 7:30pm
March 6, 2010 - 2:00pm
March 6, 2010 - 7:30pm

Each Local Dance History Project program is paired with a Next Up performance, providing a unique look at contemporary dance, past and future. Program II features Local Dance History Project artists Jano Cohen, Terry Fox, and Next Up artist Chris Yon.

The Local Dance History Project offers an informative look at the development of contemporary dance in Philadelphia by showcasing the work of five dance and movement artists who were among the first to explore post modern, improvisation, and performance genres in the city during the late 1970s and early 80s. In 1980, dancers Dan Martin and Michael Biello, Jano Cohen, PDP’s Terry Fox, and Ishmael Houston-Jones were featured in Dance & Dancers, a sold-out presentation at the Harold Prince Theater at the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts. Now, in PDP Presents 2010, these five dancers will reunite to revisit and reconstruct their work, which will be performed by young Philadelphia dance artists. Next Up features work by some of the freshest emerging choreographers– Chris Yon and Otto Ramstad, visiting from Minneapolis. Both choreographers represent a younger generation of dance artists who are not only building on the canon of what comprises contemporary dance, but who are widening its definition by asking questions of why we dance, and what roles or purpose dance artists’ work has in the lives of others.

Local Dance History Project Forum

February 28, 2010 (All day)

An all-day event, the Local Dance History Project Forum will feature a dance class led by project artists, two panel discussions exploring Philadelphia’s contemporary dance scene in the late 1970s and early 80s, and a presentation of archival video clips, photos, flyers, and more. The panels, moderated by Lisa Kraus, will feature project artists Dan Martin and Michael Biello, Jano Cohen, PDP’s Terry Fox, and Ishmael Houston-Jones, alongside Jeff Cain, musician, playwright, performance artist, and co-founder of Old City Arts; Gerry Givnish, visual artist and co-founder of the Painted Bride Art Center; Wendy Hammarstrom, who appeared with the project artists in Dance & Dancers; and Bruce Schimmel, journalist, founder of Philadelphia City Paper, and editor of Dance Dialog, a journal of critical writing circa 1980.

Local Dance History Project + Next Up Program I

February 26, 2010 - 7:30pm
February 27, 2010 - 2:00pm
February 27, 2010 - 7:30pm

Each Local Dance History Project program is paired with a Next Up performance, providing a unique look at contemporary dance, past and future. Program I features Local Dance History Project artists Dan Martin and Michael Biello, Ishmael Houston-Jones, and Next Up artist Otto Ramstad. The Local Dance History Project offers an informative look at the development of contemporary dance in Philadelphia by showcasing the work of five dance and movement artists who were among the first to explore post modern, improvisation, and performance genres in the city during the late 1970s and early 80s. In 1980, dancers Dan Martin and Michael Biello, Jano Cohen, PDP’s Terry Fox, and Ishmael Houston-Jones were featured in Dance & Dancers, a sold-out presentation at the Harold Prince Theater at the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts. Now, in PDP Presents 2010, these five dancers will reunite to revisit and reconstruct their work, which will be performed by young Philadelphia dance artists.