Through the Local Dance History Project, PDP has created an opportunity to share and preserve a history largely undocumented at present. While traditionally, historical preservation works would focus on archiving and cataloguing the assets, this project seeks to create a digital collection, informed through a contextual narrative and presented in a format that is easily accessible to a variety of constituencies.
In 2014-15, PDP will be focused on the Local Dance History Project. We are working with Brittany Austin, Dance Heritage Coalition Fellow, to complete the first round of digital collections for 11 artists to be donated to the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. We will be working on launching the website with a TIMELINE, and we will be offering related programs and workshops for archiving throughout the year. Stay Tuned...
ARTISTS DRIVEN ARCHIVE/Dancing through time…
Thursday, November 13, 2014 6:30 PM
Come to an informative (and exciting!) session with Margery Sly, Director SCRC, Temple Libraries and Terry Fox, Project Director, PDP’s Local Dance History Project, for dance artists and their collaborators, [composers, set designers, photographers, videographers, costumers designers, presenters, etc] Sly and Fox will discuss the general and the specific about archiving your work, from what constitutes a collection to copyright, and the several ways you can participate in the Local Dance History Project.
at PhillyCAM 699 Ranstead Street
Light snacks….FREE RSVP 215.546.2552 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2010 Performances, forum & workshop:
In 2010 Philadelphia Dance Projects initiated The Local Dance History Project which took an informative look at the development of contemporary dance in Philadelphia through the work of six 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, composer Dan Martin and dancers Michael Biello, Jano Cohen, Terry Fox, Wendy Hammarstrom, 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. As part of PDP Presents 2010, five of the six dancers reunited to reconstruct their works, which were performed by a younger generation of Philadelphia dance artists (a slide show of Hammarstrom’s work was presented during a Local Dance History Project Forum).
Purchase the 2010 “Re-Generation” catalog commemorating the Local Dance History Project. Click on cover to see excerpts. The 36 page catalog has beautiful photos and insightful commentary by the over 18 artists who participated. Make a $15 or more contribution and we’ll send you the catalog.
Contribute and get a LDHP catalog
All Contributions are welcome!
The Local Dance History Project is currently being designed to go online as an interpretive and interactive website providing a broader interactive archive of Philadelphia dance artists and their history- Launch date 2014-15. Our mission is to affirm the presence of dance artists in the rich cultural history of Philadelphia’s recent past, present, and future. There is a need for a wider audience to be informed of the transformations in Philadelphia dance in recent history and this project may prove an effective way of communicating that. The site will be coordinated to be part of the Special Collections Research Center at Temple University Libraries.
Night Kitchen Interactive has created design treatments for the web.
To start– the next phase of this project will focus on individual dancers in Philadelphia circa 1975-85: Terry Beck, Michael Biello & Dan Martin, Jac Carley, Terry Fox, Tonio Guerra, Wendy Hammarstrom, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Steve Kreickhaus and Melanie Stewart with the intent to add more dance artists forward and backward in time….
An interactive Timeline and Share Your Stories will allow artists and audience to place themselves and their commentary into the continuum.
To date this project has been supported by the William Penn Foundation, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Dolfinger McMahon Foundation, and the PA Humanities Council, with input and assistance from Margery Sly, Director of the SCRC, Temple University Libraries, Nicole Topich, Barbara Tait, Emma MacDonald and Julee Mahon as Archive Associates.