Moving In Philadelphia

Susan Rethorst

Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series | Philadelphia Dance Projects | Group Motion

Susan Rethorst/Moving In Philadelphia 2013-2014 offers an opportunity for the Philadelphia dance community to explore the artistic process of acclaimed New York choreographer and dancer Susan Rethorst through curated events and new performances. Beginning with Susan Rethorst: Inquiring Mind/Choreographic Mind, a four-month residency through the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series, the project will continue in a second collaboration between Philadelphia’s Group Motion and Susan Rethorst as part of Philadelphia Dance Projects Presents with a premiere performance January 16-19, 2014 at the UArts Arts Bank. These partnerships have been made possible with the support of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance. 

Susan Rethorst has been creating dances out of New York City since 1975 and teaching choreography while creating work throughout Europe, Scandinavia, and the U.S. since 1995. She has lectured at Dartington College in the U.K., Arizona State University, New York University, and the Amsterdam School of the Arts.

She was among the first to receive a New York Dance and Performance Award (‘Bessie’) for Outstanding Achievement in 1985. In further recognition of her choreographic achievements, she has been the recipient of many grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (1979-1989, 1992-1995), as well as support from the Creative Artist’s Public Service Program (1979), the New York State Council on the Arts (1979-1983), the Foundation for Contemporary Performance (1988 and 2003), the New York Foundation for the Arts (1989,1993), the Ernie Pagnano Memorial Fund (1991), the Joyce Mertz Gilmore Foundation (1992), and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1999). In 2008, Rethorst received her second Bessie for 208 East Broadway: Suitcase Dreams and in 2010 she received the prestigious Alpert Award.

In 2005, Rethorst started a summer program devoted to the study of choreography in Pennsylvania co-sponsored by Wilson College: Studio Upson in Pennsylvania (SUPA). A mid-career retrospective of her work, Susan Rethorst: Retro(intro)spective, was presented at Danspace in 2011, and her book A Choreographic Mind: Autobodygraphical Writings was published by the Theater Academy of Helsinki in April of 2012. http://danspaceproject.org/aboutdanspaceproject/catalogues.php

Calendar Archive

Performance Susan Rethorst: Moving In Philadelphia | THEN: A World Premiere

January 16, 2014 - 8:00pm
January 17, 2014 - 8:00pm
January 18, 2014 - 8:00pm
January 19, 2014 - 3:00pm

PDP presents THEN, the finale of Susan Rethorst/Moving in Philadelphia: 2013-2014, a year of creative events and performances in the region by iconic New York “downtown dance” artist Susan Rethorst. Choreographed exclusively for Group Motion and a stellar cast of dancer/creators, this new work features Lindsay Browning, Ellie Goudie-Averill, Gregory Holt, David Konyk, and Lesya Popil.

Informance Susan Rethorst: Moving In Philadelphia- Perceiving the 'Just This'-ness...

December 5, 2013 - 7:00pm

Artist/Audience conversation with preview performance excerpts by Group Motion and discussion with Susan Rethorst; Manfred Fischbeck, Director of Group Motion; Judy Hussie-Taylor, Executive Director of Danspace Project; and Lois Welk, Executive Director of DanceUP.

Post-Informance book signing with Susan Rethrost.