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Trio A - a workshop with Pat Catterson

$35 | Tickets coming soon at danceboxoffice.com
Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 1:00pm
Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 1:00pm
Trio A
Trio A - a workshop with Pat Catterson

What can be learned today from Yvonne Rainer’s 1966 influential work Trio A? Fifty years later, the impact of Rainer’s revolutionary ideas and work is still evident in the current choreographic scene. Although Rainer’s famous “No Manifesto” was not written about Trio A, this dance is a manifesto in itself. Its form, vocabulary, and performing stance challenged traditional choreographic methods and modes of presentation.


Yvonne Rainer
Yvonne Rainer

Yvonne Rainer, one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater (1962), made a transition to filmmaking following a fifteen-year career as a choreographer/dancer (1960-1975). After making seven experimental feature-length films  — “Lives of Performers” (1972), “Privilege” (1990), and “MURDER and murder” (1996), among others — she returned to dance in 2000 via a commission from the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation (“After Many a Summer Dies the Swan”). Since then she has made six dances, including “AG Indexical, with a little help from H.M.,” “Assisted Living: Do you have any money?” and “The Concept of Dust: Continuous Project – Altered Annually.” Her dances have been seen throughout the U.S., including the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Kitchen, Dia Beacon; in Europe at the


Louvre and Montpelier, also Documenta 12, Helsinki, Italy, Dublin; and Sao Paulo. Museum retrospectives of her work, including drawings, photos, films, notebooks, and memorabilia, have been presented at Kunsthaus Bregenz and Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2012); the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; Jeu de Paume, École des Beaux Artes, La Ferme du Buisson, Paris, and Raven Row, London (2014). A memoir — “Feelings Are Facts: a Life” — was published by MIT Press in 2006. A selection of her poetry was published in 2011 by Paul Chan’s Badlands Unlimited. Other writings have been collected in “Work: 1961-73” (1974); “The Films of Y.R.” (1989); and “A Woman Who…: Essays, Interviews, Scripts (1999).

Pat Catterson
Pat Catterson

Pat Catterson first worked with Ms Rainer and performed TRIO A in 1969, first taught the dance for her in 1971, and has assisted and danced for her since Rainer’s return to choreography in 1999, touring nationally and internationally. She has taught and performed TRIO A countless times since and has found that learning it is the best way to understand the aesthetic shift it represented. Catterson has written about her experiences seeing, learning, performing and teaching TRIO A in her essay “I Promised Myself I Would Never Let It Leave My Body’s Memory” published in the Winter 2009 issue of Dance Research Journal. Most recently she set early Rainer works on the Stephen Petronio Company for his Bloodlines Project, for the exhibit Yvonne Rainer: Dance Works at Raven Row Gallery in London and performed these and other works herself in Boris Charmatz’ Twenty dancers for the XX Century at the Tate Modern.


This  Trio A Workshop has been conducted at the CODA Festival in Oslo, the Kalamata International Festival in Greece, at the Danish National School of Contemporary Dance in Copenhagen as well as at schools in the USA including Sarah Lawrence College, NYU, the New School and Muhlenberg College.


She also has her own notable choreographic career, having made 108 works. She has received numerable grants and commissions, including a 2011 Award from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and multiple Choreography Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the CAPS Grants and the Harkness Foundation, as well as a Fulbright Commission. Ms Catterson’s parents were a ballroom dancing team and her paternal grandfather a Vaudevillian tap dancer. A dedicated educator, she has been on the faculties at Sarah Lawrence College, UCLA, the Juilliard School, and the Merce Cunningham Studio, among many others. She has been a guest artist all over the US and in Europe and for twenty years she taught her own tap classes in NYC. Her writing has also been published in Ballet Review, JOPERD, Attitude Magazine, Dance Magazine Online, and the Getty Iris. She earned her BA in psychology and philosophy from Northwestern University and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. This past summer she taught a workshop seminar in the Kalamata Dance Festival in Greece around her latest work NOW., an installation/performance/event that paired her NYC dancers with dancers in nine other countries via Skype projection.

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Feelings are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer and Lecture

Screening & Lecture $25.00 | Screening only $10 | Lecture only $20
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 6:00pm
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 8:00pm
Feelings are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer and Lecture
Feelings are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer and Lecture

Philadelphia premiere of new documentary film by JACK WALSH
post screening discussion with Jack Walsh and Yvonne Rainer


Jack Walsh

Inhabiting the worlds of television, film festivals and art museums, Jack Walsh’s films incite, probe, challenge and inform viewers on topics ranging from cultural icons to social justice to sexual identity. Working in both the experimental film and the documentary film genres, over the course of his career Jack directed nine films: Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer2015; The Lost Generation, 2004; The Second Coming, 1995; Dear Rock, 1993; Present Tense,1987; Working Class Chronicle, 1985; Document Unearthed…, 1984; Basic Training, 1984; and Beachwalk, 1983. He is an Emmy Award-winning producer of the documtaries And Then One Night: The Making of Dead Man Walking and Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria. His other producer credits include Hope along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay and Girl Trouble.

Jack is the recipient of numerous awards for his films among them three Golden Gate Awards from the San Francisco International Film Festival, and his productions have received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and most recently The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer, is Jack’s documentary directorial debut, which premiered in the Documentary Panorama at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2015, and has been screening around the globe since then.


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Calendar Archive

Subcircle premiere: "All this happened, more or less"

April 3, 2014 - 7:30pm
April 4, 2014 - 7:30pm
April 5, 2014 - 7:30pm

Choreographer Niki Cousineau and Designer Jorge Cousineau, as Subcircle, create poetic and moving theatrical works that focus on the space where performance happens. For this performance, the two artists will create a work that uncovers process, collaboration and design while in performance. All this happened more or less is a new work in which the movers, set and music are all protagonists. The piece begins with the collapse of all elements so that the rebuilding becomes the journey- exposing the partnership; decisions and silences. Performed by Niki and Jorge Cousineau with Beau Hancock, Rosi Langabeer, Christy Lee, Scott McPheeters and Christina Zani.

Subcircle’s attention to detail and the intensity of their full scale atmospheric work is outstanding among their peers. “Riveting” and “magically surreal,” Subcircle’s work “unfolds  episodically yet seamlessly, with continuous transformations” which transform theatrical and site-specific spaces by merging dance, sound, set design, lighting, and film. Whether site-specific or performance for the stage, each work aims to convey to audience and performer alike an inseparability of performance from environment.

About the artists

SCUBA National Touring Network for Dance 2014

March 14, 2014 - 7:30pm
March 15, 2014 - 7:30pm

Nichole Canuso/ Philadelphia      Super Group/Minneapolis 

Jose Navarrete/San Francisco      Elia Mrak/Seattle

Nora Gibson- Philadelphia / John Scott- Dublin, Ireland

February 27, 2014 - 7:30pm
February 28, 2014 - 7:30pm
March 1, 2014 - 7:30pm

Two choreographers on a shared program.

Philadelphia dancer and choreographer Nora Gibson will premiere Temporal Objects in which Gibson and collaborator, lighting designer Clifford Greer, combine forces again to integrate movement patterns and light, taking inspiration from fugue scores, romanticism, and perception of memory and time. “…severely focused intellectual beauty…” - The Philadelphia Inquirer

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.