In 2009, Philadelphia Dance Projects launched Philadelphia Dance Projects Presents, a presenting series featuring dance performances, workshops, and “Informances” by individual dance artists and companies. This new dance-focused series is proving to be a great success in presenting adventuresome contemporary dance in a broader local and global context.
PDP Presents Dance Up Close Summer 2015
Informance / niv Acosta
Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 7:30PM
at SEI Innovation Studio, Kimmel Center
Broad & Spruce Sts, Phila PA
This PDP Informance is an inside look at the rehearsal process with an opportunity for the audience to participate in the making of the work, followed by a conversation with the artist moderated by local choreographer Gregory Holt.
In his new serial performance work DISCOTROPIC: Ep. 1 train dance, New York based dance/performance artist niv Acosta explores the relationship between science fiction, disco, astrophysics, and the black American experience. DISCOTROPIC is inspired by the role of black women in sci-fi history and film. Acosta’s DISCOTROPIC reconsiders past futures, like those in Star Wars, while claiming a fantastical site of possibility through a cast whose imaginative engagement with science fiction rewrites its dominant narratives. Several artist will perform with Acosta who share his interests in queer politics and Afrofuturism.
“Researching intersections of race and performance is a unifying thread throughout my body of work. In DISCOTROPIC we envision our own fantastical world via dance that seeks to fashion a space for people of a marginalized experience,” explained Acosta. “This project, like other projects I have directed, attempts to create a platform accessible to audiences of diverse paths of life. My work has historically been autobiographical, centered around my experiences as a transexual queer person of color. By interrogating my daily life, I have found the questions and challenges I face to be, in essence, universal and therefore largely accessible. More specifically, I hope this project will make visible the experiences of a subversive community of queer, transgender, and people-of-color creators.” Niv Acosta http://nivacosta.com
DISCOTROPIC is a special PDP presentation in partnership with the William Way Center and their current exhibition “Speak Out For Equality” at the National Constitution Center, June 5, 2015 through January 3, 2016.
General Admission $10
Tickets at http://www.kimmelcenter.org/events/index.php?id=5252
PDP Presents Dance Up Close 2013-2014
Experience contemporary dance up close with PDP as we explore the trends and insights into the hearts and minds of today’s most adventuresome choreographers.
Thank you for another exciting season of dance!
In 2014, Philadelphia Dance Projects was proud to present well-received World and Philadelphia premieres by Susan Rethorst with Group Motion, Nora Gibson, John Scott and Subcircle. We also continued our partnership with SCUBA, hosting artists from all four sister cities: Philadelphia, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Seattle.
Our season also included opportunities for you to join us in exploring contemporary dance through an Informance with Susan Rethorst, an open workshop with John Scott and dancers Michelle Boulé and Philip Connaughton, and Artists as Activists in Fukushima, talk by Jose Navarrete and Debby Kajiyama at PhillyCAM.