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).
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2013 Under Construction:
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.
SHARE YOUR STORY. Do you have stories to share now? Help us identify more artists and their works. Please forward comments to firstname.lastname@example.org with “LDHP” in the subject line, so we can fold them into this history project.
Nicole Topich and Barbara Tait are Local Dance History Project’s Archive Associates.
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.
PDP is currently fundraising for this unique Project….
We need $$$$ to make it happen!!!
Please make a contribution to PDP for the LDHP.
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.
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All Contributions are welcome!