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 five 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,
dancers Michael Biello and Dan Martin, Jano Cohen, PDP’s Terry
Fox, 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. The five dancers reunited to
reconstruct their work, which was performed by young Philadelphia
dance artists at part of PDP Presents 2010. The
Local Dance History Project is currently being planned to go online as a seed
to start an online and interactive archive of Philadelphia dance artists and their history.
PHASE 2/Local Dance History Project
- an interactive website.
Philadelphia Dance Projects (PDP) seeks to develop a cultural/dance history project stemming from the work of independent dancers in Philadelphia beginning circa 1975-85. This initiative will build upon PDP’s successful Local Dance History Project of 2010.
We are working with Nicole Topich and Barbara Tait archive assistants, Stacey Mann of Night Kitchen Interactive and Margery Sly, Director Special Collections, Paley Library Temple University and artists to realize this special project. To date this project has been supported by the William Penn Foundation, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and the Dolfinger McMahon Foundation.
We want the site to be visually captivating, but also informative. Our mission is to affirm the presence of dance artists in the rich cultural history of Philadelphia’s recent past, present and future.
Our starting point is with the rise of individual dancer/choreographers/movement based performance artists in the mid-1970’s.
The LDHP survey is still open http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D6NC6ZL
95% would like to see videos and artists’ statements, and 83% favor a timeline
This is what you said you’d like to see:
- Linking the artist to current work or artists who are working today…
- That could use a map-bridge, how people have moved on, talking about home when dance is your personal location, moving is not settling and dance is unsettling when it is good but how to live in that unsettled place for a lifetime…
- Showing similarities in styles. Showing how choreography today was influenced by that of this time. Ask choreographers, performers active today what of this period affected them the most. My mind is going blank, will think about this more.
- a monitored blog. Update notices. Continued notices of current dance events placed in context of past events.
- I think it would be great to have a space (maybe moderated) where people who might share that history but who aren’t officially a part of the project can write in their stories to contribute to the tapestry of the website. Maybe where they could also contribute photos.
- feature one work at a time with as much information about that work and open it up to an online dialogue.
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