PAIGE PHILLIPS March 28-30 & ANNIE WILSON April 4-6 present “Rural Legacies”

In two separate week runs each artist will premiere works tracing lineages that embody perceptions both inward and outward. The two weeks at the Icebox Project Space include performances, workshops, a line-dancing session, a happy hour, and more…

April 1 Noon-7PM a day full of Rural Legacies: FREE

Noon -Talk about reintegration into society after WW2.
1 pm – Talk about the liver, its function, and its symbolism.
2 pm – Organizers from TUGSA (aft local 6290) will discuss archiving their recent strike and present a selection of materials.
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Line dancing workshop taught by Inthedance LLC. All dance levels and ages are welcome to attend this free and fun workshop to learn the basics of line dancing.
5-7 pm Always the Happy Hour – A free social gathering featuring food from local restaurants, and music from DJ Robi D Light. Videos and scenic design from the performances will also be on display, creating a surreal indoor/outdoor environment.

At Icebox Project Space, 1400 North American Street, Phila PA 19122

The Tale of the Slaughtered Hog by Paige Phillips

Tuesday- Wednesday-Thursday  March 28, 29 & 30 – 7 PM At Icebox Project Space, 1400 North American Street, Phila PA 19122

Paige Phillips’ interdisciplinary work weaves her girlhood memories of growing up in coal country West Virginia with radical Appalachian histories. Highlighting patterns of labor exploitation and wealth inequality, this sweeping narrative demonstrates that these issues exist everywhere, creating a dialogue that’s both rural and urban. Through bold visual components, movement, and text, audiences will learn about the Coal Wars, a series of armed labor conflicts led by a group of multiethnic and multiracial miners. Phillips, a daughter of a coal miner, grapples with redneck tropes and questions why there is so much animosity toward our nation’s rural poor. 

*The Tale of the Slaughtered Hog is directed and choreographed by Paige Phillips, who also will perform, and has been created in collaboration with the performers: Jeffrey Evans, Nick Jonzcak, Celine McBride, Chloe Newton, Paule Turner, Judy Williams along with set Installation by Evan Dawson, Sound by Liam Ze’ev O’Connor and Light Design by Matthew Lewandowski.

Audience advisory: for mature audiences.

Always the Hour by Annie Wilson

Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday April 4, 5 & 6   multiple entry times beginning at 6PM.

Annie Wilson’s new work is a durational, immersive performance that traces the influence of her grandfather, Gub. He grew up in rural western New York, was a bomber pilot and POW in WW2, developed alcoholism after the war, and died long before she was born. Using her liver as the site where his ghost lingers, Wilson asks in Always the Hour: How do we metabolize familial and generational harm? What does my body already know about the damage he inflicted and that which he endured? What choreographic strategies in the lineages in which I work give me access to that knowing?

Audience advisory: for mature audiences.

Direction: Rebecca Wright
Production Stage Management: Payton Smith
Somatic Process Maven: Janna Meiring 
Environmental Design and Fabrication: Harbour Edney, Sunny Lucas, Krista Smith
Sound Design: Adriano Shaplin
Projection Design: Taj Rauch
Video Consultant: Jorge Cousineau
Costume Design: Kimberly Max Brown, PhD
Performances by: Ciera Gardner, Shannon Murphy, Copper Santiago, and Jaime Maseda

Special Thanks to the American Dance Asylum in collaboration with 171 Cedar Arts for their support of this project. Additional supporters include: Penn Treaty Special Services District, Subcircle Residency, Hambidge Center for Creative Arts, David A. Howe Public Library, Scribe Media Center, Wilson’s patreons, and the minds of: Shannon Brooks, Christina Gesualdi, Elba Hevia Y Vaca, Rhonda Moore, Alex Tatarsky, Andalyn Young, and many others.

About the Artists:

Paige Phillips

PAIGE PHILLIPS’ artwork is at the intersection of the performing and visual arts, engaging most frequently with dance, installation and video. Originally from West Virginia, she resides in Philadelphia. Her work has been presented nationally and abroad at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Center, the National Museum of Singapore, Park Gallery (Kathmandu, Nepal) the Judson Church through Movement Research (NYC), Velocity Dance Center (Seattle), and Urban Arts Center (Columbus), along with Philadelphia venues Mascher Space, Group Motion’s Uhr Spiel Series, Vox Populi, High Tide Gallery, and Little Berlin. Her work has been supported by the US Embassies in Nepal, Singapore, Ohio Arts Council, and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. She was awarded a residency at the Marpha Foundation and also a BILATERAL artist residency through PDP in Budapest. Paige has performed with Cyrus Khambatta, Yael Bartana, and Josiah McElheny. She holds an MFA from The Ohio State University.

Annie Wilson

ANNIE WILSON is a Philadelphia-based multi-disciplinary artist. Her dances are animistic, pop-magic church services focusing on the experience versus the appearance of the body. She is a 2017 Pew Fellow in the Arts, a 2015 Independence Fellow, and a two-time Barrymore award nominee. Her work has been presented by JACK, Fringearts, Bryn Mawr College, <fidget>, Műhely Alapítvány, CounterPulse, and others. She has directed shows for MK Tuomanen and Almanac Dance Circus Theater, and performed in the work of Nichole Canuso Dance Theater, Meg Foley/moving parts, Lucinda Childs, Applied Mechanics, Pasión y Arte, and <fidget>. Significant support for Always the Hour has been provided by American Dance Asylum in collaboration with 171 Cedar Arts. Additional supporters include: Penn Treaty Special Services District, Subcircle Residency, Hambidge Center for Creative Arts, David A. Howe Public Library, Scribe Media Center, and her Patreons. Annie is an incubated artist at Headlong Dance Theater, a board member of Mascher Space Co-op, a low-cost videographer for nonprofits, a death doula, and a dues-paying member of the Debt Collective.