nEW Festival 2012 at The Painted Bride Art Center
Wednesday January 18, 2012 (7pm): Choreography by nEW Festival’s 2011-2012 Resident Choreographers Jodi Obeid and Beau Hancock
Thursday January 19, 2012 (7pm): Choreography by nEW Festival’s 2011-2012 Resident Choreographers Daniele Strawmyre and Jung-eun Kim
Friday January 20, 2012 (7pm): Choreography by nEW Festival’s 2011-2012 Resident Choreographers Jodi Obeid and Beau Hancock
Saturday January 21, 2012 (7pm): Choreography by nEW Festival’s 2011-2012 Resident Choreographers Daniele Strawmyre and Jung-eun Kim
Sunday January 22, 2012 (4pm and 7pm): Dancehouse: Eun Jung Choi, Guillermo Ortega Tanus, Jen McGinn, Silvana Cardell, Megan Mazarick, and Nora Gibson
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JODI OBEID (The House of Empty)
Have you ever been trapped in a space with people you do not know, and most likely do not want to know? Have you spent time haunted by past memories? Jodi Obeid explores shelter, relationships, and belonging in her new dance theater work, The House of Empty. Utilizing text, props, and highly athletic movement, Obeid creates a “middle-of-nowhere” world whose inhabitants are displaced in time and space. Collaborators and performers in this work include Adams Berzins, Marie Brown, Justin Jain, Katherine Kiefer Stark, and David Rubio.
BEAU HANCOCK (poor lost sometime boys)
For his new work poor lost sometime boys, choreographer Beau Hancock drew inspiration from a variety of sources: Allen Ginsberg’s epic poem Howl, contemporary queer culture, David Bowie, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, choreographer Trisha Brown, Jack Kerouac, classic modern dance, and the woodland trails surrounding the Silo Residency site in rural Pennsylvania. The half-hour duet features Hancock and Scott McPheeters, with new music composed specifically for the work by Cicada Brokaw. Constructed costumes from Hancock and McPheeters’ own cast-offs (clothes that would have gone to Goodwill) are magically transformed by dancer and designer Patricia Dominquez. From this somewhat queer and certainly complex amalgam of material comes a crystalline construction, a dance that offers audiences a peak inside the fantastic world of the poor lost sometime boys.
DANIELE STRAWMYRE (Cant)
Cant is Daniele Strawmyre’s first installment in a performance series inspired by the history of "carnie" culture. Using carnivals, tent revivals, and traveling medicine men the work focuses on Chang and Eng (the first documented Siamese twins), Mrs. Thom Thumb (the diminutive wife of General Thom Thumb), and Annie Jones (the renowned “bearded lady”) all made famous by the impresario P.T. Barnum. Cant will later become part of an evening length, interactive performance installation titled Parlyaree, premiering in 2013. Collaborating artists include Kate Watson-Wallace, Hedy Weiland, David Konyck, Gwen Rooker, Mauri Walton, Matthew Ricchini, Nancy Megley, and Lauren Mandilian.
JUNG-EUN KIM (Staying and going)
Jung-eun Kim describes her dances as coming from a place or moment in her own life's experience. In creating Staying and going, she started to imagine a dance with a paper airplane while she was traveling from one place to another. Staying and going has been performed as a work-in-progress at topos, topio, a performance series curated by Donna Faye Burchfield as part of Philly Fringe Festival 2011. Philly.com's Lisa Kraus has hailed Kim as "an artist to watch" in Philadelphia this year. Lucas Brown composed original music for this work.
DANCEHOUSE features short works by Eun Jung Choi, Guillermo Ortega Tanus, Jen McGinn, Silvana Cardell, Megan Mazarick, and Nora Gibson
Resident Choreographer shows (Wednesday through Saturday) are approximately 50 minutes long. Dancehouse (Sunday) is approximately 1.5 hours long. All tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for DancePass holders, students, and seniors.
nEW Festival is a Philadelphia-based dance festival that offers a performance opportunities for emerging choreographers, a community for the exhange of ideas and future artistic alliances, and movement-centric master classes. nEW is led by a collaborative team of artists who are devoted to exploring innovative methods of dance curation, presentation, and training. nEW Festival 2012 received generous support from Philadelphia Cultural Fund, The Silo Guest Artist Residency program, and University of the Arts.
The nEW Festival 2012 is supported by New Stages for Dance. Leadership support for the New Stages for Dance Initiative is provided by MetLife Foundation. New Stages for Dance is a program of Dance USA/Philadelphia.