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The premiere of situation:becoming at thefidget space


fidget, a platform for the collaborative work of Megan Bridge, choreography and Peter Price, time-based media, will premiere situation:becoming, an evening length quartet performed by Megan Bridge, Zornitsa Stoyanova, Mauri Walton, and Annie Wilson at thefidget space in April and May 2012. There will be a total of seven shows, Thursday April 26th–Saturday April 28th at 8pm, Sunday April 29 at 2pm, and Thursday May 3rd–Saturday May 5th at 8pm.

A commingling of choreography by Bridge and video and music by Price, situation: becoming creates a meta-situation in which performers’ identities are not fixed, a world in a perpetual state of becoming.  Breathy and warm, spare and rich, the work is about citation and appropriation.  Directly quoting movement supplied by choreographer Neil Greenberg, it questions authorship and where you are when you are and aren’t, “in your body.” situation: becoming’s choreography oscillates at the juncture of the post-human and the every day. It is precise, organic, fleshy, lean: it is about presence.  Seven performance events will unfold in the factory/loft/lounge of thefidget space.

fidget’s research for situation: becoming  was initiated in the Process Project, a performance-based improvisational practice founded in 2009 that hinges on in-depth dialogue with audiences.  For situation: becoming, fidget also brings on a creative team with dramaturgy by Laura Vriend, costumes by Heidi Barr, and lighting design by Lauren Mandilian.

In June 2009, Bridge and Price opened thefidget space, a warehouse, research laboratory, and hub for new forms of art, media, and performance in Kensington.  Fostering a pocket of rich artistic experimentation, they have dedicated much of the past three years to research, writing, and curation, inviting artists with big ideas to inhabit the space and welcoming interdisciplinary art making and discourse.  With situation: becoming, Bridge and Price  explore thefidget space as a site-specific venue for their latest collaboration.

fidget’s dances are dark worlds populated by post-human, biological, mechanic entities–bodies,  video, sound. Bridge and Price create awkward dystopias, referential and even appropriationist, grounded in the discourses of contemporary art, culture, and theory – we like experiments.  Focusing on the materiality of movement, sound, and environment, fidget’s work can be seen as a sort of metaphysical spelunking: churning up bits of evidence with which to construct a biological commentary on the effects of our mechanic and increasingly compartmentalized existence.

fidget’s mission is to promote and support experimental and interdisciplinary art making; to provide a platform for the creative and collaborative work and research of Megan Bridge, dance/performance/choreography and Peter Price, sound/video/digital and time-based media, and to provide a platform for discursive collaboration between the arts and contemporary theory. As artists, researchers, and curators fidget aims to challenge conceptual paradigms in the arts and humanities and to deepen thinking about culture and the nature of human experience. At home in Philadelphia fidget performs in theaters, galleries, universities, warehouses, and nightclubs. On tour, fidget has performed in New York, Berlin, Dresden, Johannesburg, and Vienna.

situation:becoming
thefidget space, 1714 N. Mascher St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19122
Tickets: $10-$20 sliding scale; $8-$15 online discount
Shows are intimate and only hold 20 max. audience members per show.
Purchase online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/238397
More information at  www.thefidget.org

- Steven Weisz

Founder & Editor
While not a dancer himself, Weisz’s love for the arts and dance started as a child growing up in New York City. With parents, who were strong supporters of the arts and part of a community with an incredible array of notable artists in music, dance, theater and fine arts, Weisz’s access and affinity for the performing arts took root. Upon attending college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 70’s, Weisz started performing as a puppeteer, magician, juggler and fire eater as a means of supplementing his income. This soon grew in to what became Rainbow Promotions Inc., one of the largest entertainment and special events producers in the region. It was here that he began to promote and book dance for major events throughout the city. Many of the dancers he worked with in the early days of his company are now major choreographers in Philadelphia. At the same time, Weisz’s interest in computers and the early developments of what is now known as the Internet, led him to also start another company, Delaware Valley On Line, which became one of the first regional ISPs. It was this combination of event production, internet development and event marketing that led him to examine the use of the internet as a means to promote the arts. Dance continued to be a major interest for Weisz and in 2005 he founded PhiladelphiaDANCE.org as a major online resource to promote dance in the city. It was soon after that the Dance Journal was also founded as a way to provide an outlet for writing on a range of topics that encompass the ever growing and emerging dance community in the region. Weisz continues to run both PhiladelphiaDANCE and The Dance Journal on purely a voluntary basis with no income derived from any of his projects. He is also the Artistic Director of Graffito Works, a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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