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Thirdbird to present The whole time in the meanwhile


The whole time in the meanwhile.
conceived by Meg Foley in collaboration with Chris Forsyth and Lenore Doxsee

Thirdbird will be presenting Meg Foley’s “The whole time in the meanwhile”, a twilight hour performance installation that uses the changing mood and light of sunset to create a shifting and immersive environment of movement, light, and sound. Conceived by choreographer Meg Foley in collaboration with lighting designer Lenore Doxsee and composer Chris Forsyth, the work resides in a place between visible and invisible, enticing the audience to redefine their perception of time, space, and bodies.

In an expansive room continually re-imagined through color saturation and discretely spatial music, “The whole time in the meanwhile” responds to all bodies present, reframing the distinction between audience and architecture. The dance is not happening to you but with you, the installation a container for an experience that magnifies how we feel, hear and see time passing through our senses: this moment versus that, this moment versus many.

Thirdbird is the not-entirely-new-but-newly-named wing of the shared endeavors of Anna Drozdowski (proprietor of Ladybird) and Dustin Hurt (founder of Bowerbird). It’s our way of sharing dance, music, and things between with one another and with you. A field guide to curiosities and bits of culture matter, an almanac of small pieces loosely joined. First hatched for the Blindspot Festival, thirdbird is a thing we are building – in good company – and slowly by design.

Meg Foley is a Philadelphia-based performer, dancer, choreographer, and director of moving parts, a name ascribed to various dance- and performance-based acts. Foley composes architectural, movement-based worlds that focus on the sensorial experience of dancing and on the nature of performing itself. Based in the body, in the knowledge of moving, and in precise visual organization, her dances attempt to straddle the fine line between focus and freedom, using formal rigor to unleash reflective consciousness and emotional experience.  Foley is a 2012 Pew Fellow in the Arts and 2012 Independence Foundation Fellow and teaches dance composition and performance practice at University of the Arts.

Composer and guitarist Chris Forsyth has been an active presence in underground/experimental music circles since 1998.  He has released a series of acclaimed records over the past few years.  He has also collaborated with artists including Meg Baird, Tetuzi Akiyama, Mike Pride, Bhob Rainey, and Nate Wooley, and choreographers Miguel Gutierrez and RoseAnne Spradlin. Forsyth was awarded a 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

Lenore Doxsee is a New York City based lighting designer for theater, opera, and dance. She has collaborated with Miguel Gutierrez as well Morgan Thorson, Netta Yerushalmy, Karen Sherman, and has designed in many New York theaters including New York City Opera, La Mama, HERE Arts Center, Dance Theater Workshop, and The Kitchen.

The whole time in the meanwhile.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 5:00pm
Thursday, January 24th, 5:00pm
Friday, January 25th, 5:00pm
Saturday, January 26th, 5:00pm
Sunday, January 27th, 5:00pm

Christ Church Neighborhood House Theater
20 N. American Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19106

$15 general admission
$12 students / artists

Space is limited to 30 people per performance. Advanced purchase or reservations are strongly recommended.
Tickets: http://thewholetime.eventbrite.com/

- 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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