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Three Philadelphia Choreographers present Hold Me To This at Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance

Photo by Bill Hebert

Don’t miss Hold Me To This, a collection of performances from Philadelphia-based choreographers Danielle Greene, Meredith Steinberg, and Becca Weber.  These three world premieres highlight each artist’s individual vocabulary while finding common ground in their investigation of authenticity in human interaction. This concert is the choreographers’ culminating work as MFA candidates in Temple University’s Boyer College Dance Department.

Hold Me To This will be presented on February 22, 2013 at 7:30pm; February 23, 2013 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm at Conwell Dance Theater, 5th Floor Conwell Hall, Temple University, corner of Broad Street & Montgomery St, Philadelphia, PA. Tickets ar $20 General Admission, $15 Student/Senior, $10 Dance Professionals, and $5 Temple students (with Owlcard). Tickets will be available via the Liacouras Center Box Office, 1776 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA Mon-Sat 10-5.  They may also be purchased online at www.liacourascenter.com or call 1-800-298-4200.

Alter your reality and enter a new world with Danielle Greene’s Show Me Inside, a dance theater piece exploring the intersection between dreams and waking life. The work features Greene, along with dancers Megan Mizanty, Rori Smith, Meredith Steinberg, and Becca Weber, in raw performances that exude humor, compassion, and most of all, transparency. Show Me Inside also features collaboration with Dreamworker Toko-pa Turner and costume designer Patricia Dominguez.  “Dreams de-center us from our everyday identity, pushing us towards a richer multiplicity of being.”- Marc Ian Barasch

We grasp, we collide, we sense, we see.  Meredith Steinberg’s Girls Grew Out of the Ground is a vibrant quartet exploring our human desire for interpersonal impact and our need to feel more fully. Dancers Danielle Greene, Katie Jasmin, Shailer Kern-Carruth and Rori Smith burst with a sense of uninhibited freedom to live and move in the present, illuminating the vigor, ferocity, and joy held within our bodies.  “When we said ‘Yes,’ everything in us said ‘Yes.’ When we said ‘No,’ everything in us said ‘No.’ We were undivided.”  – Mary Starks Whitehouse

Becca Weber’s Corporecord explores embodied memories at the intersection between somatic investigation and concert dance. The piece invites audience members to serve as witnesses to dancers’ instantaneous processing and embodied recollection. Weber’s cast of five—featuring Weber, Alison Liney, Megan Quinn, and Hedy Wyland—exposes their humanity and investigates their own lived memories on the stage. From provocative or playful to traumatic or troubled, the work evokes the pasts written in our own corporeality. “Thinking itself, including the way we access, organize, retrieve, and present information, is as much a matter of somatic understandings as of semiotic ones.” -Deidre Sklar


Danielle Greene has been teaching, choreographing, performing and working as an arts administrator in the dance field for over ten years. As an arts administrator Danielle has worked at Dance Place, a non-profit dance theater, school and community center in Washington, D.C. At Dance Place, Danielle managed and performed with modern dance company Carla & Company, and ran the volunteer and work-study programs. As a teacher, she has instructed a variety of ages and abilities at studios, schools and community centers throughout the region. She is currently completing her MFA in Dance at Temple University where she serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Her choreography has been shown at Temple University, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Dance Place, The Athenaeum and Penn State University, in addition to many non-formal spaces. As a performer, Danielle has danced with companies and independent artists in the Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia regions including performances at The Kennedy Center, Reston Center Stage, and Athenaeum.

Meredith Steinberg is a choreographer, performer, and dance educator based in Philadelphia. She is currently completing her MFA in Dance at Temple University, where she serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.  Meredith received her BA in Dance and Theater from Wesleyan University with Honors in Dance.  As a choreographer, she has presented work at venues including The Flea Theater, Dixon Place, Dance Theater Workshop, and in the New York and Philadelphia Fringe Festivals, and she has developed work in residency at Spoke the Hub and The Field.  Meredith is also an experienced arts administrator and producer, having worked at the Joyce Theater, Symphony Space, and on the 2010 Tino Sehgal exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum.  Meredith teaches dance and yoga at Temple University and in the Philadelphia community.

Becca Weber is always asking questions. Usually, these investigate where the body meets the brain—where dance and Somatics intersect. She is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and MFA Candidate in Dance at Temple University. Becca holds a Master’s degree with distinction in Dance & Somatic Well-Being from the University of Central Lancashire, where she served as an Associate Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Teaching programme. As director of Somanaut Dance, her choreography has been presented at various venues in Philadelphia, New York, Georgia, Delaware, and the UK. She is a contributing artist with Movement Brigade and has performed for many independent choreographers in Philadelphia, including Ellie Goudie-Averill (Stone Depot Dance Lab), Eun Jung Choi, Colleen Hooper, Michael T. Roberts, Carrie Walsh, Danielle Greene, and others. Her research has been published in the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. Becca is an associate editor for the journal Dance, Movement and Spiritualities and assistant editor of the forthcoming book, Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives. She is also a contributing writer/dance reviewer at ThINKingDANCE.net. In short, she loves to play with people, space, ideas, and words.

Photo by Bill Hebert

Hold Me To This
Choreography by Danielle Greene, Meredith Steinberg, Rebecca Weber
Boyer College of Music and Dance, Temple University
February 22, 2013 at 7:30pm; February 23, 2013 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Conwell Dance Theater, 5th Floor Conwell Hall, Temple University, corner of Broad Street & Montgomery St, Philadelphia, PA
Tickets: $20 General Admission, $15 Student/Senior, $10 Dance Professionals, $5 Temple students (with Owlcard) Tickets will be available via the Liacouras Center Box Office, 1776 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA Mon-Sat 10-5.  Purchase online at www.liacourascenter.com or call 1-800-298-4200.

- Steven Weisz

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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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