Philadelphia Dance Projects continues to present exciting work through its partnership with SCUBA Touring Network, an opportunity for local, emerging to mid-career dance artists to begin to tour nationally while offering audiences the chance to see artists’ work from around the country. In 2013, this exchange takes place between Philadelphia’s Green Chair Dance Group and Seattle’s The Real Shannon Stewart. Performances take place March 22 – 23 at the Conwell Dance Theater of Temple University.
Philadelphia’s Green Chair Dance Group features dancer/director/choreographer trio Sarah Gladwin-Camp, Gregory Holt and Hannah DeKeijzer in Tandem Biking and Other Dangerous Pastimes for Two, which raises questions of commitment over time, the tension of intimacy, and the joy of moving together. The original, evening-length version of Tandem Biking premiered in Philadelphia in 2012.
From Seattle, The Real Shannon Stewart presents An Inner Place That Has No Place, part of a suite of dance and film works exploring memory and memory loss – personal, material, and societal. Created by choreographer/dancer Shannon Stewart in collaboration with filmmaker Adam Sekuler, composer Jeff Huston, and performers Meredith Horiuchi, Mary Margaret Moore, Aaron Swartzman, Rosa Vissers, and David Wolbrecht, the work fulfills the physicality of space with atomized motion, that is through choreography distilled into distinct dance units.
“Being selected as part of the SCUBA National Touring network is an honor and a challenge that I’m excited to rise to,” says Stewart. “The program has fostered the beginning of touring for many artists that I admire and gives me and the artists that I collaborate with a chance to create connections in new cities. The opportunity not only to take work on the road but also to be able to rework it and make a new version is something that feeds my work and provides the potential for continued growth in the performance.”
SCUBA ‘13 takes place Friday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 23, 2:30 p.m. Performances from Green Chair Dance Group and The Real Shannon Stewart will be on a shared program. Conwell Dance Theater is located on the northeast corner of Broad Street and Montgomery Avenue in Philadelphia on the campus of Temple University. Tickets are $5-$20 and can be purchased at DanceBoxOffice.com or by calling 215-546-2552. For more information, please visit PhilaDanceProjects.org.
About Green Chair Dance Group
Sarah Gladwin Camp (Co-Artistic Director/Choreographer/Performer) began dance life at Swarthmore College, which gave her opportunities to study movement abroad in Australia and Eastern Europe, and later pursued professional training at Laban School for Contemporary Dance and The Circus Space in London. She is Board President at Mascher Space Cooperative, sits on the Advisory Board of DanceUSA/Philadelphia, and has performed with several companies including Workshop for Potential Movement, Mano/Damno, Grounded Aerial, and Medium Theater Company. In 2009/2010 she was awarded a nEW Artist Residency. In 2012 she was Rehearsal Director for Le Grand Continental, a 150-person 30-minute contemporary line dance created by Sylvain Émard and presented at the LiveArts Festival. Sarah is the Founder of ZoomDance, LLC, ZoomDance Action Adventure Story-Telling Movement Classes for young kids.
Hannah de Keijzer (Co-Artistic Director/Choreographer/Performer) thrives in collaborative creation. In addition to her work with Green Chair, she has performed with Penn Dixie Productions, Medium Theater Company, Gabrielle Revlock, Charles O. Anderson/dance theatre X, Kelley Donovan, and others. She also runs a massage therapy practice in Philadelphia and is the Audience Experience Manager for Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, an ensemble theater company.
Gregory Holt (Co-Artistic Director/Choreographer/Performer) learned how to build human towers in high school, and has been experimenting in movement ever since. His work is nearly always collaborative and process-driven, and has been shown in festivals and venues across Europe and the United States. He has a BA in Movement Research and Performance from the Institute for Dance Art at Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria, where he teaches dance composition. He has paired with Berlin-based artist An Kaler on several projects, and their short dance films have been shown in numerous festivals around the world, including the Body Navigation Festival in St. Petersburg, the International Dance Film Festival in Yokohama, and New Video Dance Festival in Tel Aviv. Locally in Philadelphia, he dances for several choreographers and performance groups including, Jumatatu Poe/idiosynCrazy productions, Gabrielle Revlock/Manodamno, and Meg Foley. His dance work and development has been supported by the Research into the Unknown residency in Budapest, the Lockwood Fellowship, and the Live Arts Brewery Fellowship through the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival.
Alex Torra (Collaborating Director) for Tandem Biking and Other Dangerous Pastimes for Two, is a Philadelphia-based performer and director. In addition to his role as an Associate Artist with Pig Iron Theatre Company and Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, he directs with Shakespeare in Clark Park and was the recipient of a 2010-2011 Philadelphia Live Arts Brewery Fellowship and a 2007 Princess Grace Award (Grace Le Vine Award).
Rosie Langabeer (Sound Designer) is an award-winning composer/performer from New Zealand who composes for a wide range of musical ensembles and performance genres, and plays many instruments. Since arriving in Philadelphia in June 2010 she has composed and/or performed for Subcircle, Pig Iron Theatre Company, and BalletX and The WILMA Theater, among others.
About The Real Shannon Stewart
Shannon Stewart (choreographer) is a dance artist with a proclivity for the enigmatic, dark, nuanced, delicate, comedic, architectural, durational and highly physical elements of dance. She creates work under the artist name THE REAL SHANNON STEWART, collaborates on dance films with Adam Sekuler, Shannon worked with west coast companies tEEth & Salt Horse on their latest evening-length work and is a 2012 participant of Deborah Hay’s Solo Performance Commissioning Project. After nine months of daily practice, she will begin performing the solo “Dynamic” abroad in the Fall of 2013. For the creation of An Inner Place That Has No Place, she was awarded Individual Artist Funding from 4Culture and two years of residencies from Seattle Storefronts, Open Flight (Seattle), the Mouth Studio (Portland), and Studio Current (Seattle). The film The Third Floor, co-directed with Sekuler, premiered in the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival. Her work has been presented and commissioned in Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and Oakland and screened in numerous film festivals. She has had the privilege of dancing with Sebastian Matthias, Berlin (2012), zoe | juniper, Seattle (2005-2010), Dayna Hanson Seattle (2010), Kathleen Hermesdorf San Francisco (2007-2008), and many others. Shannon received degrees in Urban Planning and Dance from the University of Washington and teaches technique, improvisation, GYROKINESIS®, and is a teaching artist with the Mark Morris Dance for Parkinson’s program.
Jeffrey Huston (composer) is a Seattle based multi-disciplinary artist. He is currently exploring the expressive potential of sound in a variety of contexts, including the experimental duet: Dead Hot. He is also investigating his relationship to song writing, notation, impulse and intentionality. Jeff holds a Bachelors of Music from Cornish College of the Arts.
Adam Sekuler (video) is the Program Director at Northwest Film Forum, where he’s organized touring programs of retrospectives and premiere feature films throughout North America. His own films have screened at festivals, museums, and galleries throughout the world. His short film Pathe Ballet won a prize at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
About Philadelphia Dance Projects
Philadelphia Dance Projects (PDP) supports contemporary dance through Projects that encourage artists and audiences to more fully participate and engage in the experience and pursuit of dance as an evolving form. Since its inception in 1993, under the aegis of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Philadelphia Dance Projects has engaged stellar dance artists many of whom were enlarging the modern and postmodern vocabularies with personal and/or cultural explorations in both technique and content. PDP achieves its mission by presenting performances, workshops, classes, a dance-film fest, dialogs and forums for a broad-based audience including artists, aspiring artists, students and the general public. Philadelphia Dance Projects Presents is a full presenting series highlighting national and local contemporary dance artists. The successful series is introducing new artists to Philly and premiering work by some of Philadelphia’s finest contemporary dance artists. Philadelphia Dance Projects continues its 2013 season with Motion Pictures in April, 2013. For more information about Philadelphia Dance Projects, visit www.philadanceprojects.org.