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Coming in June – INVISIBLE RIVER, a free, public aerial dance and music concert in Fairmount Park

Photo by JJ Tiziou

Alie & the Brigade (formerly known as Movement Brigade) present INVISIBLE RIVER, a dance and music performance celebrating the Schuylkill River, the ephemeral nature of summer, and the possibility that live performance can bring a city together in a way that no other event can.

An ensemble of 10 dancing singers perform the haunting choral compositions of Elliott Harvey of a stick and a stone ,while leading audience members through interactive choreography on the Schuylkill River Trail, choreographed by Alie Vidich.

From the trail, the audience enters a parking lot near the Strawberry Mansion Bridge, transformed into a carnival of color and sculpture by artists from SpArc Philadelphia. In the distance, two aerial dancers swing beneath the Strawberry Mansion Bridge and glide past each other in moments of adventure and play. The aerial dancers descend into the river and swim to the nearby audience for the finale.

After the performance, Vidich will speak to the audience about her vision to create an annual Schuylkill River performing arts festival that advocates for public swimming access in the river. A DJ dance party will follow inviting audience members to stay in the park, dance and celebrate the summer!

INVISIBLE RIVER will take place on Sundays, June 16th & 23rd starting at 8pm each night. Audience members will meet at the parking lot next to the St. Joseph’s University Boathouse at 2200 Kelly Drive in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park  (MAP IT). This is a FREE event for ALL AGES.

Alie & the Brigade is a dance theater company based in Philadelphia that creates site-specific performances on the Schuylkill River and proscenium stages. They attract new audiences to the world of dance theater by presenting these works in unconventional and inspiring ways, using a variety of mediums — aerial dance, kinetic sculpture, modern dance, physical theater, song and poetry. The company is directed by Alie Vidich, a Philadelphia based choreographer, director, and performer known for her adventurous spirit and creative ingenuity.

More information visit their web site at  www.AlieandtheBrigade.org

Concept & Direction: Alie Vidich
Aerial Dance Choreography & Performance: Evan Hoffman & Alie Vidich
Music: Elliott Harvey of a stick and a stone
Choral Direction: Jeff Russo of a stick and stone
Aerial Rigging: Daniel Porter
Co-produced by the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts

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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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