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Curt Haworth Movement and Performance – ONLIEST


Musing on identity, solitude and the subjective experience of phenomena, Onliest is a site-­specific work inhabiting the Mt Vernon Dance space. With the audience in the round, the piece encompasses the entire first floor of the old church, flowing across space onto the stage and up into the rafters. Musicians become movers, ushers become dancers, dancers become lighting designers and the audience is immersed in a non-­‐linear narrative.

Choreographed and directed by Curt Haworth in collaboration with the performers, Onliest draws from text by Edvard Munch and Sondra Fraleigh with music created and performed by Julius Masri and with performers Khadija Ahmaddiya, Bethany Formica Bender, Gabrielle Giordano, Leanne Grieger, Adrian Plascencia and Curt Haworth.

Curt Haworth is an expatriate Californian who lived in New York City for twenty years before moving to Philadelphia in 2009. He holds a BA in Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz and a MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has an eclectic movement background ranging from athletics to modern dance and postmodern techniques, to yoga, contact improvisation and ballet. Curt toured internationally with David Dorfman Dance from 1990 to 2002, while creating over 15 original roles. He was a Movement Research Artist in Residence in 2001-2002, he has taught regularly at Movement Research and DNA (formerly Dance Space Center) in NYC and the ADF. He has taught and set work as a guest artist throughout the United States and Europe and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His work has been shown in Philadelphia at: the Annenberg Center, The Painted Bride, The Performance Garage, The CEC, and various Fringe venues; and in NYC at: The Danspace Project, LA MAMA, DNA, Symphony  Space,  Movement  Research  at  the  Judson  Church,  IFNY,  Dixon  Place,  PS122, Metamorphosis, DanceNow, New Dance Alliance; as well as at: Rockland Community College, Bennington College July Program, and Tanecne Divadlo in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Philly Pard presents
Curt Haworth Movement and Performance
November 22-­24, 2013
Friday and Saturday at 8pm Sunday at 6pm
Admission $20 general, $10 dance professionals/seniors, $5 students
Mt. Vernon Dance Space, 1720 Mt Vernon Street Philadelphia Pa 19130.
Audience reservations: phillypard@gamil.com or call (646) 221-6120

Philly PARD (Performance Arts Research & Development) is a laboratory for the investigation of dance and movement-­‐based art forms. PARD offers a range of classes and workshops taught by movement artists and innovators; as well as performances and showcases for up-­‐and-­‐coming and emerging artists. Valuing the individual artist, their creative process and vital role within society, PARD is dedicated to the creation and implementation of affordable programs that nurture and initiate discourse and experimentation.

- 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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