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An Evening of Duets

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An Evening of Duets will take place this year at the Community Education Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 7 & 8, 2014 at 7:30pm. Created as a pre-Valentines performance, this event will highlight duets from the romantic to the volatile by innovative choreographers and their professional dance companies.

Curated and produced by Melissa Chisena, this year will feature eight different companies from Philadelphia and California. The performing companies and artists are Lauren Putty/Putty Dance Project, Beau Hancock, Scott McPheeters and Gina Hoch-Stoll, Adam Sterr, Kate Jordan and Bruno Augusto of Arts & Above, KC Chun-Manning/FRESH BLOOD, Stone Depot Dance Lab/Ellie Goudie- Averill, and Tara Madsen Robbins.

Tara Madsen Robbins will be returning this year presenting a new duet with Alicia Sehn.  Ellie Goudie- Averill of Stone Depot Dance Lab and Rain Ross will be performing a duet with poet Laura Spagnoli.  Ms. Spagnoli will be reading live from her book My Dazzledent Days.  Beau Hancock revisits his “Lost Boys” duet and Scott McPheeters and Gina Hoch-Stoll collaborate on a new duet that examines the authenticity of how we communicate with others in a society where the need-to-please mentality is epidemic.

This event is pleased to welcome back former Philadelphia dancer Kate Jordan.  Kate is now living and making work with her husband Bruno Augusto in Oakland, California and they are traveling across the US to perform for this event.

This year’s performance will be highlighting three collaborations between dancers and musicians.  Former member of Milwaukee Ballet, Richmond Ballet and viola player Adam Sterr will be premiering a duet with Melissa Chisena. He will be playing the viola and dancing simultaneously as he partners Chisena.  Philadanco dancer Lauren Putty White and her husband and trombone player Brent White will be collaborating on a light and comedic duet that has the dancer manipulating the musician with her movements.  KC Chun-Manning and Jennifer Morley of FRESH BLOOD will close the evening with a comical duet involving the audience, grapes, live music and exciting dancing.

An Evening of Duets
February 7 & 8, 2014 @ 7:30pm
Community Education Center, Meeting House Theatre
3500 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104

For Tickets visit www.danceboxoffice.com
Tickets $18 General Admission
$15 Students/Seniors
$12 Dance Professionals w. ID

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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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