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MM2 Modern Dance To Offer Three Free Programs at The Porch at 30th Street Station

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Philadelphia’s MM2 Modern Dance Company will be offering three FREE programs this spring at The Porch at 30th Street Station. Through a generous grant to University City District from the William Penn Foundation, MM2 will present their latest work BREATH as well as site specific improvisation on Sunday, April 27th (Rain Date: June 29), Sunday, May 18th (Rain Date: July 13th) and Sunday, June 1st (Rain Date: July 27th). All performances are from 1:00pm – 2:00pm.

The company, which is set to tour in June in Toronto, Canada, is comprised of seven dancers and choreographers – Jessica Bryan, Jenna Faye Eugenides, Kaylee Goodwin, Jillian Ikeler, Jennifer Laucella, Alison Liney, and Brianne Scott.  Unlike most dance companies, each company member is charged with creating and setting new work each year on the entire company.

BREATH is a collection of seven pieces which focus on how our breath is the bridge which connects consciousness to nature and life itself.  We are continually moving through air, much the same way a fish moves through water. By breathing we are attuned to the world around us, sharing the air with nature and each other.  Our breath expresses our inner feelings, our state of well-being, our excitement and even our anxieties.  Breath flows endlessly through all, sustaining us, and allowing us to express life’s nuances.

Artistic Director, Brianne Scott goes on to say, “There is no better setting for our work than being outdoors at the Porch and sharing our passion and dance with the Philadelphia community.”  The group had appeared at the Porch in 2013 as part of the Solow Festival and “fell in love with the space”, Scott adds.


ABOUT MM2

MM2 Modern Dance Company provides support, space and opportunities for dance artists, who wish to explore the choreographic process, in order to cultivate and introduce new work to new audiences. MM2 recognizes the inherent value in nurturing developing artists as well as the collaborative spirit to foster creativity, while pushing boundaries and forward-thinking.  While MM2 is artist-driven, it is also community-centered, recognizing the need to educate, advocate, support and promote artistic vitality in the region. MM2 dancers are committed to creating and performing a new body of work each year. As a presenter, MM2 serves and fosters Philadelphia’s growing modern and contemporary dance audience.  MM2 is also committed to touring works created both nationally and internationally.  After a successful tour in Italy in 2013, MM2 will be touring once again in Toronto for the 2014 season.

MM2 Modern Dance
BREATH
The Porch at 30th Street Station
Sunday, April 27th (Rain Date: June 29) from 1:00- 2:00pm
Sunday, May 18th (Rain Date: July 13th) from 1:00- 2:00pm
Sunday, June 1st (Rain Date: July 27th) from 1:00- 2:00pm
FREE to the public and appropriate for family audiences
All shows are outdoors and subject to weather conditions.
More information – www.theporchat30th.com

This performance is part of a series presented by University City District (UCD), made possible with generous support from the William Penn Foundation, which has provided leadership support for UCD’s efforts to showcase innovative cultural programming at The Porch.

- 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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