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FringeArts – David Gordon – The Philadelphia Matter – 1972/2020

September 19 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until October 4, 2020

$5 – $50

Celebrated choreographer/director/writer David Gordon premieres his first new screen work in two decades with a “virtual” performance company of 30+ Philadelphia artists working remotely to record video material on everything from iPhones to professional cameras. Gordon then dissected, assembled, and collaged this movement with visual scores and archival works in collaboration with video artist Jorge Cousineau. The Philadelphia Matter – 1972/2020 cast includes Wally Cardona and Pick Up Performance Co(s) members Karen Graham and Valda Setterfield.

The final composition premieres the first night of the 2020 Fringe Festival and will stream online for the duration of the fest.

Philadelphia Virtual Company: Mehgan Abdel-Moneim, Megan Bridge, Marie Brown, Sanchel Brown, Eun Jung Choi, Amalia Colón-Nava, Sydney Donovan, Bethany Formica, Beau Hancock, Nile Harris, Justin Jain, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Jungeun Kim, Megan Mazarick, Lucas Mikan, Rhonda Moore, Guillermo Ortega, Rebecca Patek, Dawn Pratson, Lauren Putty White, Gabrielle Revlock, Nick Schwasman, Margot Electra Steinberg, Katie Vickers, November Ward, and Jacinta Lee Yelland.

Ticketed Live Premiere: Thursday, Sept 10 at 7pm

Founding artist of Judson Church performances and improvisational Grand Union, David Gordon purposefully examines/expands/torpedoes conventional lines between theater and dance, pioneering use of text and textual narrative in movement work. He presaged his later writing and directing for the stage and predated the live theater form that became known as “performance art.” Gordon’s dual status as theater and movement artist was acknowledged when he was awarded a Pew Charitable Trust National Dance Residency grant and a National Theater Residency grant in successive years.
In the last decade he has received 3 NEA American Masterpiece Grant Awards and a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. His numerous commissions include Actors Studio, American Ballet Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, BBC, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dance Theatre of Harlem, New York Theatre Workshop, PBS Great Performances, and Serious Fun @ Lincoln Center. Founding Director of Pick Up Performance Co(s) since 1978.

The Philadelphia Matter – 1972/2020 is commissioned by Christ Church Neighborhood House, produced in collaboration with Pick Up Performance Co(s), and co-presented by the Neighborhood House. Major support for The Philadelphia Matter – 1972/2020 has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Festival Co-Producers: Christopher and Lee van de Velde; Jane Pepper; Lynne & Bertram Strieb

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September 19
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
$5 – $50
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Philadelphia, PA United States




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