Britt Fishel and Artists – allowed|aloud

As we bridge research from Distaff and GRIN together, we continue our examination on the normalized animalization of women, though literature, everyday dialog, and the preconceptions that follow. We investigate historical waves of feminism in our country: the reactive elements, the cyclical elements, and analyze how women have taken to solving the misogyny, while examining personal protest. allowed|aloud asks questions about choice, survival, and rebellion. Bury, cover, shelter, fix, secure, rebel, and repeat.

About Us:
Britt Fishel and Artists is a collaborative, project based company, presenting both live performances and dance films, in the Philadelphia community and beyond. Through research and performance, we aim to foster a better assimilation of the human experience, to democratize and normalize socioeconomic, political, and identity driven conversations that are both diverse and inclusive through intersectionality.Through the lens of a feminist perspective, we address our past, to better understand our present, to change our future.

Britt Fishel and Artists – allowed|aloud

As we bridge research from Distaff and GRIN together, we continue our examination on the normalized animalization of women, though literature, everyday dialog, and the preconceptions that follow. We investigate historical waves of feminism in our country: the reactive elements, the cyclical elements, and analyze how women have taken to solving the misogyny, while examining personal protest. allowed|aloud asks questions about choice, survival, and rebellion. Bury, cover, shelter, fix, secure, rebel, and repeat.

About Us:
Britt Fishel and Artists is a collaborative, project based company, presenting both live performances and dance films, in the Philadelphia community and beyond. Through research and performance, we aim to foster a better assimilation of the human experience, to democratize and normalize socioeconomic, political, and identity driven conversations that are both diverse and inclusive through intersectionality.Through the lens of a feminist perspective, we address our past, to better understand our present, to change our future.

Sundays on Stage: Traditions of India

Combining fluid movement with complex melodies and rhythms, traditional Indian dance originated more than 2,000 years ago in Hindu temples. Artist Ramya Ramnarayan – in beautiful costumes and makeup – brings the art form to life, highlighting its role in the cultural and spiritual life of India.

This series is made possible by funding from the Philadelphia City Institute Board of Managers.

Lillian Ransijn – Good Grief!

Come out for an evening of poignancy, hilarity, and physical discombobulation, as Urban Movement Arts presents the work of the Winter Artist in Residence, Lillian Ransijn. In Good Grief! Ransijn considers how grief and the erotic coexistant in the space between individuals, and in the space between audience and performer. And she wonders how loss and eroticism can both be powerful, painful, or pleasurable all at once. When asked about her work, Lilli cites the writing of David Whyte and bell hooks who propose love that can carry grief; that the erotic can contain the celebration and the grief of life together as one.

Lillian Ransijn – Good Grief!

Come out for an evening of poignancy, hilarity, and physical discombobulation, as Urban Movement Arts presents the work of the Winter Artist in Residence, Lillian Ransijn. In Good Grief! Ransijn considers how grief and the erotic coexistant in the space between individuals, and in the space between audience and performer. And she wonders how loss and eroticism can both be powerful, painful, or pleasurable all at once. When asked about her work, Lilli cites the writing of David Whyte and bell hooks who propose love that can carry grief; that the erotic can contain the celebration and the grief of life together as one.

The(se) Black Experience(s)

Boyer College of Music and Dance presents, The(se) Black Experience(s), a Dance MFA Thesis Concert choreographed by, L. Graciella Maiolatesi and Femme Noire Movement Collective.

Using storytelling, songs, altar space, photographs, and exploratory movement that draws from Maiolatesi’s background in West-African dance, text/voice-based choreography, and lived-experience, The(se) Black Experience(s) carves space for Black narratives to be birthed, breathed, and celebrated. Maiolatesi wants to create brave space for Black individuals to safely investigate personal improvisational movement practices in which they can root themselves as they attempt to locate freedom in their bodies, and therefore find ways to embody liberation. The basis for this work stems from Maiolatesi’s experience as a Queer-Black-Fat-Femme navigating Western Improvisational Movement Spaces that promote “free movement” without acknowledging that for those who identify as Black, POC, and/or LGBTQIA+, the concept of moving “freely” is complicated when existing in a body that is constantly policed by social constructions and systemic regulations.

Accomplished Artists presented by Nickerson-Rossi Dance

In the “Accomplished Artists” performance, Nickerson-Rossi Dance (NRD) is ecstatic to welcome the classics of ballet and modern, to the innovation of contemporary dance and movement through 6 professional dance companies and choreographers who are internationally and nationally renowned.

Companies & Choreographers featured:
10 Hairy Legs
Christian Denice
Catherine Cabeen – Hyphen
PA Ballet II
Nickerson-Rossi Dance
Vertical Shadows

NRD does it again. They are now bringing their outstanding festival originated in Palm Springs, California to the city of Philadelphia! This is one of NRD’s most fabulously mixed genre showcase of professional dance matched with comprehensive educational programming.

Let NRD take you on a whirlwind tour of their new powerful and poignant dance.

Philly Nutt Crak-Up

By popular demand, ContempraDANCE Theatre’s “Philly Nutt Crak-Up” will be in Manayunk for their first time with another season of sheer entertainment. Join the infamous Rappin SugarPlum Fairy, battling Hip Hoppin Railway Rats, City Hall Dolls, Captain Philadelphia and Liberty Belle-Anne, as they are sure to amaze audiences with this “nutty” take-off of the classic Nutcracker. Philly Nutt Crak Up is based on an original rap song written by the SugarPlum Fairy herself. With her, you will travel to the Kingdom of Prussia and witness feats of theatrical entertainment including superheroes, dancing and performances by the Penn’s Angels and our very own Rocky with the South Street Rocky-Ettes. “Wonder Woman” will also return this year with super charged battling power to entertain you! “Philly Nutt Crak-Up” is filled with references to local Philadelphia places, personalities, foods and skylines, combining comedy, hip-hop, jazz, modern and ballet dance creating a memorable event for our audience. Philly Nutt Crak-Up features the choreography of critically acclaimed Artistic Director Gail Vartanian as well as renowned hip hop artist from throughout the area. “Philly Nutt Crak-Up” has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine, Dance Magazine, the City Paper, a feature segment on Channel 6 ABC’s Prime Time Weekly show, NBC’s 10 show and Channel 17’s Eye Opener segment. New acts, new faces! Fun for all ages, even your DAD. You don’t want to miss this one!

*Following the Sunday matinee, ContempraDANCE Theatre Company host the “Youth Regional Dance Festival”. (included with your ticket purchase). Pre-professional youth companies will perform on stage immediately following the Philly Nutt Crak-Up performance!

Philly Nutt Crak-Up

By popular demand, ContempraDANCE Theatre’s “Philly Nutt Crak-Up” will be in Manayunk for their first time with another season of sheer entertainment. Join the infamous Rappin SugarPlum Fairy, battling Hip Hoppin Railway Rats, City Hall Dolls, Captain Philadelphia and Liberty Belle-Anne, as they are sure to amaze audiences with this “nutty” take-off of the classic Nutcracker. Philly Nutt Crak Up is based on an original rap song written by the SugarPlum Fairy herself. With her, you will travel to the Kingdom of Prussia and witness feats of theatrical entertainment including superheroes, dancing and performances by the Penn’s Angels and our very own Rocky with the South Street Rocky-Ettes. “Wonder Woman” will also return this year with super charged battling power to entertain you! “Philly Nutt Crak-Up” is filled with references to local Philadelphia places, personalities, foods and skylines, combining comedy, hip-hop, jazz, modern and ballet dance creating a memorable event for our audience. Philly Nutt Crak-Up features the choreography of critically acclaimed Artistic Director Gail Vartanian as well as renowned hip hop artist from throughout the area. “Philly Nutt Crak-Up” has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine, Dance Magazine, the City Paper, a feature segment on Channel 6 ABC’s Prime Time Weekly show, NBC’s 10 show and Channel 17’s Eye Opener segment. New acts, new faces! Fun for all ages, even your DAD. You don’t want to miss this one!

*Following the Sunday matinee, ContempraDANCE Theatre Company host the “Youth Regional Dance Festival”. (included with your ticket purchase). Pre-professional youth companies will perform on stage immediately following the Philly Nutt Crak-Up performance!

Philly Nutt Crak-Up

By popular demand, ContempraDANCE Theatre’s “Philly Nutt Crak-Up” will be in Manayunk for their first time with another season of sheer entertainment. Join the infamous Rappin SugarPlum Fairy, battling Hip Hoppin Railway Rats, City Hall Dolls, Captain Philadelphia and Liberty Belle-Anne, as they are sure to amaze audiences with this “nutty” take-off of the classic Nutcracker. Philly Nutt Crak Up is based on an original rap song written by the SugarPlum Fairy herself. With her, you will travel to the Kingdom of Prussia and witness feats of theatrical entertainment including superheroes, dancing and performances by the Penn’s Angels and our very own Rocky with the South Street Rocky-Ettes. “Wonder Woman” will also return this year with super charged battling power to entertain you! “Philly Nutt Crak-Up” is filled with references to local Philadelphia places, personalities, foods and skylines, combining comedy, hip-hop, jazz, modern and ballet dance creating a memorable event for our audience. Philly Nutt Crak-Up features the choreography of critically acclaimed Artistic Director Gail Vartanian as well as renowned hip hop artist from throughout the area. “Philly Nutt Crak-Up” has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine, Dance Magazine, the City Paper, a feature segment on Channel 6 ABC’s Prime Time Weekly show, NBC’s 10 show and Channel 17’s Eye Opener segment. New acts, new faces! Fun for all ages, even your DAD. You don’t want to miss this one!

*Following the Sunday matinee, ContempraDANCE Theatre Company host the “Youth Regional Dance Festival”. (included with your ticket purchase). Pre-professional youth companies will perform on stage immediately following the Philly Nutt Crak-Up performance!