Group Motion’s City Dances/Parkway Continues Post-Fringe

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After a successful run at the 2009 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Group Motion continues its City Dances/Parkway program under the auspices of PNC Arts Alive program.

City Dances/Parkway is an interactive, traveling performance involving dance, music, art and technology. Take a walking tour with Group Motion dancers to experience some of Philadelphia’s public art sites including Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker and The Gates of Hell, Mark di Suvero’s Iroquois and Jacques Lipchitz’s Prometheus Strangling the Vulture.

The performances are free to the public and will be held on October 22nd and 23rd at Noon, and then again on October 24th and 25th at 3pm. The tour begins at The Rodin Museum Courtyard, located at 22nd and the Parkway.

Before starting your tour, be sure to download the City Dances Playlist to your iPod or other favorite music player. The City Dances Playlist, featuring original music by Phil Kline (NYC) and Tim Motzer (Phila) will be made available for download off the Group Motion website, www.groupmotion.org, beginning on October 1, 2009.  You will then be ready to be led on this “traveling performance” with “moving music”, creating a personal experience of contemporary dance and music with Philadelphia’s famous  cultural sites.

Choreography for City Dances/Parkway is by artistic director Manfred Fischbeck and company choreographers, John Luna and Olive Prince.

Group Motion Dance Company began as a contemporary modern dance company, pioneering the art form of multi-media dance theater. Originally founded in 1962 as Gruppe Motion Berlin, a chamber dance company evolving from the Mary Wigman School of Dance, the company performed throughout Germany and Europe, being one of very few modern dance companies in Germany at the time. In 1968, under the direction of Brigitta Hermann, Helmut Gottschild, and Manfred Fischbeck, the company relocated to Philadelphia and quickly received critical recognition, making historic appearances at Judson Church in New York in 1968 and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 1969, and by joining the National Endowment for the Arts touring program in the 1970s. Group Motion came under the sole artistic direction of Manfred Fischbeck in 1989 and has been consistently committed to the teaching and presentation of dance and interdisciplinary art forms, and to providing performance opportunities for local, national, and international artists.

Group Motion is one of Philadelphia’s longest running contemporary dance organization and is a locally, nationally and internationally-respected dance company. Artistic Director Manfred Fischbeck brings to Group Motion over 40 years of experience choreographing, directing, performing, and touring, both in the United States and abroad. The company holds its place in the forefront of contemporary dance and dance theater for four decades, creating a substantial body of over 50 works. Group Motion also has a long history of collaboration with prominent international artists, dancers, and choreographers, including Carol Brown (London), Kenshi Nohmi and Akiko Kitamura (Japan), Oscar Aruiz (Argentina), Wally Cardona (NYC) and Philadelphia locals such as Rennie Harris and Kun Yang Lin. The company began a world-wide touring program in the mid-1990’s and has since taken its repertory to France, Argentina, Japan, Cyprus, Taiwan, and Poland, as well as to venues throughout the United States. Our work has been recognized by funding from organizations such as The Pew Charitable Trusts’ competitive Dance Advance program and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In recent years, we have been selected to participate in the Philadelphia Fringe and Live Arts Festivals, the Wilma Theater’s DanceBoom! Festival, the Kimmel Center’s Fresh Ink Series, as well as many other dance festivals around the world such as Japan, Poland, Germany and Lithuania.