The Kosoko Performance Group brings us a wild collection of live dance, music and performance art


The Kosoko Performance Group will present the second installment of their 2009-2010 live performance series KPG Presents.  Featured are some of NYC’s, NJ’s, and Philadelphia’s finest acts in music, dance, and performance art.  The event hosted by Jaamil Kosoko and Karama Butler under the aliases of Winston Margo Deboreau Hemm will take place on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore, Philadelphia.

This event includes a free pre-show artist chat starting at 7pm with performances starting at 8pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

The evening will feature Philly Contact Collective(PHL), Sydney Skybetter, pictured (NYC), Justin Bryant(NJ), Jaamil Kosoko(PHL), Kathryn Tebordo(PHL), Nora Gibson(PHL), and Luke Gutgsell(NYC).

This performance showcase will also be the launch for AHAT: Artists Helping Artists Tour.  This program created by KPG artistic director, Jaamil Kosoko, assists emerging and mid-career artists in touring their work nationally.

Featured Artists

(A.H.A.T.) Justin Bryant will present a work entitled, Between Us, featuring choreography/text by Justin Bryant and Maya Johnson with music by Samuel Dent. Justin Bryant is a native of Atlanta, GA, and an alum of The University of The Arts. He has performed with Eleone Dance Theatre, Dance Fusion and other local companies. He performs regularly with Smoke, Lilies, and Jade Arts Initiative.

Nora Gibson is a Philadelphia based dancer and choreographer, whose training spans classical ballet to post-modern improvisation.  In 2008, she established Nora Gibson Performance Project, with Philadelphia as its home base. NGPP was an artist in residence at Mascher Arts Space Co-op from Oct. ’08 to March ’09, was awarded a 2009-10 Artist in Residence with the nEW Festival in Philadelphia under the direction of Melanie Stewart, and has further been awarded the CEC New Edge Residency for 2009-10.

(A.H.A.T.) Luke Gutgsell lives in Brooklyn and dances for David Dorfman, Tiffany Mills, and Risa Jaroslow.  He has only recently made the leap to dancer/choreographer.  This transition, which is still in process, would not be possible without the generosity and trust of his colleague and friend, Elise Knudson.  He has presented his work at Dixon Place in NYC among other venues.

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a author, poet, choreographer, performance artists, curator, comedian, etc.  He is the artistic director at KOSOKO PERFORMANCE GROUP. Kosoko has performed in the choreographic works of various artists and companies including Terry Creach, Lisa Kraus, Kate Watson-Wallace, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Headlong Dance Theater, Leah Stein Dance Company, Emergent Improvisation Ensemble, and, Faustin Linyekula and Les Studios Kabako (The Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa).  Kosoko has been published in The American Poetry Review, The Dunes Review, The Interlochen Review, among other presses.

(A.H.A.T.) Sydney Skybetter is a choreographer, curator, and consultant for performing arts organizations. After studying at Interlochen, Columbia, and New York University, Sydney performed with Christopher Williams and the Anna Sokolow Foundation. His choreography has been presented in New York at the Dance Theater Workshop, La MaMa, and the Danspace Project, among many others. Sydney has consulted for the National Ballet of Canada, David Dorfman Dance, and the Jerome Robbins Foundation, and is a Partner with Design Brooklyn, which provides web and online infrastructure solutions for the arts.

Kathryn Tebordo collaborates with artists across disciplines for every project, and is currently developing DANCE IS HARD TO SEE to promote the consideration of dance as a visual art, to foster conversations between local composers and dance makers, and to engage new audiences for the experimental arts.  She is the artistic director of Workshop for Potential Movement, a body-based performance company in Philadelphia creating original works that challenge the potential of dance and theater.

Philly Contact Collective: Henken Bean, Rachel Feldman, Lee Fogel, Rowen Haigh, Jenny Sawyer, and Kate Speer The Philly Contact Collective (PCC), founded in January 2009, is a group of unapologetic movement addicts who are fascinated by the body – how it moves, how it interacts with other bodies and how it responds to different spaces and environments. PCC is made up of six members whose expertise range from video and web-interface art forms to pre-K through high school education to theater directing and modern dance choreography to healing arts practices.

KPG Presents
Saturday, January 23, 2010

7pm pre-show chat; 8pm performance
Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia
Suggested Donation is $10-$15 at the door.
For more information please contact Jaamil Kosoko at 919.699.2519 or via e-mail at [email protected]

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