Fringe Bytes: Colleen Hooper and Liz Reynolds premiere I saved this for you

This September, as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Colleen Hooper and Liz Reynolds premiere a dance theater performance, I saved this for you.

The evening begins with a dance on the sidewalk and then travels into the theater.  This transition highlights the contrast between open outdoor space and protected, personal space.  Inside, Hooper and Reynolds’ choreography explores displacement, concepts of home and what it means to create a place for yourself in the world.

A portion of the profits from I saved this for you will be donated to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and Council Migration Service of Philadelphia (“HIAS and Council”). HIAS and Council is a nonprofit organization that helps immigrants and refugees who are fleeing persecution and seeking opportunity by migrating to the United States.

I saved this for you runs September 16-18 at 7:00pm at 1316 S. 9th Street at the CHI Movement Arts Center, home of Kun-Yang Lin and Dancers. Tickets are $10 and they can be purchased at the door or through the Festival Box Office at (215) 413-1318 or The evening includes I saved this for you: Philadelphia, PA choreographed by Colleen Hooper and Damas de Blanco and near misses choreographed by Liz Reynolds.

I saved this for you: Philadelphia, PA is a dance theater piece choreographed and written by Colleen Hooper about home and the complex process of getting rid of things. The performance begins outside of CHI Movement Arts Center on the sidewalk with a playful dialogue between the performers and the outdoor space and sounds. Inside CHI Movement Arts Center, the piece explores the desire to be completely transient, but also the impulse to create a solid place to reside in the world. H.E. Cicada Brokaw composed a layered score that combines acoustic guitar, bass guitar, and percussion, and sounds from both nature and the home. As the piece unfolds, the performers explore the relationship between their body and their objects, and conclude that each person has a different way of figuring out what to keep and what to throw away.

Liz Reynolds will debut two new dance works: Damas de Blanco and near misses.

Damas de Blanco is an all female quartet created as a tribute to the Ladies in White, a dissident group of Cuban wives and mothers who have staged weekly marches in Havana, Cuba since the imprisonment of their loved ones in 2003.  The soundtrack features melodic, traditional Cuban songs and a stage cloaked in white fabric.

near misses, a playful duet, will feature Reynolds and Philadelphia-based dancer Molly Jackson.  As the piece begins, the dancers are lost and disoriented in a cavernous stage space. The dancers use language, gesture, and intricate spatial maneuvering to eventually find one another and themselves.

About HIAS and Council:
HIAS and Council was founded nearly 130 years ago to help immigrants and refugees fleeing persecution and seeking opportunity by migrating to the United States.  Today, the organization continues to welcome the stranger by providing immigration legal and social services to people from over 100 countries.   HIAS and Council is a humanitarian life-line for refugees, asylum seekers, victims of domestic violence, and unaccompanied children.  For more information, contact Sarah Peterson, Director of Development at 215-832-0920.

About Colleen Hooper and Liz Reynolds:
Colleen Hooper was born and raised in Delaware and her choreography has been presented since 2002. New York venues include Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks series, DanceNow/NYC Festival 2003-05, Dixon Place, Dance New Amsterdam, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, BRICstudio, W.O.W. Café Theater, Hi Christina! and the Joyce SoHo. She collaborated with Kate Garroway as The Roosters from 2003-08 and they enjoyed a 2007 rehearsal residency at TOPAZ ARTS through Dance Theater Workshop’s Outer/Space Creative Residency program. Hooper co-produced a Philadelphia Fringe show with Beau Hancock entitled “Chloe and Solved” at CHI Movement Arts Center in September 2009. She received a 2010 TOPAZ ARTS Dance Residency and presented I saved this for you: Woodside, NY on June 5, 2010 as the culmination of her residency. Hooper has danced for Red Dive, a Bessie Award-Winning site-specific creator of multi-sensory tours and events, and performed for Emily Faulkner, Beau Hancock, Ashleigh Penrod, and George Russell. She graduated from The George Washington University with a B.A. in Dance and English and she is currently a Dance M.F.A. candidate at Temple University.

I saved this for you: Philadelphia, PA was developed with support from the 2010 TOPAZ ARTS Dance Residency Program, made possible by NYS Dance Force with funding from the NYS Council on the Arts.

Liz Reynolds, from southern VA, has performed and presented her choreography in New York City, Washington D.C., Delaware, Virginia and Havana, Cuba.  She was the resident choreographer for the Rockbridge Ballet in VA from 2005-2008 during which she received a Virginia Commission for the Arts Grant for her aerial dance work, As a Girl.  Liz has had the pleasure of working with local artists Mary Lane, Travis Steel-Sisk, Beau Hancock, Erin Cairns and Jimena Alviar.  She has performed in the works of Eva Gholson, Nicole Canuso, Mark Morris, Doug Varone, Bebe Miller, David Parsons, Susan Sheilds, Jim Lepore and Narciso Medina.  Liz was recently a guest teacher at the American College Dance Festival and is currently teaching dance technique at Temple University where she has also taught guest classes in contact improvisation and salsa.  In 2001 and 2002, Liz studied Afro-Cuban dance in Santiago de Cuba with the folkloric dance company, Cutumba.  In 2006 she attended The Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, CO where she studied the art of flying with Nancy Smith.  Liz received her B.F.A. from George Mason University and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Dance at Temple University.  Liz is also a certified Pilates instructor and teaches throughout the Philadelphia area.


WHAT: I saved this for you

WHEN: Thursday September 16th 7:00 PM
Friday September 17th 7:00 PM
Saturday September 18th 7:00 PM

WHERE: CHI MAC Studio, 1316 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

TICKETS: $10, purchase at the door or through the Philly Fringe Box Office

…about CHI Mac Studio, visit
…about Colleen Hooper, visit
…about The Philly Fringe Festival, visit