In Performance: 48 Hours at Performance Garage


Photo by Anja Hitzenberger

Susan Hess Modern Dance, the 2010-11 Choreographers Project launches its season with two weekend performances of “48 Hours” on Saturday, December 11, and Sunday, December 12, 7:30 pm, at the Performance Garage on Brandywine Street.

New residents Bronwen MacArthur, Gabrielle Revlock, and Raphael Xavier will be tackling the “48 Hours” assignment, adapted from the Philadelphia 48 Hour Film and Theater Projects to dance performance by CP alumna Devynn Emory in 2005.

In “48 Hours,” each artist works under the directions provided in two mission packages by fellow residents, creating a short piece within the two-day time limit. The choreographers do not realize their own packages but may interpret the prompts – for instance, use of certain music or props, or incorporation of certain movement phrase – in whatever way they wish.


Photo by Raphael Xavier

“48 Hours” places the artists firmly in the midst of confronting limits and risks in their artistic process. In the past, ideas explored in this season-starting exercise have developed into larger works later in the season.

Taking this exercise to Jeanne Ruddy Dance’s Performance Garage is an exciting venture for SHMD, after 30 years in our own studio. The goal for CP showings in the In Performance series is to provide a laboratory in which the choreographers can explore their ideas and interact with their audiences.


Gabrielle Indivisibility – Photo by Bonnie Friel

In Performance: 48 Hours, with works by the SHMD 2010-2011 Choreographers Project, runs Saturday, December 11, and Sunday, December 12, at 7:30 pm at the Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street in Philadelphia.

Tickets are $15 ($10 for senior citizens and students with ID).

A “talk-back” between artists and audiences follows the Saturday-night performance.

About Steven Weisz

A Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with advanced degrees in Psychology and Education is an entrepreneur and CEO for several for-profits and non-profit corporations in the region. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology with several local Universities.

Steven is currently the CEO of Delaware Valley on Line, one of the first regional Internet Service Provides that now focuses on business-class web hosting, design, and internet marketing. He is president and founder of Rainbow Promotions Inc., a special events and entertainment agency established in the late 70’s, that services corporate and retail accounts both locally and nationally.

Steven is the Founder of PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, the largest web presence and resource for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia region, and the Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal. His involvement in the dance community extends to being Director of Graffito Works, an international platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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