fidget: Salon dance spreads out in a loft


Megan Bridge in “F(Dot)GOS (or) Friendly Dancer of the Giant Outer Space.”
Photo by Bill Hebert

By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer

Lately we’ve seen a lot of small salon-style dances – often in people’s living rooms – that take place so close to the audience that it’s difficult to tell the difference between performer and viewer. But the loft residence of dancer/choreographer Megan Bridge and composer Peter Price occupies the whole top floor of the building housing Mascher Space Co-op (of which Bridge and Price are members) on the first floor of 155 Cecil B. Moore Ave.

During the weekend, they presented three “choreographies” in the performance space across from their living room, which they had just retrofitted with nifty interior storm windows, rendering the space (and concept) – which they call – less frigid. The couple hosted Washington-based dancer/choreographer Kelly Bond and dancers Lillian Cho and Melissa Krodman in their performance work Elephant, seen at the 2010 Philly Fringe festival.

The work opens with the three, fully dressed, identifying themselves by name. Lights dim, and off in the corner they disrobe, then challenge the audience with full-frontal nudity, eyes closed, arms outstretched, smirks forming on their lips before audience members can do the same.

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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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