Thirdbird will be presenting SPRING TRILOGY, a three-part exploration of spontaneous art making manifesting on stage with twelve risk taking performances where 28 artists are “matched” in first-time-ever meetings.   SPRING TRILOGY, offering a unique program each night, is part of Thirdbird’s ongoing Blind Dates series, which pairs musicians and dancers with someone they’ve never performed with.  Envisioned as a way to encourage new collaborations and cross-disciplinary dialogue, SPRING TRILOGY offers a wide-ranging survey of dance and music artists working in Philadelphia today.Participating artists span several generations of Philadelphia dance-making and include veterans David Brick (Headlong Dance Theater), Manfred Fishbeck (Group Motion) Leah Stein (Leah Stein Dance Company), Linda Caruso Haviland (Bryn Mawr College, Zero Moving), established dancers Amanda Miller and Paul Struck (Miller Rothlein), Olive Prince, Eun Jung Choi, , Melisa Diane (Jacelyn Biondo / Kristen Shahverdian) and fresh talent Jaamil Kosoko, Mason Rosenthal and Zornitsa Stoyanova.  Musicians include members of the local rock bands Man Man (Jamey Robinson) and Lantern (Zachary Fairbrother); avant folk from A Stick and A Stone and recent Pew Fellow Chris Forsyth; classical musicians Jiyoen Kim (Curtis Institute) and Amy Cimini and string trio Murmuration; the noise duo Drums Like Machine Guns, and experimentalists Peterson Goodwyn, Jeff Zeigler, Catherine Pancake, and Keir Neuringer round out the eclectic program.  Individual evening programs and matches are listed below.

In preparing for performance, each group was given the simple parameter – “make a plan, or plan not to”. While some may chose to leave what happens completely up to chance, others may select a strategy such as a structured improvisation or a text score.  In either case, the short “courting” period provides an exciting onstage tension as performers reveal their artistic-selves to each other and the audience. These diverse performers reflect overlapping curiosities in artistic process, cross-discipline collaboration, and a raw, human affinity for both movement and sound.

Performances:  Thursday, May 16 and Saturday, May 18 at 8pm and Sunday, May 19, at 7:00pm.  Duration: 90 minutes.  Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for students and artists—available online in advance or at the door. For more information, please visit the thirdbird website at:

Christ Church Neighborhood House is located at 20 N. American Street, Philadelphia PA, in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic Old City.  This project was made possible with the support of the Dance/UP New Stages for Dance program.

Thirdbird is the shared endeavor of Dustin Hurt (founder of Bowerbird) and Anna Drozdowski (proprietor of Ladybird) which brings together music and movement in performances, workshops, retreats and other adventures. Projects include the presentation of the work of  Headlong Dance Theater, Eleanor Bauer, Levi Gonzalez, and the American première of French choreographer Xavier Le Roy’s More Mouvements für Lachenmann, featuring a selection of the Austrian new music ensemble Klangforum as well as the Hungarian collective Bloom!.  Seen & Heard #3 took performers to the Abron’s Arts Center in New York City for a sold-out run.   In 2011 Thirdbird was birthed during Blindspot, a two-week festival of music and dance that took place at Philadelphia’s historic Christ Church with performances by John Zorn, Tony Conrad, and the Dufala Brothers on the pipe organ, and choreography by Subcircle and Meg Foley.  Most recently Thirdbird presented Meg Foley’s collaboration with Chris Forsyth “The whole time in the meanwhile.”  Thirdbird website:

Thursday, May 16 – 8pm
Eun Jung Choi + Drums Like Machine Guns
Manfred Fishbeck + Peterson Goodwyn
Linda Caruso Haviland + Jiyoen Kim
Melissa Diane (Jacelyn Biondo / Kristen Shahverdian) + Catherine Pancake

Saturday, May 18 – 8pm
David Brick + Keir Neuringer
Amanda Miller + A Stick and A Stone (Elliot Harvey)
Paul Struck + Jamey Robinson
Zornitsa Stoyanova + Amy Cimini

Sunday, May 19 – 7pm
Mason Rosenthal + Murmuration (Andrew Marsh,Russell Kotcher,Eric Coyne)
Jaamil Kosoko + Chris Forsyth
Leah Stein + Zachary Fairbrother
Olive Prince + Jeff Zeigler

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, 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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