Katherine Kiefer Stark of The Naked Stark will present Visible Structures, May 17 – 20 at the Mascher Space Cooperative, 155 Cecil B Moore Ave in Philadelphia. Visible Structures, a dance trilogy, examines the age-old story of the hero’s journey as a historical construction and pop-culture phenomenon. Drawing from research into heroic and emergent leader narrative films (like “Ender’s Game” and “The Matrix”), personal experiences, and Joseph Campbell’s book “Hero with a Thousand Faces”, the work presents the status quo of the story and deconstructs the conceptual frameworks within it.
Visible Structures is the culmination of an ambitious multi-year project. With support from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Stark began research for the project in Spring of 2015. A draft of the project’s full-length work premiered in the 2016 FringeArts Festival at Mascher.
Dynamic momentum-based phrasing propels dancers through narrative structures, power struggles, and oppressive systems. Shifting between choreographically predetermined outcomes and actual free-for-all competition, dancers struggle with each other and vie for attention from the audience.
Katherine Kiefer Stark’s choreography is complemented with unique lighting and environmental design along with a sound score of movie soundtracks and original music composed by Andy Thierauf. Featuring eight dancers and three unique Episodes, Visible Structures takes the audience on a journey and begs the question: Is this the story we want to keep telling?
The Naked Stark is a Philadelphia-based dance company that builds complex dance works taking apart, redefining, and considering everyday experiences of people, ideas, and social phenomenon. Rooted in the philosophy that the world is socially constructed and that art plays a vital role in shaping/re-shaping/un-shaping that construction. “We want to share our work, discuss our work, and research our work with as many people as possible. We are committed to providing access to our work to those who want to see it, engaging modern dance novices through accessible community events, and making bold artistic statements”.
Locally, The Naked Stark has presented work at University City District Programming at The Porch and the First Person Art Festival as well as in mixed-bill performances including Last Mondays, Etc. Performance Series, Studio Series, Inhale, Jumpstart, Fresh Juice, and Scratch Night. Nationally two of their full-length works were presented: The Importance of Normal, DC’s 2016 Capital Fringe; Goodnight War, 2010 Wilmington Fringe. Stark toured works for mixed-bill performances including Power Suite (2017) and What’s in a name? (2017) to Chicago, Illinois for 664 Miles; Rounds (2011) and a small HUGE thing (2012) to New Hampshire for Cultivate; Prelude to North Carolina for First Friday; and Looking for Judy to Brooklyn, New York for Movement Research Open Performance and Jersey City, New Jersey for Your Move. In Philadelphia our work has been supported by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (2014, 2015, 2017-2020), University City District’s Programming at The Porch (2014), FringeArts’ JumpStart program (2012), the First Person Arts Festival RAW (2013), and by individual contributions. Outside of Philadelphia, Stark has most notably been selected to show work in the Wilmington Fringe Festival (2010), the American College Dance Association’s professional concert (2015), and DC’s Capital Fringe (2016).
Visible Structures by The Naked Stark
May 17 at 7 pm
May 18 at 8 pm
May 19 at 8 pm
May 20 at 3 pm and 8 pm
Mascher Space Cooperative, 155 Cecil B Moore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Tickets: $15-$30 sliding scale at https://visiblestructures.
***photo credit: JH Kertis
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