Irish Choreographer John Scott will be featured in the Philadelphia Dance Projects’ Informance, March 14

Philadelphia Dance Projects’ Informances continues March through April 2021 with a diverse and exciting array of choreographers, performers, and screendance makers.

Informances are expanded conversations between artists and the audience about the content of their work, ideas, and inspiration. For the inquisitive dance audience member, Informances is a direct way to learn more about dance, styles, history, and artistic approaches through conversation. The Winter/Spring 2021 series will feature not just talking heads, but video excerpts, pre-recorded live performances, visuals, and short dance films.

Through the series PDP has been able to bolster those working in dance and provide interesting and inspiring content for audience through lively and deep conversation.

Renowned Irish Choreographer, John Scott will be featured in the first 2021 Informance on Sunday, March 14 at 4PM.

Scott, who presented his work in PDP’s DANCE UP CLOSE in 2014, was noted by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “tour-de-fierce performance” for its gripping use of combative, emotional, awkward, and tender language and movement. There will be a screening of Dances for Inside and Outside that premiered in Dublin in the Fall of 2020.

Scott says, “Dances for Inside and Outside is a cycle of works, large and small, created for our times, since the beginning of the Pandemic. It is a coming together of eight vastly different and individual dancers in a large space, searching for a safe space and trying to be together. They are celebrating life and searching for joy, despite the limitations of our current reality. Dances for Inside and Outside was made with a consciousness of the situation of social distancing and the limits of bodies being together in an interior space. The work is embodying what we have all been going through and what our reality is now. There is a vital physicality and necessity in how the dancers interact together, mixing joy and fear and trying to be safe. The work continues. We will not be stopped by a Pandemic. This is our response to the current situation.”

John Scott is a Dublin-born choreographer, performer, and founder/Artistic Director of Irish Modern Dance Theatre. His work has been presented in Ireland at the Dublin International Dance Festival, Arts Festivals in Galway and Kilkenny and the Dublin Fringe, and internationally at John F Kennedy Center, Washington DC, Philadelphia Dance Projects, New York Live Arts, La MaMa, Danspace Project, PS 122 in New York, at Dance Base, Edinburgh, Sounded Bodies Festival and Queer Zagreb, Croatia, Les Hivernales, Avignon, Tanzmesse Dusseldorf, Forum Cultural Mundial, Brazil. He has performed in the works of Oona Doherty, Meredith Monk, Yoshiko Chuma, Sarah Rudner, Anna Sokolow, and Thomas Lehmen.

He was awarded the African Refugee Network’s Culture Award for his work with Refugees and Survivors of Torture and is a subject of Sadlers Wells’ 52 Portraits by Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargin, and Hugo Glendinning. He has taught dance and choreography at Irish World Academy, the University of Limerick, The Body in Performance, Drama Department, UCD, Drama Department NUIG, the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, and San Jose State University, CA, USA. He was a founding board member of the Dublin Dance Festival and Dance Ireland.

JOHN SCOTT
Dances for Inside and Outside

Sunday, March 14 at 4PM
FREE or pay what you will
RSVP for zoom link:  info@philadanceprojects.org

Photo credit: Ewa Figaszewska