Now in its 25th year, the National Dance Project (NDP) supports the creation/development and U.S. touring of new dance works. This year, the NDP Finalist pool consists of 40 new dance projects. While the landscape for creating and touring/sharing dance post-pandemic will look different, NEFA and the NDP Advisors recognize that artists are visioning pathways out of the pandemic for us. Artists are establishing new sustainable models to thrive and leading important efforts to combat inequities in the field on every level. It is because of them that we believe the recovery of the national dance field will grow both creatively and ethically over the next several years.
Amongst the 2021 Dance Project Finalists is Philadelphia’s own Cardell Dance Theater with Disposable Bodies.
Disposable Bodies is a performance that examines the treatment of bodies–both human and nonhuman–as disposable. The work questions: whose body is valuable, and whose body is not? Combining movement, installation, sound, sculpture, and live video, Disposable Bodies will premiere at Taller Puertorriqueño in Philadelphia on June 26 of 2022.
Cardell Dance Theater is a professional ensemble that gathers artists to create innovative and provocative dance performances aiming to dismantle oppression. They are passionately committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racist dance practices.
The company was founded as S. Cardell Danza in 1992 in Buenos Aires, based at Sala Ana Itelman and performing in major dance festivals sponsored by Red Latinoamericana de Productores de Danza, Fundacion Antorchas, Instituto Nacional del Teatro and Secretaria de Cultura de la Nacion, among others. Relocated to Philadelphia in 2009 and renamed as Cardell Dance Theater, the company presented work at the H. Prince Theater, the Annenberg Center of the Performing Arts, The Painted Bride, The Wilma Theater, Christ Church Neighborhood Theater, The Arts Bank, the CEC Theater, Georgian Court University, Swarthmore College, Mt Vernon Dance Space, Falls Bridge -Philly PARD, New Dance House, New Festival, SDHS at The University of the Arts, The Ice Box at the Crane Building, and at La MaMa in New York City.