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Philadelphia Dance Projects kicks off its 25th Anniversary year with If Walls Could Dance, Oct 22-23

Philadelphia Dance Projects (PDP) kicks off its 25th Anniversary year with If Walls Could Dance, a two-night only, public video art installation on October 22-23 at 8 PM (rain date October 24).  This will be a part of People Power Media’s month-long festival by Philly community media and PhillyCAM members. This free outdoor event features award winning Cine-Dancemaker, Carmella Vassor-Johnson and Experimental Media Artist, Gralin Hughes, Jr. animating the walls of PhillyCAM at 699 Ranstead Street in Philadelphia.

“Film and video serve as natural collaborative medium for dance, highlighting the power of image and motion in both.  If Walls Could Dance explores this form with a large scale presence of dance, light and motion,” said PDP’s Director Terry Fox.

If Walls Could Dance spotlights the ongoing collaboration with PDP’s Fox and Philly CAM Executive Director, Gretjen Clausing who co-curated dance on film/video series Motion Pictures (2003-2011).  A member of PhillyCAM, PDP has also previously presented two TV talk shows with dance artists. 

Carmella Vassor-Johnson is recognized for her documentaries on Philadelphia dance artists including Philadanco’s Joan Meyers Brown in “Standing at the Edge: We Dance.” PureMovement’s Rennie Harris in “Endangered Species” and Lisa Kraus in “Tracing Lineage.” In 1999, she was awarded a Dance Media Fellowship at UCLA, as part of the National Initiative to Preserve America’s Dance (NIPAD). Her local production company Wild Child Productions produced, “Creating across Cultures” a documentary on the Asia Pacific Performance Exchange and documents dance work for local and national artists. In 2001, Carmella collaborated with Jawole Zoller of Urban Bush Women on “Hair Stories” through special residencies at Jacob’s Pillow and Atlantic Arts Center. She was the resident videographer for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival where she produced Video Journals, half-hour documentary/performance videos distributed to the educational community. More recently she was a videographer for the Philadelphia Museum of Dance at the Barnes (2019), and she has been documenting Building Knowledge and Breaking Barriers ( ) funded by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Gralin Hughes, Jr. (aka television sky) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia, working at the intersection of sound and visuals. He merges visual art and sound design through projection mapping, audio/visual live performances, and installation art. His body of work explores the manipulation of fragmented textures through modular synthesis, field recordings, and software. His artistic practice focuses on collaborating with visual artists, musicians, galleries, and museums on how to activate their performances and spaces in ways that engage audiences. He is a member of PhillyAV, an artist-led experimental multimedia collective, and a founding member of blkpatches, a collective of Black modular synthesizer artists. His recent collaborative work has activated spaces at the Barnes Foundation, Franklin Institute, International House, Philadelphia City Hall, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Swarthmore College, and Taller Puertorriqueño. Gralin holds an MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design from the University of the Arts.

The mission of Philadelphia Dance Projects is to support contemporary dance through Projects that encourage artists and audiences to more fully participate and engage in the experience and pursuit of dance as an evolving form.

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