Graffito Works brings improvisational dance to Shofuso Japanese House and Garden


Steven Weisz | Graffito Works
Tel. 610-587-7313


Philadelphia, PA – Steven Weisz, founder of, has brought numerous dance programs to the greater Philadelphia region over the years. His newest international project, Graffito Works (translated as “little scribbles” of movement) will present at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden on Sunday, June 14th at 2:00pm. The performance is included with Shofuso admission.

Graffito Works is a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public. Work is created in non-traditional spaces, challenging artists to push the boundaries of their craft, while making their work relevant and accessible to a wider audience.

Weather providing, the dancers will create improvised movement throughout the gardens that surround the Japanese House. The dancers of Graffito Works will examine the textural nuances in nature, along with the resonance body landscapes can create in tune with the natural surroundings. In the event of inclement weather the performance will be moved inside the Japanese house.

Dancer, JungWoong Kim will set the structure and tone for the spontaneously created movement, against the rich architecture and landscape of Shofuso. He had previously performed at Shofuso with Leah Stein Dance Company as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Live, improvised music will be provided by Julius Masri, capturing the contemplative atmosphere of this unique setting.

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is a traditional-style Japanese house and nationally-ranked garden in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park that reflects the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia from the 1876 to present day. Over 25,000 visitors come to the Japanese House each year from more than 20 different countries. Shofuso was again named the third-ranked Japanese garden in North America by the Journal of Japanese Gardening in 2013, was listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in 2013, and is a contributing structure to the Fairmount Park National Historic District since 1972.

Asimina Chremos – Lee Fogel – Meg Foley – Loren Groenendaal – Beau Hancock – Adam Kerbel – JungWoong Kim – Megan Mazarick – Marion Ramirez – Jenny Sawyer – Zornitsa Stoyanova

Julius Masri

JungWoong Kim

Steven Weisz



Graffito Works
Improvisational Dance Performance
June 14, 2015 at 2:00pm
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Horticultural and Lansdowne Drives, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Performance is included with Shofuso admission.

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