Graffito Works opens 2017 season at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with movement inspired by Melt/Carve/Forge: Embodied Sculptures by Cassils

Steven Weisz | Graffito Works
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Heike Rass | PAFA
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Philadelphia, PA (December 27, 2016) – Graffito Works, a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work, launches its third season at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), 118-128 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. with movement inspired by the exhibition Melt/Carve/Forge: Embodied Sculptures by Cassils.

Literally translated as “little scribbles” of movement, Graffito Works offers a non-traditional approach to creating dance – spontaneous, improvisational and collaborative, with a focus on the juxtaposition of bodies moving in space and their inter-relationship with sounds, objects and place. Graffito Works offers audiences an opportunity to experience a transient moment of improvisational dance, which is specific to the place and context in which the movement is created.

The performance is part of the PAFA After Dark series. Every Wednesday PAFA stays open late and hosts a variety of dynamic programming. This spring will feature everything from hands-on art making and panel discussions to lectures and poetry readings. One Wednesday a month PAFA After Dark hosts a themed evening where guests can enjoy live performances, a cash bar, art making and exhibition tours! For a complete list of upcoming events, visit

Cassils’ first solo museum exhibition in the United States addresses timely concerns of the often-forgotten violence used daily against transgender bodies. Thinking of their body as raw sculptural material, Cassils shapes their physique through strict physical training regimes in order to perform transgender as a continual process of becoming. Melt/Carve/Forge features the artist’s ground breaking work in photography, video, sculpture, and performance in conversation with PAFA’s 19th century building and historic American art collection.

According to Steven Weisz, Graffito Works’ founder, “Creating improvisational dance reflecting the work of a performance artist, Cassils, is particularly challenging. Given the current political climate, now more than ever, examining gender non-conformity and the painful process of molding oneself physically into the person they perceive themselves to be, takes on even greater significance. Through movement we hope to continue to challenge notions of gender identity and further a much-needed dialog.”

DANCERS: Lee Fogel, Meg Foley, Loren Groenendaal, Beau Hancock, Megan Mazarick, Marion Ramirez, Jenny Sawyer, and Zornitsa Stoyanova
LIVE MUSIC: Julius Masri
PRODUCED BY: Steven Weisz

Melt/Carve/Forge: Embodied Sculptures By Cassils
Through March 5, 2017

“Melt/Carve/Forge: Embodied Sculptures By Cassils” is a multi-media presentation of Cassils’ (pronounced “castles”) ground-breaking work in performance, photography, video and sculpture. The PAFA presentation is the first solo museum exhibition of the artist’s work.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America’s first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the 2005 National Medal of Arts, PAFA is a recognized leader in fine arts education with world-class permanent collection of American art. Every Wednesday visitors can experience PAFA After Dark where the galleries stays open until 9pm, offering a range of dynamic programming. Visit  to learn more.


Graffito Works |
Wednesday, January 18, 2017  6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Performance inspired by Melt/Carve/Forge: Embodied Sculptures By Cassils
Free with museum admission ($15 general admission; free for PAFA members)


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