Throughout the year, Philadelphia Dance Projects presents stimulating and provocative programs, from performances by renowned independent dance artists and companies to film events, workshops, classes, educational programs, and forums for artists, aspiring artists, and students, all geared toward a broad-based audience.

Informance with Dr. Lynn Matluck Brooks

FREE or pay what you will
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 7:00pm
Informance with Dr. Lynn Matluck Brooks

Dr. Lynn Matluck Brooks is the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Humanities Professor Emerita at Franklin & Marshall College, where she founded the Dance Program in 1984. A recipient of several distinguished awards for her teaching, she has also earned grants from the Fulbright/Hayes Commission, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Brooks has presented her work at conferences and symposia in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and has served on boards of the World Dance Alliance, Society for Dance History Scholars, and Congress on Research in Dance. She has authored books and scholarly articles, served as performance reviewer for Dance Magazine, editor of Dance Research Journal and Dance Chronicle, and writer and editor for Philadelphia’s

In her illustrated Informance Dr. Lynn Matluck-Brooks will focus on the critical “antebellum” period of Philadelphia’s history, from 1820 to 1860; it reveals the trajectory of the her current research, some important findings, the nature of archival material available in Philly and elsewhere, and the complexities of cultural, political, and scientific interplays in shaping this city’s—and this nation’s—dance history.

She says, “ Dance exists in the ‘now,’ but it leaves traces: memories, notes, reviews, schools of thought and of pedagogy, choreographic traditions, designs, depictions, and a wide range of archival documentation. These become the stuff of dance historiography. In my work as a dance historian, these materials shape the territory I tread, abroad and at home. They led me, for example, to the realization that professional theatrical dancing in the early United States started here—in Philadelphia—laying a foundation that has sustained Philadelphia’s dance scene to this day, and establishing ground on which dance in America has continued to build.

An overlooked history, but a true one, it’s time to right the narrative that there was no ‘real’ stage-dance art in this nation until well into the twentieth century, and that New York was where it all began. In fact, theatrical dancing was unfolding just as the new nation’s political forms were taking shape, endeavors in which Philadelphia played leading roles. Dancing social and theatrical, in the City of Brotherly Love and elsewhere, figured into contests about bodies, citizenship, rights, ethnicity, race, science, and humanity.”

Join us for conversation about this unique Philadelphia dance history.

Wednesday, October 28 at 7PM.     RSVP infoatphiladanceprojects [dot] org

via Zoom

Informance with Christopher Williams

FREE or pay what you will
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 7:00pm
Informance with Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams ...“one of the most exciting choreographic voices out there”  - The New York Times

Following in the Footsteps of Nijinsky

In this “Informance”, Christopher Williams (originator of PDP co-produced in-progress dance opera Wolf-in-Skins will discuss an ongoing project of his to reimagine an array of beloved works from the Ballets Russes era in his own contemporary queer idiom. Participants will get a glimpse of choreography, designs, and concepts for works-in-progress including The Afternoon of a FaunNarcissus, and Les Sylphides.

Christopher Williams is known to PDP audiences for his memorable and astounding work-in-process showings of Wolf-in-Skins.   “Operatic elements tell the story while dance explores the dreaminess of the mythology…it’s a visual feast– Philadelphia Inquirer

Williams is a choreographer/dancer/puppeteer working in New York City and abroad since 1999. His work has toured in France, Italy, Spain, England, Holland, Colombia, Malawi, and Russia, and has been presented in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Princeton, Los Angeles, as well as in major venues in NYC.  His work has been commissioned by The Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts, Opéra National de Bordeaux, English National Opera, Perm Opera & Ballet Theater, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Princeton University, Philadelphia Dance Projects, and HERE Arts Center’s Dream Music Puppetry Program. His awards include a 2005 New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award and fellowships from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Center for Ballet and the Arts. He has also been awarded residencies via the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Watermill Center, the Bogliasco Foundation, Movement Research, Djerassi, Yaddo, and The Yard.

Join us for an Informance conversation with Christopher Williams

Wednesday, November 11 at 7PM.     RSVP infoatphiladanceprojects [dot] org

via Zoom

Informance with Amalia Colon-Nava

FREE or pay what you will
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 7:00pm
Informance with Amalia Colon-Nava

Hi! My name is Amalia and I’m a Philadelphia based artist hosting a show-and-talk of sorts with the help of PDP Presents.  A few years ago I started on a project with the help of Tobias Sköld to create dance films zeroing in on different parts of the body. Taking advantage of the vantage points available with a camera and giving very specific body parts a chance at center stage. 

The two films are vastly different in style and reflect a shift in artistic growth, intent and interest over time.  However, there is the through-line of playing with one or two body parts as the protagonist and star of the show, and letting that guide the direction of the film. Thus giving life and character to the organism that is the cells, muscles, bones, skin, and fluids of that particular body part or two.  We will watch the films together and I will guide us through a discussion that covers some of the behind the scenes of producing, editing, choreographing, and designing the sound scores for these films and open a discussion for analysis, questions and critique of the work.

Amalia Colón-Nava, is an artist, choreographer, videographer, dancer and recently farmer based in Philadelphia, PA. She received her BFA in Dance from The University of The Arts in May 2017. As a freelance artist she has a variety of experience ranging from participating in long-term projects with Lily Kind and Curt Haworth to collaborations with photographers and musicians such as John Singletary, Tim Motzer, and Saleka Night.  She enjoys bringing dance to her communities, which she has done with Fringe Arts Community Dance Projects (Le Super Grand Continental) and Pop-Up Playgrounds and Performance (a project she devised and directed with the support of Perphorm).  She enjoys traveling and has worked and studied in various parts of the U.S. and internationally in France, Denmark, Canada, and Belgium. 

Join us for an Informance conversation with Amalia Colon-Nava who will screen two dance films “Pith” and  “Unbound.” 

Wednesday, December 2 at 7PM.     RSVP infoatphiladanceprojects [dot] org

via Zoom

Past Events

Informance with Tommie-Waheed Evans

October 14, 2020 - 7:00pm

TOMMIE-WAHEED EVANS is a rising choreographer and a recipient of the prestigious 2019 Princess Grace Honoria Award in Choreography. For many years you may seen him as principal member of Philadanco.  He has created dance works for BalletX, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, PHILADANCO, Verb Ballets, Ballet Memphis, University of the Arts, and Boston Conservatory at Berklee, among others and is currently working on commissions with Lula Washington Dance Theatre and Louisville Ballet.

Informance with Megan Mazarick

September 9, 2020 - 7:00pm

…Mazarick is clearly an engaging and original artistic force on the Philly dance scene.

- Jane Fries, The Dance Journal 
-Photo credit: Jano Cohen

Temporary Communities as Sources for Dancemaking with Rachel Repinz

March 29, 2020 - 1:00pm

Whether we are aware or not, we form temporary communities all the time, when we are eating, shopping, waiting somewhere or walking on city street. Rachel Repinz has been focusing on the idea of temporary communities in her work, developing improvisation and performance structures with the help of easily available technology. In this workshop she shares this process that has been successful with teens to adults, in informal and professional settings, to mine this communal wellspring. 

Reassembling Corporeal Knowledge, an evening of short videos and live solos and duets. March 18 and 19

March 18, 2020 - 7:00pm
March 19, 2020 - 7:00pm

The program features dance by Danielle Currica, Kat Sullivan and Paige Phillips, with videos by Chamecki/Lerner, Amalia Colon-Nava and Anne-Marie Mulgrew.

Danielle Currica will perform a new dance solo currently in process. The movement qualities of the work are an amalgamation of free form movements influenced by dance styles house, African, ballet, modern with a nod to vaudeville and aspects of audience engagement and eye connection informed of Burlesque.

What's Your Angle? Lessons Learned from Mixing Geometry and Dance with Toni Duncan

March 1, 2020 - 12:00pm

*note this Dance TAG is from 12noon to 2pm 

This workshop will take you through a series of lessons developed to boost middle school students’ love and success in math, specifically geometry. Toni Duncan has developed and fine-tuned a dance unit that focuses on angles, triangles, circles, diameters and circumferences. The concepts are supported and enriched by artistic experiences. Pre- and post-tests support her observation that the students get it! Come get it for yourself!