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Project Trans(m)it: Phase One

When: Thursday, October 15 at 8pm and Friday, October 16th at 8pm
Where: The Iron Factory, 118 Fontain St., 3rd Floor

Tickets: available via theironfactory.org and at the door

- Thursday: $15, $10 (artists/students)

- Friday: $20 (including post-show party), $15 (artists/students)

Friday’s Post-show Party
We extend a special invitation to join us post-performance on Friday evening for a fundraising party to support Project Tran(s)mit.  A $20 ticket to Friday night’s show ensures your entry to the after party fundraiser, with music, food, drinks, dancing … more information on our vision for the project—PLUS a complimentary first drink!  

More info available on our website.

Hailing from across the East coast and beyond the pond, three choreographers come together to present an evening of premieres featuring dance, music and celebration at Philadelphia’s own Iron Factory.  Choreographers Lora Allen (PHL), Megan Mizanty (NY) and Becca Weber (Coventry, ENG) are bringing a new and exciting weekend of art to Philadelphia, featuring their original works and dynamic ensembles exploring the boundaries between self and other, internal and external.   

As part of a burgeoning collective, Allen, Mizanty and Weber join forces for Project Trans(m)it, to explore the transmission and transition of movement across space. In addition to this phase, the artists have larger visions of performing future long-distance collaborations at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016, the world largest and most visible platform for performance artists. Details on further iterations of the project are below.


In Phase One, three works will be unveiled to Philadelphia audiences:

allendance will premiere convex   an exploration of the natural rhythms of our body’s breath, and the differences between conscious and unconscious whole-body breathing. This work is big! but intimate, allowing the audience to witness the dancers’ breath, to feel momentum in whole body breathing, and to experience the cavities of space that are created between two bodies.

MizantyMoves Dance Works will be premiering a new piece:  Cell Scores, inspired by her vocal/movement studies with K.J. Holmes and Claire Porter. MizantyMoves Dance Works is a collaborative ensemble led by Megan Mizanty.  The group, hailed as "intriguing, fresh and unpredictable," (Times Union) has performed at The Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Dixon Place, Brick Theatre, Marywood University, Gibney Dance and more.  Their creations bridge voice, movement and narrative, inviting audience members into a multidimensional and sensory-layered experience. 

Somanaut Dance premieres Waterbody, a work sourced from somatic inquiry into our bio-morphic ancestry. Soft but strong, the dancers deftly execute undulatory movements which activate our sol-gel fluids and catalyze our capacity to transform from viscosity to a seemingly solid structure as they evolve through the piece. As humans on Earth, we are an “extension of the primordial ocean, in perpetual rapport with all fluid systems” of the earth and our common man.  This dance encapsulates fluidity in life on both micro- and macro levels, and was supported by Dance USA/Philadelphia and The Iron Factory.

Project Trans(m)it: Phase Two
 

Bridging boundaries, moving bodies and making art
Choreographers from disparate locations come together to make dance across distance. Collaborators based in Coventry (ENG), New York (NY),  and Philadelphia (PA) explore how to transmit embodied knowledge and physical practices in transit between locations. 

 

-   How do you transmit physical information over long distances?

-   How can technology transmit embodied information? Can we transmit across distance without                   technology?

-   How can the physical stay present as it transits across distance and mediums?

-   How does creating choreography, collaboratively, through technology, change live performance?


As we attempt to explore these questions in a series of solos, choreographed by becca weber, Megan Mizanty, and Lora Allen, we discover the multiplicity of options available to artists operating long-distance with their performers. We are dancing our way into the questions, as we prepare for a performance in the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival—the world’s largest festival for performing artists. 

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