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Iron Factory Members are Everywhere This Month!

In February, our members are performing in shows all over Philadelphia featuring new dance, music, and visual art. Check out what's happening this month and support these artists!
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
February 10-12 

Evening of Duets

Lora Allen and Meredith Stapleton will be presenting work in the Evening of Duets at the CEC in West Philly.

allendance, directed by Lora, will be showing an excerpt of bloom, an evening length work premiering at Christ Church Neighborhood House, Feb. 25-26.

Meredith will be presenting a five minute variation in each evening of "Evening of Duets" performed by Jennifer Yackel, Marisa Ilingworth, and Harlee Trautman.
February 12


Darcy Lyons will be showing her work HOME as part of the Coaction Dance Collective performance at the Maas Building. The piece features Katie Bank with brand new music by Michael McDermott and visual art by Alice Thompson.
February 11


PIMA Group will present a one-night only performance of breathshudderbody. Their innovative blend of dance, live music and video performance will be presented at the James Oliver Gallery located at 723 Chestnut Street, 4th Floor in downtown Philadelphia.  Conceived and directed by PIMA Group’s Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Melisa Clark, breathshudderbody is performed by dancers Sarena Kabakoff, Dawn Ann Perez and Melisa Clark. Live music will be performed by Thomas Clark, PIMA Group Co-Founder, with video text projections by Melisa Clark. Tickets: $10 Available online at
Friday and Saturday
February 17-18

NACHMO Chester

Meredith Stapleton and Andy Thierauf will be performing in the inaugural year of NACHMO Chester. This event will bring together dancers, choreographers, and movement enthusiasts from around Southeaster Pennsylvania to share their experiences and their new dance work. 

February 17th and 18th at 7:30pm at the MJ Freed Theater's Dance Studio in Chester, PA (515 Ave of the States, Chester PA). There are different artists performing each evening (Meredith and Andy will both be on Saturday).

February 24

We The People: Arcana meets Promethus

Andy Thierauf performs with the newly formed Arcana New Music Ensemble. Arcana joins forces with the Prometheus Chamber Ensemble to perform two politically charged works of modern music at the Church of the Advocate. Dutch composer Louis Andriessen's 1975 composition Workers Union is notated as a single part that can be played by any kind of instruments, melodic or percussive. Noisy, hypnotic, and powerfully dramatic, Workers Union is a parable for political organizing: in the composer's words, "Only if every player plays with the intention that their part is essential will the work succeed." 

Georg Phillip Telemann: Les Nations 
Louis Andriessen: Workers Union
John Cage: Harmonies from Apartment House 1776
Friday and Saturday
February 25-26


allendance premieres its evening length work, bloom, at Christ Church Neighborhood House. Inspired by the kinetic-driven, “movement as plot” writings of David Ohle’s 1972 cult-classic, Motorman, bloom is a rapid unfolding of three dancers, colliding softly and recklessly with one another, in an unadorned space. The work cradles and rocks the viewers, inviting them in with each blind-faith fall, cling and catch.

Choreography by Lora Allen, and performance by Andrea Lanzetti, CrystalNicole and Ashley Lippolis, with original sound design by two time Grammy award winner Bob Lanzetti and Ross Pederson, bloom drenches the ground and air with raw contact.

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