140 N. Columbus Blvd. (at Race St.)
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Colleen Hooper, Julie B. Johnson, The Naked Stark, and Barbara Tait present dance and multimedia explorations of relationships and communities that collapse and intersect. Performances include awkward greetings, women occupying space, video by children and families, and long-distance choreography. Children 4 and under are free.
Collapse/Intersect is a FringeArts festival performance featuring dance and multi-media works by Throughline Collective members Colleen Hooper, Julie B. Johnson, Katherine Kiefer Stark (The Naked Stark), and Barbara Tait. These performances include wide-ranging and overlapping communities. From youth and adults of East Parkside in West Philadelphia, to recent graduates of Temple University, to a Milwaukee artist collaborating long-distance, we are collapsing our idea of community to examine intersections that we share. Our performances explore awkward greetings, women occupying space, intergenerational multi-media work, and a dance choreographed from 850 miles away. Voices and perspectives of Collapse/Intersect participants converge in concert, inviting Philadelphia audiences to join in the discovery. Performances will take place Friday September 13th at 7:00 PM, Saturday September 14th at 12 PM and Sunday September 15th at 3 PM at The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Philadelphia-based choreographer Colleen Hooper created Let's Keep in Touch with Milwaukee dancer Joëlle Worm to explore how we move on in life yet remain connected to important people and events from the past. Worm and Hooper have continued their nine-year collaboration despite relocating to Philadelphia and Milwaukee, respectively, nearly three years ago. It also features video by Rori Smith and music by Drake Z. Tyler.
Far and Between developed from an ongoing collaboration between choreographer Julie B. Johnson and dancers Emma MacDonald and Julee Mahon. For the last seven months, they have engaged in an uncharted creative process, leading them to examine how we adapt or fail to adjust to various social settings and groups.
What do you get when you mix a 10-year-old basketball player, a classically trained singer, and modern dancers? Patrons of the Free Library Hot Spot at Heavenly Hall in West Philadelphia have joined forces with choreographers Barbara Tait and Colleen Hooper to create a unique multi-media performance that features their individual and group stories.
As a young girl, Katherine Kiefer Stark was encouraged to confine her body to a small space, and she choreographed Taking Up Space to experiment with being assertive and dancing with athleticism. Inspired by football players’ physical endurance, this dance for five women destabilizes gender norms and invites audience members to question how we move our bodies through the world.