140 N. Columbus Blvd. (at Race St.)
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Tuesday, Sept 18 ONLY: 8pm performance followed by post-show discussion.
“Incorporating J-Sette into Private Places means that the movement, the piece, is always in competition with itself, always trying to outdo itself, always looking for something new.” Jumatatu Poe, director of Private Places
“Wonderfully scrappy . . . and physically inventive vision.” Star Tribune
Philly-based choreographer Jumatatu Poe debuts this exciting, visceral work that mixes explosiveness and confinement, the effect of exterior on the interior, service and performance, materials and identity. Private Places plays with the stylized movement of the service industry and the high-powered approach of J-Sette, a dance culture developed in black gay clubs with roots in drill team and majorette events of Southern historically black universities. The two share spatial formations that are tight and meticulous, activity that is repeated for accuracy, and routines performed under the surveillance of a captain.
From subtle interaction to bombastic theatrical expression, Private Places examines notions of order—how we order, categorize, groom, distinguish, and distort ourselves to achieve standards of presentation. Immediate and exquisite switches of physicality, direction, and formation create a dizzying interplay between the movement of one and the movement of the group.
Join us for these additional Private Places events!
We Just Gon’ Buck
Church of the Advocate
1801 West Diamond Street
Free / 180 minutes
Sept 14 from 7–10pm
Catered workshops and exhibitions featuring the most talented local and national dance superstars. Plus witness the fiercest Philly-based dancers in The Ball, a strutting and Voguing competition for a grand cash prize!
Privatizing and Publicizing Gender: An Intimate Dialogue into Private Places
Live Arts Studio
919 North 5th Street
Free / 120 minutes
Sept 15 at 3pm
J-Sette choreographic collaborators Donte Beacham and LaKendrick Davis open up a dialogue about gender shifting, status, appropriation, and self-discovery. Moderated by Lela Aisha Jones.
Direction Jumatatu Poe Dramaturgy George Sanchez Choreographic Consultants Donte Beacham, LaKendrick Davis, Shannon Murphy Lighting Catherine Lee Scenic Design Evan Leigh Costumes Katie Coble Booklet Cara Cox Performers and Movement Designers Leanne Grieger, Gregory Holt, Shannon Murphy, Jumatatu Poe, Gabrielle Revlock, Samantha Speis, Zornitsa Stoyanova, Michele Tantoco
idiosynCrazy productions is an experimental dance theater company based in Philadelphia. The company’s work has been shown locally in Philadelphia, and in New York, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Minnesota. Currently, the company is in residence at Philadelphia’s Community Education Center. Artistic director Jumatatu Poe creates dance work from both conceptual and experiential inspirations, questioning social realities and relationship dynamics.
Private Places has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance. Private Places is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Private Places is supported in part by a New Edge residency at the Community Education Center. General operating support is provided, in part, by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.