Eleanor Bauer's signature solo ELEANOR! is a wry diatribe on the collision between artistic production and the skills required in an artist's basic drives for money, recognition, and survival. In the place where self-promotion becomes artwork, selling and trading one's skills becomes selling and trading oneself, and diversity becomes sustainability, Bauer delivers a schizophrenic critical portrait of the performing artist today as a "post-Fordist art prostitute". Recently updated after a decade of change (and survival) in the field, ELEANOR! is for anyone who has made a show, seen a show, stood onstage, written a grant or considered chucking it all.
Kelly Bond and Melissa Krodman (Nashville/Philadelphia)
Fri, January 10, 2014 at 7:00pm
Sat, January 11, 2014 at 8:00pm @ Neighborhood House
Mesmerizing and hypnotic. Mechanical and incessant. Colony considers both the human and the herd. Through an intense and athletic commitment to uniformity, the work is a choreographic investigation of repetition, duration and synchronization where differing states of awareness and being emerge. Implicating the audience as critical to the creation of the performative event, spectators confront their own expectations of seeing and being seen in a shared space. Distance, proximity, power and vulnerability are at play in this dance where your role as watcher is balanced by the tension of being watched.
ALLEGE: Public in Private / Clement Layes plus
Magda San Millan and Chelsea Murphy
Wed, January 29, 2014 at 8:00pm @ Neighborhood House
Humorous and conceptual, this solo by Clement Layes mixes philosophy, and dance with Chaplinesque virtuosity. Balancing a glass of water on his head for the duration of the performance, he takes us on a contemplative journey involving habit and expectation, the absurdities of life, and overlooked moments of beauty. French/German physical theater artist Layes presents a remarkable feat in this charming piece that metaphorically mixes circus arts, choreography, and deeper thinking around the daily life of objects.
This project was made possible with the support from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the New Stages for Dance Initiative, a program of Dance UP with leadership support provided by the Met Life foundation.
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