Saturday, April 12, 2014

Next Stop for TDP: Philadelphia!

The TDP 2013-2014 season is wrapping up with a stop in Philadelphia, PA and it'll be a full weekend May 8-10. There are so many dance opportunities to take advantage of that weekend, from taking class to partying to taking in one of the performances.  

Without further ado, here are the TDP-Approved activities:

TDP's Salon-Style Show
Drinks, snacks, dancing, performances, and more, featuring Joy DavisLoren Groenendaal/Vervet DanceAntonia Z Brown, and the Telephone Dance Project! 

When: Friday, May 9, 2014

           Doors open at 8:00 p.m. - performances will happen throughout the evening. 
Where: Mascher Space Co-op, 155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Philadelphia, PA
Cost: $5-$10 sliding scale

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H-O-T Series at Mascher
This monthly series features improvisational dance, music, and other experimental performance from local and touring artists curated by Loren Groenendaal and flandrew fleisenberg.  TDP will perform an origibal improvisational score with accompaniment by local experimental musicians.

When: Saturday, May 10, 2014, time: sometime around 8?  
Where: Mascher Space Co-op, 155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Philadelphia, PA
Cost: $5 or $10 dance pass
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4 Countertechnique Classes with Joy Davis

Joy Davis is a dance-artist and certified Countertechnique® Teacher. Originally from Nashville, she has spent the last ten years between Knoxville, Chicago, and Amsterdam creating, performing, and studying contemporary dance and improvisation. Joy received her BA in Performing Arts through the College Scholars Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She then served as interim Artistic Director of Circle Modern Dance, taught and choreographed as adjunct faculty at the University of Tennessee, and presented many works independently. While in Chicago, she received the Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF) Greenhouse Grant for emerging choreographers; danced with Erica Mott, Redmoon Theatre, and Striding Lion Performance Group. Joy also collaborated extensively with Meg Anderson to produce four original evening-length works and jump-started frequent gatherings for artists to share information. She had the honor of receiving her yoga teacher training from renowned center for yoga in Chicago, yogaview. Joy continues to train and study Countertechnique® with Anouk van Dijk. After completing the 2012 Countertechnique Teacher Training®, as only one of 14 teachers worldwide, she teaches classes and workshops all over the US. Joy is now a MFA Teaching Fellow at Smith College in the Department of Dance.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Photos from TDP's Salon-Style Show at Brookland Artspace

TDP hosted a Salon-Style Show at Brookland Artspace on March 29th that opened up a lovely dialogue about what dance presentation should look and feel like in a community.  We chose to present TDP's work alongside some special guest artists Althea Skinner, Sylvana Christopher,and Heather Doyle. The format was one of open dialogue between works, dancing that happened at unexpected times in unexpected places, talking before, during and after seeing works, and encouraged discussion about what the evening felt like.  Oh, and a party.  We met a whole lot of people new and old to dance and we hope to see a lot more of them in the future.

Photo Credit: Julie Sopoci

Monday, April 7, 2014

Photos from TDP's Performance at the National Portrait Gallery

On March 29th, 2014, TDP lead a Site Specific Dance Exploration in the Kogod Courtyard of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.  Visitors got to experience the Dancing the Dream exhibition, watch an open rehearsal by another Washington D.C. dance company and then try their hand at some simple movement scores under the direction of TDP.

The pictures show TDP giving directions for a few simple scores that adults and children of all ages could participate in such as "lead and follow", "the wave", "imitate or oppose", and last but not least, they were able to put everything they had practiced into a final score that had them starting far apart, taking inspiration from each other and the room and ending by being physically connected in the center of the immense Kogod Courtyard.  I hope you enjoy the images as much as we enjoyed dancing with these adventurous souls.

Photo Credit: Julie Sopoci

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Next Stops: Virginia and North Carolina!

Hey friends,

It's been an exciting few months, and We've been keeping busy despite the insane winter weather.  The Telephone Dance Project has been all over the place in 2014! Last weekend we performed at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC; this Friday we're heading to Blacksburg, VA; and on Saturday we'll be coming back to my old stomping ground as featured performers at the Black Mountain College {RE}Happening.

The entire event looks like it's going to be awesome, with site-specific performance and visual art pieces installed all over the Camp Rockmont property.  The evening will hearken back to the postmodern "happenings" that used to occur when Rockmont was the site of Black Mountain College, the experimental art school that hosted some of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

The {RE}Happening will take place from 7:30 pm-midnight on Saturday, April 5th at Camp Rockmont.  The Telephone Dance Project will be performing at 8 and 9:30 in the gymnasium, and at 10:15 in the dining hall.  

The Asheville Citizen-Times just ran a great article about the event:

Here's the website with ticket information:
$30 gets you in to the evening's festivities from 7:30 on, includes two drink tickets and all the performance art you can handle.  

Many of you donated to the Telephone Dance Project's indiegogo campaign and we were overwhelmed by the generous response we received!  If you were thinking about donating but didn't get a chance, I'd like to encourage you to check out one of the patron level tickets: by adding $50 to your purchase, you have the opportunity to sponsor an artist of your choice (we hope you'll pick us!)  Bringing four dance artists on tour to five locations has been incredibly rewarding but not cheap, and every bit of your support is gratefully appreciated.  

Also, if this sounds interesting but you find that ticket prices are cost prohibitive, think about volunteering!  For more information and to sign up:

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions about this weekend's festivities!  Feel free to pass this info along to any friends who might be interested!

Much love to you all-- hope to see you this weekend!
- Rachel