DanceVisions Residency Program
DanceVisions is a multi-tier residency program. Working with Philadelphia’s brightest dance artists, DanceVisions supports the development of new work in Philadelphia by Philadelphia artists. In supporting local artists, the Performance Garage expands the dialog about dance throughout the City, and encourages new practices to take form.
Through this residency program, each selected artist receives three weeks of studio rehearsal time and one week of technical assistance and performances, as well as a full suite of administrative support. Resident artists are encouraged to teach open-classes, host lectures, and provide opportunities for local artists to see their respective work. Additionally, artists engage with our Youth Engagement Program, providing masterclasses to students enrolled in this free after-school dance education program. At the close of each residency, artists are presented by the Performance Garage and encouraged to host a special showcase of their work for the students enrolled in our Youth Engagement Program.
In selecting our 2020 DanceVisions Resident Artist, we were drawn to the incredible work of duende, whose work has been described as a “full artistic experience” (Broad Street Review). With duende, we hope to engage a broader community in dialog about the intersection of dancemaking and live music. Moreover, through the development of both a new work of dance and a new music composition, we seek to highlight the tremendous collaborative spirit and invention that is developed through artistic partnership.
Founded by cellist Gabriel Cabezas, dancer/choreographer Chloe Perkes, and composer Alyssa Weinberg, duende is a new music and contemporary dance collective which focuses on the interaction between performers and dancers in the live realization of new scores. Exploring the intersection of music and movement, duende’s performances connect audiences to the energy of live collaboration and continue a playful exploration of the point where the planned and the improvised meet.
duende was born in a chance meeting through the LiveConnections series at World Café Live, featuring the accidental premiere of Alyssa Weinberg’s “Prayer” for solo cello, based on Kevin Powers’ Iraq War novel “The Yellow Birds,” alongside improvised dance. Since that first collaboration they have been creating performances that amplify each discipline by combining them, providing multiple entry points into the worlds of music and dance. They hope to find different ways that people can consume art indefinable by discipline.
In the new production that will occur in Spring 2020, the culmination and focal point of the residency, duende will be examining how movement can inspire musical decisions, taking the lead from Chloe’s ideas and allowing her process to inspire the music that will be selected and written for the show.
From Chloe: “Owning, loving, and using our bodies is essential. I’m interested in physicality that floods the mover with feeling and sensation; in the instinct and instantaneous craftsmanship of improvisation; in narrative and playing pretend; ultimately I am interested in finding out where the connection of every artist involved takes us, as it is always much better than what I think of myself.”
An excerpt from duende’s 2017 production of Break My Echo
Music by Alyssa Weinberg
Choreography by Robert Colby Damon
Gabriel Cabezas, cello; Alex Sopp, flute/vocals; Jordan Dodson, guitar; Jason Treuting, percussion
Dancers: Robert Colby Damon, Chloe Perkes, Keila Perez-Vega
Start and End Dates
04/17/2020 — 04/19/2020