The Quiet Circus: River Charrette 1

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Photo by David Brick.

As part of its year-long project The Quiet Circus, Headlong presents a series of River Charrettes—performances and participatory conversations—at various sites along Philadelphia’s waterfronts. The first River Charrette will take place on September 24 at Bartram’s Garden, and will feature a performance by performance artist Eiko Otake. Co-curated by Philadelphia Contemporary, the performance will be followed by a discussion between Otake and former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger, who advocated for the development of the Schuylkill River waterfront.

Through a series of 36 performances, The Quiet Circus will consider questions surrounding development and decay, land and water, as well as industry and gentrification. Performances will include Island, a dance-theater score created with Ishmael Houston Jones and Polly Motley; Landscape, a performance game that invites audiences to create their own scenery using nine large-scale sculptures; and The Luminous World, a durational piece in which subtle human actions reveal a buzzing, luminous performance of the environment.


References

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

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