The Quiet Circus: River Charrette 2

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Martha McDonald, Songs of Memory and Forgetting. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

As part of its year-long project The Quiet Circus, Headlong presents the second performance in its series of River Charrettes—performances and participatory conversations—at various sites along Philadelphia’s waterfronts. This River Charrette will take place at RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency) and will address sustainability issues through art and performance. The event will feature a conversation between The Quiet Circus designer Maiko Matsushima and RAIR co-founder and visual artist Billy Dufala.

Through a series of 36 performances, The Quiet Circus considers 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.


Collaborators & Colleagues

Praised by The New York Times for his “alluring, emotive” work, composer Lembit Beecher creates intimate and dramatically potent musical experiences.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Judy Hussie-Taylor has served as Executive Director of Danspace Project, a New York City venue for independent experimental choreographers, since 2008. Hussie-Taylor served as a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2012 and 2013, a Performance LOI panelist in 2014, and as the Performance panel chair in 2015.

Grants & Grantees

Philadelphia Dance Projects has grown into an organization focused on presenting performances and workshops to challenge and develop local artists.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dancer and choreographer Ronald K. Brown is the founder of Brooklyn-based contemporary dance ensemble Evidence, A Dance Company.

Grants & Grantees

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Grants & Grantees

Fleisher Art Memorial is a community arts organization dedicated to the ideal that people of all ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds have a right to experience art.

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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