The Quiet Circus

Headlong

2016
$147,000

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Photo by David Brick.

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Headlong, The Quiet Circus: River Charrette 2. Photo by Jillian Jetton.

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Jungwoong Kim in Philadelphia workshop of Island score. Photo by David Brick.

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Headlong, The Quiet Circus: River Charrette 2. Photo by Jillian Jetton.

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Photo by David Brick.

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Headlong, The Quiet Circus: River Charrette 2. Photo by Jillian Jetton.

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Headlong, The Quiet Circus: River Charrette 2. Photo by Jillian Jetton.

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Jungwoong Kim and Christina Zani in Philadelphia workshop of Island score. Photo by David Brick.

Headlong will present The Quiet Circus, a year-long series of participatory practices conceived as an ongoing public performance at Washington Avenue Green, a one-acre site surrounding reclaimed Pier 53 on the Delaware River waterfront in South Philadelphia. The site served as the major entry point to Philadelphia for immigrants in the early 20th century. In collaboration with curator Mary Jane Jacob, Headlong will offer activities to encourage audiences' close observation and sensory awareness of the site, and a deeper engagement with the urban landscape. A series of 36 evolving performances will occur in weekly runs of three months, followed by periods of reflection guided by Jacob, in which participants 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.


Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.