This Town Is a Mystery

1/6: Tobie Hoffman performs in Headlong Dance Theater’s This Town Is a Mystery. Photo by Kevin Monko.
2/6: Kendra and Calvin McQueen perform in Headlong Dance Theater’s This Town Is a Mystery. Photo by Kevin Monko.
3/6: Tobie Hoffman performs in Headlong Dance Theater’s This Town Is a Mystery. Photo by Kevin Monko.
4/6: Princess Bostick and Adam Bostick rehearse in the studio for Headlong Dance Theater’s This Town Is a Mystery. Photo by Andrew Simonet.
5/6: Kendra, Kassean, and Kenya McQueen rehearsing in studio for Headlong Dance Theater’s This Town Is a Mystery. Photo by Andrew Simonet.
6/6: Andrew Simonet, Adam Bostick, David Brick, Lea Bostick, and Princess Bostick in rehearsal for Headlong Dance Theater’s This Town Is a Mystery. Photo courtesy of Andrew Simonet.

Headlong Dance Theater has been one of Philadelphia’s most audacious and innovative performance groups, known for previous projects such as CELL and Hotel Pool, which utilized unexpected venues and asked audience members to join the performances. Continuing in that path, This Town Is a Mystery brought dance directly into the private homes of Philadelphia citizens—where the members of those households became the dancers. Interested in creating accessible dances and developing new audiences, often in nontraditional venues, Headlong took this project into various neighborhoods of Philadelphia, where company members worked with non-dancers toward the creation and performance of 25-minute dance-theater works, performed in their homes in front of small audiences, and followed by group dinners. Headlong partnered with Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas and Scribe Video Center to locate participant homes for the project. This Town Is a Mystery was performed in four homes across 32 performances during the 2012 FringeArts Festival.

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The Community Education Center has grown into an arts organization with a focus on cultivating a support system for artists, supported through residency and service programs.

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In 1997 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 46 dance, music, and theater organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

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