Mash-Up Body Lab

Mash Up Body Lab, choreographed by Kate Watson-Wallace.

A young choreographer interested in site-specific performances, 2007 Pew Fellow in the Arts Kate Watson-Wallace has created CAR, during which audience members experience the performance in the backseat of an auto, and HOUSE, which took place inside a Philadelphia row home. With Mash-Up Body Lab, Watson-Wallace worked with four dancers in a three-month research project that embraced, appropriated, and layered movements found in popular YouTube clips, music videos, and more, in order to develop new types of “21st-century” dance. The choreographer and dancers used digital audio, video, and social media to document their process throughout and to invite audience feedback. New York choreographer Miguel Gutierrez, with whom Watson-Wallace had previously engaged in workshops and who shares her interest in improvisation, acted as her “thought-partner” during the process.

References

Fall begins with a lively schedule of Center-funded projects, including ambitious artistic collaborations, performance premieres, exhibition openings, and experimental installations.

Questions of Practice

Patricia Lent of Merce Cunningham Trust, an experienced restager, along with theater-maker Richard Schechner, video/installation artist Sharon Hayes, and UC Berkeley professor and moderator Shannon Jackson, here explores the difficulties of recreating works of performance, and how the terms used to describe such acts—restaging, reconstructing, reenacting—vary across disciplines.

Headlong second River Charrette will take place at RAIR and will address sustainability issues through art and performance.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Thelma Golden has been the director and chief curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem since 2000.

Grants & Grantees

Group Motion, Philadelphia’s oldest contemporary dance company, commissioned choreographer Susan Rethorst to create a new work for its dancers.

Collaborators & Colleagues

RoseAnne Spradlin is a New York City-based choreographer whose work explores body consciousness and innovation of structural forms in contemporary dance.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kyong Park is an architect, artist, urban theorist, and activist, whose research and artistic practice focus on urban landscapes and contemporary social geography.

What inspires our imaginations and catalyzes our creativity? As we bid farewell to 2014, we asked members of our cultural community to share something that inspired them this year.

Grants & Grantees

WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, will launch a new research initiative in order to better understand the music-listening preferences of the “Millennial” generation.

Grants & Grantees

James Ijames’ (Pew Fellow, 2015) plays and devised works examine how class and gender intersect with race, drawing inspiration from historical texts, the media, and stories of his own family to deconstruct history and its established figures.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Since its inception in 1996, Peter Taub has overseen the dance, music, performance, and theater program at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Grants & Grantees

Built on a foundation of public dialogue and interaction, the Re-Place-ing Philadelphia project used art as a lens for viewing the city and its history.