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Special Nice and Fresh curated by 2017 Automatic Arts resident artist Sarah Knittel
Nice and Fresh: The Great West
Featuring new creations by
Also including the talents of Christina Higgins, Taylor Plunket-Clemens, Travis Fischbach, and your host Sarah Knittel!
New short works of theater and dance!
Art Church of West Philadelphia
5219 Webster St, Philadelphia, PA 19143
(1 block from 52 + Baltimore)
Automatic Arts is thrilled to present Gaga in Philadelphia August 2 – 4, 2017 at The Performance Garage (1515 Brandywine Street). Classes will be taught by Or Meir Schraiber from Batsheva Dance Company.
Gaga Workshop & Open Classes August 2, 3 & 4
A 3 day Gaga Workshop for $100. The Workshop is open to professional dancers and dance students ages 16 or older. The daily schedule is:
- 10:00am – 11:15am Gaga Class
- 11:30am – 1:15pm Ohad Naharin Repertoire
We also will be offering 3 days of Open Gaga People Classes from 6pm – 7 pm for $17 per class. Gaga People is open to the general public and available for anyone at any age (16 or older), without the necessity of previous experience.
Space is limited and we encourage you to register in advance.
Questions? Contact Deborah Crocker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gaga is a movement language which Ohad Naharin developed over the course of many years and which is applied in daily practice and exercises by the Batsheva Dance Company members. The language of Gaga originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement.
Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others.
“Gaga challenges multi-layer tasks. We are aware of the connection between effort and pleasure, we are aware of the distance between our body parts, we are aware of the friction between flesh and bones, we sense the weight of our body parts, yet, our form is not shaped by gravity . . . We are aware of where we hold unnecessary tension, we let go only to bring life and efficient movement to where we let go . . . We are turning on the volume of listening to our body, we appreciate small gestures, we are measuring and playing with the texture of our flesh and skin, we might be silly, we can laugh at ourselves. We connect to the sense of “plenty of time,” especially when we move fast, we learn to love our sweat, we discover our passion to move and connect it to effort, we discover both the animal we are and the power of our imagination. We are “body builders with a soft spine. We learn to appreciate understatement and exaggeration, we become more delicate and we recognize the importance of the flow of energy and information through our body in all directions. We learn to apply our force in an efficient way and we learn to use “other” forces.
We discover the advantage of soft flesh and sensitive hands, we learn to connect to groove even when there is no music. We are aware of people in the room and we realize that we are not in the center of it all. We become more aware of our form since we never look at ourselves in a mirror; there are no mirrors. We connect to the sense of the endlessness of possibilities. Yielding is constant while we are ready to snap . . .
We explore multi-dimensional movement, we enjoy the burning sensation in our muscles, we are aware of our explosive power and sometimes we use it. We change our movement habits by finding new ones, we can be calm and alert at once.
We become available . . .”
Ohad Naharin has been hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers. As Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company since 1990, he has guided the company with an adventurous artistic vision and reinvigorated its repertory with his captivating choreography. His works have also been performed by prominent companies including Nederlands Dans Theater, the Paris Opera Ballet, Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Compañía Nacional de Danza (Spain), Cullberg Ballet (Sweden), Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York), and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (New York). Naharin is also the originator of an innovative movement language, Gaga, which has enriched his extraordinary movement invention, revolutionized the company’s training, and emerged as a growing force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers.
Photos by Gadi Dagon.
Twists on the solo performance.
Thursday June 15 at 8pm
Friday June 16 at 8pm
Saturday June 17 at 7pm and 9pm
242 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19116
Pay What You Can (Suggested $5–$15, cash only at door)
Advance tickets $12 / allone.brownpapertickets.com
Theatrical takes on the “solo” show by Josh McIlvain and Sarah Knittel. Find yourself in the throes of “the diviner,” a community meeting about a new mural, and one man’s disturbed attempt to make sense of the world. Plus a music troubadour and a solo dance. Plus complimentary beer!
The Diviner (photo below), written and directed by Sarah Knittel, performed by Harry Watermeier.
MAKING the WORLD a BETTER PLACE through MURALS, written and directed by Josh McIlvain, performed by Sophia Barrett and Wyl McCaul
Mice, written and directed by Josh McIlvain, performed by Joshua Millhouse.
Plus a solo dance and live music.
“The best showcase for new performing arts in Philadelphia.” Phindie.com
NICE AND FRESH: New Works of Theater and Dance
April 28 + 29
Friday April 28 at 6pm and 8pm
Saturday April 29 at 6pm and 8pm
Moving Arts of Mount Airy
6819 Greene Street (at Carpenter Lane)
Mount Airy, Philadelphia.
Two dads hang out without the protection of their wives and kids.
Performed by Ed Miller and Josh McIlvain, directed by Josh McIlvain, written by John Rosenberg of Hella Fresh Theater.
peepSHOW (dance theater)
A somatic exploration of the revealing.
(Think about it.)
CCreated + performed by Sarah Knittel and Lillian Ransijn
The Presidents (theater)
A power struggle at the Lodge over who gets to be which president in the Independence Day Parade.
Performed by Mike Franz + Mark Wheeler, directed by Lexa Grace, written by Josh McIlvain of Automatic Arts
Research 2 (performance art)
The collision of one’s sense of identity and change—whether in the world, relationships, or one’s own body.
Created and performed by Irina Varina
Select Readings from the 1986 Amnesty International Report (reading)
Exactly what it sounds like.
Concept and music by Josh McIlvain, reading by Christopher Munden (Friday) and TBD (Saturday).
Art by Chuck Schultz
Visual artist Chuck Schultz will display a number of his images of performers, which he has created while watching performances.
Each performance is 8–12 minutes, entire show is 70 minutes.
peepSHOW photo by Kim Spade. BALK photo by Richard Underwood.
Almanac Dance Theater Circus
Freshblood/KC Chun-Manning in collaboration with Camilla Dely
Asya Zlatina (featuring Ashley Searles)
Josh McIlvain/Automatic Arts (featuring Ezekiel Jackson and Sara Vanasse)
with special guest The Joseph Davenport Experience featuring musical accompaniment by Betty Smithsonian
Friday February 24 at 6pm and 8pm
Saturday February 25 at 6pm and 8pm
Moving Arts of Mount Airy
6819 Greene Street (at Carpenter La.)
(Mount Airy) Philadelphia, PA 19119
Photo (above) by Daniel Kontz
Nice and Fresh brings new works of theater and dance by Philly’s most exciting performing artists and companies to unique venues in Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods.
Artists need to create.
Performers need to perform.
Audiences need to see new work.
Created and Performed by Josh McIlvain
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10 8pm (tickets)
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11 8pm (tickets)
A comedic drama that features real slides from the 1950 to 1980s alongside a fictional family narrative about vacation, America, and when visions of one’s future collide with reality.
THE WHITE PINES PLACE
7908 High School Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
“The performance is a brilliant exercise in connecting dots that lead McIlvain’s unnamed character on an epic journey with several loves.” Mark Cofta, Broad Street Review Read the full review
“This intimate performance uses real slides to unfold a gripping tale of a family as seen through the fleeting images on a screen.” Philebrity.com
“Invites the audience to be mesmerized and taken on a journey about transition, tragedy and connection.” Philadelphia City Paper
“Ingenious travel down memory lane. . . . A thought-provoking, intimate, funny and poignant journey.” Stage Magazine