[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Audition call for new work with David Gordon and Christ Church Neighborhood House

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Tue May 19 18:34:38 EDT 2020


Performers for The Philadelphia Matter/ 2020, a remote-created video work

by David Gordon

a project of Christ Church Neighborhood House

presented by Philadelphia Fringe Festival


This summer, David Gordon will create The Philadelphia Matter/2020 through
simultaneous rehearsals with dancers/performers in Philadelphia and New
York City. Throughout the process dancers/performers will work from their
homes, backyards, and other personal spaces via video conferencing – this
remote technology will act as both a conceptual framework and a means of
continuing to work despite the pandemic. During a July and August rehearsal
period - using visual scores (collages) and archival video - Gordon will
assemble, disassemble and layer selected movement for performers. Via
remote video platforms, Gordon will observe dancers interacting with the
materials. He will use their responses to inform subsequent choices for
direction of the work. Video/projection artist Jorge Cousineau is a lead
collaborator on the project. The Philadelphia Matter/2020 will be streamed
online by Christ Church and Philadelphia Fringe Festival in September.

Schedule and compensation:

Rehearsals will take place remotely during July and August. This project is
supported by Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. *Performer pay is $30/hour.*


Seeking intergenerational performers (dancers, movers, actors who move,
etc) - we welcome a cast representative of Philadelphia's performance
diversity. Performers need to be willing to move, interpret, help teach
each other and to be able to repeat learned physical material and timing.
We're aware that bodies of different ages/abilities will work - do work -
differently. A previous performance of related material at MoMA NYC had a
cast of professional performers ages 20 to 70 - just bring it and show what
you can do.


Auditions will be based on video submissions & invited online callbacks
from Gordon's team. Interested dancers/performers please send the following
to auditions at pupcs.org
<https://web1.dvol.com:2096/cpsess2363351786/3rdparty/roundcube/#NOP> *no
later than June 1st:*


   Letter of interest along with any relevant dance or movement or other
   performance experience and/or resume (if you have one)

   Headshot (if you have one) or any performance photo

   Video sample demonstrating your movement/performance style/ability (this
   can be a video link with cue points), no longer than 3-5 minutes.

   Anticipated availability including any conflicts in July/August and

David Gordon, Director/Choreographer:

Founding artist of Judson Church performances and improvisational Grand
Union, Gordon purposefully examines/expands/torpedoes conventional lines
between theater and dance, pioneering use of text and textual narrative in
movement work. He presaged his later writing and directing for the stage
and predated the live theater form that became known as "performance art."
Gordon's dual status as theater and movement artist was acknowledged when
he was awarded a Pew Charitable Trust National Dance Residency grant and a
National Theater Residency grant in successive years.

In the last decade he has received 3 NEA American Masterpiece Grant Awards
and a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. His numerous commissions include
Actors Studio, American Ballet Theatre, American Conservatory Theater,
American Repertory Theater, BBC, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dance Theatre
of Harlem, New York Theatre Workshop, PBS Great Performances, and Serious
Fun @ Lincoln Center. Founding Director of Pick Up Performance Co(s) since


Project History:

David Gordon, founding member of Judson Dance Theater, creates The Matter
in 1971 as part of his teaching responsibility (as a member of Yvonne
Rainer Company) for an Oberlin College dance residency. For The Matter 1972
performances in NYC (at Merce Cunningham Studio) Gordon snail mails a score
composed of Muybridge motion study photographs for a new solo to his wife,
dancer Valda Setterfield (on tour with The Merce Cunningham Dance Company). THE
PHILADELPHIA MATTER/ 2020 references the original work and is a method of
rehearsing with current virtual remote technology. There is no computer or
email in 1972.

Philadelphia Producers, Christ Church Neighborhood House,
working in collaboration with the New York-based Pick Up Performance Co(s)

Built by the Christ Church parish to serve the residents of industrial Old
City, Neighborhood House opened its doors in 1915. Neighborhood House,
under the umbrella of Christ Church Preservation Trust, is now a catalyst
for the arts on the historic Christ Church campus. It serves a core
constituency of cross-disciplinary performing artists who imagine new and
experimental works in their ADA-accessible, 110-seat theater. The Pick Up
Performance Co(s) has been facilitating David Gordon's work since 1978.


*Sarah Gladwin Camp*
*(pronouns she/her)*
Founder/ Director of *ZoomDance, *www.zoomdance.com
Project Manager for *The Philadelphia Matter/ 2020, *Neighborhood House
*Large-scale performance coordinator, project manager, rehearsal director,
community-builder in Philadelphia*
Sarah.Gladwin.Camp at gmail.com

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