Bodies of Text is rooted in the idea of Art à la Rue, bringing art to the street in West Philadelphia. Stone Depot Dance Lab and Melissa Diane interpret artist books by Center for the Book artists in collaborative outdoor dance performances. Performances are accompanied by exhibits of artist books.
Bodies of Text is a performance series featuring seven choreographers’ interpretations of seven different artist book. Initiated in conjunction with the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts in April at the CEC, Bodies of Text continued in May at Studio 34 and is rooted in the idea of Art à la Rue, bringing art to the street in Philadelphia’s Rive Gauche, West Philadelphia. Choreographers Eleanor Goudie-Averill and Beau Hancock of Stone Depot Dance Lab and Jacelyn Biondo and Kristen Shaverdian of Melissa Diane interpret books created by Philadelphia Center for the Book members. Anna Mavromatis and Bonnie Whitfield created the selected books, which will be on view alongside the performances. Performances will be followed by a discussion between choreographers and book artists, examining the transformation from printed page to stage, and accompanied by storefront exhibits of artist books and related material.
Bodies of Text III will begin at Clark Park C, at the corner of Woodland Ave and 43rd/45th Streets, at 4 and 7 pm on September 3rd.
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