April 16-18, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
FringeArts (140 N. Columbus Blvd)
Post-show discussion with dramaturge, Erin Manning on April 16, 2015
Erin Manning is a dramaturgical collaborator on Dust and a philosopher. She holds a University Research Chair in Relational Art and Philosophy in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). She is also the director of the SenseLab, a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement.
Pre-show demonstration on April 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Dance with Technology (Part of Philly Tech Week 2015 presented by Comcast)
Peter Price’s video design for Dust uses infrared sensors to “see” the dancers as they move about the stage, projecting color fields that change in hue and saturation based on the dancers’ location in space and the intensity of their movement. Before the show on Saturday, April 18, ticket holders are invited to arrive at 7pm to dance with our technology and learn about how it works.
Time expands, narrative shimmers forth and slips away with a seamless interplay between movement, music, and visual design.
Working with the original recording and a cast of five dancers, choreographer Megan Bridge explores the dark, hallucinatory, and the quirky, mundane world of composer Robert Ashley’s opera Dust. The work’s complex rhythms and distinct musicality carry a strangely ebullient and humorous tone despite subject matter that includes war and a drug induced conversation with God. Along with a video design that responds in real time to the dancers’ movement, Dust is boldly transformed into a new kind of performance.
Robert Ashley was known for the distinctly American voice, language patterns, and structures of his operas.
<fidget> cofounders Megan Bridge and Peter Price have created twenty original works of multimedia dance theater. They have performed their work regularly on tour and at home in Phildelphia, where they also run an experimental, interdisciplinary performance space.
Director/Choreographer: Megan Bridge
Performers: Megan Bridge, Christina Gesualdi, Beau Hancock, Gregory Holt, Michele Tantoco
Dramaturgical Team: Erin Manning, Peter Price, Laura Vriend
Choreographic Mentor: Lucinda Childs
Video Designer: Peter Price
Costume Designer: Heidi Barr
Lighting Designer: Matt Sharp
<fidget>’s production of “Dust” is made possible through the support of our generous sponsors:
Art Stations Foundation Poznań [Poland]
Center for Performance Research
Philadelphia Cultural Fund