Grapple Together Fest: Reveloping the friend/artist collaboration


May 13-14, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
$15-$20 sliding scale
thefidget space (1714 N Mascher St)

New work by:
Annie WilsonCali Bastard
Christina Gesualdi: fuck those permeable curves
Megan Bridge: Space, Pulse, Pattern, Presence (excerpt)
Zornitsa Stoyanova: Lick My Gun

Annie, Christina, Megan and Zornitsa have forged much of their creative and life practices in the Fishtown/Kensington area over the last decade. They care for and lean into each other. They squirm their processes all up next to each other’s processes. And they have questions.

Like how do formalism and humanity collide in choreography? How do bodies crash against systems? How do 30-somethings working in a gentrifying neighborhood shift our perspective in order to illuminate what is already there that’s not seen, as opposed to what is imagined?

Time and sensation are our narratives.  The content is rigorous and the conditions inviting. Are we just four white women drinking wine together and having pillow fights? Maybe.

But also there will be dancing.

Megan Bridge (choreographer) and Peter Price (composer) are co-directors of <fidget>. Space, Pulse, Pattern, Presence (excerpt) uses sound and movement through pattern-based repetitions that loop and evolve to play with shifting performance qualities that explore different ways of being present.

Christina Gesualdi is a Philly based dance, choreographer, and movement educator. She is an artist in residence at Mascher Space Co-op where she makes experiential work that researches a certain softness and imaginative off-ness in the body. Christina has performed with Nicole Bindler, Meg Foley, Annie Wilson, Melisa Putz, Zornitsa Stoyanova – [Here]begin Dance, and <fidget>. She is an advocate for DIY, small scale cooperation, collaboration, and community exchange in Philly’s dance community. fuck those permeable curves is a dance in memory of LOVE Park.

Zornitsa Stoyanova is an artist and a mother. Known as a choreographer in Philadelphia, in the last three years she’s primarily worked with photography and film.

Annie Wilson makes performances in order to practice survival. The body is the beginning and end of everything. She’s been making work in Philly for a decade, mostly at the radical, magical venue Mascher Space Cooperative. Her work has been presented by JACK, thirdbird, the Center for Performance Research, Mascher, SmokeyScout Productions, and <fidget>. Most recently, Lovertits was presented at Bryn Mawr College. She is mentioned in “Three Philly Performance Artists You Need to Know” by LiveGoodFast and is a proud incubated artist at Headlong. Some, but not all of artists she has had the honor of working with include: Meg Foley, Mary Tuomanen, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Applied Mechanics, Lucinda Childs.