“If We Listened to Birds Sometimes,” an evening of dance and music performance works directed by Dawn Pratson

Friday, May 31, 8pm.

Mascher Space Cooperative

155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19122

Tickets: $20/ $15 students, seniors, Philadelphiadance.org members

Tickets can be purchased online here.

“If We Listened to Birds Sometimes” is an evening of dance and music performance works conceived and directed by Mascher artist-in-residence and Dalcroze Eurhythmics specialist Dawn Pratson.  It will take place on Friday, May 31, 2019, at 8pm at Mascher Space Cooperative, 155 Cecil B. Moore Ave. in Philadelphia.

The evening will consist of performance works using composed and original music and text, choreography by Pratson and collaborators, plus live instrumental and vocal music. Included in the event will be an innovative take on the famous flute composition by Claude Debussy, “Syrinx.” Traditionally performed as an unaccompanied flute solo, Pratson and fellow flutist and Dalcroze Eurhythmics specialist Emma Shubin will present their duetted version which will include movement.

One of the works will involve the real-time, online participation of an ensemble of dance professionals from outside the Philadelphia area. Pratson has been a member of a “Dance Books Online” group for two years, using video conferencing technology to meet and use movement as an inquiry tool to explore various readings related to dance. The group will premiere their first performance using this format. Participants reside all over the U.S. plus Canada and Mexico.

Other works include a composition for two flutes and spoken word by Nadine Dyskant-Miller, a dance called “Allemande,” choreographed as a “Tiny Dance” on a 4×4 square-foot stage to music by Caroline Shaw, and an original vocal-movement piece for five women created around the topic of shame.

Collaborators, in addition to Shubin, include flutists Elivi Varga and Anne Levinson, dancers Javitta Brockington, Christina Gesualdi and Cassie Roberts, and vocal-movement artists Shannon Brooks, Allison DeSalvo, Andrea Giraldo and Anne Johnson. The evening’s MC and audience participation curator will be Kate Seethaler.

“If We Listened To Birds Sometimes”
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