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Vital Stats Philly Fringe: Steven Weisz

Posted July 19th, 2012

Two MM2 dancers from CONVERSATIONS

Today, meet a human incubator for Philadelphia dance: Steven Weisz is Founder of PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal, and Artistic Director of MM2 Modern Dance Company. The company’s 2012 Philly Fringe performance is entitled CONVERSATIONS, so we asked Steven to add to the conversation (ha!) by giving us some Vital Stats — thankfully he was able to take some time away from nurturing Philly dance (oh no, what have we done!) to answer our questions.

Name: Steven Weisz.

Age: Old – well so my dancers tell me.

Where were you born?  New York City.

Show Title: CONVERSATIONS.

Explain your performance in 2 sentences. To an 8-year-old: Ever have a conversation with someone without using words? You don’t have to be a dancer to enjoy this show.

Do you have children? If so, do you love them? Yes, but they are young adults now. I love them dearly but have thought about putting them up for sale on eBay a few times.

What do you love (or hate) most about Philadelphia audiences?
LOVE: When you win over an audience in Philly it is the best feeling in the world.
DISLIKE: That more Philadelphians do not embrace the performing arts.

What would you do if you just inherited a pizzeria? If it was really good wood oven pizza done the right way with super thin crust and fresh toppings—eat!  Otherwise, would have to sell it off and use the money to fund more dance.

Did you go to college or grad school? If so, where? Yes to both – University of Pennsylvania.

Favorite coffee shop? What do you order? La Colombe. Always a cappuccino or espresso.

What’s the most disgusting thing you’ve ever seen on SEPTA? Four male college students who obviously had too much to drink vomiting simultaneously and in unison.

A doctor puts a scope inside your ear. What does she see? Malleus, incus, and stapes.

Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” or Cookie Monster’s “Share It Maybe”? Cookie Monster – seriously like there is really any other choice.

CONVERSATIONS: A Dialog in Movement runs September 8 at 8:00 pm and September 9 at 2:30 pm at Mount Vernon Dance Space, 1720 Mt. Vernon Street, Spring Garden. $15.

–Audrey McGlinchy

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