December Scratch Night
Hosted by Sam Tower and Nia Benjamin
Monday, December 2
Monday, December 2 at 7pm
The popular, long running monthly works-in-progress series.
Come see a roster of Philly’s most talented artists perform new material from shows they are working on in this fast-paced sampling of contemporary theater, dance, performance art, and everything in between. Scratch Night is hosted and curated by a different artist each month, and features four to six short performances by local companies and artists, offering an inside look at the future of performance. Featured artists this month include I-Chia Chiu, Vitche-Boul Ra, Oliver Spencer, and Briyana Clarel.
Join us at La Peg before or after the performances! La Peg has Happy Hour food and drinks specials 5–7pm and Happy Hour food only specials until closing.
Free RSVP, $5 Suggested Donation
Photo courtesy of Chiu I-Chia
About the Hosts
Sam Tower (she/her) is a director, maker, and producer based in Philadelphia. She is a Co-Artistic Director of Ninth Planet, a platform for live performance and creative experiences for curious people of all ages, with a focus on amplifying the work of womxn, gender-variant people, and people of color. Ninth Planet’s shows are designed to activate imagination, self-reflection, and a sense of adventure through the collision of dance, theatre, music, and installation. For the last ten years, Tower has centered her artistic practice around collectively created projects, experimenting with co-authorship and long-form process, and creating intentional space for reflection, responsiveness, and deviation. As a facilitator of theatrical process, she aims to support socio-emotional development and togetherness, building more just communities through art making. She is an Associated Artist with Applied Mechanics, has worked with Bryn Mawr College, Headlong, Simpatico Theatre, BRAT Productions, Martha Stuckey, Arden Theatre, and contributed as a company member of New Paradise Laboratories from 2012-2015. Tower also works with International Performing Arts for Youth as Engagement Manager, serving an international membership of professionals creating and touring performance for young audiences. 2017 Independence Fellowship Recipient. Training from Headlong Performance Institute and University of the Arts.
Nia Benjamin is the Co-Artistic Director of Ninth Planet, a performance platform based in Philadelphia. As a performer, teacher and visual artist, arts administrator and maker of devised work, Nia’s work is grounded in prioritizing the artistry and experiences of womxn of color. Her work examines the intersections between culture, identity and media and the undoing of narratives that decentralize black womxn’s importance within the larger cultural narrative. As an artist, her aim is to create accessible, challenging work that invites non-traditional audiences into performative spaces. Employing media and projection design, her work liberates performative work from conventional theatrical spaces.
Through collaborative play-making practices, Nia is interested in involving citizen performers and young people in the creation of new performance works. With an interest in finding new systems for generating devised work, Nia’s practice empowers creative teams to employ horizontal leadership models to upset patriarchal dynamics that exist within traditional theatre practices and alienate those who are historically marginalized.
About the Artists
Describing Faraway by I-Chia Chiu
Describing Faraway is an umbrella project that contains performance practices which asks its host/creators to be mindfully invisible and invites the audience to become participant-collaborators. This ongoing practice arises from the lead artist’s urge to understand how she can become a better listener/activist for the young & crumbling democracy in her home country Taiwan. As world citizens, how can we learn from each other and become less lonely in our own stories? Developed through different devising processes with artists in the US & Taiwan, and our more than human neighbors on this land, we invite you to join and enlarge our inquiries!
Siik Hella importante saq note-ura existanz ox-prea ba pre-ba Voidre ix Bla- by Vitche-Boul Ra
I favor the beaut boul that complains all the time and can’t get over the fact that everything isn’t about him, ’cause everything is actually about him. I like to like the once a Sun flash of tears that stream up his face, into his scalp, down his spine, through his achilles tendon, and into the floor where they turn into blood. And it is this remembrance that reinstates voidfulness and stops It from festering in the trap of “Humanity”. The Human is dead..and from this point on, the body is burned.
Nigredo by Oliver Spencer
Here, interdisciplinary artist, Oliver Spencer creates a dense and immersive sensory experience. Oscillating between performance art and pop music performance practice this piece will explore themes of multiplicities, separations, and purgings within the self. The performance will feature “Nigredo”, a song from the artist’s upcoming debut album, Amphibian.
the color cerulean by Briyana D. Clarel
A black queer being returns to significant places from their childhood in South Jersey. This piece about making sense of home, remembering who we are, and finding peace is being created in collaboration with the people and places who made them.