Expansions Presents: Connecting the Distance
Expansions Contemporary Dance Ensemble LLC
September 10-October 4
Flexible Run Time
Connecting the Distance: An exciting dance video interactive walking tour. Audience members will follow a map with destinations in both Mt Airy and North Philly, where QR codes are placed. Complete the journey, while experiencing the moving choreography of Expansions Contemporary Dance Ensemble.
Connecting the Distance takes you on both a physical and emotional journey. You will explore the passage of time and connection to locations, history and present, our existence. The locations for your adventure will be available through a Connecting the Distance Google Map sent to ticket holders. At each location you will find a unique poster with QR Codes featuring different artists and performances for the extent of the Fringe Festival. Make sure to bring your phone and/or tablet, plus download a QR Code reader for this virtual site-specific experience.
Map destinations are in both Mt. Airy and North Philly where QR Codes are placed for the duration of the Fringe Festival. Expansions Contemporary Dance Ensemble will also invite audience members to a highlight compilation showing presented on the Expansions Contemporary Ensemble’s Facebook Page on Oct 3, 2020 for our supporters from a distance.
Recommended for 7+.
Available to experience during the Festival
$5 general admission
About the Artists
Expansions Contemporary Dance Ensemble LLC, founded by Artistic Director Christina Castro-Tauser, is dedicated to strengthening and connecting communities through dance. Expansions community projects, educational workshops, and performances aim to reach people of multiple ages, backgrounds, races, and experiences across the country. We present repertory and workshops in Contemporary, Latin Jazz, and a variety of styles for nontraditional performing settings, film, and the stage.
Christina Castro-Tauser holds an MFA in Dance from Temple University and BA from Point Park University and her work for Expansions have been seen in Minneapolis Fringe, Georgia, Colorado, NYC, and Philadelphia. Most recently, Expansions has been part of Dancer Citizen’s internationally broadcast Moving the Map performance series in NYC, Latinx Event for the Philadelphia Phillies, The Artist Bash, and Family Fun Sunday at The Barnes Foundation. Christina is the Executive Director of International Ballet Exchange, Teaching Artist for Taller Puertorriqueño, and Adjunct Professor at Temple University.
Featured Dancers include Courtney Pilgreen, Cara Celeste, Coralie-Michele Francois, Michele-Olivia Francois, Peyton Bellman, Sabastian Willson, Anakeiry Cruz, Sophia Dixon, Madeline McClurg, Emma Mannion, Catalina Walsh, and Guest Rhonda Moore. All Bios and Photos are found at http://christinacastro-tauser.weebly.com/expansions-contemporary-dance-ensemble.html.
The experience is enhanced by the music of Christopher B Farrell an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and founder of the critically acclaimed instrumental ensemble, the Rit Mo Collective. Christopher has scored music for over 100 multi-media productions including film, television, dance, and spoken word poetry. He averages over 150 live performances a year and has toured on five continents during his 30-year career as a musician.
We are also joined by the Mt. Airy Movement Collective. Mt. Airy Movement Collective is a group of independent artists, educators, dancers, movers, and musicians. They explore and create primarily through dance informed by modern and postmodern practices and other dance techniques that individuals bring to the collective. The Collective serves as a forum for professional and avocational growth. Mt. Airy Movement Collective is based in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia and facilitated by Monica Frichtel. Monica Frichtel PhD, EdM, is a dance educator, researcher, and artist. She teaches across diverse communities, seeking to engage in critical dialogue and practices that pursue just and equitable society.
Collective Participating Dancers include Anna Beresin, Mady Cantor, Monica Cameron Frichtel, Joy Friedlander, Amy Lee, Gaby Mahler, Carolyn Pautz, and Dawn States.
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