June Scratch Night
Hosted by Megan Bridge
Monday, June 3
Monday, June 3 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. This month, artists include Darling Damselfly, Mauri Walton, Hassan Syed, Graciella Maiolatesi, William “Bilwa” Costa, Philadelphia Compositional Improvisation Ensemble, and Julia Fisher.
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
About the Host
Megan Bridge is a dancer, choreographer, producer, educator, and dance writer based in Philadelphia. She co-directs <fidget>, a platform for her collaborative work with composer/ musicologist Peter Price; together they also run thefidget space, an experimental research laboratory and performance venue. Bridge is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at Temple University, where she has also taught a variety of studio and lecture classes in the dance department. She writes and edits for thINKingDANCE, and has published articles in Dance Magazine, Pointe, and The Dance Chronicle. She has been an artist in residence and guest teacher at Haverford College, West Chester University, Franklin & Marshall College, and University of Arizona. In 2013 she was named “Best of Philly” for stage performance by Philadelphia Magazine. Bridge has worked with choreographers and companies such as Group Motion, Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson, Jerome Bel, Willi Dorner, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, Susan Rethorst, and Headlong Dance Theater, and has studied with Deborah Hay, Xavier LeRoy, Miguel Gutierrez, Merian Soto, and Jan Fabre. Her work has toured to cities throughout the US and abroad in Austria, Bulgaria, Colombia, Cyprus, Germany, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, South Africa, and Switzerland. She holds a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase, and lives and works at thefidget space with her husband and two kids.
About the Artists
# phase by William “Bilwa” Costa
# phase is a sound work which utilizes phasing as a compositional concept. Sine-tones move in and out of phase, creating a harmonic soundscape in which recorded voices emerge. The voices count, in an inverted manner, in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.
Darling Damselfly with Sammy Shuster and Liz Gusmano
Darling Damsefly is a musical duo featuring piano and viola. They are in the process of creating songs about animals in our changing environment.
PATHO by Julia Fisher
PATHO is a creature that’s been constructed out of the pattern of trauma yet lives in a state of groove. It’s a deviant condition from the normal and invites a sensational experience to override, allowing disturbance and pleasure to meet.
Dissolving Doors by Philadelphia Compositional Improvisation Ensemble
The Philly Compositional Improvisation Lab is a group of movers who, in workshop and performative settings, practice the form of compositional improvisation. This unique form of spontaneous ensemble-based dance-making tasks us to create a complete piece together in the moment. Compositional improvisation, as opposed to other forms of dance improvisation, requires us to pay attention to and compose in real-time with various elements at play, including the negotiation of the self and the whole, dynamics, thematic material, and more.
black girl tings/black girl sings by Femme Noire Movement Collective/L. Graciella Maiolatesi
black girl tings/black girl sings is a solo, auto-ethnographic movement investigation that uses Maiolatesi’s lived experience as a Queer-Black-Femme to deconstruct the monolith—and therefore erasure—that the phrase, “The Black Experience” creates. black girl tings/black girl sings is an excerpt from a larger culminating work titled, The(se) Black Experience(s), which will premiere in January 2020.
thiS nOw by Mauri Walton
“thiS nOw” is an expLoratory movement & sound performAnce-Experiment created & performed by LongTimE philadelphia resident/performer/creator, Mauri Walton~
“thiS nOw” is mereLy that~ which is nOw ~ when that nOw is nOw on June 3rd 2019 imbued by thAt nOw occurring thEn within the present audience & the performer- Mauri.
this now is ours ~ for some minutes less than seven~ to share & expLoRe together~ via movement, light and sound~~
An Unheard Utterance by Hassan Syed and Tyler Rivera
This piece demonstrates the statements and claims we have the power to access in our bodies, creating through the sharing of interlocked connections with all forms of life. Through our dualism of bodies, we can see how one affects another in space as well as time and presence. Two men share not just their weight, but there existence, revealing themselves through vulnerabilty and expression.