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portal perspective

Megan Mazarick

September 11-October 4

2020 Fringe Festival

30 minutes

Pass the Hat

Wanderlife Gallery

portal perspective is a dance theater piece that grapples with personal pandemic experiences through movement, text, and video projection. A series of small interwoven solos take place in a gallery window while viewers watch from the outside. Working with the political, the personal, and the communal, the portal is a particular vantage point and an entrance to imagined futures. Can you join us in the vortex? Directed by Megan Mazarick and created in collaboration with Danielle Currica and Jess Conda. Projection design created by Les Rivera.

The performance takes place at Wanderlife Gallery in South Philly.  The audience is invited to stand on the sidewalk outside of the venue and watch through three large floor-to-ceiling windows. Viewers will be instructed to wear masks and maintain 6 feet apart for their entire viewing experience (being mindful of pedestrian traffic). The piece is approximately 25 minutes long and runs in a loop four times each evening. Performances will happen rain or shine so please bring umbrellas for inclement weather. Wheelchair accessibility is contingent on available sidewalk space and we will try our best to accommodate and make space for those who come.

Recommended for 13+.


Friday, Sept 11 at 8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm, 9:30pm
Saturday Sept 12 at 8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm, 9:30pm
Sunday, Oct 4 at 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm


Free to attend, Pass the Hat donations encouraged

About the Artists

Megan Mazarick is a Philadelphia-based choreographer, performer, and teacher. She makes work that is humorous, political, and personal, often exploring the intersection of human differences with raw physicality and nonsense fantasy. Her work has been produced internationally (Singapore, Bulgaria, Egypt, Poland, Australia, and Hungary) and throughout the USA (Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minneapolis, New York City, North Carolina).

Jess Conda has been working in the Philadelphia performance community since 2003. From 2013-2017, Conda served as Artistic Director of BRAT Productions and focused the company’s mission to produce original rock-theater hybrids while providing creative opportunities for emerging Philadelphia artists. Regional Theater performance credits include: Arden Theatre, 1812 Productions, Walnut Street Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre, Tribe of Fools, and 6 seasons with Shakespeare in Clark Park. Cabaret Credits: The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, Red 40 and the Last Groovement, and The Peek-A-Boo Revue. Jess is a three-time Barrymore nominee for Outstanding Ensemble in a Play, and was one of Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best Stage Talents to See This Season” in 2013.

Born in Guyana, South America and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Danielle Currica graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Dance and Choreography. As a freelance dance artist in Philadelphia, she has worked with DanceTheaterX, idiosynCrazy productions, Tania Isaac, and Kate Watson-Wallace. She received a 2015 Rocky Award for her work with Dance/USA Philadelphia, Ars Nova Workshop, and Headlong. She has performed as Sophie Sucre with Peek-A-Boo Revue since 2009, and in multiple burlesque shows and festivals nationally and internationally (Munich, NYC, Colorado, Philadelphia).

A winner of the Philadelphia Film Festival’s Philly Pitch and a Sundance Screenwriters Lab semi-finalist, Les Rivera has made many short films and documentaries. He is an avid educator of low budget filmmaking techniques, believing it is through hard work, mistakes, repetition, failures and self-reflection that a filmmaker learns and gets better at their craft. He has taught multiple master workshops for various organizations including the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival and his youtube channel, Les El Blatino Cineninja, is full of video tutorials that teach movie magic. Les is currently in post-production on his series, Papi Ramirez vs Giant Scorpions, which was shot using green-screen, miniature props and sets, and stock footage to create a quirky, campy, and retro cinematic look.

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