The 2020 Rocky Awards
Hosted by Lily Kind
Produced by Mira Treatman
Monday, January 27
5–7PM Rockies Happy Hour in La Peg
7–9PM Awards Show in FringeArts Theater
After a three year hiatus, our beloved peer-to-peer dance award show is back! Connect with those familiar faces you may not know by name. Get to know passionate, dedicated dance audience members. Mix and mingle with your best dance buds you haven’t seen all year! You’ll love the Rockies on the Rocks…
Be sure to come to La Peg for dance-themed happy hour specials before the show, and join us for a joyful, long overdue celebration of all that happened in Philly dance since 2017 – plus a look back and a look forward as we honor the people who make dance happen on and off the stage.
The five most recent Rocky awardees, Kyle “Just Sole” Clark, Jaamil Kosoko, Jumatatu Poe, Zornitsa Stoyanova, and Jessica Warchal-King, plus Rocky Host Lily Kind will bestow a Rocky Award on someone new. The Rocky Awards highlight Philly’s rich dance community with performances and speeches: it’s where local legends and newcomers come together and where movements—of all kinds—brew.
Featuring performances by Almanac and Perphor|m, with special appearances by the Urban Movement Arts family!
Free / RSVP suggested
About the Rocky Awards
The Rockies were created in 2001 by FringeArts founder Nick Stuccio in response to the growing dance scene as a peer-to-peer award show. It was originally conceived as a staple event of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival to celebrate the distinct voices in our city, especially as younger homegrown companies of the time began to branch out and find success elsewhere. Over the years, the award show has been organized by various intrepid volunteers and organizations, significantly by Dance/UP with Lois Welk at the helm. After the closure of our city’s former dance service organization, a committee of volunteers including Thomas Choinacky, Keila Cordova, Anna Drozdowski, Julius Ferraro, Christina Gesualdi, and Annie Wilson, among many others, kept the show going for several years. The 2020 Rocky Awards, instigated by Mira Treatman, represents new era of the show where community stalwarts will band together to create a sustainable community and peer-to-peer celebration to look forward to each year, sans a dedicated service organization. Read more about The Rocky Awards history here.
Photo: Philadelphia Dance Journal
About the Host
Lily Kind is a critically acclaimed choreographer, dancer, producer, and writer. She is an improviser obsessed with travel and dedicated to the local. She teaches, practices, and performs vernacular jazz and lindy hop, primarily as co-director of Ragtag Empire with Heather Houde. She is the assistant director of Urban Movement Arts, a home for hip hop and American folk dance, launched by Vince Johnson in 2017. She is trained in Flying Low and Passing Through, the dance methods of David Zambrano. She has travelled to Mexico, Thailand, London, and Italy to train with Zambrano and his associates. Most recently, she participated in 60 Days of Improvisation, hosted by Zambrano at Tic Tac Art Center in Brussels. She has dedicated her thirties to a choreographic adventure called Wolfthicket, exploring girl games and feminine imagination. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Goucher College, a certificate from Headlong Dance Theater, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance Creation from Goddard College. From 2008 – 2015 she directed the Effervescent Collective in Baltimore, Maryland. Her dance writing has been published by Phindie, thinkingDance, and CultureBot.
About the Performers
Almanac is a movement-based performing arts ensemble, fusing acrobatics, storytelling, dance, and physicality. We produce original, award-winning, audience-inspiring works of genre-defying heart, while providing world-class training to local and non-local artists. Almanac creates evening-length performances, site-specific work, and immersive experiences, and provides educational workshops/programming, and community/youth outreach. In all of our services, we strive for originality and the highest possible quality.
Perphor|m mobilizes and energizes perphormance* artists to cross pollinate in existing Philadelphia spaces, fostering a community ecology that is more connected, organized and inclusive. We generate new opportunities (classes, workshops, perphormances, exhibitions, conversations) for perphormance artists. We are an open channel bringing underground* artists into dialogue and engagement with the community. Perphor|m is born out of a desire for more outlets, opportunities, and conversations for new generations of artists.
*Perphormance as a term that embodies more than live dance, theatre, and music.
*”Underground” as a term that points to “emerging” or under funded but attempts to avoid an existing hierarchical structure around artistic professionalism or hours of labour put into “making it”.
About the Producer
Mira Treatman is a dance-theatre artist and curator born, raised, and rooted in the city of Philadelphia. She wants to live in a city where the dancemakers come together to raise each other up. www.miratreatman.com
Why the Rocky Awards?
Dance as we know it is an artform already on the edges. Our work lives without easily replicable texts like plays in the theatre. Women and marginalized bodies are often at the center. Dance performances are hard to sell, and not obvious to buy. And yet, here we are, in one of our country’s greatest cities with a truly thriving dance scene. What makes it tick? A generation of cross-disciplinary makers now trains the next cohorts of creatives, who stay in town and spin off companies of their own. There are stunning lineages of artistic family trees, blending and smudging together to form eclectic Philly idioms with our grit and gumption at the center. Our equity performers grace a main stage one week and jump into an experimental process in someone’s basement the next. Our Fringe Festival is on par with the international greats. We support a couple dozen independently artist-run dance studios and performance venues in just about every neighborhood. Baum’s Dancewear has been going strong since 1887! And let’s not forget some true pillars and trailblazers, Joan Myers Brown and Barbara Weisberger, on who’s shoulders we all stand. We don’t need New York. We just need each other. The Rocky Awards exist to keep us–makers, performers, students, audience members, and supporters–together in celebration. Special thanks to Anna Drozdowski, Gabrielle Revlock, Leah Stein, Bethany Formica, Annie Wilson, and Christina Gesualdi for passing the torch and for sharing crucial institutional knowledge that makes this award show possible.
–Mira Treatman, Community Instigator
thINKingDANCE is a consortium of dance artists and writers who work together to provide critical coverage for dance, to build audiences for dance, and to foster the art of dance writing in Philadelphia and beyond. thINKingDANCE increases visibility for dance, encourages new forms of dance writing, broadens the scope of dance coverage, and increases audience receptivity to dance. We do this through partnerships and live events, as well as at thinkingdance.net, our online dance journal. We train and educate our writers through regular workshops with visiting dance writers, monthly peer-critique sessions, and an uncommonly rigorous two-tiered editing process. Founded in 2011, thINKingDANCE is currently thirty writers strong. Read on at thINKingDANCE.net.
Theatre Philadelphia unites, celebrates, and promotes the Philadelphia region’s diverse and growing theatre community. We lead efforts that expand audiences and engage the public to participate in this community’s work. Theatre Philadelphia envisions an equitable and inclusive region that champions and nurtures local artists. We aim to raise our city’s profile as a world-class city and enrich the lives of Philadelphia-area citizens. Programming includes Theatre Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards, Philly Theatre Week, and a series of professional development and marketing workshops. Learn more at theatrephiladelphia.org
Be Part of the Story
Help FringeArts present world-class, contemporary performing arts that challenge convention and inspire new ways of thinking.