The Philadelphia Matter – 1972/2020
September 10-October 4
2020 Fringe Festival
Free – $50
Celebrated choreographer/director/writer David Gordon premieres his first new screen work in two decades with a “virtual” performance company of 30+ Philadelphia artists working remotely to record video material on everything from iPhones to professional cameras. Gordon then dissected, assembled, and collaged this movement with visual scores and archival works in collaboration with video artist Jorge Cousineau. The Philadelphia Matter – 1972/2020 cast includes Wally Cardona and Pick Up Performance Co(s) members Karen Graham and Valda Setterfield.
The final composition premieres the first night of the 2020 Fringe Festival and will stream online for the duration of the fest.
There will also be two contextual talks with artists and collaborators on Saturdays, Sept 19 and Sept 26 at 3pm. More information under Contextual Programming below, and RSVP via the Get Tickets banner.
Philadelphia Virtual Company: Mehgan Abdel-Moneim, Megan Bridge, Marie Brown, Sanchel Brown, Eun Jung Choi, Amalia Colón-Nava, Sydney Donovan, Bethany Formica, Beau Hancock, Nile Harris, Justin Jain, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Jungeun Kim, Megan Mazarick, Lucas Mikan, Rhonda Moore, Guillermo Ortega, Rebecca Patek, Dawn Pratson, Lauren Putty White, Gabrielle Revlock, Nick Schwasman, Margot Electra Steinberg, Katie Vickers, November Ward, and Jacinta Lee Yelland.
Ticketed Live Premiere: Thursday, Sept 10 at 7pm Available to access online for free during the Festival following premiere Contextual Talk: Saturday, Sept 19 at 3pm Contextual Talk: Saturday, Sept 26 at 3pm
Pay What You Can sliding scale $5-50 for Live Premiere
Free to watch online after premiere
About the Artists
Saturday, September 19 at 3pm
Christ Church Preservation Trust Executive Director Barbara Hogue moderates a conversation about the making of The Philadelphia Matter – 1972/2020. In dialogue with David Gordon and collaborators including Wally Cardona, Jorge Cousineau, Alyce Dissette, and Sarah Gladwin-Camp participants will describe the working process for this new work created using remote technology in the midst of a global pandemic.
Saturday, September 26 at 3pm
FringeArts Artistic Producer Katy Dammers moderates a conversation about the layered nature of David Gordon’s artistic practice. Together with archivist Patsy Gay, artist Valda Setterfield, and writer Suzanne Carbonneau the discussion will consider how Gordon’s piece The Matter has functioned as an archive for his practice.
RSVP for talkback events via the Get Tickets link.
The Philadelphia Matter – 1972/2020 is commissioned by Christ Church Neighborhood House, produced in collaboration with Pick Up Performance Co(s), and co-presented by the Neighborhood House. Major support for The Philadelphia Matter – 1972/2020 has been provided to Christ Church Preservation Trust by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
Festival Co-Producers: Christopher and Lee van de Velde; Jane Pepper; Lynne & Bertram Strieb; Sissie and Herb Lipton
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