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The Performance Charrette

The Performance Charrette

Lindsay Browning in Sonia Biacchi Costume. Venice 2011 as a part of Browning's World Travel Documentary Project Lost & Inspired. www.lostandinspired.com
Lindsay Browning in Sonia Biacchi Costume. Venice 2011 as a part of
Browning's World Travel Documentary Project Lost & Inspired. lostandinspired.com
Lindsay Browning Photographed by Alan Kolc for Browning's 2012 Dance Theater Production
Lindsay Browning Photographed by Alan Kolc for Browning's 2012 Dance Theater
Production "Lincoln Luck" which Premiered at Philadelphia's Painted Bride Arts Center.
Lindsay Browning in Collaboration with Philadelphia Photographer Alan Kolc. The Study of Silhouettes.
Lindsay Browning in Collaboration with Philadelphia Photographer Alan Kolc.
The Study of Silhouettes.
Lindsay Browning in Collaboration with Philadelphia Photographer Alan Kolc. The Study of Silhouettes.
Lindsay Browning in Collaboration with Philadelphia Photographer Alan Kolc.
The Study of Silhouettes.
Lindsay Browning in Collaboration with Philadelphia Photographer Alan Kolc. The Study of Silhouettes.
Lindsay Browning in Collaboration with Philadelphia Photographer Alan Kolc.
The Study of Silhouettes.
Lindsay Browning in Sonia Biacchi Costume at Biacchi's Center for Theater Research. Venice, Italy 2013
Lindsay Browning in Sonia Biacchi Costume at Biacchi's Center for Theater Research.
Venice, Italy 2013
Lindsay Browning in Sonia Biacchi Costume at Biacchi's Center for Theater Research. Venice, Italy 2013
Lindsay Browning in Sonia Biacchi Costume at Biacchi's Center for Theater Research.
Venice, Italy 2013
Sonia Biacchi Costume Staged at Biacchi's Center for Theater Research. Venice, Italy 2013
Sonia Biacchi Costume Staged at Biacchi's Center for Theater Research.
Venice, Italy 2013

WHAT

A weekend of intensive, interdisciplinary, multimedia performance/design collaboration sponsored by Dance & DIGM Programs.

What do we do? We make something that we show to others. That something is based on your background, experiences, interests and capacities. You will be given a few rules to follow and within those rules you work with your team to create a performance experience for each other and for your potential audience. You are not required to work in your major discipline -you can design your role for any other interests that you follow or you may team up with someone in a field that you are curious about.

Once the theme is announced mid-winter term, registration opens up, and you may sign up until the end of winter term using the registration form on this site. On your return for spring term, you will receive an email with the location, guidelines and general details about the project.

WHEN

Lecture Demonstration with guest artist Marcel Williams Foster
Thursday, April 9th | 6 PM

Creative Collaboration* (URBN Center)
Friday, April 10th | 6 - 10 PM

Saturday April 11th | 1 - 10 PM

Sunday April 12th | 10 AM - 2 PM

Technical Rehearsal
Sunday, April 6th | 3 - 5 PM

Performance & Group Discussion (URBN Center)
Sunday, April 12th | 6 - 8 PM

*Some meals provided

WHAT TO KNOW/DO

DO NOT BE AFRAID. No one has a plan until you begin. Come in with your ideas.

LISTEN. SPEAK UP. ADVOCATE. ADJUST. The exact balance and dynamic of your group is unpredictable. Make space for other voices as well as being as clear as possible about your own thoughts. Advocate for your point of view, but be prepared to listen to others and to adjust and accommodate to include other points of view with an idea towards compromise. Stay calm and don't take it personally if your thing is not the thing the group agrees on. You will have other opportunities to express more of your thoughts.

RESPECT other processes. The things you know that might work best for creative process in your field may not transfer to other fields. Remember that the aim is not to be perfect. No one has the opportunity to do the most complex, layered version of what they do. Go for communicating the idea and not necessarily for the most complex version of it. Be prepared to simplify if possible. Manage your time and all your resources. Strategize with your teammates.

IMPROVISE & CLARIFY. There may not be time for the kind of rehearsal/finish/polish you might want. Consider making a clear structure that you can follow and letting the form be spontaneous in moments based on the ideas. Create markers with your group so that there are places/times where you can all "check-in".

LEAVE TIME TO TRY IT OUT AT LEAST ONCE.

GUEST ARTIST INFORMATION

Marcel Williams Foster is a choreographer and arts administrator currently based in Philadelphia. He was selected as part of The Hacktory's inaugural artist-in-residency program and presented one of the first dance works to be featured as part of Philly Tech Week of Technically Philly. His work in performance is rooted in a creative mission to ask scientific questions through the lens of the performing arts, and blends in five years experience working with the Jane Goodall Institute where he researched and published about the behavior of the chimpanzees in Tanzania. Each project is a new collaboration with science and technology leaders, and ranges from robots moving with ballet dancers, to audiences generating choreography on their mobile devices.

Foster's work in live performance has received support from the The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and the Illinois Arts Council. His original work was presented at Stanford University, Bryn Mawr College, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and The Center for Performance Research. And as a performer, Foster collaborated with David Gordon, Jeanine Durning, Susan Rethorst, Headlong Dance Theater, Pig Iron Theater, and The Guthrie Theater.

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The Performance Charrette at Drexel creates space for the rediscovery of the inherent connections across all forms of human curiosity and pursuit. Through our work together, we reclaim the interconnectedness of thought across discipline with the firm conviction that creative thought and investigation drive innovation across all forms and disciplines and that by our interaction, conversation and building of these works and ideas, we are fostering new models of thinking without exclusionary boundaries that suppress our ability to truly thrive as a culture. Art, Thought and Science are inseparable if they are to flourish. - Tania Isaac

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GUEST ARTIST

Marcel Williams Foster