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The Rite of Spring, choreography by Janusz Orlik.
Photo by Anna Zielinska / Photoholic Studio
Janusz Orlik and Magdalena Ptasznik
hosted by Dance/UP USA (Philadelphia)
and Chez Bushwick (Brooklyn, NY)

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - Saturday, October 12, 2013

September 12-28 and October 6-12, 2013
1427 Spruce Street, Suite 1F

Mon, Sep 16, 4:30-6pm
"Hi Tea"

Tue, Sep 17, 7pm
"Show and Tell"
Mascher Space Coop
155 Cecil B. Moore Ave., 2b

September 29 -October 6, 2013
Chez Bushwick
304 Boerum Street, #23

Morning workshops:
Sept 30-Oct 5, 11am-5pm

Fri, Oct 4:
3pm-5pm: Open Studio Talk
with Choreographers

Sat, Oct 5:
Free Classes for local dance community
12-2pm Janusz Orlik
3-5pm Magdalena Ptasznik

Polish choreographers Magdalena Ptasznik and Janusz Orlik, most known in Poland for his interpretation of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, will be in residence at Dance/UP Philadelphia and at Chez Bushwick in Brooklyn, NY, continuing an exchange launched in 2012 between Art Stations Foundation by Grazyna Kulczyk at Stary Browar in Poznan in western Poland and Dance/USA in Philadelphia.

The exchange program gives emerging choreographers opportunities to develop an artistic language through experiments in dance, intellectual dialogue, (self)reflection, experiencing new work and international dialogue with fellow artists, including artists from other disciplines. The program offers artists a unique study opportunity, not related to the production of a show, for participants to experience a new community, take artistic risks, redefine their own stance, discuss their own creative processes, and to find inspiration.

In Philadelphia, the Polish artists will participate in Hi Tea, an informal gathering with the extended local dance community at Dance/UP, when they will be able to test out new ideas with visiting artists and thinkers from across the city and around the world, browse the Resource Center (Lending Library and Video Resources), and make connections. Magdalena Ptasznik and Janusz Orlik will also take part in "Show and Tell," during which visiting and local artists will give short presentations on their current work and process, with photos and video. Designed to instigate conversations on what motivates contemporary dance practice, this show and tell will kick off Dance/UP exchange by quickly orienting and introducing the visiting artists to the Philadelphia community, and form the basis for ongoing collaboration and exchange.

The residency week at Chez Bushwick in Brooklyn NY will expand upon the three weeks spent in residency in Philadelphia giving each choreographer time to work in the Chez Bushwick Studio in addition to taking and teaching class with the local dance community, sharing their projects and research with Chez Bushwick members and supporters, and accessing NYC resources to fuel new ideas and further cooperative projects.

Dance USA/Philadelphia is a branch of Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance. It provides advocacy, resources, services and collaborative opportunities for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia area. Its mission is to advocate for dance as an art form and vital component of our culture, increase the capabilities of dance artists and organizations, and enhance public awareness and support for dance.

Founded and guided by artists, Chez Bushwick is dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary art and performance, with a strong focus on experimental dance. Since its inception in 2002, the organization has been acknowledged as a new model for economic sustainability in the performing arts, and fostering the creation, development, and performance of new work. Chez Bushwick is responsible for for the multi-disciplinary artwork and choreography of Jonah Bokaer, and a number of monthly performance programs, which are presented in a variety of spaces, encouraging artistic freedom, collaboration, and creative risk-taking.

The Exchange is made possible by The Polish Cultural Institute New York, Art Stations Foundation by Gra|yna Kulczyk (Poznan), Stary Browar (Poznan), the Institute of Music and Dance (Warsaw), Dance/USA Philadelphia (USA), Mertz Gilmore Foundation and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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