Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Company's Home Season Concert
DIG, the first installment of The Keepers Project premiered in 2012. DIG, conceived and choreographed by Artistic Director Anne-Marie Mulgrew, is a collaboration with video artist Carmella Vassor-Johnson for a cast of eight performers. It explored family history and roots by delving into universal themes of loss, hope and identity realized through a series of ten charged vignettes using movement, text and an eclectic sound score ranging from a 1920's Polish Tango and an Irish Jig to music by Amsterdam composer Chiel Meijering to text and electronic sounds. Props included suitcases, 12 foot purple scarfs and a huge crate of green cabbages.
The Keepers Project is a deepening of DIG. In development since June, research consisted of offering free workshops for seniors led by Ms. Mulgrew. Here, participants bring to life personal stories about their families, experiences and adventures using the body, voice and memory. The stories are recorded and are the departure point for AMM & DCO to develop into the multi-disciplinary work. The Keepers Project poses the questions If you had to keep one object or keepsake what would it be and why? Why is it important? What does it represent to you now and when you first received it? Is there a memory or sensation associated with it and what remains with you as a result? Keepsakes that spurred heart-touching stories included aged photos, sentimental jewelry, good luck charms, memorable scents, period clothing and holiday traditions.
The Keepers Project in addition to Ms. Mulgrew features dancers Joseph Cicala, Leslie Ann Pike, Kate Rast and Megan Wilson Stern and surprise guest performers.
Critics applauded AMM & DCO's work "as ever-full of striking visual imagery and whimsy." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
There will be a meet and greet with light refreshments with the company following each performance.
Leadership support for the New Stages for Dance Initiative is provided by Metlife Foundation. New Stages for Dance is a program of Dance USA/Philadelphia.
AMM & DCO is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency and Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
The Keepers Project workshops were supported by a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant with University City Arts League as change partner and host.
Known for its "highly imaginative" and "visually arresting" dance theater works and unusual collaborations, ANNE-MARIE MULGREW AND DANCERS CO (AMM & DCO) is an experimental modern dance troupe based in Philadelphia, PA. AMM & DCO was founded in 1986 by artistic director/founder Anne-Marie Mulgrew. Ms. Mulgrew created over sixty works for the company that have been seen nationally and in Canada. These productions have appeared on traditional and nontraditional stages, film/TV, and festivals. Venues include Mandell Theater, The Painted Bride, Movement Theater International, UARTS/DrakeTheater, Chester Springs Studio, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Fringe/LiveArts Festival, Conwell Dance Theater, Group Motion, CEC, The Philadelphia Cathedral, The PIFA Festival and Buddies in Bad Times Theater (Toronto Canada), to name a few. In NYC, AMM & DCO has performed at DanceSpace, Movement Research, the DIA Center, University Settlement House, UBU Repertory Theatre and the Dumbo Festival (Brooklyn NY). In 2011, the company made its debut at DancePlace, Wash. DC.
AMM & DCO holds the distinction of being the only Philadelphia troupe to appear twice at the fFIDA Festival in Toronto, Canada. The company consists of 5-7 core dancers, collaborating artists in mixed media, and additional community-based performers for large-scale works. Fusing modern dance, theater, music, technology and art, AMM & DCO charms, provokes and informs audiences of all-ages with its insightful and wacky views of the world.
AMM & DCO is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization AMM & DCO's mission is to educate and involve the public in the performance and creation of new interdisciplinary dance works through performances, workshops, residencies and special projects.
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