NET/TEN Shareback: Almanac Dance Circus Theatre - An Homage to Whatshername: Intentions, Outcomes, and Takeaways

Fall 2016 Travel Grant Recipient

Almanac Dance Circus Theatre (Philadelphia, PA) hosted Mexican dance artist Emmanuel Becerra (Jalisco, Mexico) for a four-month residency culminating in the world premiere of two evening-length dance-circus-theater performance, titled Whatsername and Door in the Desert. Becerra also curated workshops, taught educational programs, and advanced ongoing movement research.

SHAREBACK:

From January to May, 2017, Almanac hosted an international guest artist in Philadelphia. This time period was almost certainly too-full of activity for the company, and among other things, included creating two original full-length works of dance theatre with the same ensemble at the same time. Both of these pieces were performed at FringeArts in Philadelphia in May. We share, as honestly as possible, each of our varied experiences of the experimental process of one of creating one of those pieces to expose some of the challenges that face ambitious young ensembles and pull back the veneer of professionalism that can obscure the reality of ensemble-based creation. Too often, artists feel pressure only to speak about their wild successes without taking stock of their failures; so, here, we “air our dirty laundry” in hopes that other ensembles and other artists will benefit from our experience or relate to a challenging process. The artistic/critical/financial success of a final work is not the only important part of a project. In case there are any younger artists or ensembles in Philadelphia or beyond who might think that slightly more experienced companies with larger platforms to share their work have it all figured out, this Shareback proclaims loud and clear, "we certainly don’t!" Perhaps others don’t, either. We are lucky because a failed experiment gives us all of this new data for how to do better next time. For us, reconciling our experiences is an ongoing project, but a fruitful one.

--Almanac Dance Circus Theatre

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PHOTO DOCUMENTATION:

Photo by Steve Sarafian
Photo by Steve Sarafian

Photo by Steve Sarafian
Photo by Steve Sarafian


Photo by Steve Sarafian


Photo by Steve Sarafian


Photo by Steve Sarafian


Photo by Steve Sarafian


Photo by Steve Sarafian


Photo by Steve Sarafian


Photo by Steve Sarafian


Photo by Steve Sarafian


Photo by Daniel Kontz


Photo by Daniel Kontz


Photo by 
Daniel Kontz
 

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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