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Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 at 10:00AM

Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts

  • Sep 2019

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Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 at 10:00AM

Philadelphia, PA , United States of America

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25–October 2, 2019

the Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts

of the Arts School of Dance presents
School for Temporary Liveness, 
a new commission by 
a live performance album from 
, September
25-October 2, 2019 at the Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of
the Arts, 251 S. 18
th Street,
Philadelphia, PA. This project marks the Art Alliance at University
of the Arts' programmatic debut. The events are FREE and open to the
public. Registration for events is now available at


School for Temporary Liveness
 is a week-long series of
performances, workshops, lectures, and conversations inhabiting the
poetic frame of a school. Supported by The Pew Center for Arts &
Heritage, The School for Temporary
 brings together an international roster of artists
and scholars working in dance, visual art, poetry, music and more,
including nora chipaumire, Isabel Lewis, Colin Self, Simone White and
Jackie Wang, among others. Open to the public from 4 to 10pm daily
with a 24-hour cycle over the weekend, The School for
Temporary Liveness
 consists of three zones of encounter: The
Classroom, The Library and Study Hall, and invites anyone who
participates to consider themselves a student, and to engage in new
forms of spectatorship and ways of being together.


we think of the whole operation of a school as a performance, how
does that change the ways we teach and learn, or what we think of as
knowledge?" said curator Lauren Bakst. "The School for
Temporary Liveness
 engages the theatre of a school while
looking to performances themselves as sites of knowledge, so that we
might engage with the public in critically reflecting on and
imagining what a school can do and be."


 hosts a new commission by Isabel Lewis,
who will create a site-specific piece bringing together the work of
Berlin-based musical entity LABOUR, scientists from Monell Chemical
Senses Center, and local musicians and Philadelphia-based dancers.
The Classroom is a contemporary social ritual through which various
bodily and sensorial knowledges are discovered and experienced. 


 is home to nora chipaumire's #PUNK
100% POP N!GGA
, a three-part live-performance album inspired
by chipaumire's formative years in Zimbabwe during the '70s, '80s and
'90s. It explores the sonic ideologies of punk, pop and Congolese
rumba, through the iconic artists Patti Smith, Grace Jones and Rit
Nzele, respectively. Each part is embedded with a lecture or history
lesson that explores how knowledge can be shared through live


 includes workshops, lectures, conversations and new
formats for study led by practitioners considering the constraints
and possibilities of liveness, living and life from various
perspectives. Watch, listen, speak, practice and reflect with Rizvana
Bradley, Jarrett Earnest, Brooke Holmes, Tiona Nekkia McClodden,
Colin Self, Ulises, Jackie Wang, Simone White
and others. 


School for Temporary Liveness 
allows participants to create
class schedules for themselves and compile a series of performances
and events they attend throughout the week. The School for
Temporary Liveness
 re-positions spectatorship as an active
learning (or un-learning) process and performance as a site for the
production and exchange of alternative knowledges. Anyone can be
a student.


School for Temporary Liveness
presented by University of the Arts School of Dance. This project has
been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.


School of Dance at University of the Arts,
 under the
leadership of Donna Faye Burchfield, is a community of 300 talented,
expressive students and an exceptional faculty of accomplished
professionals with abilities and experiences that are diverse and
far-reaching. The School of Dance reimagines and reinvigorates
curricular approaches to reflect the ever-expanding landscape of
dance while training and supporting the futures of young dance
artists. Students are encouraged to discover their interests,
articulate their perspectives and situate themselves as participants
capable of developing new critical approaches to dance and
performance. The curriculum takes the depth and rigor of a
discipline-based dance conservatory while actively interweaving
practice and theory, as well as maintaining international
collaborations and exchanges on undergraduate and graduate levels. 


Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
a multidisciplinary grantmaker and hub for knowledge-sharing, funded
by The Pew Charitable Trusts, dedicated to fostering a vibrant
cultural community in Greater Philadelphia. The Center invests in
ambitious, imaginative and catalytic work that showcases the region's
cultural vitality and enhances public life and engages in an exchange
of ideas concerning artistic and interpretive practice with a broad
network of cultural practitioners and leaders.



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