In light of Bartram’s Garden’s exceptional history as a natural refuge in the midst of the booming oil transportation and refining infrastructure, the first River Charrette entails a combination of a brief outdoor performance by internationally celebrated dancer Eiko Otake (Eiko & Koma), followed by a conversation between Eiko and former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger (Drexel University), whose leadership was integral to the City’s current growth and who led the effort to significantly transform the Schuylkill River waterfront.
The conversation will be moderated by Harry Philbrick (Philadelphia Contemporary). David Brick (Headlong), who conceived The Quiet Circus, will be present to respond to the issues raised in the conversation.
Born and raised in Japan, Eiko Otake is a New York-based movement artist, performer, and choreographer who for over 40 years, has worked as Eiko & Koma. Always performing original choreography, Eiko collaborated with Koma in designing and handcrafting all aspects of their works including sets, costumes, media, and sound. Eiko & Koma presented many works in theaters, outdoor sites and museum galleries, including Breath and Naked, both of which were month-long “living” installations. The first was performed at the Whitney Museum (1998) and the latter at Walker Art Center (2010). They performed The Caravan Project at the MoMA in 2013.
David Brick is Co-Director of Headlong a platform for performance and art research based in Philadelphia; and Director of the Headlong Performance Institute, an immersive training program for creating experimental performance. He collaborates broadly in creating performance, participatory installations and community. The experience of growing up as a hearing person in a deaf family continually influences David’s interest in the body as an active manifestation of culture. Moving between deaf and hearing worlds provides a vantage for seeing the body and its perceptions squarely at the crossroads of action and thought, imagination and necessity, individuality and community.