“The Third Shift” or “How we made a dance in 16 hours”

By Gina Hoch-Stall, choreographer

“The Third Shift” is a brand spanking new piece by RLPiM for a FREE Philadelphia Fringe Festival performance in a raw warehouse space in Kensington. The performance is called “Make it. Break it. Rebuild it.” and it focuses on the process of creation, demolition and reconstruction in all of its forms.

There are a lot of art makers involved (over 20) and the majority are material-based artists but seven of us are choreographers/dancers and each performance will showcase three of our site specific pieces.

If you think this sounds intriguing, so did I when I was approached about participating in mid-July. Since I was out of town at the time (down in D.C. doing the Dance Exchange Intensive) we essentially had one month to make a brand new dance that would:

a) Fit the theme of the show.

b) Be appropriate for a raw warehouse space with a hard concrete floor, minimum lighting and an audience that could get up and go to the bar at any time.

c) Represent our own choreographic explorations (currently centered on jobs/work).

d) Not look like a hot mess.

Did I mention that of the four dancers involved (myself included) two were going on vacation/work related travel for most of the month? Whew!

But the good news is that we have done it! We have made an athletic quartet that focuses on the warehouse as a place of work (glue, wool, stockings, lamps and dye have all been made in this space in the past 200 years). Interviews and stories from the book, “Voices of Kensington” Vanishing Mills, Vanishing Neighborhoods,” by Jean Seder have inspired our movement creation: incorporating heavy lifting, gestures honed by the precision of repetition and echoes of workers who once used the space to feed their families and fill their days.

We are excited to share what we’ve created and get some helpful feedback as we plan to incorporate some of this material into our ‘Jobs Project’ moving forward. All the details about the show are below, hope to see you there!

“The Third Shift” part of Make it. Break it. Rebuild it.

Where: Pieri Creations, Oxford and Front Street

When: Saturday Sept 8 @ 6:30pm AND Saturday Sept 15 @ 7pm

How much: FREE!

 

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