PDP to Close Season with Subcircle Premiere, 4/3-5

PDP to Close Season with Subcircle Premiere, 4/3-5

Philadelphia Dance Projects closes a season full of regional and world premieres with the presentation of a moving new work by Choreographer Niki Cousineau and Designer Jorge Cousineau, together as Subcircle. The premiere piece, All this happened, more or less, will run April 3 - 5 at the Performance Garage.

All this happened, more or less derives its title from the opening line of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five. "In this novel, alien concepts of time intertwine with attempts to comprehend the WWII bombing of Dresden, an event my grandparents only miraculously survived," explains Jorge. "My eventual birth and meeting Niki in the same place serve as a point of reference as we look back at our own twenty year history and forward to where this might lead us."

Together, Niki and Jorge perform as two artists creating a work that uncovers process, collaboration and design while in performance. The piece begins with the collapse of all elements so that rebuilding becomes the journey, exposing partnership, decisions and silences. They are supported by an ensemble epitomizing some of Philadelphia's best modern dance artists: Beau Hancock, Rosie Langabeer, Christy Lee, Scott McPheeters and Christina Zani.

Since being founded in 1997, Subcircle is known for creating poetic and moving theatrical works that focus on the space where performance happens; transforming both site-specific spaces and works for the stage by merging dance, sound, set design, lighting and film. The multi-media approach is rooted in collaboration, and aims to convey to the audience and performer alike an inseparability of performance from environment.

"I found the proposed transparency of de-constructing/re-constructing the performing space for this new Subcircle work intriguing," says Philadelphia Dance Projects Executive Director Terry Fox. "I know their usual collaboration to be meticulously thought out, where all the elements build an atmosphere that plays with the viewer's sense of what is real, and look forward to seeing Subcircle reveal this 'more or less'."

All this happened, more or less takes place Thursday, April 3; Friday, April 4; and Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Performances will take place at the Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street. Tickets are $20 general admission or $15 with a DancePass and can be purchased at or by calling 215-546-2552. For more information, please visit

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