Anne-Marie Mulgrew (WOO ’03) and Dancers Company (AMM & DCO) lauded as one of the city’s most innovative companies (Philadelphia Weekly) presents its home season concert, From Here to Seattle, in a program featuring three premieres and one revival. Performances will take place Friday, May 18 at 7:30pm; Saturday, May 19 at 7:30pm; and Sunday, May 20 at 3:00pm, Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street, Philadelphia, PA. Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for Dance Pass/Students and can be purchased at:
The program includes two major AMM & DCO works Dig, a premiere and Project 2012, a restaging of the 1997 version that made its international premiere at the fFIDA Festival, TorontoCanada. Dig, Ms. Mulgrew’s newest choreographic creation in collaboration with local filmmaker Carmella Vassor-Johnson, explores family history and roots. Set to an eclectic sound score of music, text, sounds and assorted songs, Dig tackles universal themes of hope, isolation and memories. Project 2012 is a collaboration featuring Peter Price’s original electronic score, Vida-Vida’s minimal video projection and Ms. Mulgrew’s stark and physically demanding choreography for three dancers. The work was inspired by the Mayan Calendar and the rise of technology and its effect on humanity. Joining Ms. Mulgrew in these works will be Joseph Cicala, Leslie Ann Pike, Kate Rast, Megan Wilson and surprise guests. Critics applauded AMM & DCO’s work “as ever-full of striking visual imagery and whimsy.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
From Seattle, former AMM & DCO dancer, Deb Birrane (founder of Deborah Birrane Dance) makes a much-anticipated return to Philadelphia performing in two solo works. Waking Dreams choreographed by John M. Wilson is a journey from hope to despair and from denial to acceptance. The Raven, choreographed by Eva Stone, is a somatically hip version of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven, as told by Lord Buckley. Ms. Birrane has had a varied and notable career as a dancer, director, choreographer, and teacher. Her performances and work have been embraced by audiences in the US and abroad. Ms. Birrane’s last appearance with AMM & DCO was in Project 2012. Ms. Mulgrew notes. “It is joy to have Deb back inPhiladelphia performing with us as a guest solo artist. “ For more information http://www.deborahbirranedance.org
Leadership support for the New Stages for Dance Initiative is provided by Metlife Foundation. New Stages for Dance is a program of Dance USA/Philadelphia.
AMM & DCO is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Known for its “highly imaginative” and “visually arresting” dance theater works and unusual collaborations, ANNE-MARIE MULGREW AND DANCERS CO (AMM & DCO) is an experimental modern dance troupe based in Philadelphia, PA. AMM & DCO was founded in 1986 by artistic director/founder Anne-Marie Mulgrew. Ms. Mulgrew created over sixty works for the company that have been seen nationally and in Canada. These productions have appeared on traditional and nontraditional stages, film/TV, and festivals. Venues include Mandell Theater, The Painted Bride, Movement Theater International, UARTS/DrakeTheater, Chester Springs Studio, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Fringe/LiveArts Festival, Conwell Dance Theater, Group Motion, CEC, and The Philadelphia Cathedral and Buddies in Bad Times Theater (Toronto Canada), to name a few. In NYC, AMM & DCO has performed at DanceSpace, Movement Research, the DIA Center, University Settlement House, UBU Repertory Theatre and the Dumbo Festival (Brooklyn NY). In 2011, the company made its debut at DancePlace, Wash. DC.
AMM & DCO holds the distinction of being the only Philadelphia troupe to appear twice at the fFIDA Festival in Toronto, Canada. The company consists of 5-7 core dancers, collaborating artists in mixed media, and additional community-based performers for large-scale works. Fusing modern dance, theater, music, technology and art, AMM & DCO charms, provokes and informs audiences of all-ages with its insightful and wacky views of the world.
AMM & DCO is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization AMM & DCO’s mission is to educate and involve the public in the performance and creation of new interdisciplinary dance works through performances, workshops, residencies and special projects.
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ANNE-MARIE MULGREW AND DANCERS CO
331 Emily Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148
215-462-7720 (voice) ammdco2000@.att.net