Date: November 11, 2009
Byline: Press Release
Riffing on the President's House
Friday, December 11, 2009 ~ 3 to 5 p.m.
Work-In-Process and Public Discussion
Sample the work of dancer/choreographer Germaine Ingram, composer/musician Bobby Zankel, and visual artist John Dowell as they develop a performance piece commemorating the nine African Americans enslaved by President George Washington in the President's House, a building that stood on site just steps away from the Liberty Bell Pavilion. Hear about their creative process for reflecting on the contradictions, ironies, and present-day impact of slavery's practice in America's first seat of national government. Join the discussion about how history is preserved and retold, and how resonances of the past affect the way race works in the 21st Century. (This event is presented in collaboration with the Philadelphia Folklore Project, with the support of funding from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance.)*