John Jasperse, one of the most important dance artists working today, is set to remount his groundbreaking Fort Blossom at Bryn Mawr this winter. Supported with funds from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance, Jasperse revisits the work, which reveals the body in all its facets as simultaneously special, even miraculous, and ordinary.
John Jasperse Company will take up residence at Bryn Mawr the week prior to the performances, creating opportunities for the public and students to engage with this articulate and controversial artist. The schedule of activities open to the public includes a symposium with visiting scholars, an open rehearsal and several master classes.
Fort Blossom, a challenging but gorgeous work, has only been performed four times previously. The central themes of Jasperse’s ongoing works are alive in this former “research piece.”
“The contrasts in Fort Blossom are dazzling: black and white, color and neutral tones, men and women, nakedness and body coverings, intimacy in bloom and tough, blocky structures. Fort Blossom is more austere than Excessories [Jasperse’s 1995 breakout work], but no less brave, no less exquisite.” Deborah Jowitt,—Village Voice
This production includes nudity and sexual content.
*Friday, February 24th: 8 pm; Saturday, February 25th: 2pm and 8 pm; Sunday, February 26th: 2 pm *
Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall
Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010