The Quiet Circus: River Charrette 3

11 Jun 2017
4pm
The Andalusia Foundation, 1237 State Road, Andalusia, PA

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Headlong, The Quiet Circus: River Charrette 3. Photo by Byron Karabatsos.

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Headlong, The Quiet Circus: River Charrette 3. Photo by Byron Karabatsos.

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Headlong, The Quiet Circus: River Charrette 3. Photo by Byron Karabatsos.

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Headlong, The Quiet Circus: River Charrette 3. Photo by Byron Karabatsos.

As part of its year-long project The Quiet Circus, Headlong presents the third performance in its series of River Charrettes—performances and participatory conversations—at various sites along Philadelphia’s waterfronts. This River Charrette will take place at The Andalusia Foundation, the ancestral estate of financier Nicholas Biddle. Performance artist Martha McDonald and Headlong co-founder David Brick will lead an audience through the grounds of the estate, reflecting on the site’s history as a place of refuge for people affected by the Yellow Fever outbreak of the late 1700’s. The performance will be followed by a conversation on the relationship between artistic and contemplative practices.

Through a series of 36 performances, The Quiet Circus considers questions surrounding development and decay, land and water, as well as industry and gentrification. Performances include Island, a dance-theater score created with Ishmael Houston Jones and Polly Motley; Landscape, a performance game that invites audiences to create their own scenery using nine large-scale sculptures; and The Luminous World, a durational piece in which subtle human actions reveal a buzzing, luminous performance of the environment.