The Quiet Circus: River Charrette 4

4 Nov 2017
4pm
Fairmount Water Works, 640 Waterworks Drive, Philadelphia

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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 2. Photo by Jillian Jetton.

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Headlong, The Quiet Circus: River Charrette 2. Photo by Jillian Jetton.

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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 fourth and final performance in its series of River Charrettes—performances and participatory conversations—at various sites along Philadelphia’s waterfronts. Exploring Philadelphia’s watershed and urban expansion, the event will begin with a silent walk into Fairmount Water Works’ underground swimming pool. Headlong’s David Brick and his deaf mother Carolyn Brick will perform Islands of Signs, a meditation on power and vulnerability informed by the family’s experiences with hearing loss. A post-performance discussion will feature David Brick, Deenah Loeb of the City Parks Association, and David Barnes, associate professor of public health at the University of Pennsylvania.

This event is free and open to the public. Sign language translation will be available.

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.