Silvana Cardell is a choreographer, dancer and, educator, whose choreographic impulses are defined by her experience as an Argentine expatriate living, working, and raising a family in the United States. Currently she directs Cardell Dance Theater, which she founded in 2002, and the dance program at Georgian Court University. Formerly, she co-directed Group Motion Dance Theater. Cardell has an extensive history as an artist and producer in Latin America. She was a dancer with the Adriana Coll Dance Company in Buenos Aires, founded Armar Danza Teatro in Buenos Aires, and was a founding member of CoCoA-Datei, a nonprofit organization devoted to developing dance in Argentina. She has received the prestigious Latin American award in choreography from Fundacion Antorchas. Cardell holds a BFA in dance from The University of the Arts and an MFA in choreography from Temple University, both in Philadelphia.
"Living in a cultural crossroads, both mentally and physically, my work resides in the overlap between places, cultures, and artistic forms," says Silvana Cardell, a choreographer and native of Argentina, now a United States citizen. Supper, People on the Move, a large-scale performance inspired and informed by the immigration process, will premiere in June 2015, with four showings at the Crane Arts Building's Icebox space. The second performance will be simulcast live for a public audience at Independence Mall, the most popular tourist site in Philadelphia, where a group of colonists once assembled to declare the independence—and existence—of the United States. Each performance of Supper will conclude with a shared meal between dancers and audience members, during which all parties will be encouraged to participate in guided conversations around immigration and its impact on human lives.
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