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Fresh Juice Fest 2019
Mascher Space Cooperative
Philadelphia, PA
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Fresh Juice Fest 2019
Work by Mascher Artists in Residence (AiR) and paired Philly choreographers:
Miryam Coppersmith with Steve Weintraub  // Janna Meiring
Margot Electra Steinberg  //  Bailey Roper
Christina Gesualdi // Shizu Homma
Old City Sweethearts // Swing Two - Pamela Hetherington and Erica Corbo

Festival Schedule Detail  
mostly new mostly solos:
Friday, June 14th, 8PM - Christina Gesualdi // Shizu Homma & Margot Electra Steinberg // Bailey Roper
Saturday, June 15th, 2PM - Christina Gesualdi // Shizu Homma & Miryam Coppersmith // Janna Meiring
Sunday, June 16th , 7PM - Margot Electra Steinberg // Bailey Roper & Miryam Coppersmith // Janna Meiring

The Swing Special:
Saturday, June 15th, 7PM - Old City Sweethearts // Swing Two

The Old City Sweethearts, bring their sparkly brand of performance to the stage with a special show featuring guest artists Pamela Hetherington and Erica Corbo as "Swing Two". The Sweethearts will delight audiences with dances from their rich company repertoire, featuring live musical accompaniment by Philadelphia jazz artists Brennen Ernst and the Roaming Tones. In addition to company favorites, Sweethearts let their individual charm shine with the premiere of several new works.  

Swing Two presents an excerpt of tap and piano, a prelude to their upcoming show The Destination is the Downbeat.

$20 General, $10 underemployed, student, artist
$35 Festival Pass

Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

* Please note that Mascher Space is up two flights of stairs and is not ADA accessible.

Fresh Juice is Mascher's annual Artist in Residence performance of completed works. Sometimes mixed bills of performance work can feel a little jumpy. This year, we decided to create refreshing blends: each participating (AiR) chose a Philly choreographer to invite into the mix. By putting our work in conversation with our chosen guest artist's work, we provoke each other and see what sweetness or bitterness and intensity or subtlety we can squeeze out of these pairings. We have two distinct threads of work: mostly new mostly solos AND The Swing Special.  Details below for each.

/// mostly new mostly solos: About the work ///

"Thomas Cole Continued" by Christina Gesualdi
Solo continuation of bodily research on the Hudson River Painters. Who has their speculative grip on the thunderstorms?

"Levees and Lemmings" by Shizu Homma
Necessities, desires, debility and power

"Hold Me (Like A Hammer)" by Margot Electra Steinberg
A new solo exploring intimacy, care, sensuality, and objectification.

Bailey Roper's solo is about letting go of attachments, self image, reclaiming discomfort, and karaoke.

"Klezmer Studies" by Steve Weintraub and Miryam Coppersmith In this work in progress, we play with ways to move to Yiddish music, traditional and contemporary. Is there an instinctual way to dance Yiddishly?

"Tsror/Pebble" by Miryam Coppersmith
A solo inspired by the Jewish practice of placing stones on a tombstone when visiting a grave.

"Everything is in Progress"
Janna Meiring and Miryam Coppersmith compose themselves, their bodies, and their thoughts on lineage, past, distance, and states of being.

///// mostly new mostly solos: bios ////
Christina Gesualdi is a Philly-based dancer and choreographer. An artist-in-residence at Mascher Space Co-op and member of Philly Tenants Union, her work is experiential, angry and soft. She loves teaching yoga to senior citizens. She has performed with <fidget>, Annie Wilson, Nicole Bindler, Curt Haworth, and Zornitsa Stoyanova.  Lately she has been in improvisational collaboration with sound artist Jesse Kudler.

Shizu Homma. Brooklyn born, Philadelphia based dance artist. Her work has been seen at Judson Church, BAAD, Bronx Museum, SUNY Old Westbury, Middlebury College, Edward Hopper House, Dixon Place, Joyce Soho, Petit Versailles, The Living Theater, La Mama, AUNTS locations, No Longer Empty locations, and others. She has danced for Tilt Performance, Butoh Rockettes, Arthur Aviles Typical Theater, Stanley Love Performance Group, and Nancy Zendora, and others.

Margot Electra Steinberg is a Philadelphia-based dancer, choreographer, improviser, contact dancer, and teacher. She earned a BA in Dance with concentrations in Choreography and Teaching from Muhlenberg College in 2016. Margot currently teaches dance to children through the Koresh Kids Dance Outreach Program, at Philly InMovement gymnastics, and at PlayArts. Margot has performed works by Donald McKayle, Sharon Vazanna, Noa Eshkol, and Randall Anthony-Smith. She has recently performed for The Naked Stark, Meredith Stapleton, Lauren Linder, Lyons & Tigers, Vervet Dance, Paige Phillips, Nicole Bindler, Leah Stein, Mira Treatman, and Sean Thomas Boyt. Her most recent work has explored intimacy and consent through moving and improvising with objects.

Bailey is a Philly-based performer and educator focused on creating work that challenges the conventions of traditional theatre often through silliness and absurdity.  They are artistically interested in everyday queerness, intimacy, platonic relationships, matching, what qualifies as performance, glitter, and social media rituals. They are a previous core ensemble member of Plant Me Here. Their work has been seen at The Arden, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare in Clark Park, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, InterAct, DaVinci Art Alliance, several u-haul trucks, Genevieve's house, Single Carrot (Baltimore), and Icebox Project Space. www.baileyroper.com

Miryam Coppersmith is a performer, writer, and educator. She received a BA in Dance and Creative Writing from Oberlin College and was awarded the Helen Ward Memorial Prize for Dance and Theater. Miryam has trained with SITI Company and worked with Wirehead Theater Collective, Chautauqua Theater Company, Nicole Bindler, Nusha Martynuk, and others. Miryam currently writes for thinkingdance.net and teaches at Powerhouse Blues and URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy. miryamcoppersmith.com/

Janna Meiring is movement-based performing artist, writer and teacher. She holds an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University, where she studied Viewpoints, Grotowski-based acting and collectively devised theatre. She continues study in Body Mind Centering®, Contemplative Dance Practices, Life Art Practice and improvisational composition, which is the basis of her current work. In Philadelphia, Janna has collaborated with Nicole Bindler, Asimina Chremos, The Impermanent Society, and many others, in addition to presenting solo. She writes and edits with www.thINKingdance.net.

///// The Swing Special: bios /////
The Old City Sweethearts are Philadelphia's premier vintage jazz dancers. dedicating to reviving the art of the vintage chorus girl through original works and tributes that reflect the rich heritage of jazz and related forms.

Pamela Hetherington is a professional tap musician, choreographer, educator, and artistic director working in Philadelphia, whose current focus is on creating deeply musical duets with female musicians and artists.

Both the Sweethearts and Hetherington are heavily inspired by the connection between live music and dance. Their Fresh Juice revue, The Swing Special, partners with Philadelphia jazz musicians Brennen Ernst and the Roaming Tones, and pianist Erica Corbo (with Hetherington) to bring a collection of works to the stage which seek to share the joy of jazz with contemporary arts audiences.


Mascher Space Cooperative (View)
155 Cecil B. Moore Ave., 2R
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Mascher Dance INC
On BPT Since: Sep 27, 2012
Christina Gesualdi
(215) 901-5226

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