Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet


DanceVisions is a comprehensive residency for a Philadelphia choreographer. It includes a stipend, access to rehearsal space, support from administrative staff, and a concert season. Resident Artists shape additional programming at the Performance Garage by curating HubChats panel discussions, DanceFilms screenings, and engaging with students from our YouthMoves program.

Dawn Marie Bazemore|#dbdanceproject
Dawn Marie Bazemore|#dbdanceproject
“Creating DanceVisions has allowed us to further support dance artists and has been a goal of mine since co-founding the Performance Garage nearly 20 years ago."


Jeanne Ruddy | Executive Director and Co-founder

HubChats: Translating Creative Languages

Curated by duende

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 6:00 PM

duende, Resident Artist Open Rehearsal

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6:00 PM

DanceFilms: Force of Nature

Curated by duende

Postponed. New date TBD.

DanceVisions Concert

Featuring work by duende

Friday, August 28, 2020, 8:00 PM

Saturday, August 29, 2020, 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM


Described as a “full artistic experience” (Broad Street Review) with “creations that dazzle,” (The Dance Journal), duende is a new music and contemporary dance collective which focuses on the interaction between performers and dancers in the live realization of new scores. Co-founded by composer Alyssa Weinberg, cellist Gabriel Cabezas, and dancer/choreographer Chloe Perkes, duende’s shows emphasize an equal collaboration of music and dance, exploring the creative possibilities that result from the marriage of these two disciplines. duende has produced shows in a wide range of Philadelphia venues including Performance Garage, Made Studios, the Print Center Gallery, and SEI Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center in collaboration with the Curtis Institute of Music’s 20/21 Ensemble. 


duende was born in a chance meeting through the LiveConnections series at World Café Live, featuring the accidental premiere of Alyssa Weinberg’s “Prayer” for solo cello, based on Kevin Powers’ Iraq War novel “The Yellow Birds,” alongside improvised dance. The members found themselves inspired and pushed by each other’s artistic process to create new work, and explored the limits of what they could do together. Since that first collaboration, they have been trying to create performances that amplify each discipline by combining them and providing multiple entry points into the worlds of music and dance.


duende, photo by Vikki Sloviter
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The Dr. R.J. Wallner DanceVisions Residency was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit my project page:­residency