photo by Bill Hebert


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.


Open Rehearsal
with duende, the Dr. R.J. Wallner DanceVisions Residency Resident Artists

Thursday, March 5, 2020

6:00PM - 7:30PM

FREE / Reservations Appreciated

Join duende, a new music and contemporary dance collective, for a behind the scenes look at a rehearsal process. duende's directors include choreographer Chloe Perkes, composer Alyssa Weinberg, and cellist Gabriel Cabezas.

duende is the the Dr. R.J. Wallner DanceVisions Residency Resident Artist, and will premiere a new work at the Performance Garage as part of the residency on August 28 and 29, 2020.

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For more information contact: 

Paige at pphillips@performancegarage.org



The Dr. R.J. Wallner DanceVisions Residency was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit my project page: https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/dancevisions­residency