Photo by Ola Baldych
Putty Dance Project (Putty Dance) produces new choreographed works that explore the topic of social consciousness in our evolving world. Melding live instrumentation, multimedia, and elements of theater, these works respond to diverse issues impacting modern-day life and allow for active audience participation through open conversation following performances. Putty Dance debuted its first evening-length work, Going, Wanting in the Age of the Selfie, in Philadelphia in October 2014, shaking up societal perspectives about technology and its affect on human relations. Since then, the company has performed in showcases such as the Dilworth Park Performance Series at City Hall, Koresh Come Together Festival in Philadelphia, the K Dance Yes! Invitational in Richmond,VA, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts MLK Celebration, and at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. In October 2015, Going, Wanting went on tour at the Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick, NJ. In November 2015, Artistic Director, Lauren Putty White, decided to take the risk of attacking an even more personal subject, civil responsibility, ethics and racism with their second evening-length production, iStand: Stories of an American Civil Struggle. This debuted at the Community Education Center and received critical acclaim in the Philadelphia Inquirer. iStand went on to be performed and continue communal conversation in the Philly region throughout 2016, showing excerpts at the historical Cliveden in Germantown and Delaware Valley University in Doylestown. This resulted in the company performing a one-night encore presentation of the production at the Painted Bride Art Center in October 2016. Along with community engagement, Putty Dance is also heavily committed to educational outreach. In addition to teaching annual Putty Dance master classes at Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts since 2014, Lauren has taught on faculty for Ailey Camp, a program that has reached thousands of youth across the country. With the experience teaching and lesson planning the prestigious Ailey Camp, Lauren Putty White worked with underserved youth in her hometown Baltimore, MD, hoping to use dance as a tool to create positive change in their environment. This work inspires the hope for what Putty Dance Project can become in Philadelphia.
Change #19 - A Work In Progress Showing
Putty Dance Project
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Donations will be kindly accepted
Change #19, inspired by the 19th Amendment, is in anticipation of the Centennial Celebration of the Woman's Suffrage Movement. This piece will explore how the role of the American "woman" has evolved since the moment women were allowed the same rights as men in 1920 and how that has affected her place in society as well as her household. "Change #19" uses dance, music and media to tell this story. This work will seek to explore communal inner life, guided by the words of a Philadelphia Poet Laureate, Yolanda Wisher, representing those historical women who paved the way to end the Woman's Suffrage Movement. This showing will include short excerpts from our creative rehearsal process as we continue to develop ideas for the full evening length production, which will officially premiere in 2018.
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Lauren Putty White at