Philadelphia Dance Advisory

Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co. and Human Landscape Dance Premiere New Works Over Memorial Day Weekend

First of Two Performances for Philadelphia/Washington DC Dance Exchange

What: Philadelphia's Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co and Washington DC-based Human Landscape Dance present The Philadelphia/Washington DC Exchange, a modern dance performance featuring two world premieres.

Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co will premiere Burn. Created as a response to dealing with a medical crisis, Burn reflects one’s desire to move past obstacles and discover the joy and solace in everyday interactions. The company will also present a re-imagined version of The Big Dance, a lively full-company work set to an assorted sound score, 40 yards of red fabric and live video. The Big Dance was inspired by personal events that celebrates and questions life’s big issues – living, dying and the fragility and resilience of the human spirit. The Philadelphia Inquirer noted, “The work is ever-full of striking visual imagery and whimsy.”

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Human Landscape Dance will premiere January Night. This turbulent dance casts Amanda Abrams, Alexander Short, and artistic director Malcolm Shute high and low in the wind. Housebound by a winter storm, a group passes a restless night sliding on ice, sleepwalking, and seeking shelter in warm bodies. The company will also perform the Philadelphia premiere of Closet Dances. Four vignettes depict people stuck within the narrow confines of a walk-in closet. They dance upon each other in attempts to escape, to hide, or to be seen.

When: Saturday May 29 at 7:30pm and Sunday May 30 at 3pm

Where: Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine St, Philadelphia PA

Pricing: Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 students/seniors, and $10 DanceUSA Philadelphia dance pass. Tickets may be purchased online at

Alexander Short and Amanda Abrams

About the Companies:

Fusing modern dance, theater, music, technology, and art, Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co celebrates its 24th season of dance making. Known for its, "…striking visual imagery and whimsy…" (Philadelphia Inquirer) the company charms, provokes, and informs audiences of all ages with its insightful and wacky views of the world.

Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co is funded in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Partner's Stream Program administered through Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

Human Landscape Dance is a contemporary dance company based in Washington DC. Their work is about interaction: the hand caressing the face, the boot down the stairs, the unknotting of a tangled body–the transformation of relationships through touch.

Human Landscape Dance made it's Philadelphia premiere in 2008 when Rituals of the First Year was described as "…straightforward and accessible…" (Philadelphia Inquirer).