Philadelphia/Washington DC Exchange

Human Landscape Dance, a contemporary dance company based in Washington DC, and Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co, a contemporary dance company based in Philadelphia, presented the Philadelphia/Washington DC Exchange at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia Memorial Day weekend: Saturday May 29, 2010 at 7:30pm and Sunday May 30, 2010 at 3pm.

Read Human Landscape Dance artistic director Malcolm Shute's blogpost reflecting on the concert.

The companies will present the Washington DC/Philadelphia Exchange in Washington DC's Dance Place on Saturday July 9, 2011 at 8pm and Sunday July 10, 2011 at 7pm.

Alexander Short and Amanda Abrams in Keeping Secrets from Closet Dances


World Premiere: Human Landscape Dance premiered January Night at the Philadelphia/Washington DC Exchange. In this turbulent dance, Amanda Abrams, Alexander Short, and artistic director Malcolm Shute are cast high and low in the wind. They dive and twist like snowflakes in the air, flying against each other and tumbling back to the ground.


Philadelphia Premiere: Human Landscape Dance premiered Closet Dances at the Philadelphia/Washington DC Exchange. Closet Dances are vignettes of relationships in conflict. Tenderness and aggression, desire and dread find their way into the movement. The intimacy of the relationships is reflected by the closeness of the partnering. The dancers are bound together, like lovers, by invisible strings.

Read what some of Philadelphia's insiders have to say about Human Landscape Dance:

"...opening the show with January Night. A world premiere, Shute's soundscape of creaking ice and melting snow recalled our recent brittle and blizzardy winter. Drifting over one another on a representation of a snowbank, the three pajama-clad friends passed their time thwarting the cold and fending off the boredom of being snowed in."
                                                                                        --Philadelphia Inquirer

"The three dancers, housebound thanks to the blizzard, roll across the floor and each other, use each other's bodies as props and create an abstract depiction of how every one on the east coast felt as we watched the snow blanket the world around us."

Human Landscape Dance's " 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 use structure and the environment to work within to develop the characters and reveal the attributes of their selves in a dance that moves and enraptures you."
                                                                                                       --Totally Zen

"I have had the pleasure of dancing and speaking with Malcom Shute on numerous occasions and have always found him insightful and committed to the art that he and Human Landscape Dance produce."
                                                                                                 --Food and Dance

"First of all, check out the website.  Then, of course, forget anything else and go to a show.  See this amazing company perform with talent, precision and clarity in movement."
                                                                     --Philadelphia Dance Fitness Examiner

April Betty and Alexander Short in Leaving Home

Read about the rich Philadelphia dance events in which Human Landscape Dance  participated in the months leading up to the Philadelphia/Washington DC Exchange:

Kun-Yang Lin's Inhale program--"After a spare lobby, the studio opens: white walls with black Marley, a cozy nook in South Philly. Kun-Yang Lin was there. He is warm, welcoming, has the air of contentment—a consummate host."

Angie Hauser contact improvisation class/jam--"It was a lovely, varied class. Angie is a personable, thoughtful teacher. I am distracted in her classes, however, by how beautifully she moves."

Group Motion's improvisation workshop--"It was organized somewhat like a square dance, but, instead of instructing us to, 'Swing your partner,' or 'Promenade left,' Brigitta gave instructions such as, 'Shut your eyes and dance with your partner in your mind,' or 'Become the shadow of someone else in the room.'

Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser contact improvisation workshop/performance--"Soon, Chris brought out a couple of rubber balls with sparkles inside.... He explained that, after the ball stops rolling, the sparkles continue to roll a bit longer. This is similar to how our insides, suspended and cushioned by fascia, reverberate even after our bodies seem to stop moving from the outside."