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The Philadelphia Matter – 1972/2020

July 16, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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The much anticipated in-person premiere of
The Philadelphia Matter – 1972/2020 is finally here!

In September 2020, celebrated choreographer, director, and writer David Gordon premiered his first new screen work in two decades with a “virtual” performance company of 30+ Philadelphia, New York, and artists in quarantine across the United States. Working remotely, they recorded video material on everything from iPhones to professional cameras. Gordon then dissected, assembled, and collaged this movement with visual scores and archival works. Designer and technician Jorge Cousineau displays his artistic prowess in a stunning blend of footage of David and his partners dancing through the decades, overlaid with text and narration of their stories, all playing amidst and alongside the contemporary cast performing their dances in the most unlikely and picturesque spots across the nation.

We were unable to celebrate together in-person last year due to the pandemic – but we are so pleased to announce that on Friday, July 16 and Saturday, July 17, we will finally be able to join together in the Christ Church Garden for a free outdoor screening of this extraordinary piece. Cocktails, wine, beer, and snacks available for purchase.

Major support for The Philadelphia Matter – 1972/2020 has been provided to Christ Church Preservation Trust by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Free and open to the public

Join us for additional programs, workshops, and screaming during the Philadelphia Fringe Festival this September.

Public workshop and mini preview on Wednesday, June 30, 3-6PM during the Farmers Market at Christ Church. Watch sections of the show and then get to try the moves yourself! This free event is open to everyone at all levels, so don’t be shy.


July 16, 2021
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Christ Church Garden
20 N American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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