The Quiet Circus is a 15-month long performance residency at the Washington Avenue Pier, created by Headlong.

The structure and nature of this project is shaped by Headlong’s collaboration with art and social practice curator Mary Jane Jacob, who helped imagine an ongoing work of art in which public participation and trans-disciplinary creative practices are open to all, even as the work itself grows and refines throughout its lifecycle. To that end, audiences and participants alike are invited to engage in a single, ongoing arc of events along Philadelphia’s Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers:

Weekly performances occur at the Washington Avenue Pier every Saturday from 11AM to 1PM in Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and Fall 2017.

Reflection Events between the 3-month performance periods reinforce the discoveries made by audiences and participants through the ritual performance practice, as well as suggest new directions for the performance scores.

River Charrettes, created in partnership with Philadelphia Contemporary, feature performances and participatory dialogues that reflect upon topics raised at four different sites along Philadelphia’s waterfronts, and bring accomplished performance artists into conversations with city planners and urban thinkers for a larger, participatory conversation of bodies in civic motion.

Throughout The Quiet Circus performances and events mindfulness as an artistic practice pervades, as audiences and performers co-create the experience.

Major support for The Quiet Circus has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from The William Penn Foundation, and The Wyncote Foundation; and through generous development residencies at The Yard and the Alan M. Kriegsman Creative Residency at Dance Place.

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