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Here is a conversation about art as experience and as a form of thinking predicated on the agency of those who touch it.

Elegy for the Anthopocene

August 15, 2018

The article below, written by Jessica Rizzo during the second phase of The Quiet Circus in response to both the River Charrette at RAIR  and the weekly performances at the Washington Ave Pier, appeared in the January 2018 issue of PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art. 

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Reflection As Structure

August 9, 2018

  Reflection as Structure – The Wisdom of Mary Jane Jacob We spent a lot of time in Dunkin’ Donuts. It was the nearest bathroom and there was coffee and sugar. After the Saturday performances we invited the audience and participants to meet up at the Double D to share experiences and I always loved…

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Experience and Reflection Video

July 31, 2018

  I am excited to share Experience and Reflection, a video about The Quiet Circus. It is the closest thing to a bird’s eye view of this project with its multiple layers, phases, and programs. My hope is that, together with the River Charrettes video posted a few months ago, this video will communicate the values and proposals…

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You Are Not Me

May 30, 2018

  I am at The Yard this month, a performance residency center in Chilmark, Massachusetts which is on the sparsely populated end of Martha’s Vineyard. I don’t get cell phone reception but there is Wi-Fi in the rustic house with dancers tucked away in bedrooms with bunk beds on one end and the busy Yard…

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Echo

May 27, 2018

    Today I’m writing in response to Sarah Marks Mininsohn’s recent writing about “An Echo Score” on the Headlong Performance Institute Community blog page. Sarah describes a score that she and Shreshth Khilani created as they explore a new iteration of Cabbage Head in her West Philly attic with new collaborators. In the score, people…

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River Charrette Video

April 16, 2018

    Jillian Jetton and I have been working with Byron Karabotsos on a video about the four River Charrette events that functioned in relationship to the three phases of weekly events at the Washington Avenue Pier. In looking through this footage I was moved by just how much happened, and the hugely different expressions…

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Audience and Performer are Not One and Not Two

February 26, 2018

  The Quiet Circus River Charrette #3 took place at the Andalusia estate along the Delaware River— a strikingly bucolic contrast to the previous River Charrette, which took place a short distance downstream at an industrial recycling operation. Andalusia was built in response to the 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia, in which 10% of the…

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River Charrette #4: Island of Signs at Fairmount Water Works

November 1, 2017

  This weekend my mother Carolyn Brick and I perform Island of Signs at the Fairmount Water Works as our final River Charrette event with Philadelphia Contemporary. It is related to the Island score that happens as part of The Quiet Circus every weekend at The Washington Avenue pier in South Philly, but it is also…

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Grace Farms & the Origins of Landscape

October 26, 2017

The Quiet Circus Launches at Grace Farms The next two weeks are big ones for The Quiet Circus. This is the first of three emails sharing the work that is happening simultaneously here in Philly and in CONNECTICUT at the beautiful Grace Farms in New Canaan. This Saturday Maiko Matsushima and I are launching the…

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Kay Larson Reflects on The Quiet Circus

October 17, 2017

  I was beside myself when Mary Jane Jacob invited Kay Larson to The Quiet Circus to present at one of our Reflection Events. Kay wrote Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism and the Inner Life of Artists, a moving and beautiful book in its intricate eloquence about struggle, transformation, and the deep coherence of…

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