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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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Reflection Event #3: Kay Larson at the James Turrell Skyspace

September 26, 2017

Sunrise Light Show and Lecture by Kay Larson Join The Quiet Circus for our final Reflection Event, held at dawn in the James Turrell-designed Skyspace in Chestnut Hill. After watching the sun rise through Turrell’s open roof light show, we will hear a presentation by Kay Larson, author of Where the Heart Beats: John Cage,…

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Blossoming – Phase 3

August 24, 2017

  Please join us throughout the Fall as we enter the final, blossoming phase of The Quiet Circus! Weekly Saturday performances resume on September 2 at the Washington Ave Pier, beginning at 11am sharp and ending promptly at 1pm. These performances are difficult for me to describe, accumulating and building as they have over the past…

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River Charrette #3: Martha McDonald at Andalusia

June 6, 2017

  River Charrette #3 takes place in the pastoral setting of Andalusia along the Delaware River. It is just a short distance upstream from the commercial recycling operation that was the site of the previous River Charrette at RAIR. Andalusia, by contrast, is the bucolic, ancestral mansion and estate of Nicholas Biddle, one of the…

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Observe Yourself Observing – Phase Two

May 18, 2017

  Please join us this Saturday at the Washington Avenue Pier in South Philadelphia from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are more than midway through The Quiet Circus, a year and half long residency at the Washington Avenue Pier, a complex and riveting site in South Philadelphia along the Delaware River. Among the many histories…

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Eiko Otake & Ishmael Houston-Jones

March 10, 2017

  Eiko Otake and Ishmael Houston Jones are dance artists whose dancing, choreography, writing and teaching are perhaps more relevant now than at any time in their 40 years of making performance. I am fortunate to spend time with them as they agitate and advise The Quiet Circus a weekly public performance that takes place…

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Beauty & Brutality – Phase One

November 25, 2016

  I’m a bit wistful as we head into the last week of performance, participatory installations and interactions of The Quiet Circus at the Washington Avenue Pier. We’ve been here every Saturday for the last three months and we’ll be taking a break for Winter before resuming in March. Last Saturday the accumulating strands of…

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