Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design presents

Philadelphia Museum of Dance

20 performances. 200 artists. 2 chances to explore.

Philadelphia Museum of Dance explores the tension between public and private experience and seeks to offer alternate possibilities for exhibiting dance performance, including the idea of public choreographic assembly, a signature concept for Boris Charmatz.


Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and FringeArts present


Choreography by Boris Charmatz

September 22–23, 2018 · 8–9 PM
FringeArts · 140 N Columbus Blvd @ Race St

Whet your appetite at FringeArts, where two performances of French choreographer Boris Charmatz’ manger implore audiences to examine the nature of eating, of digesting information, of consuming. To attend manger is to witness this challenge up close.

“We launch movement with our mouths... Dance is in the stomach. Dance is in the palate. Dance is in the teeth... We envision a sort of meal in motion, we eat everything, we eat anything, all the time. We are an orchestra in motion, self-fueled... The essence is jammed down the throat. You don’t want to die stuffed. You swallow the message without having read it. You swallow reality. You digest conflicts.”

— Boris Charmatz

Drexel University's Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and the Barnes Foundation present

Philadelphia Museum of Dance

A one-day free exhibit of live dance

October 6, 2018 · 3–9 PM
Barnes Foundation · 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

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On Saturday, October 6, the Barnes Foundation transformed. From 3 pm to well past its usual closing time, the museum came alive with dance performances in nearly every corner. Wake up your body and mind by joining a group warm-up with French choreographer Boris Charmatz. Wade through the Solo Forest, where multiple simultaneous solos are performed by a diverse group of dance artists. Rest in the auditorium and feast on curated dance on film. Power up at a food truck. Join the soul train.

The day featured performers from Philadelphia, New York, and France and comes to a close with Charmatz’ performance danse de nuit—a work for six dancers on the frontiers of the public space, pushing themselves to their limits, reflecting any contradictions they encounter. danse de nuit  grapples with Charmatz’ observation, “In (our) public spaces (now) there are many more armed soldiers than (unarmed) dancers.”

At Philadelphia Museum of Dance, observe one moment, participate the next. Explore what it means to you to experience dance in a public space. All ages welcome.

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