Recent Collaborations

 

THE FUTURE IS GENERATONAL, in partnership with Camden FireWorks

A series of community shadow theater workshops and culminating short film created in partnership with Camden FireWorks and residents of the Camden Waterfront South neighborhood to highlight their collective reality of environmental racism and resilience.

 

MAMI WATA film pilot, screenplay by Brittany Clemons

Coming soon!

A shadow short film excerpt to a Reconstruction-era Southern Odyssey, in collaboration with writer and director Brittany Clemons

Learn more about her production Dr. Buzzard & the Dixieland Terrors.

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NATE the KNIFE is MOVING

We announced Nate the Knife's tattoo business move with shadow puppetry flair.

 

The CONDITIONS by Lucy M. May

 

I have had the distinct pleasure to be an artist/scenographer with the Canadian dance artist Lucy M. May.  In 2020, Lucy first reached out to me about her project The Conditions, which seeks an embodiment through movement, sound, and shadow of the way sensations gets translated into perception.  I joined her Quebec-based team of collaborating artists remotely from Philadelphia in 2020 and 2021, mailing sewn bodied silhouettes made out of dark organza to Lucy in Montreal to be fluffed back out and explored in residence at Studio 303.  Their forms were intended to shape-shift and take on familiar or strange associations depending on the other elements in the room.  Other video and images in the gallery below are a continuation of this work through torn paper, created while I was in residence at Grizzly Grizzly in July 2021.  I wanted to expand my sense of the body to the space that contains and impresses it through scale and gesture.

 

The pieces of construction paper here have been randomly torn, and randomly crumpled by the volume of my handful.  But under a strong point-source light, they have the capacity to create positive and uncontainable volume in shadow.  What is a small tear in the paper becomes a monstrous wing, a cliff, an arch in its shadow.  I'm fascinated by this inversion, and in practice this technique feels a lot like spelunking with a blanket-fort sense of wonder.  The technique of depicting a roving landscape with a point-source light is a faithful devise for many shadow puppeteers.  I've often seen it used to depict moving through forests or cities.  I was excited to be brought closer to this method of shadow narrative through the lens of The Conditions.

In 2022, I was able to join Lucy in person in Montreal to continue her development on the Conditions at Eastern Bloc Gallerie.

 

SHADOW BIRD and FIDDLE

Watch our video on my vimeo here or Georgia's youtube here, or click the video below.

An experimental meeting of my shadows with Georgia Beatty's Hardanger fiddle music.  Read about the Hardingfele here.

We have been able to freely collaborate on this short piece thanks to an Illuminate the Arts Grant received from the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and the Arts and Culture Task Force, and City Council.

 

EARTH ACTS

An exploration with the Philly-based musician Michael McMillan replicating geological processes through shadow and sounds created with objects from nature or their man-made trash-counterparts.  In July, I invited Michael to collaborate on an open ended sharing of our music and shadows.  As we discovered that we were both interested in teasing apart the foraged and the everyday items that surround us (plastic bags, cans, driftwood, scrap paper), we began to synthesize the sounds and imagery of our world.  The time and space that I needed to work on this purely personal project are largely in thanks to Grizzly Grizzly 's 319 Artist Residency, and an Illuminate the Arts Grant received from the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and the Arts and Culture Task Force, and City Council.