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The CONDITIONS by Lucy M. May


I am looking forward to resuming our collaboration in December 2023, having had the pleasure of collaborating with the Canadian dance artist Lucy M. May since 2020 as an as an artist/scenographer for her project The Conditions, which seeks an embodiment through movement, sound, and shadow of the way sensations get translated into perception.  I joined her Quebec-based team of collaborating artists remotely from Philadelphia in 2020 and 2021, while they were in residence at Studio 303.  Then in 2022 I was able to join them for a week of studio research at Eastern Bloc Gallerie where we tied together our thoughts through performed movement, sound, and image.  The pictures in the gallery below document my extensive questioning of how shadows can help activate and relate experiences with inner/outer body fluidity.  Techniques explored included body sculpture landscapes in fabric, torn paper and shadow,  and water paintings on overhead projector.  The Conditions is an ongoing production in development.  Please check back for updates on future phases of collaboration.


THE FUTURE IS GENERATONAL, in partnership with Camden FireWorks

A series of community shadow theater workshops and culminating in a short film created in partnership with Camden FireWorks and residents of the Camden Waterfront South neighborhood highlighting their history of environmental racism, resilience, and success.


MAMI WATA film pilot, screenplay by Brittany Clemons

Coming soon!

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

Learn more about her full project Dr. Buzzard & the Dixieland Terrors.

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



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.



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.