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Split Bill: 2023 / something soft

Christina Gesualdi / Ma'at Works Dance Collective


Categories: Dance

Dates: September 5, 2023 - September 15, 2023

Run Time: 60 mins

Venue: The Icebox Project Space


This year Christina has had a walking ritual of visiting and observing houses with the address number 2023. Some accumulated rules for the task: perceiving with all 5 senses, seeing each building facade as if it’s a dancer on stage potentially sharing some light touch and connection with 2021 and/or 2025, noticing intermittent repulsion or fascination amidst the repetition and counting cornices, stoop steps, and windows. What does it all mean and how the hell does a dance tumble out of it? Inspired by poet CAConrad’s (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals and the improvisation and care of each performer, 2023 provokes numerology, the slipperiness of time, the arbitrary containment of both a year and of a property, and a dream for a world in which housing is not violently monetized and transactional.

show photo credit by: Alexis Granwell

something soft, created by Mawu Ama Ma’at G. Oyesii is in collaboration with Jah Elyse and Felisha George. This performance ritual explores ways we soften through multimodal methodologies. This is an invitation, explore more by visiting this link.

Cannonball, produced by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, is the first and largest independent festival hub of the Philadelphia Fringe that presents risk-taking independent artists in back-to-back performances next to delicious lounge spaces, fostering creative collisions and community conversation.

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About the Artist

Christina Gesualdi is a Philadelphia-based dancer, choreographer, improviser and yoga teacher. She has danced in projects of Annie Wilson, Zornitsa Stoyanova, Megan Bridge, Curt Haworth, and Nicole Bindler. All into the process soup: attending to sensation, gentleness, listening, failing/flailing, queering, patience, and indirectness. Christina is a past member of Mascher Space Cooperative and newly a member at The Art Room Studio. Her most recent performances have been in collaboration with sound artist Jesse Kudler. Artist photo by Myles Yeung.

Mawu Ama Ma’at G. Oyesii is a black, queer multimodal artist based in Philadelphia. This New York born mover has always had curiosities about rituals, dances from the African diaspora and black science fiction. As an educator, emerging artist and storyteller they hope to share their lived experiences as a way to explore human connection and community.


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