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Split Bill: 2023 / something soft

Christina Gesualdi / Ma'at Works Dance Collective



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.

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Run Time: 60 mins
Ticket Price: $25
Venue: The Icebox Project Space

Dates: September 5, 2023 - September 15, 2023

September 5, 2023 8.00pm

1400 N American St

General Admission: $25

PWYC Options

September 14, 2023 6.30pm

1400 N American St

General Admission: $25

PWYC Options

September 15, 2023 5.00pm

1400 N American St

General Admission: $25

PWYC Options

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.

Accessibility & Content Considerations

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This event is appropriate for all ages

Audience Interaction

something soft Content Warning Details: there are some curse words and nudity throughout the performance, but nothing vulgar and all within context. I want to invite children into the space as they deserve to witness art too! There are movement explorations for everyone to engage in. You can choose your own adventure. Headphones will be provided as an option for audience members.

Covid-19 Safety policy

Masks are required during this event


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