Drexel University’s Department of Performing Arts presents SUPPER, People on the Move! performed by the Cardell Dance Theater with choreography by Philadelphia-based artist Silvana Cardell. SUPPER will be performed from November 8–10, 2019, in Drexel’s URBN Center Annex Black Box Theater.
SUPPER, People on the Move! explores the complex experience of dislocation. The dance is an examination of the human experience of all people on the move, looking for new horizons. Physical bodies moving between physical places define migration, and the immigrant journey is at the heart of humanity’s ability to survive. From this rich and fertile history, Cardell creates evocative forms of movement—abstract, personal, universal—performed with unrelenting physicality and striking moments of beauty. The performance features eight dancers, the highly regarded music of Nick Zammuto, and special guest artists.
Each performance of SUPPER culminates in a communal feast with a moderated discussion on the themes of migration and immigration. Guests are also welcome in the lobby one-hour prior to the show to experience Portraits of People on The Move, a companion exhibition chronicling stories of Philadelphia-area immigrants, curated by Jennifer Baker.
SUPPER first premiered in 2015 at the Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts in Philadelphia. According to Jim Rutter of the Inquirer: “SUPPER tells riveting stories of immigration…People on the Move pays homage to these stories in a harrowing, captivating dance theater piece. Filled with symbolism and metaphor, it forcefully conveys the emotional power of the psychological and physical perils that can plague an immigrant’s passage. It’s a journey that is worth taking once at Crane Arts, repeating – and restaging.”
[Drexel University’s URBN Center Annex, Black Box Theater, 3401 Filbert Street] November 8–10, 2019; drexelperformingarts.com