Megan Bridge is a dancer, choreographer, curator, and dance writer based in Philadelphia. She currently co-directs <fidget>, a platform for her collaborative work with composer, designer, and musicologist Peter Price. Bridge is most interested in work that aims to challenge conceptual paradigms in the arts and humanities and to deepen thinking about culture and the nature of human experience. At home in Philadelphia she has performed in theaters, galleries, universities, warehouses, and nightclubs. On tour, her work has been performed in New York, Vienna, Berlin, Dresden, Bytom, Johannesburg, and Zurich. In 2013 she was named “Best of Philly” for stage performance by Philadelphia Magazine.
In June 2009, Bridge and Price opened thefidget space, a warehouse, research laboratory, and hub for new forms of art, media, and performance in Kensington, Philadelphia. Fostering a pocket of rich artistic experimentation, artists and scholars with big ideas are regularly invited to inhabit the space, participating in a lively and engaged community of interdisciplinary art making and discourse. Through thefidget space Bridge has co-curated and produced more than 40 public events including lectures, performances, seminars, and workshop series. She currently writes, edits, and servers on the editorial board for thINKingdance.net, an on-line dance journal focused on “upping the ante on dance coverage and conversation.” She has also published articles in Dance Chronicle, a peer reviewed academic journal focusing on dance, and Dance Magazine.
As a professional dancer Bridge has worked with choreographers and companies such as Group Motion, Jerome Bel, Willi Dorner, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, Susan Rethorst, anonymous bodies, Headlong Dance Theater, and readySetGO, and has taken workshops with Deborah Hay, Xavier LeRoy, Miguel Gutierrez, and Jan Fabre. She has toured as a dancer to Germany, Austria, South Africa, Poland, Lithuania, Japan, and Cyprus. Holding a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase, Bridge has received funding support from The Leeway Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Puffin Foundation, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Penn PAT, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She has received two Fellowships in the Arts from the Independence Foundation (in 2006 and 2014), a New Edge Residency at the Community Education Center in Philadelphia, a “Rocky” (Philadelphia’s dance award), and her company <fidget> was a member artist of the PennPAT roster, through which she has received two technical assistance grants.
Bridge is currently working on a choreographic staging of Dust, a ninety-minute experimental opera by composer Robert Ashley. In 2012, <fidget> received permission from the composer to stage the work using the 1998 recording. This project has taken on even more weight upon news of Robert Ashley’s death on March 3, 2014. The project will include choreography by Megan Bridge, live interactive video design by Peter Price, and will be performed by a cast of five dancers. <fidget> has put together a dramaturgical team including theorist Erin Manning, and Lucinda Childs will serve as a choreographic mentor for the project.
Christina Gesualdi is a Philly based artist who makes dance at Mascher Space Co-op. She makes experiential work that researches a certain softness and imaginative off-ness in the body. Christina has performed with Nicole Bindler, Meg Foley, Annie Wilson & Julius Masri, Melisa Putz, and Zornitsa Stoyanova - [Here]begin Dance. She has shown her choreography in Philly, New York, Washington D.C., and Taipei.
Gregory Holt (b. 1982) makes dances in Philadelphia. He combines a somatic approach with a social view of the body inspired by popular education and critical cultural theory. He works on many collaborative and community-based projects, and his work has been shown around the US, in Canada, and Europe. His development has been supported by the Lockwood Fellowship, Workshop Foundation Budapest, the White Pines Residency, the Swarthmore Project, Philadelphia Dance Projects, and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance. He was a 2011 LAB Fellow through the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. He studied linguistics and dance at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, USA, and movement research and pedagogy at the Institute for Dance Art in Linz, Austria. He is an artist-in-residence and a core organizer at Mascher Space Co-op.
He has danced for Susan Rethorst, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Christopher Williams, An Kaler, Jumatatu Poe, Meg Foley, and Gabrielle Revlock, among others.
Residency is co-organized by Music and Dance Institute, Polish Cultural Institute New York and Dance Up Philadelphia