Winifred Lutz created an installation entitled Serving Time for Eastern State Penitentiary’s first art show. “Prison Sentences: The Prison as Subject” was an exhibition of temporary site-specific installations from May 17 to October 29, 1995. Lutz describes it as “a hell of a show”. Her installation was in several cells in Cellblock 1.
Images of the work and descriptive text written by the artist are available on Lutz’ website.
Interview with Winifred Lutz conducted at Eastern State in August, 2016.
Philadelphia native Rennie Harris formed his hip hop company Puremovement in 1992. Rome & Jewels was the company’s first evening-length work. Much of the work was developed at the Kumquat Dance Center on 4th Street. Rome & Jewels had its Philadelphia premiere at the Wilma Theater in June 2000, with extensive touring nationally and internationally.
Interview with choreographer Rennie Harris conducted in August, 2016.
Headlong Dance Theater was founded by David Brick, Andrew Simonet, and Amy Smith in 1993. The company was headquartered in Old City, Philadelphia for much of the 1990s, where they lived, rehearsed, and hosted gatherings at their studios on 2nd Street. Car Alarm was a frequently performed humorous work of the time.
Interview with Amy Smith conducted in August, 2016.
Car Alarm, performed at Dance Theater Workshop, October 11, 1998
Pig Iron Theatre Company prides itself on always doing ‘the next hardest thing’, continually looking for new challenges. Their first full-length work to be presented in Philadelphia, Pig Iron’s Cafeteria premiered September 19-20, 1997 at the Independence Seaport Museum.
Interview with former company member Suli Holum conducted via Skype in August, 2016.
Work sample of Cafeteria featuring Suli Holum, Dito van Reigersberg, and Quinn Bauriedel.
“Stepping in Time” was a performance featuring African American tap dancers who had been professional dancers in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. This “revue of fabulous Philadelphia artists” took place at the Arts Bank on February 4-5, 1995, and grew out of an oral history project called the Tap Initiative. Germaine Ingram served as project director, organizer, and performer. Featured performers included Isabelle Fambro, Edith “Baby” Edwards Hunt, Libby Spencer, and Hortense Allen Jordan.
The full documentary Plenty of Good Women Dancers is available to everyone via the Philadelphia Folklore Project. The film includes footage from the 1995 “Stepping in Time” performance, as well as older material that highlights Philadelphia’s rich history of rhythm tap.