Communications Strategy & Media Relations for This Town Is a Mystery, a journey into Philadelphia homes, performed by members of the households.
“Who lives in Philadelphia?” asks Andrew Simonet, a Headlong co-founder and co-director. “Every home is its own universe. We are fascinated with the epic stories and the everyday rituals that live in every home. What mysteries reside in these households, and what conversations might happen if we open our doors a little? We hope to hear from households in all corners of Philadelphia and from people who are excited about sharing a cultural experience and are ready to take on this adventure.”
This Town Is a Mystery brings audiences to homes in Philadelphia for performances by the households and a communal dinner.
This Town Is a Mystery has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance, The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation.
Co-Directors David Brick, Andrew Simonet and Amy Smith founded Headlong Dance Theater in 1993. Over the years, Headlong has created more than 40 dances, many of which are known for their witty take on contemporary culture. Recent projects include This Town is a Mystery, a series of potlucks hosted by ordinary Philadelphians performing in their own homes; Explanatorium, an audience-participation meditation on the inexplicable performed in an abandoned Christian science church; and CELL, a performance journey for one audience member at a time guided by a cell phone.
Headlong has performed nationally and internationally to a range of audiences, and their work — informed by a deep commitment to collaboration, humor and formal experimentation — has won many fans and much acclaim including a Bessie Award and a Pew Fellowship. Hailed as “fiendishly inventive” (The New Yorker) and “bright and brash” (The New York Times), Headlong’s work has been presented at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Wilma Theater, Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), P.S. 122 (NYC), Central Park Summerstage, The Jade Festival (Tokyo), The Kyoto Arts Center, The International Contemporary Dance Conference (Bytom, Poland), The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. Headlong’s work has been funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, The Creative Capital Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund, The Japan Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts and The National Endowment for the Arts.
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PHILADELPHIA (July 26, 2012) – This September, the residents of four Philadelphia households will open their homes to audiences and perform in the premiere of Headlong Dance Theater’s This Town Is A Mystery. Headlong has selected a diverse group of households, chosen from over forty applications in a citywide open call for participants, for this unprecedented performance project that will transform each home into a theater and its residents into performers.