Photo Credit: Daniel Rainville, TTN
Image: Ayako Kataoka at NowHere Festival, 2015.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 16 - Sunday, June 19, 2016
  Overlapping Kinespheres Embodied Improvisation and the (___) Global Underscore

  A curated schedule presented by the Impermanent Society of Philadelphia @ Mascher Space Cooperative and various venues
  across Philadelphia, PA. 3 days of exploration, learning, and connection surrounding the Philadelphia Global Underscore 2016

  Contemplative Dance /// Jam Class Practice /// Contact Improvisation /// Music & Sound /// Performance /// Discussion /// Meals

  Festival Pass - $50, provides entry for all events (Advanced Tickets link available 6/3/16)
  Drop-in Per Event - $5 - $10 (sliding scale)
  *Meals purchased separately

  Full schedule now available
  Advanced Tickets available via
Thursday June 23, 2016
  Impermanent Society presents

  Bhob Rainey/ Aaron Zarzutki/ Ben Bennett, more TBA
  Random Tea Room - 713 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123
Sunday July 10, 2016
  Impermanent Society presents

  Wilfrido Terrazas, Henry Fraser, more TBA
  Philadelphia Argentine Tango School - 2030 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Wednesday July 13, 2016
  Impermanent Society presents

  Katt Hernandez Record Release show with friends
  Mascher Space Cooperative - 155 Cecil B. Moore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Sunday October 9, 2016
  Impermanent Society presents Free Improv in the Streets at the Old City Festival

  ISOP presents a performance program at the Old City Festival on the street outside SUGARCUBE (124 N. 3rd Street)

  Featuring 12 30-minute sets, running every 30 min throughout the Old City Festival, the performance will include Sound and
  Movement Free Improvisation from a rotating cast of musicians and dancers from across Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. All
  performances to take place on the street at 124 N. 3rd Street. Free, Open to the Public
Monday October 17 - Sunday October 23, 2016
  Impermanent Society annual free improvisation festival

  Details coming soon!

Past Events

Sunday June 12, 2016 @ Eris Temple
  3 - 2 - 1 Trio: Samuel Lang Budin, Anastasia Clarke, and Sandy Gordon (from NYC) Duo: Daniel Fishkin and Jim Strong (PHL) Solo: Whoopsy Daisy

April 9, 2016 @ Tango School
  Audrey Chen/ Dave Gross/ Morgan Evans-Weiler/ Michele Tantoco/ Flandrew Fleisenberg

February 19, 2016 @ House Gallery
 Susan Alcorn/ Dom Minasi/ Rosie Langabeer/ Julie Verdone/ Connor Przybyszewski

January 9, 2016 @ Da Vinci Art Alliance
 Michael Foster/ Ben Bennett/ Jasper Stadhouders/ Megan Wilson Stern/ Zornitsa Stoyanova/ Julius Masri/ Shayna Kapeluck/
 Imozoku Butoh/ Jim Strong/ Flandrew Fleisenberg

October 19 - October 25, 2015
NowHere Festival of Free Improvisation in Sound & Movement

 Dedicated to promoting the Free Improvisation artform, the festival included 27 movement and sound artists from across the US.

Mission Statement

April 2016

The mission of the Impermanent Society of Philadelphia (ISOP), a group of Philadelphia-area arts practitioners and curators, is to support freely improvised live performance that focuses on experimental sound and movement.

We are committed to serving those in our region (and beyond) who value or may benefit from experiencing improvisatory dance and music that embraces interdisciplinary collaboration, playful interaction, rigorous practice, imaginative use of material, and innovative composition. We are also committed to refining craft; expanding appreciation for and understanding of the art of improvisation; and increasing the awareness of materiality through all sensations.

To this end, ISOP organizes performance and educational programming that develops a dynamic connection between artists and audience members.

About Us

The Impermanent Society of Philadelphia

ISOP is a Philadelphia based organization that is focused on promoting freely improvised live performance that focuses on experimental sound and movement. Launched in 2015, ISOP seeks to produce performance and educational programming.

Impermanent Society members represents a broad expanse of experience in event presentation, performance, education, and related fields.

    Donna Blicharz
    Asimina Chremos
    Flandrew Fleisenberg
    Loren Groenendaal
    Rob Kopki
    Jim Strong
    Adam Vidiksis

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