ISOP FebFest: DiscorDance

February 16 - February 18, 2018

The Impermanent Society of Philadelphia announces a 3 day February Festival of Improvisation in Music and Dance with the theme of Discord

Artists TBA

This event ISOP FebFest: DiscorDance is a gathering for improvising artists to explore how they work with qualities of disharmony, disagreement, conflict, strife, friction, as well as their opposites? How do improvisors use creative practices to navigate, escape, or express emotion in a time of stressful social and cultural changes and challenges (immigration, national identity, sexual harassment, nuclear weapons, racism, LGBTQIA+ rights, and religious persecution, to name a few)? In a time when everyone is trying to tell their side of the story, what does a non-narrative performance form have to offer audiences?

ISOP FebFest: DiscorDance will kick off with a panel discussion Friday afternoon at Temple University's Tuttleman Learning Center, hosted by the Boyer College Electroacoustic Ensemble Project (BEEP), with the topic Discord: Improvisation in an era of cultural conflict, giving improvising dance and music artist a platform upon which to situate their artistic expressive practices within shifting cultural and political landscapes.

On Friday night, Saturday afternoon, and Saturday night there will be public performances curated by ISOP at Mascher Space Coop (155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19122) and Vox Populi Gallery (319 N 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107) matching performers in creatively selected groupings that will work out some of the festival's questions in action. The festival will wrap up on Sunday with an open, no-talking sound and movement jam at from noon to 4pm at Mascher.

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Past Events

Monday, October 17 - Sunday, October 23, 2016
Pfff! 2016 Philadelphia Free Form Festival

  @ Icebox Performance Space and various venues across Philadelphia, PA
  wide range of programming including community focused workshops, adult & youth education,
  panel discussions, professional development and performances

Wednesday August 17, 2016 @ Rigby Mansion
  Quartet: Audrey Chen (Berlin) Voice, Henrik Nørstebø (Norway) Trombone, Chremos (PHL) Movement, Fleisenberg (PHL) Percussion
  Duo: Melinda Faylor (NYC) Piano, Loren Groenendaal (PHL) Movement
  Duo: Fatima Adamu (PHL) Movement/ Voice, Jesse Sparhawk (PHL) Harp

Wednesday July 13, 2016 @ Mascher Space Cooperative
  Katt Hernandez performance and record release:
  Katt Hernandez (Violin, Stockholm, Sweden) performing solo and in collaboration with:
  Dan Blacksberg, Neil Feather, DM Hotep, Connor Przybyszewski, Erik Ruin, Jesse Sparhawk, Jim Strong, Ashley Tini

Sunday July 10, 2016 @ Philadephia Argentine Tango School
  Wilfrido Terrazas (Flute, Mexico City), Stephanie Griffin (Viola, NYC), Asimina Chremos (Movement) Flandrew Fleisenberg (Percussion)
  Trio: Connor Baker (Percussion), Henry Fraser (Bass), Daniel Pencer (Sax)
  Philadelphia Clarinet Quartet: Mickr Kittens, Jim Krull, Jack Wright, Piotr Michalowski

Thursday June 23, 2016 @ Random Tea Room
  Impermanent Society at Random Tea Room:
  Trio: Bhob Rainey/ Aaron Zarzutki/ Ben Bennett
  Solo: Unguent
  Solo: Gabi Losoncy

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

  @ Mascher Space Cooperative and various venues across Philadelphia, PA
  A curated schedule presented by the Impermanent Society of Philadelphia.
  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

Sunday June 12, 2016 @ Eris Temple
  3 - 2 - 1 Trio:
  Samuel Lang Budin, Anastasia Clarke, and Sandy Gordon (from NYC)
  Duo: Daniel Fishkin & 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.

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.

    eun Jung choi
    Asimina Chremos
    Flandrew Fleisenberg
    Loren Groenendaal
    Curt Haworth
    Rob Kopki
    Jim Strong
    Adam Vidiksis

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.

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