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

Upcoming Events

Open Call for 2016 Festival Performers
  Impermanent Society seeks performers

  CALL FOR ARTISTS: 2nd Annual festival of Free Improvisation in Sound and Movement, 10/17/16 - 10/23/16 Philadelphia, PA

  The Impermanent Society of Philadelphia (ISOP) is currently organizing, a weeklong celebration of freely improvised sound
  and movement performance that will feature four sound/music and four dance/movement artists from Philadelphia and beyond
  that are also experienced teacher/educators and will offer workshops and discussion based in their practices during the
  weeklong fest. We are also seeking up to 20 other artists who want to participate in multiple sets of improvised
  performance over the weekend. Performances are scheduled Friday October 21 and Saturday October 22 8:00PM - 11:00PM,
  and Sunday October 23 6:00PM - 9:00PM, at the Icebox Project Space in Philadelphia PA

  Download the Open Call Description and Application here
Wednesday August 17, 2016
  Impermanent Society presents a summer evening performance at Rigby Mansion…

  Performing in quartet
  Audrey Chen - Voice, Berlin
  Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø - Trombone, Norway
  Asimina Chremos - Movement, PHL
  Flandrew Fleisenberg - Percussion, PHL

  Performing in duet
  Melinda Faylor - Piano, NYC
  Loren Groenendaal - Movement, PHL

  Performing in duet
  Fatima Adamu - Movement, PHL
  Jesse Sparhawk - Harp, PHL

  @ Rigby Mansion
  523 E Church Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144

  7.00PM Doors
  8.00PM Show
  $5 - 10 sliding scale
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 presents 2nd Annual festival of Free Improvisation in Sound and Movement.

  The festival runs from Monday October 17th - Sunday October 23th 2016 and will present a wide range of programming including
  community focused workshops, adult & youth education, panel discussions, professional development and performances.
  Details coming soon!

Past Events

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 @ 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.

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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