BrideNext is a project with Philadelphia’s next generation of artists, city workers, activists and residents. BrideNext is about engaging in meaningful ways, inspiring new perspectives, sharing practices, impacting policies, building community, and deepening relationships.

About BrideNext

Under the guidance of artist Marty Pottenger and program manager Maggie Mejia-Rabell, BrideNext artists Belle Alvarez and ILL DOOTS will be working throughout the next six months to create a performance that speaks to the millennial generation and makes a difference in our communities.

Monthly BrideNext events will include art creation, civic dialogues, field trips, listening exchanges, workshops and networking, opportunities for participants to create, lead, act and insure a future for the city with creativity and social justice at the center.

BrideNext Artists

The chosen artists for the BrideNext program are Belle Alvarez and Ill Doots.

Belle Alvarez is originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She spent the first half of her childhood in Manila, Philippines before immigrating to the USA. Belle’s projects as a Dance Artist span across performance, education, community engagement, and activism throughout the Philadelphia region.

As a project based performer, Belle has been featured in work presented by the Kimmel Center, Sean Thomas Boyt, Jennifer D. Yackel, Jessica Warchal-King/The Embodiment Project, and Evan Hoffman, among others. Her work has been performed at FringeArts, the Outlet Dance Project, Performance Garage, Inhale Performance Series, and Koresh Artist Showcase. Interdisciplinary collaborations include work with music artists Cory Neale and Julian Hartwell. Belle was a featured artist in Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre’s HATCH Series.

An active arts educator honored with a scholarship from the Bartol Foundation, Belle educates K-12 children as a Teaching Artist.

ILL DOOTS is a collective of artists, educators, and activists based in Philadelphia; a group of individuals with different perspectives, from different places who want nothing more than to make music with no rules.

ILL DOOTS is on a lifelong mission to change the way our communities respond to and value music, art, and life. As a collective of arts educators, ILL DOOTS launched the I Love Learning initiative in 2014, setting up free workshops in schools, after school programs, churches and other shared spaces along their tour routes and at home. The initiative is ongoing both in Philadelphia and elsewhere. In 2015 ILL DOOTS worked under the direction of Joanna Settle to compose and perform music for Flashpoint Theatre Company’s “Hands Up”, for which they received the Barrymore Award for Best Original Music. In 2016 ILL DOOTS composed and performed the Wilma Theatre’s production of “An Octoroon” under the direction of Settle yet again; both productions focused on issues of racial justice. ILL DOOTS has a history of performing music at and organizing benefits for social issues over the years and will undeniably continue to do so as well as continuing their efforts to bring more art into their communities and collaborating with across all mediums.

If you work for the city or county, identify as an artist, or are active in a social justice movement, reach out to to learn more.