In My Body / Post Op

In My Body Benefit Performance

Saturday January 22, 2011 7PM (buy tickets)
Sunday, January 23, 2011 3PM (buy tickets)

A multi-arts collaborative theatre performance directed and choreographed by Melanie Stewart, scored by Dan Martin, and written by Michael Biello, featuring original dance, song, text, and video, performed by a live ensemble of dancers, singers, and musicians. Featured dancers include Melanie Stewart, Bethany Formica, Megan Mazarick and Shavon Norris. The performance will investigate and uncover the emotion of Leah Macdonald’s photographs of female nudes, while the anthem, “In My Body,” expresses the theme and inspiration for the In My Body project.

Ticket sales will benefit the In My Body project ( which explores body image and how it affects the physical, emotional and spiritual lives of individuals.

Tickets are $25 General Admission; 25 complimentary student tickets are reserved at the box office for each performance on a first come- first serve basis. Student ID required.

Sponsorship provided by The KatherineAlexandra Foundation ( and Dance/USA Philadelphia New Stages for Dance Initiative website. Leadership support for the New Stages for Dance Initiative is provided by MetLife Foundation.

Post Op

The mission of The 2011Post Op Festival is to respond to the nation’s economic retrenchment by providing affordable American dance, performance art, and mixed media dance-theater to the people of Philadelphia.  The pay what you think performance festival will take over Old City Philadelphia, January 20-23, 2011 with a series of performances at the Painted Bride Art Center, 230 North Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19106.  It will feature new works by some of Philly’s most daring dance-makers including Melanie Stewart, Magan Mazarick, Makoto Hirano, and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko.

Post-Op Festival is a completely donation based performance series bringing high quality performance to all people, no matter the depth of their pockets.   The goal of the four day festival is to fill the house.  We want Philadelphians to support its rich, local, grassroots performance culture.

This year’s Festival is made possible through the generous support from Dance/USA Philadelphia’s New Stages for Dance, MetLife Foundation, The Painted Bride Art Center, and Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre.

Post Op Festival

January 20-24, 2011

Makoto Hirano, Boom Bap Tourism
January 20 at 10:30 a.m.  & 7:00 p.m. (buy tickets)
January 21 at 1:30p.m.  & 7:00 p.m. (buy tickets)

Boom Bap Tourism is a semi-autobiographical, solo performance project about the shedding and regenerating of ideas and identities.  Mixing theatrical devices, spoken word, and a highly tuned physicality, Makoto investigates the how we redefine ourselves (or resist doing so) in different cultural contexts and the difficulties in “starting over.”  Directed by Sarah Sanford (Pig Iron Theatre Co.), Dramaturgy by Andrew Simonet (Headlong Dance Theatre), Sound Design by Mikaal Sulaiman, and Scenic Design by Jebney Lewis.

BBT is made possible through support from the Independence Foundation, Dance Advance (Pew Charitable Trusts), co-production support from the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, New Orleans Fringe Festival, and the Asian Arts Initiative.  Visit to learn more.


Megan Mazarick, Neon Gothic: Chapter 2
January 20 at 9:00 p.m. (buy tickets)
January 21 at 9:00pm (buy tickets)

Neon Gothic (chapter one) premiered at Philadelphia Live Arts Festival 2010. In Neon Gothic: Chapter 2 plots thicken, motives are revealed, and an existing performance structure is autopsied.  Inspired by the short stories of Flannery O’Connor, a dance theater piece about burial transforms into a dance about murder.

Support for Mazarick’s choreography has come from several Philadelphia-based artistic residencies including nEW Festival (2007-2008), Community Education Center’s New Edge Residency 2009, Susan Hess Choreographer’s Project 2009-2010, and Live Arts Brewery (2010-2011).  She has also received support from Philadelphia Dance Projects, Dance USA/Philadelphia’s New Stages for Dance, and University of the Arts. Her work has been presented through Glue Dance Series, New Edge Mix Series, Mascher Collaborative, Philadelphia Dance Project’s SCUBA Performance, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival 2009, and Philadelphia Live Arts Festival 2010.   Visit to learn more.


Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, American Chameleons
January 22 at 9 p.m.  (buy tickets)
January 23 at 5 p.m. (buy tickets)

Suggested Donation is $20-$25 online or at the door.

“Mr. Kosoko’s own presence is penetrating…”  – NYTimes

Kosoko Performance Group is excited to celebrate its second annual performance party series with a show entitled American Chameleons: A Performance Showcase at the Painted Bride Arts Center as a part of the 2011 POST OP FESTIVAL.

Hosted by dance & theater artist  Christina Zani, American Chameleons will showcase a mixed bill of energized, high quality, post-modern performances.  New York based performer Brandin Steffensen will perform the Philadelphia premiere of NEWS commissioned from world renowned dance artist and choreographer Deborah Hay.  Bessie Award winning dance artists Michelle Boule and Hilary Clark will premiere two dynamic works. The evening will also showcase the wildly engaging dance theater antics of Drunken Monkey by hip hop dancer/choreographer Vince Johnson.  Performance artist iele paloumpis will make their Painted Bride Art Center debut with the dance-film REALNESS as well as a live performance of Give It, Take It; while Kosoko Performance Group will complete the showcase with the Philadelphia full-length premiere of the dance autobiography An Expectation of Violence. Visit to learn more.