Check out Philadelphia Dance Projects’ dance history timeline representing the work of independent dancers in Philadelphia, circa 1975-94. Their Local Dance History Project presents photos, videos, comments, and more documenting the development of contemporary dance in Philadelphia–a history largely unpreserved at present. Beginning with the work of 11 dance and performance artists: Terry Beck, Michael Biello & Dan Martin, Jac Carley, Jano Cohen, Terry Fox, Tonio Guerra, Wendy Hammarstrom, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Steve Krieckhaus, and Melanie Stewart, the project looks to create a digital collection reflecting their work. These artists were among the first to explore post-modern, improvisation, and performance genres in the city during the late 1970s and early 80s.
The digital collection of this largely undocumented history is being preserved and shared through a partnership of Philadelphia Dance Projects and the Special Collections Research Center at Temple University Libraries. A work in progress, the timeline will grow as additional resources are available and as additional artists add their content.