S. C. Girlchoir

April 25th – 29th, 2017


Sister Cities Girlchoir (SCG) empowers girls by building resilience, leadership, mastery and connection through a comprehensive choral training academy that invests in the unique potential of adolescent girls to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and transform their communities.  The program is research-based, and although a music program is an uncommon girl empowerment tool, SCG is modeled on the powerful impact that investments in the lives of girls make for a city block, a neighborhood, a city….for the world.

SCG is modeled after El Sistema, Venezuela’s monumental music education program that is transforming lives and communities. SCG Founder, Alysia Lee spent a year studying El Sistema and visiting programs in Venezuela and throughout the U.S. through the Sistema Fellowship at the New England Conservatory.

Half Straddle

April 25th – 29th, 2017


Half Straddle is an Obie-winning, Brooklyn-based ensemble of performers and designers that makes plays, performances, videos, and music led by Artistic Director Tina Satter. This critically acclaimed company began in 2008, and has toured its shows to cities throughout U.S., Europe, and Asia. In New York City, the company’s work has been presented at The Kitchen, New York Live Arts, New Museum, Danspace, PS122, Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, and PRELUDE Festival.

Chelsea & Magda

May 5th – 7th, 2017

Magda and Chelsea began collaborating in 2012 while studying at the Headlong Performance Institute in Philadelphia.  Their first piece together: “Rooster&Snowball” went on to be presented through Jumpstart LiveArts and DanceNOW at Joe’s Pub.  Their second collaborative duet “Singer/Songwriter” was recently presented by ThirdBird at the Christ Church Neighborhood House.  While continuing to tour excerpts of these pieces, they are also working on an evening-length version to be unveiled sometime this year, so be on the lookout for that.  But that’s not all, they are also booked to participate in the ReMix Festival with Susan Rethorst in April, tour to Upstate New York in May, and squeeze in a showcase appearance in New York City at the LiftOff Festival in June.  Everything they have made together, to date, has also been presented by the Effervescent Collective!


June 12th – 23rd, 2017

Brian Sanders’ JUNK is known for their ingenious use of found objects and clever inventions that bridge the gap between dance and physical theater. Sanders’ choreography blends traditional dance theater with an inventiveness and physicality that gives reason for critics to hail JUNK as “Philly’s most imaginative perpetrator of dare-devilish physical theater” and declare Sanders as “the city’s most exciting choreographer.”

JUNK’s mission as a dance-theater company is to inspire with creativity. The company strives to produce work that is both artistic and accessible while maintaining a ceaseless desire to try new things. Through original productions and community outreach JUNK seeks to serve as a catalyst for generating fresh ideas and to encourage us to see the world in a new and vital way.

Visiting Artists receive financial and administrative support from ArtYard during the time period in which they are in residency.  We are thrilled to have welcomed the above Visiting Artists to the ArtYard facilities in 2017.

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