LUMP TRAFFIC (2013) was the result of a summer-long investigation of process and place. From dance lab practices and generative rehearsals that focused on the site-specific choreographic process, the piece was inspired by the design of Liberty Lands Park in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia. The content explored themes of private and public, aloneness and togetherness, nature and the manmade.
How does a neighborhood park invite us to perform public and private moments?
CHOREOGRAPHY by Sarah Ashkin with Iris McCloughan and Jaime Maseda
PERFORMANCE by Iris McCloughan and Jaime Maseda
MUSIC by Iris McCloughan
CREATED for/with Liberty Lands Park in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, PA
PHOTOS by Jen Brown
LUMP TRAFFIC collaborator bios
IRIS MCCLOUGHAN is one half of No Face Performance Group, a long-term collaboration with Philadelphia-based Jaime Maseda. Since forming in 2007, the group has created more than 15 performances that have been presented in NYC (JACK, CATCH series, Ars Nova), Philadelphia (Institute of Contemporary Art, The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Contemporary, FringeArts, Vox Populi), Chicago (Links Hall), Los Angeles (PURE O) and elsewhere. https://irismccloughan.com/
JAIME MASEDA is an artist living and working in Philadelphia. He is one half of No Face Performance Group, a collaborative partnership with NYC-based artist Iris McCloughan. Working with a revolving group of associate artists, they've been making performances using a wide variety of processes and sources since 2007. Jaime has also performed and created with Lightning Rod Special, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Mel Krodman & Kelly Bond, Miguel Gutierrez, Magda & Chelsea, George & Co., Alex Torra, and Orbiter 3. He is currently a printmaking apprentice at the Fabric Workshop & Museum.
LUMP TRAFFIC was made on the ancestral lands of Lenni Lenape people. GROUND SERIES acknowledges that the Northern Liberties neighborhood was undergoing gentrification and displacing historically Black communities from the area, during the making of this work. As artists it is our duty to resist allowing our work to add to the process of gentrification, and instead advocate for place-based stewardship.