University of the Arts School of Dance presents The School for Temporary Liveness

University of the Arts School of Dance presents The School for Temporary Liveness, featuring a new commission by Isabel Lewis and a live performance album from nora chipaumire, September 25-October 2, 2019 at the Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. 


The School for Temporary Liveness is a week-long series of performances, workshops, lectures, and conversations inhabiting the poetic frame of a school. Supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, The School for Temporary Liveness brings together an international roster of artists and scholars working in dance, visual art, poetry, music and more, including nora chipaumire, Isabel Lewis, Colin Self, Simone White and Jackie Wang, among others. Open to the public from 4 to 10pm daily with a 24-hour cycle over the weekend, The School for Temporary Liveness consists of three zones of encounter: The Classroom, The Library and Study Hall, and invites anyone who participates to consider themselves a student, and to engage in new forms of spectatorship and ways of being together.


The School of Dance at University of the Arts, under the leadership of Donna Faye Burchfield, is a community of 300 talented, expressive students and an exceptional faculty of accomplished professionals with abilities and experiences that are diverse and far-reaching. The School of Dance reimagines and reinvigorates curricular approaches to reflect the ever-expanding landscape of dance while training and supporting the futures of young dance artists. Students are encouraged to discover their interests, articulate their perspectives and situate themselves as participants capable of developing new critical approaches to dance and performance. The curriculum takes the depth and rigor of a discipline-based dance conservatory while actively interweaving practice and theory, as well as maintaining international collaborations and exchanges on undergraduate and graduate levels. 


This project marks the Art Alliance at University of the Arts’ programmatic debut. The events are FREE and open to the public. 


Registration for events is now available at


Image courtesy of Temporary Liveness

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