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30 Days of Philly Arts: Anne-Marie Mulgrew pop up show - Day 20

The works of Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co. (AMM & DCO) have been called "visually arresting" and "highly imaginative." One of Philadelphia's longest running dance groups, AMM & DCO keeps reinventing itself in presenting mixed media, experimental work that derives from wide cross-cultural influences.

Anne-Marie Mulgrew, a Philadelphia native with a masters from Temple University, founded her company in 1986 as a vehicle for her choreography and a means to bringing dance into the community. Since then AMM & DC has performed over 62 major works in 285 performances, conducted 65 residency programs primarily for undeserved populations and has held 3,500 classes/workshops.

Today you have a chance to see this innovative and storied company in a special pop up show at The Porch outside 30th Street Station.

The Umbrella Dance, as it's been nicknamed, has been performed in many locations since its premiere in 2000. Each locale has influenced its form, in places as diverse as inside the Phildelphia Museum of Art and under the El in Kensington, and its sound, since there's no musical accompaniment.

A hallmark of Anne Marie Mulgrew's work over the years is collaboration with artists of other disciplines. The Umbrella Dance features a videographer who captures the action of the dancers and the audience of observers who gather.

Since this is totally public art on public space outdoors, it's free and you need no ticket. So just show up. And if you're interested in studying dance yourself with Anne Marie Mulgrew, look here.

Video excerpt of Le Dada va Gaga performance at The Rotunda