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Creating New Futures Reading Group

Every other week, February 14th to April 27th

We will be holding (virtual) space for a bi-weekly reading group of Creating New Futures (the Final Phase 1 Document). This document addresses equity and ethics for presenting dance. Themes such as labor, contracts, accessibility and transparency are core entry points for rethinking ethical guidelines for the dance field. 


We intend to read the document with a few different lenses:

1. Philly! The document was written with a national perspective in mind, and we really want to drill down into how the different proposals in the document could apply to Philly.

2. Action! We want to stay grounded in action throughout the conversations.

3. Live Arts! While the document specifically focuses on dance, we’re curious about how it can be read and applied more broadly to all live arts disciplines.

CNF comments on issues from multiple perspectives (dancer, choreographer, administrator, presenter, and more) and we would love to have many of those perspectives in the room. 



There will be two sessions for each section of the reading. You can choose to come to whichever one is better for your schedule. They will always be on either:

Sunday, 3:30-5:00PM

Tuesday, 7:00-8:30PM


All sessions will be held on Zoom. Sign up below to be sent the Zoom link.

Session 1

Intros/Meet & Greet

Sunday February 14 

Tuesday February 16

Session 2

Opening Statements by Yanira Castro in collaboration with the group (Pages 3-24)

Sunday February 28

Tuesday March 2

Session 3

Artist Testimonials (Pages 26-96)

Sunday March 14

Tuesday March 16

Session 4

Programmer Perspectives + A Working Set of Principles & Guidelines for the Dance & Performing Arts Field (Pages 97-119)

Sunday March 28

Tuesday March 30

Session 5

Alternatives to Cancellation + Contracts & Force Majeure (Pages 120-163)

Sunday April 11

Tuesday April 13

Session 6

Appendix (Pages 164-193)

Sunday April 18

Tuesday April 20

Session 7

Closing Session

Sunday April 25

Tuesday April 27

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