Private Places (2012)

Private Places (2012)

produced by idiosynCrazy productions

directed by Jumatatu Poe

dramaturgy by George Sanchez

choreographic consultants Jermone Donte Beacham and LaKendrick Davis

lighting design by Catherine Lee (Philadelphia premiere); Scott Nelson (Pittsburgh presentation)

scenic design by Evan Leigh (Philadelphia premiere)

garment design by Katie Coble

video and sound design by Steve Surgalski

graphic design by Cara Cox

rehearsal direction by Mina Estrada

rehearsal assistance by Griffin Dowdy

performance and movement design by Leanne Grieger, Gregory Holt, Shannon Murphy, Jumatatu Poe, Gabrielle Revlock, Samantha Speis, Zornitsa Stoyanova, Michele Tantoco


From subtle interaction to bombastic theatrical expression, Private Places examines notions of order—how we order, categorize, groom, distinguish, and distort ourselves to achieve standards of presentation. Immediate and exquisite switches of physicality, direction, and formation create a dizzying interplay between the movement of one and the movement of the group.



Click here to see a copy of the program booklet, with design by Cara Cox and writing by Jumatatu Poe and Lela Aisha Jones.


For its premiere in the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival in 2012, Private Places was performed alongside a collection of programmed events, including a panel discussion called Privatizing and Publicizing Gender: An Intimate Dialogue into Private Places, in which panelists dialogue about gender and race identification, gender and race fluidity, status, appropriation, and self-discovery.  Also included among the events was an evening called We Just Gon’ Buck – assembled by Marcel Williams Foster in partnership with MANY organizations, in which J-Sette and Vogue performance met side-by-side at the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia.  The event incorporated live performance, lecture/discussion, workshops, and socialization.



Private Places was developed with many minds and bodies contributing to the creation process. From the workshop phase of the work, we would like to give special thanks to choreographic consultant Jasmin Vardimon, performance collaborators Danielle Currica and Maya Johnson, and scenic designer Caleb Levengood.


Private Places has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance. Private Places is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Private Places is supported in part by a New Edge residency at the Community Education Center. General operating support is provided, in part, by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.