Headlong and The Riot Group

Headlong and The Riot Group, photo by Chelsea Murphy

Headlong and The Riot Group, photo by Chelsea Murphy

Magic Wand is a collaborative work created and performed by Amy Smith of Headlong Dance Theater and Adriano Shaplin of The Riot Group. Magic Wand explores the history of the Hitachi Corporation, the androgyny of the body, the politics of orgasm, and what happens when you invite an imaginary audience member onto the stage.

Amy Smith is a founder and co-director of Headlong Dance Theater, a Philadelphia-based experimental dance theater company.  Since 1993, Headlong has created collaborative dance theater works including, most recently, W*LM*RT Nature Trail (an experiential journey for one audience member at a time starting at the South Philly Walmart), This Town Is a Mystery, and More. Adriano Shaplin is a performer, playwright, sound designer, and ensemble theater artist. He is the founder of The Riot Group performance ensemble and has written plays for The Riot Group, Pig Iron Theatre Company, the Royal Shakespeare Company, New Paradise Laboratories, and The Flea Theater.

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