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Sat, Apr 06


Headlong Dance Theater

* Obligatory Oblivion- Levi Lu

A solo performance from one of the wildest acts on the east coast. Utilizing embodied feedback, embedded microphones, and a mixing of high/low technologies, Levi builds moments that will leave your jaw hanging. Opening with an improvised duet will be mover Vyette Tiya and musician Aaron Pond.

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* Obligatory Oblivion- Levi Lu
* Obligatory Oblivion- Levi Lu

Time & Location

Apr 06, 2024, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Headlong Dance Theater, 1170 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19146, USA

About the event

Coming for us all? Oh really? I'd like to see it happen. The pessism of daddy time is unproven, the ever-present saying itself an epistemic quandry, a known precisely at the point at which all knowledge proves useless or ceases entirely. A Cop Out. The more likely scenario, the one which is written, no, encoded into the laws of the universe, the beams of sunlight, waves of cosmic radition, the frozen expanses of a comet,  is that we find knowing through our being. As long as we be, as long as we become, we are. 

"Existence precedes essence", the future procedes becoming, the very acts which connect us across temporality make us alive as we ever were. Perhaps temporality is a generous parent? 

Doors 7:30

Show 8pm

$10- $20 Sliding Scale. No one turned away for Lack of Funds

Qiujiang Levi Lu/卢秋江- Electronics, Body, Percussion

Vyette Tiya- Movement

Aaron Pond- Horn, Voice, Flute, Percussion, Electric Mbira


Qiujiang Levi Lu/卢秋江 (they/them) is a Beijing-born, NYC-based  performance artist, vocalist, experimental improviser, composer, and  lecturer. For their solo performance art practice, Lu designs  Max/MSP-based electroacoustic feedback systems with cyborg-like body  augmentations inspired by Objectophilia/animism, which include special  microphones and speakers placed within bodily orifices, augmented  amplified laptop, and a custom-mapped flight joystick controller. Their  resulting performances consist of choreographed, ritualistic  improvisations that build on ancient Chinese drumming traditions and  explore body dysmorphia, sexuality, spirituality, and mortality, linking  together sound, movement, and violence in divine ceremony.

As a  composer, Lu writes instructed improvisation pieces for acoustic and  electronic performers and improvisers. Lu’s commissioned works often  take a meta, unorthodox approach to music technology, exploring  human-machine relationships, audio-visual interactivity, mind-body  connection, and the phenomenology of musical performance. Lu holds a  Master of Music in Computer Music from Peabody Conservatory and  currently works as a lecturer and an audio engineer in the Department of  Music at the University of Pennsylvania.


Aaron  Pond is a musician, concert promoter, and  community organizer active in  Philadelphia. His improvisational  practice is drawn from early  atonal music, the playful spirituality of  the AACM, and a South Florida childhood spent in synagogues and swamps.  His scholarly pursuits center the universal aesthetic structures of  spirit possession and the marking  power of ritual. Aaron wishes to find  himself in the turbulent seas of  sensation. You can find him  performing in his many bands (BORBS, Inverse and Obverse, Argyle Torah,  Toro Bravo, and Boldt Fog) and with the wonderful denizens of Philly's  dance community.

Vyette Tiya (she/her) is a Kenyan-American dancer and performance artist based in Philadelphia. Vyette’s  work explores ideas around ancestry, lineage, interpersonal dynamics,  belongingness, and external stimuli. Her movement vocabulary includes  African, hip hop, contemporary, and jazz. She  is most interested in interdisciplinary collaboration, improvisation as  practice, and centering movement as a way to tap into our authentic  selves. Among  others, Vyette has performed in works by Keila Cordova/3 Pony Show,  Britta Joy Peterson, Omari Wiles, Davalois Fearon, and Extreme Lengths  Productions. Currently, Vyette is an administrator and teaching artist  with Philly Dance Class Share, a collective that hosts classes for all  levels and forms. Vyette holds a Bachelor’s from American University and  a Master’s degree from Princeton University. Connect with her at or @vyettetiya on social media.


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