Brigel Gjoka Riley Watts
Photo by Bill Cooper


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MUSEUM AS SCORE – Eighth Annual Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium 

Don’t miss Albanian Institute’s choreographer and artistic curator, Brigel Gjoka and Riley Watts performing “Duo” by William Forsythe at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on September 10–11, 2016!

“The Anne d’Harnoncourt Symposium: Museum as Score discusses how the perception of the museum as a static archive is upended in today’s cultural context in which durational, event-based, and experimental artworks, exhibitions, projects, and programs are on the rise. Beginning with the assessment of the historical role of the museum as a product of the Enlightenment, this symposium will consider the museum not as a timeless repository of objects, but as an open invitation to be activated through a variety of time-based activities and experiences. The symposium will place emphasis on the discussion of recent exhibitions and works by contemporary artists that have a durational or ephemeral nature as well as the intersection between museological institutions and contemporary dance.”

The Albanian-born dancer and choreographer Brigel Gjoka, trained at the Tirana Ballet School, and following advanced studies at Rosella Hightower in Cannes, France, he joined the Cannes Jeune Ballet. In 2006 he became a member of the l’Opéra national du Rhin, and 2011 joined the Forsythe Company. Based in Germany, Brigel Gjoka is a renowned contemporary teacher, international stage performer, and choreographer. 

The Philadelphia Museum of Art
September 10–11, 2016
Rainey Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania

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The Arbëreshë people, also known as Italo-Albanian or Arbëreshët e Italisë, are the descendants of the Albanian who fled to Italy between the 14th and 18th centuries as a consequence of the Ottoman invasion of the Balkans.