Amy Smith | Co-Director
Headlong Dance Theater is a collaboration of David Brick, Andrew Simonet and Amy Smith. Since 1993, Headlong has created collaborative dance theater in Philadelphia, and toured nationally. Recent projects include CELL, a performance journey for one audience member at a time guided by you cell phone, and Hotel Pool, a dance theater piece performed in and around a hotel swimming pool. Their upcoming project This Town Is a Mystery brings audiences to homes in Philadelphia for performances by the households and a communal dinner.
Headlong’s work has been funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, The Creative Capital Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund, The Japan Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and The National Endowment for the Arts. Headlong’s work has been presented by The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), P.S. 122 (NYC), Central Park Summerstage, The Jade Festival (Tokyo), The Kyoto Arts Center, The International Contemporary Dance Conference (Bytom, Poland), The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.
They won a Bessie for Choreography in 1999, and were made Pew Fellows in 2006.
In 2008, Headlong opened the Headlong Performance Institute, an experimental performance school for young artists with full college credit. Headlong’s work in the Philadelphia arts community includes hosting Dance Theater Camp, a month of workshops and collaboration for professional artists that is entirely artist-run and free for all participants, and Artists U, a yearlong planning and professional development program for performing artists.