“Going to the theater is often a proscenium experience, so informal settings can create a less elitist atmosphere and be the catalyst for meaningful conversations about art. With their commitments to creative collaborations and bringing their audiences physically closer to the art they create, duende is not just a show but a full artistic experience; one welcomed with drinks in hand.” - Broad Street Review
“[Duende] was just too magnificent, too explosive, too tender, too creative and thoroughly satisfying to interrupt…The dancers and the sounds are like whirling molecules that form into exquisite crystal creations that dazzle and purify” - The Dance Journal
Described as a “full artistic experience” (Broad Street Review) with “creations that dazzle,” (Dance Journal) duende is a new music and contemporary dance collective co-founded by composer Alyssa Weinberg, cellist Gabriel Cabezas and dancer/choreographer Chloe Perkes. Duende’s work is driven by the exploration of each other’s artistic processes, creating performances that amplify each discipline by combining them while offering multiple entry points into the worlds of music and dance.
Duende was born in a chance meeting through the LiveConnections series at World Café Live, featuring a performance of Alyssa Weinberg’s “Prayer” for solo cello, based on Kevin Powers’ Iraq War novel “The Yellow Birds,” alongside improvised dance. Since then, duende has produced shows in a wide range of Philadelphia venues, including Performance Garage, Made Studios, the Print Center Gallery, and SEI Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center in collaboration with the Curtis Institute of Music’s 20/21 Ensemble. Duende shows have also been a part of the 2016 and 2017 Neighborhood Fringe Festivals, and is the 2020 DanceVisions Artist in Residence at the Performance Garage.