How Philly Moves

By Cary Carr
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Photo by © Jacques-Jean Tiziou /

Whether you’re a veteran dancer who has performed in front of thousands, or someone who prefers rocking out to 90s pop hits in the privacy of your own bedroom, you’re still a Philadelphian dancer—or at least in the eyes of renowned photographer and mural artist, JJ Tiziou. Collaborating with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Tiziou presents the How Philly Moves projection project at the Kimmel Center as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. From dusk to dawn, images, stop motion animations and video of various dancers are featured on Broad Street.

This project is just a sneak peak of Tiziou’s masterpiece: a 50,000 square-foot mural of dancers painted on the façade of the Philadelphia International Airport parking garage. Featuring more than 170 dancers of all body-sizes, ages, cultures, and dancing backgrounds, the mural is a tribute to the city’s dance scene. Once installed later this spring, it will also be the second largest mural in the country.

Till then, head over to South Broad and watch some Philadelphians shake their stuff. 

Thru May 1. Free. The Kimmel Center, 260 S. Broad St. 215.546.7432.

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