The Tale of the Slaughtered Hog
March 28-30, 2023
Icebox Project Space
Presented by Philadelphia Dance Projects
The Tale of the Slaughtered Hog is a lively and raucous performance that weaves together Paige Phillips’ memories of growing up in coal country West Virginia with radical Appalachian histories. It is a sweeping narrative that encourages national allyship, highlighting patterns of labor exploitation and wealth inequality.
Audiences will learn about the Coal Wars, a series of armed labor conflicts led by a group of multiethnic and multiracial miners. Phillips, a daughter of a coal miner, grapples with redneck tropes and questions why there is so much animosity toward our nation’s rural poor.
Direction, choreography and performance by Paige Phillips
In collaboration with the performers: Jeffrey Evans,
Nick Jonzcak, Celine McBride, Chloe Newton, Paule Turner, Judy Williams
Installation: Evan Dawson
Sound: Liam Ze’ev O’Connor
Lighting Design: Matthew Lewandowski
Presented by: Philadelphia Dance Projects
Funded by: The National Endowment for the Arts,
Penn Treaty Special Services District, Illuminate the Arts