About The Work – Pushers

A cathartic journey of identity, public image, and aspiration, PUSHERS is a powerful dance-theater performance examining addiction and its consequences, created by Iquail Shaheed and his company using the stories of nine youth from the Mantua neighborhood of West Philadelphia as a jumping off point in this new work. In PUSHERS, Shaheed uses his athletic yet fluid style to convey the voids we fill through addictions of all kinds and our society’s constant need for validation. This new work is accompanied by original poetry by New York City-based story teller Daniel Carlton and music by composer Charles Vincent Burwell.