The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance

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Raphael Xavier. Photo by Brian Mengini.

Dancer, choreographer, and 2013 Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier deconstructs the art forms of break dance and spoken word. Street dance choreography is set to a conversational monologue that blends spoken word, poetry, and rap lyrics written over the course of 20 years. Xavier takes hip-hop techniques from the street to the stage and tells the autobiographical story of an artistic journey defined by sacrifice, passion, and transcendence. The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance received a Discovery Grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and is presented by First Person Arts.

The Painted Bride Art Center is located at 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia. Performances begin at 8 p.m. both nights.

Questions of Practice

We speak to filmmaker and Emmy-nominated director Ted Passon, whose work explores human relationships and how they shape our world.

Collaborators & Colleagues

A Philadelphia dancer/choreographer with a penchant for humor and surprise, Gabrielle Revlock is a former Jeanne Ruddy Dance company member.

Grants & Grantees

“Looking to nature for design inspiration is not a new idea,” says architect and designer Jenny Sabin.

Grants & Grantees

Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series has been presenting innovative works in the Philadelphia area since 1984, most recently showcasing the work of choreographer Trisha Brown, as well as John Jasperse and Urban Bush Women, and international artists Khmer Arts Ensemble and Compagnie Jant-Bi.

Chamber Music Now commissioned new works by Philadelphia-based composers, inspired by the history of Eastern State Penitentiary.

Grants & Grantees

An artist development initiative supported local and culturally diverse artists working in folk and traditional arts.

Dance artists Megan Mazarick, Shavon Norris, and Meredith Rainey created new works in residency at the Community Education Center.

Grants & Grantees

Bowerbird is a presenting organization that showcases over 70 events annually, with a focus on raising awareness of “provocative and divergent musical traditions.”

Michelle Heffner Hayes will provide context for the development of flamenco as a technique, its gendered conventions, and the standardization of its norms.

Two Center-funded performance projects—Supper, People on the Move and Facing Front: Lectures and Performance by Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion—culminated at the end of June, gaining media attention from several regional news outlets.

Grants & Grantees

Jenas Osman is a poet and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Beth Kephart is a writer and a 2005 Pew Fellow.