Flamenco dance technique classes reflect the evolution of the form from its origins among the marginalized classes in Southern Spain to a professionalized, codified vocabulary that is taught across the globe. Prior to a master class with Israel Galván at 5:30 p.m., Michelle Heffner Hayes will provide some context for the development of flamenco as a technique, its gendered conventions, and the standardization of its norms. Artists like Galván use flamenco as a language to embrace and disrupt these “codes” for the purposes of artistic expression. The limits of these disruptions reveal the parameters of a tradition that is simultaneously conserved and advanced by innovation. Both events are part of Pasión y Arte’s 2014 Philadelphia Flamenco Festival.
During a recent conversation at the Center, performance impresario and Center visiting scholar Kristy Edmunds was asked, “Why do you do what you do?”
The Painted Bride Art Center commissioned an evening-length work by choreographer Cynthia Oliver, who also participated in a weeklong residency of workshops and film screenings.
In August 2011, the Philadelphia Inquirer hailed Opera Philadelphia’s transformation as a “haven for new opera.”
Dance scholar Linda Caruso Haviland revisits the work of choreographer William Forsythe and his efforts to re-substantiate what he calls its “trace” in the world.
Jen Delos Reyes is a creative laborer, educator, writer, and radical community arts organizer. She served as an LOI panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation in 2015.
FringeArts presents, develops, and commissions a range of high-quality contemporary performing and visual arts in Philadelphia.
Anna Halprin is a pioneering choreographer whose work has led to a reconsideration of dance as an art form.
Jaye Allison collaborated with the 2nd Generation Silver Belles tap group to create a new work honoring the five original Silver Belles.
Susan Rethorst (Pew Fellow, 2014) is an internationally renowned choreographer and teacher of choreography.
The William Way LGBT Community Center presents OutBeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival. The four-day festival will highlight intersections between sexual orientation, gender identity, and jazz history and culture.
Located in Fairmount Park, Shofuso was built in Japan in 1953, using traditional techniques and materials, and moved to Philadelphia in 1958.
The Wilma Theater produced the U.S. premiere of Tadeusz Słobodzianek’a play, which, beginning in a Polish primary-school classroom in 1925, follows 10 students—five Catholics and five Jews—over 80 years.