The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance is an evening-length autobiographical dance that is the culmination of Philadelphia-based breakdancer Raphael Xavier’s 30 years of experience in hip-hop genres. Xavier, a 2013 Pew Fellow, plays with the rhythms of rap, break dancing and narrative to draw parallels between the performer’s body and the stage itself. The new work, directed by Ralph Lemon and featuring poet Leigh Nelson, deconstructs Xavier’s lyrics and breaking technique and, through rap cadences delivered as conversations, gives audiences insight into the maturing practitioner’s life journey as well as a context for viewing the artist’s work. The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance received support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and was originally presented by First Person Arts.
In collaboration with Ars Nova Workshop, International House Philadelphia presented Tête-a-Tête, a series of duets showcasing experimental, improvisational, and exploratory contemporary music.
In an article for The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Trust Magazine, Tom Infield explores how the Center fulfills Pew’s long-standing commitment to arts and heritage in the region by supporting projects that reach a wide range of audiences.
An outgrowth of the anti-graffiti network, Mural Arts Philadelphia has produced over 3,600 murals since 1984, making it the largest public art program in the United States and earning Philadelphia the nickname “City of Murals.”
Jeanne Murray Walker is a writer and a 1998 Pew Fellow.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang will create a new composition for 1,000 broken instruments gathered from Philadelphia public schools, to be performed by a 600-member orchestra comprised of students, teachers, and professional and amateur musicians.
Anthony Smyrski works with Dan Murphy as the artist duo Megawords. They are well known throughout Philadelphia for installations that are equal parts gathering space, artist studio, and storefront.
The Philadelphia Flamenco Festival offers a free master class with flamenco master Israel Galván, star of the festival performance La Curva.
EgoPo Classic Theater transforms classic theater and literature into provocative performances, placing equal emphasis on text, vocals, and movement. Its
A yearlong research project on voice and movement culminates in an open public showing and panel discussion with Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, Stein, and the research ensemble.
Molly Sheridan is a writer, editor, and producer specializing in classical and experimental music, with a focus on multimedia content designed for the web.
Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. The Performing Arts at Swarthmore College serve as educational and artistic laboratories, combining a rigorous liberal arts education with practical explorations of performance.
For the first time in 40 years, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will reinstall and reinterpret its eight galleries of South Asian art, which include nearly 3,000 works spanning over 2,500 years.