Re-Place-ing Philadelphia: Public Talk with Faustin Linyekula and Dr. Rizvana Bradley

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1/2: Faustin Linyekula. Photo by Elise Fitte-Duval.
2/2: Faustin Linyekula. Photo by Agathe Poupeney.

The Painted Bride Art Center hosts a public conversation with dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula and Dr. Rizvana Bradley of Emory University. A dynamic discussion on practice, process, artistry, and social concerns will be followed by a reception.

Funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Re-Place-ing Philadelphia is built on a foundation of public dialogue and interaction, using art as a lens for viewing the city and its history. The 20-month project is designed to be open-ended, flexible, and permeable, generating a stream of performances, artworks, lectures, readings, and conversations that respond to the city and create forums for new ideas. A core group of artists will aid the Painted Bride in transforming their programs, infrastructure, and facilities.

Dancer, choreographer, and self-described storyteller Faustin Linyekula founded Studios Kabako in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo), in 2001. Linyekula looks to subvert the dominant tropes of representation, replacing them with ideas of innovation, community, resourcefulness, and hope.

Dr. Rizvana Bradley is Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University, and was the Helena Rubinstein Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her current research discusses and locates the material history of blackness as central to current debates about community in contemporary continental philosophy, and extends its critical gaze directly to Linyekula’s work.



Collaborators & Colleagues

Pam Tanowitz is a choreographer and the founder of Pam Tanowitz Dance. In 2015, she served as a Performance LOI panelist.

thINKingDance writer Carolyn Merritt reported on Pasión y Arte’s highly successful First Philadelphia Flamenco Festival with Rosario Toledo.

Grants & Grantees

Pennsylvania Ballet presented the American premiere of Mauro Bigonzetti’s Kazimir’s Colors, inspired by the Russian avant-garde painter Kazimir Malevich.

Grants & Grantees

Mural Arts Program undertook planning for this community-based public art initiative that explores the complex and largely overlooked history of Philadelphia’s once-booming textile industry.

As part of the ongoing Center-funded project re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia, Painted Bride Art Center welcomes Congolese dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula.

Opera Philadelphia conducted in-depth, strategic audience research that informs the development of a set of programs that, together with enhanced marketing efforts, respond to new audience behaviors and preferences.

Center-supported performance projects and exhibitions continue to have successful presentations after their initial premieres in our region.

Dance scholar Linda Caruso Haviland discusses Forsythe’s curiosity about and drive towards the not-yet-known (the “possibles”) within the dance structure and the dancers.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Master improviser, classical conductor, and 10-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin is recognized for his extraordinary vocal range and technique.

Nick Stuccio, President and Producing Director at FringeArts, on how curation in performance might differ from curation in the visual arts.

Bharatanatyam dancer Malavika Sarukkai will offer three public master classes, open to local dancers for participation and the general public for observation.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kathy Bateson is the president and CEO of the Arts Center for Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.