Boris Charmatz: Levée des conflits Discussion Series

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Boris Charmatz’ Levée des Conflits. Photo © Caroline Ablain.

In conjunction with Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design’s Center-funded project Boris Charmatz: Levée des conflits, a series of discussions will be held with acclaimed French choreographer Boris Charmatz and various artists and cultural practitioners.

Conversation with Boris Charmatz and Lois Welk
September 7, 2016
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Y Gym Dance Theater, Gershman Y, 401 S Broad Street

Lois Welk, former executive director of Dance/UP, will engage Charmatz in a public conversation focusing on artistic practice, public engagement, and the evolution of a new vision for dance as time-based visual art.

Conversation with Boris Charmatz and Simon Dove
September 8, 2016
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Drexel URBN Annex Screening Room, 3401 Filbert Street

Curator and Center contributor Simon Dove, who has followed Charmatz’ work throughout Europe, will discuss the choreographer’s evolving performance practice, and the dynamic, shifting relationship between his work and his audiences.

Visual Arts Roundtable Discussion
September 10, 2016
1:45 p.m.
Free with museum admission
Alter Gallery, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

A panel discussion including Boris Charmatz, Museum of Modern Art curator Ana Janevski, and theorist Marie Bardet, will explore the place of performance in the museum setting, moderated by curator Erica Battle of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

All discussions are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design fosters the study, exploration, and management of the arts: media, design, the performing, and visual.

Pig Iron member Dito van Reigersberg ruminates on past and present artistic influences for the production Zero Cost House.

Grants & Grantees

Hanna Khoury (Pew Fellow, 2010) was trained in Western classical music and has performed with several orchestras. His passion, however, lies in Arab classical music.

WXPN’s yearlong Center-funded project Zydeco Crossroads continues with a free dance party featuring the Grammy-award winning zydeco funk band Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dr. Melissa Chiu is the director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gallery in Washington, DC.

This music and movement performance will offer audiences a distinctive interpretation of Miguel de Cervantes’ four-century-old classic, Don Quixote, combining narrative elements and ballads drawn from the novel, recited in both Spanish and English, and accompanied by monophonic melodies, organ and vihuela works that are reminiscent of the sounds of Golden Age Spain.

Collaborators & Colleagues

James Alan McPherson is the recipient of many national literary awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship award.

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

Collaborators & Colleagues

Since 1992, Kip Lornell has taught courses in American music and ethnomusicology at George Washington University, and has served on the university’s Africana Studies program committee.

Questions of Practice

Dance scholar Linda Caruso Haviland shares her thoughts on restaging, reconstruction, reenactment, and reconstruction in dance.

Choral Arts Philadelphia presents the final installment of its concert series, 1734–1735: A Season in the Life of J.S. Bach.

Grants & Grantees

Tanya Hamilton is a filmmaker and a 2004 Pew Fellow in media.