Raphstravaganza

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1/3: Raphael Xavier, Raphfreeze, 2015. Photo courtesy of Raphael Xavier.
2/3: Pete Brandt. Photo courtesy of Raphael Xavier.
3/3: Bill Shannon, Shannon Technique/signature move Wall Stahl, 2013, New York City. Photo courtesy of Raphael Xavier.

Hip-hop artist and Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier (2013) presents Raphstravaganza, a contemporary circus-style performance featuring street performers, extreme BMX riders, acrobatic contortionists, and live music. The day-long event will include performances by saxophonist, composer, and Pew Fellow Bobby Zankel (1996), choreographer and “krutch master” Bill Shannon, street hip-hop acrobat and contortionist Tylon Moore, professional BMX rider Matt Wilhelm, and additional Philadelphia performers.

A set of four, 30-minute choreographed performances will be structured throughout the courtyard space and will pay tribute to the soul of the city, inviting discovery of urban street dance and movement.

This event is free and open to the public. Show times are 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. with additional entertainment, face painting, and vendors between shows.


References

Collaborators & Colleagues

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Collaborators & Colleagues

Paul Hostetter is the Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair in Orchestral Activities at Columbus State University, and is a conductor for the Sequitur Ensemble and the New York Concerti Sinfonietta.

Grants & Grantees

The company is dedicated to making critically important performance opportunities available to the current generation of opera and theatrical performers, designers, and directors.

Grants & Grantees

Barbara Bullock is a painter and a 1997 Pew Fellow.

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Collaborators & Colleagues

Pam Green is the founder and president of PMG Arts Management, which provides services to performing artists, companies, and organizations throughout the country.

During the 2005–06 season, Philadelphia’s Dancefusion reconstructed Mary Anthony’s Women of Troy (1954). Dr. Linda Caruso Haviland prepared this essay for the accompanying symposium on dance preservation.

Tempesta di Mare performs baroque music on baroque instruments with “a zest and virtuosity that transcends style and instrumentations.”

Collaborators & Colleagues

Guillermo Brown is a musician, multidisciplinary performer, and producer/composer in New York City.

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