ThINKingDANCE.net

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Dance artist and dance writer Lisa Kraus developed and directs ThinkingDance.net, an online project that covers the landscape of dance in the Southeastern Pennsylvania five-county region. A dance critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Dance Magazine, Kraus is also a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in dance criticism, an experience which she says “brought home the urgency” of supporting Philadelphia’s dance scene. ThinkingDance.net is a collaborative website that provides an extensive umbrella of coverage for dance. In addition, the site continues to host writing from emerging dance critics, whose work is edited and critiqued in workshops to both enhance their craft and to ensure a high level of quality. Workshops have been led by “master writers” such as Suzanne Carbonneau, director of the American Dance Festival’s NEA Dance Critic’s Institute, and Wendy Perron, editor-in-chief of Dance Magazine, among others. The website continues to provide a forum for general audiences to participate as readers, viewers, and contributors. Articles generated on ThinkingDance.net are also distributed to other publications and venues, in order to cast a wider net and cultivate a larger public interest in dance. “We don’t speak seriously about each other’s work nearly enough,” Kraus says. “I see my facility as a writer as something that can be a tool for good in this community.” The website was developed from May 2011 to September 2012, and it continues to be an active forum for online dance criticism.

References

Grants & Grantees

Choreographer Ralph Lemon talks about ephemerality in relationship to his work in the dance field, and the complexity of memory.

Dancer Megan Bridge gives an insider’s perspective on performing Lucinda Childs’ work at the soft opening of the new FringeArts space.

Taras Lewyckyj, the artistic director of Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, recovered, restaged, and documented lost works of acclaimed Ukrainian dance artist Anatoly Kryvochyzha.

Grants & Grantees

Merián Soto continued to develop the Branch Dance Series, a deeply meditative, multimedia performative process that became the basis for her piece in the 2009 FringeArts Festival.

Choreographers Reggie Wilson and Faustin Linyekula discuss the role of “place” in their artistic practices.

Raphael Xavier presents Raphstravaganza, a contemporary circus-style performance featuring street performers, extreme BMX riders, acrobatic contortionists, and live music.

Grants & Grantees

Since 1980, Susan Hess Modern Dance has sought to grow the audience for contemporary dance and support independent dance artists in the Philadelphia community.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Artistic director of Miro Dance Theater, Miller has shown her work in venues ranging from England’s Royal Opera House to New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art.

Grants & Grantees

FringeArts presented Lucinda Childs’s Dance at its 2010 festival and organized a film series about the life and career of Childs and collaborator Philip Glass.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dean R. Gladden is in his eighth season with Houston’s Alley Theatre, where he is responsible for the administrative, financial, marketing, facilities, and development aspects.

Two Center-funded performance projects presented by FringeArts at the 2015 Fringe Festival—Available Light and After the Rehearsal/Persona—have gained positive reviews in The New York Times.