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.
We speak with Xavier—2013 Pew Fellow, hip-hop dancer, and Post-it aficionado—whose recent work The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance was hailed by Dance Magazine as “artful and mesmerizing.”
Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin brought his duet to the Koresh Dance Company for performance and taught a series of master classes in his signature dance technique.
In its 20th anniversary season, Orchestra 2001 presented An Opera, an Operetta, and a Songbook, a three-part performance of orchestral vocal compositions.
Pasión y Arte’s 2014 Flamenco Festival was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the CBS Philly website, and on WRTI.
Five Pew Fellows have been awarded artist residencies in 2015, supported by the Center’s ongoing partnership with the Alliance of Artists Communities.
FringeArts presents, develops, and commissions a range of high-quality contemporary performing and visual arts in Philadelphia.
Bowerbird is a presenting organization that showcases over 70 events annually, with a focus on raising awareness of “provocative and divergent musical traditions.”
Kate Watson-Wallace is a Philadelphia-based choreographer, 2007 Pew Fellow, and the co-director of anonymous bodies.
Jeanne van Heeswijk is a Dutch visual artist whose work centers on the complex relationship between public space and urban renewal.
Established in 1963, Pennsylvania Ballet has extended its important Balanchine-based repertoire by presenting new works by a variety of contemporary choreographers.
As part of the ongoing Center-funded project re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia, Painted Bride Art Center welcomes Congolese dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula.
Philip Bither has been the Walker Art Center’s senior curator of performing arts since 1997.