As a member of the Cuban National Contemporary Dance Company, founder/director of DanzAbierta, Cuba, and director of BoanDanz Action, Marianela Boan has been recognized as one of the leading choreographers of contemporary Cuban dance. This project began with the working title Office and the new dance evolved to become Decadere (loosely translated as “falling into decline”). In this dance, Boan moved through a variety of appropriated source material, mixing salsa, disco, and classical music with movement derived from pedestrian actions. These materials became further fused with the theatrical use of masks, real-time video processed sound, and speech. A large screen echoed the dancers’ intimate, violent, sorrowful movements through live video capture. This performance project followed Boan’s “contaminated dance” style, which merges different forms of art with dance performance. Decadere was presented during the 2010 FringeArts Festival.
In addition to company productions, Group Motion hosts regular improvisational movement workshops, which allow the public to employ dance as a language of expression.
Founded in 1969, Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble seeks to preserve, present, and build upon the dance and music of Africa and the African Diaspora.
The Kimmel Center presented a four-day program with Black Grace, all-male dance ensemble known for fusing traditional Pacific cultures with contemporary dance.
What inspires our imaginations and catalyzes our creativity? As we bid farewell to 2014, we asked members of our cultural community to share something that inspired them this year.
Ralph Lemon, Artistic Director of Cross Performance, is a dancer, choreographer, writer, and visual artist dedicated to cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary work.
William Larson is a media artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.
Having created this work over the course of a decade, Malavika Sarukkai pays homage to the sacred river Ganga and its importance in Indian culture, history, the environment, and spirituality.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, pianist, and professor Shulamit Ran is the Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professor in the department of music at the University of Chicago.
In 2003 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 63 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
One of Philadelphia’s smartest and scrappiest small, no-profit art spaces, Marginal Utility is known for forging long-term commitments with artists.
Pasión y Arte is an all-female dance company that creates challenging and original modern flamenco works.
David Sheingold is an independent consultant providing project development, strategic planning, and fundraising services for arts organizations and artists.