Eleone Dance Theatre is dedicated to the preservation and creation of historical and contemporary theater dance. The company has a diverse repertoire of works that span the contemporary modern, spiritual, rhythm and blues, African, and hip-hop genres. This award supported the research, development, and training to acquire and present Americana, choreographed by Katherine Dunham. Dunham (1909 –2006) was an American dancer, choreographer, author, educator, and social activist. Dunham maintained the Katherine Dunham Dance Company for nearly 30 years and over her career choreographed more than 90 dances. Ruby Streate and Glory Van Scott, both former Dunham company dancers worked with Eleone dancers to oversee the project.
Thomas F. DeFrantz directs SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology and teaches in dance and African and African-American Studies at Duke University.
FringeArts presents, develops, and commissions a range of high-quality contemporary performing and visual arts in Philadelphia.
Leah Stein, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and composer Pauline Oliveros collaborated on a new music and dance work.
Kate Watson-Wallace is a Philadelphia-based choreographer, 2007 Pew Fellow, and the co-director of anonymous bodies.
Promoting cultural exchanges between Ukrainians and the global community, Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble seeks to represent the country’s culture through dance.
Susan Rethorst (Pew Fellow, 2014) is an internationally renowned choreographer and teacher of choreography.
Parallel Destinies was a collaborative multidisciplinary dance piece that commemorated the nine Africans enslaved in George Washington’s house during his presidency in Philadelphia.
Patricia Lent of the Merce Cunningham Trust, theater-maker Richard Schechner, and video/installation artist Sharon Hayes gather to discuss the question of reenactment in cultural practice, with UC Berkeley professor Shannon Jackson as moderator.
Nick Stuccio, President and Producing Director at FringeArts, on how curation in performance might differ from curation in the visual arts.
Julie Carr is the author of several books of poetry, co-publisher of Counterpath Press, and a 2011 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.
The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society will research and develop new business models that respond to shifting trends in audience behaviors.
In conjunction with its presentation of Brett Bailey’s Macbeth, FringeArts presents Le Cargo, a dance work by Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula.