Improvisation Lab

This grant provided support for Improvisation Lab, a project that included working with choreographer Miguel Gutierrez and Dan Rothenberg, co-artistic director of Pig Iron Theatre Company, rehearsal time with company members, three public showings, and a workshop series for Philadelphia dancers. Rather than relying on a single dance style or technique, Headlong Dance Theater develops a unique movement vocabulary for each new piece drawing on the co-directors’ eclectic movement backgrounds. As a founding member and co-artistic director of Pig Iron Theatre Company, Rothenberg has studied theater and mask at Ecole Jacques Lecoq and Shakespeare & Company and has led workshops for actors and dancers with a focus on ensemble playmaking and Lecoq’s techniques. Gutierrez, a former dancer with John Jasperse, challenges and complicates conventional notions of communication, improvisation, listening, and development by delving into the primary, movement, energetic, and creative senses.

Grants & Grantees

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers’ company training project furthered the development of the meditative and martial arts practices at the core of their creative process.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Simon Dove is an independent curator and educator, and a co-curator of Crossing the Line, the annual trans-disciplinary fall festival in New York City.

Grants & Grantees

FringeArts presents, develops, and commissions a range of high-quality contemporary performing and visual arts in Philadelphia.

Frank Sherlock is named Philadelphia’s new poet laureate, William Daley receives a solo exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and poets Teresa Leo, Pattie McCarthy, and Jenn McCreary release new books.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Nunally Kersh works as an independent consultant and producer. Most recently, she served as senior producer of Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC.

Dance ethnologist and anthropologist Toni Shapiro-Phim traces the legacy of Cambodian dancer and teacher Pen Sokhuon against a backdrop of historical and political changes in Cambodia.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jean Isaacs is the artistic director of San Diego Dance Theater and the founder of Trolley Dances.

Grants & Grantees

As a presenting arts organization, the Painted Bride offers a wide range of work in music, dance, spoken word, and theater.

To acquaint Philadelphia dancers with Trisha Brown’s explorations, a series of free classes and workshops will be offered at area Universities and art spaces.

Supper, People on the Move, a large-scale performance by choreographer Silvana Cardell, inspired and informed by the immigration process, will premiere in June 2015.

The fourth iteration of danceworkbook, A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78, is a dynamic reexamination of the early dances of one of America’s most influential contemporary choreographers.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Miranda Cuckson teaches violin at Mannes College The New School for Music and directs the not-for-profit music organization Nunc, which she founded in 2007.