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.
Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers’ company training project furthered the development of the meditative and martial arts practices at the core of their creative process.
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.
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.
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.
Jean Isaacs is the artistic director of San Diego Dance Theater and the founder of Trolley Dances.
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.
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.