The Kimmel Center presented a four-day engagement with Black Grace, an all-male dance ensemble from New Zealand. Known for fusing Pacific traditional cultures with contemporary dance, and for performing to music ranging from Samoan indigenous music to Bach and hip-hop, Black Grace continues to work under founder and director Neil Ieremia’s choreographic vision, blending eclectic source material with highly physical vocabulary. The company’s Kimmel Center program included the signature work Minoi, which showcases Samoan slap dancing and singing; Surface, which traces the masculine traditions of the Samoan culture; and a new work entitled Gathering Clouds.
Vox Populi presented a group exhibition with guest-curator Malik Gaines that explored various tactics for representing the complex, contradictory legacies of cultural difference.
As part of Bryn Mawr College’s ongoing retrospective, Trisha Brown: In the New Body, the Pennsylvania Ballet performs Brown’s O zlozony/O composite, becoming the first US ballet company to perform Brown’s choreography.
Dr. Susan Leigh Foster is a choreographer, dancer, and scholar. Her “danced lectures” became a launching point for the third iteration of the Center’s danceworkbook series.
We ask DeFrantz how changes in technology are impacting the ways in which artists produce narrative.
1812 Productions is the country’s only regional theater devoted entirely to comedy, with a history of over 50 shows.
SoMoS, the culmination of Merián Soto’s ambitious Branch Dance series, encouraged audiences to participate in meditative movement with the dancers.
The Community Education Center produced the 25th New Edge Artists Service Program and Performance Series, connecting emerging and established artists with resources to rehearse and showcase their work.
Ron Silliman is a poet and a 1998 Pew Fellow.
Composer Jace Clayton, also known as DJ /rupture, uses an interdisciplinary approach to focus on how sound, memory, and public space interact, with an emphasis on the global South.
Eleone Dance Theatre is a Philadelphia-based troupe dedicated to dance that celebrates intergenerational and multicultural themes.
Dance artists Megan Mazarick, Shavon Norris, and Meredith Rainey created new works in residency at the Community Education Center.
Choreographer Stephen Petronio and artist Janine Antoni on how visual arts organizations can invite audiences into performative experiences.