Red Thread

Red Thread grew from choreographer Lisa Kraus’ desire to bring her longtime colleagues, Eva Karczag and Vicky Shick, into a dance-making process. All three danced together in the Trisha Brown Dance Company, beginning over 30 years ago. Over the course of the project, they delved into questions such as: How would such longstanding friendships and professional relationships affect dancing and dancemaking? What might each artist learn from the others’ decades of dance research and experience? The crux of the inquiry centered on women’s quilting circles, where art is made in community and integrated into daily life. Just as the art and craft of quilt making is shared through the generations, dance “elders” pass their knowledge and experiences to a younger generation, which is what inspired Kraus, Karczag, and Shick to invite three younger dancers to join the cast. Red Thread was presented in March 2010 as part of the “Philadelphia Dance Projects Presents” series at the Performance Garage.


Poet, critic, and teacher Claudia La Rocco addresses the question “Should we dance in museums?” She argues that dance must be “contextualized in a larger curatorial framework.”

Bryn Mawr College’s Performing Arts Series presented a month of free events to expand audience’s knowledge of Cambodian dance, music, and culture that culminated in a performance of The Lives of Giants by the Khmer Arts Ensemble.

Promoting cultural exchanges between Ukrainians and the global community, Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble seeks to represent the country’s culture through dance.

Questions of Practice

Dance scholar Linda Caruso Haviland shares her thoughts on restaging, reconstruction, reenactment, and reconstruction in dance.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Anna Halprin is a pioneering choreographer whose work has led to a reconsideration of dance as an art form.

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012 by collaborating with contemporary choreographer Mark Morris on an original Center-funded dance piece.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kathy Bateson is the president and CEO of the Arts Center for Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

Grants & Grantees

Artistic Director Nichole Canuso likes to explore “dances that celebrate the awkwardness, humor and surprise in human experience.”

Collaborators & Colleagues

Janet Pilla has danced on many stages in her native Philadelphia over the past 25 years.

A series of community dance workshops will be held as part of Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design’s Center-funded project Boris Charmatz: Levée des conflits.

Grants & Grantees

Playwright and 2008 Pew Fellow J. Rufus Caleb strives to create theater experiences that are “as visceral as they are intellectual.”

Grants & Grantees

Annenberg Center Live presented Basil Twist’s Petrushka and held workshops for local puppeteers, which included a tour of Twist’s studio.