Battle Hymns

Leah Stein directs Battle Hymns singers and dancers at Kezar Pavilion in April 2013, set to a libretto based on Civil War texts. Photo by Sidney Chen.

Leah Stein choreographed a large-scale, site-specific dance to an original score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, performed by 70 singers from the Mendelssohn Club chorus, and shown at Philadelphia’s 23rd Street Armory. Stein worked closely with Lang during the development of the score, the libretto of which was based on Civil War texts: Stephen Foster songs, a quote from Abraham Lincoln, and a battlefield letter home, written by Sullivan Ballou. This was the Leah Stein Dance Company’s third collaboration with the Mendelssohn Club, directed by Alan Harler, all of which incorporated a full chorus into the choreography. In 2012, the full production of Battle Hymns toured to San Francisco for a performance with 20 professional singers of Volti, more than 100 members from the San Francisco Choral Society, and 50 young singers from the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir.

Grants & Grantees

Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre presented this festival, which provides resources to Philadelphia choreographers for rehearsals, classes, and showings.

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Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin brought his duet to the Koresh Dance Company for performance and taught a series of master classes in his signature dance technique.

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María Teresa Rodriguez is a media artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.

This month in Fellows Friday news: Alex Da Corte prepares for a major exhibition at ICA Philadelphia, and new albums from Orrin Evans, Mary Lattimore, and Chris Forsyth have generated buzz. We also say goodbye to jazz violinist John Blake, Jr.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Judy Hussie-Taylor has served as Executive Director of Danspace Project, a New York City venue for independent experimental choreographers, since 2008. Hussie-Taylor served as a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2012 and 2013, a Performance LOI panelist in 2014, and as the Performance panel chair in 2015.

This month, Center-funded projects from Silvana Cardell and Anna Drozdowski culminate in live performances and workshops, while FringeArts looks forward to a fall theater presentation by hosting a discussion with Obie Award-winning Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove.

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Brian Teare’s (Pew Fellow, 2015) poetry is concerned with embodiment—both our human bodies and the natural environment around us.

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Foley, a 2012 Pew Fellow, explores how every movement, no matter how ordinary or seemingly inconsequential, informs a responding movement, and so on, in an ongoing creative feedback loop.

Writer and dancer Wendy Perron evokes Trisha Brown to explain why contemporary dance is open to multiple meanings.

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In addition to company productions, Group Motion hosts regular improvisational movement workshops, which allow the public to employ dance as a language of expression.

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A two-part concert program, with a live talk show hosted by Live from Lincoln Center’s Fred Child and an accompanying studio recording, will offer a renewed perspective on the artistic legacy of baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann.

Questions of Practice

Isaac, a 2011 Pew Fellow in dance and choreography, peppered the walls of the Center with blank pages for writing and sharing ideas, in an evolving project called “The Notebook.”