NEW 2009

Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre presented the 2009 nEW Festival, a program that supports choreographic projects through rehearsal and production processes, comprised of community classes, workshops, and informal showings. Throughout the year, nEW serves as an incubator for new work and offers some of Philadelphia’s most innovative dance artists an opportunity to engage in choreographic research and development in a collaborative environment. During the showings, audience members are invited to preview the work, meet the artists, and learn more about the nEW Festival residency program.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Rainey has performed with companies such as Dance Theatre of Harlem and Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, and he was a soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet from 1999–2006.

Grants & Grantees

The Painted Bride commissioned a new dance work by Caribbean-born choreographers Marianela Boán, Gabri Christa, and Tania Isaac.

Two recently completed Center-supported projects have released publications documenting artistic collaborations and community engagement processes.

Founded in 1986, Sruti promotes and presents Indian classical music and dance to educate the greater Philadelphia community on the importance of Indian arts.

Ballet répétiteurs such as Ruanne work one-on-one with dance artists to articulate and find the essence of a character or particular portrayal that becomes distinctive to their physicality.

The members of the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change will adapt existing folk songs and write new ones in traditional styles, in the hopes of subverting historical narratives in which women are blamed, stigmatized, or victimized.

Dedicated to supporting and promoting Latin American culture, Raices Culturales LatinoAmericanas produces a variety of community programs and cultural showcases.

Grants & Grantees

Known for innovation, creativity, and preservation of African-American traditions in dance, Philadanco has been dancing in the Philadelphia community since 1970.

BalletX presented the world premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Still@Life and Helen Pickett’s Union.

We asked Oliver, a choreographer and dance professor, “Should we dance in museums?”

Collaborators & Colleagues

Molly Smith has been a leader in new play development for more than 30 years. She currently serves as the artistic director of Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.

In this collaboration, Meredith Rainey researched and developed a new work that explored perception through the vehicle of the famous Rorschach test.