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.

Grants & Grantees

In 2010, with Center support, Philagrafika—an organization dedicated to contemporary printmaking—organized a massive multi-venue festival.

A number of ongoing and recently completed Center-funded projects have filled theater houses and garnered extensive media coverage.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko is the President and CEO of the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine, which presents the history and cultures of the Wabanaki people. She served as a panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation in 2015.

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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar is founding artistic director of Urban Bush Women, a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change.

Choreographer and director David Gordon will participate in three public rehearsals as he develops POLITICAL SHENANIGANS: dancing w/ Brecht & Eisler.

The next phase of a multi-part conversation about historic preservation, first initiated in 2011, Gray Area 3 will convene community members around the “adaptive re-use” of two vacant Philadelphia buildings of historic, cultural, or architectural significance.

Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble worked with contemporary choreographer Ronald K. Brown in an extended residency to develop new approaches to its work.

Susan Hess Modern Dance hosted Ralph Lemon for a weeklong Masters Exchange residency, opening select sessions to the public to view the choreographic process at work.

Choreographer Stephen Petronio and artist Janine Antoni on how visual arts organizations can invite audiences into performative experiences.

Grants & Grantees

Known for its high energy performances, Koresh Dance Company was founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer Ronen Koresh.

Flamenco dancer Pastora Galván performs in this self-titled work, choreographed by her brother, Israel Galván.