Rigidigidim De Bamba De: Ruptured Calypso

The Painted Bride Art Center ushered in its 40th season with the commission of Rigidigidim De Bamba De: Ruptured Calypso, an evening-length work for six women by choreographer Cynthia Oliver that explores calypso music and Caribbean identity. Born in the Bronx and raised in the Virgin Islands, Oliver incorporates the textures of Caribbean performance with African and American aesthetic sensibilities. A series of workshops and outreach activities exploring the creative process were part of the work, which focused thematically on Caribbean cultural sources and the immigrant experience. The project included a weeklong residency in Philadelphia that culminated with the performances. Outreach activities included master classes in “CaribFunk,” a blend of classical ballet and modern technique that treads on the boundaries of traditional African and Caribbean movement forms; a film screening of Bacchanal Time: The People’s Carnival, directed by Ryan Saunders; and a story circle that incorporated theatrical performance techniques within individual and group storytelling exercises.

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International choreographers and dancers Sidi Larbi and Shantala Shivalingappa presented performances at FringeArts’ 2011 festival, including the American debut of their duet Play.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Sam Miller is the former president of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and currently serves on the Board of Amrita in Phnom Penh. He served as a Center dance panelist and LOI panelist in 2013, Pew Fellowships evaluator in 2014, and Pew Fellowships Panel Chair in 2015.

Grants & Grantees

Hellmut Gottschild is a dancer and a 1992 Pew Fellow.

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Grants & Grantees

AP Gorny is a visual artist and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Bristol Riverside Theatre created a managing director position, which led to audience growth and greater revenues.

Kun-Yang Lin’s dance company hosted classes with visiting artist Hsu-Hui Huang and incorporated his techniques into a performance at the Painted Bride Art Center.

Grants & Grantees

Mytili Jagannathan is a poet and a 2002 Pew Fellow.

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Grants & Grantees

An urban performing arts center on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, the Annenberg Center presents touring theater, jazz, and world music.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Paula Marincola was named the first executive director of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in June 2008. She leads the organization in developing and implementing its strategic agenda as both grantmaker and hub for knowledge-sharing.

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Philadelphia Dance Projects has grown into an organization focused on presenting performances and workshops to challenge and develop local artists.