Local Dance History Project

1/5: Snow Falling on Waves (1981), choreographed by Jano Cohen, performed in 2010 for Philadelphia Dance Projects’ Local Dance History Project. Dancers: Theresa Westwood, Jodi Obeid, Heather Murphy. Photo by Brian Mengini.
2/5: What We’re Made Of (1980), choreographed by Michael Biello, Ishmael Houston-Jones, and Dan Martin, and performed in 2010 as part of Philadelphia Dance Projects’ Local Dance History Project. Dancers: Gregory Holt, John Luna, Scott McPheeters, William Robinson, and Anthony Pirollo (cellist). Photo by Brian Mengini.
3/5: He & He (excerpts of performance works 1982–89), choreographed by Michael Biello and Dan Martin, and performed in 2010 as part of Philadelphia Dance Projects’ Local Dance History Project. Dancers: John Luna and Scott McPheeters. Photo by Brian Mengini.
4/5: He & He (excerpts of performance works 1982–89), choreographed by Michael Biello and Dan Martin, and performed in 2010 as part of Philadelphia Dance Projects’ Local Dance History Project. Dancers: John Luna and Scott McPheeters. Photo by Brian Mengini.
5/5: He & He (excerpts of performance works 1982–89), choreographed by Michael Biello and Dan Martin, and performed in 2010 as part of Philadelphia Dance Projects’ Local Dance History Project. Dancers: John Luna and Scott McPheeters. Photo by Brian Mengini.

The Local Dance History Project examined the development of contemporary dance in Philadelphia through the work of five dance and movement artists who were among the first to explore postmodern, improvisation, and performance genres in the city during the late 1970s and early ’80s. Composer Dan Martin and dancers Michael Biello, Jano Cohen, Terry Fox, and Ishmael Houston Jones, originally presented a 1980 performance at the Harold Prince Theater at the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, which was later featured in the publication Dance & Dancers. The same five artists reunited to reconstruct their work, which was performed in this iteration by young Philadelphia dance artists as part of the “Philadelphia Dance Projects Presents” season in 2010. A catalog entitled Re-Generation was published to commemorate the Local Dance History Project, with photos and commentary by the 18 artists who participated in the reconstruction.

References

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

Kariamu Welsh is a dancer and a 1996 Pew Fellow.

Ballet répétiteurs such as Parkinson 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.

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.

Grants & Grantees

Eckes’ poetry documents the voices and histories of urban life through narrative-driven, investigative, and experimental texts that draw from sources such as news archives, personal accounts, and corporate correspondence.

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.

Grants & Grantees

In 2004 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 76 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

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

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

Grants & Grantees

Roko Kawai and a team of collaborators traveled to Japan to develop the dance/sound piece Izu House.

As part of Pasión y Arte’s Philadelphia Flamenco Festival, International House Philadelphia will host a screening of Flamenco Hoy by the celebrated film maestro Carlos Saura.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Samuel Hoi has served as President of Los Angeles’ Otis College of Art and Design since 2000.