The Philadelphia Folklore Project’s artist residency program supported a collaboration between tap dancer Germaine Ingram, saxophonist Bobby Zankel, and photographer/printmaker John Dowell, who created choreography, music, and visual environments to commemorate the nine Africans enslaved in the President’s House—Philadelphia’s White House—during George Washington’s presidency. The project was meant to encourage reflection on the implications of slavery’s practice in America’s first seat of government, and on our own responsibilities in the light of this history. Work-in-progress showings at the Community Education Center and the African American Museum in Philadelphia elicited conversations that were captured and published in the spring 2010 edition of the Philadelphia Folklore Project’s magazine, Works in Progress. A 2010 Project Grant supported the ensuing collaborative work, Parallel Destinies.
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts presents a diverse range of programming in a beautiful park setting.
Rea Tajiri’s (Pew Fellow, 2015) films straddle documentary and art film genres with an innovative approach to storytelling, which she characterizes as “personal essay documentary,” exploring the effects of political, social, and emotional histories within families and across generations.
Silvana Cardell is a choreographer, dancer and, educator, whose choreographic impulses are defined by her experience as an Argentine expatriate living, working, and raising a family in the United States.
“Reinventing Tradition: New Dance in Indonesia” was a workshop series on cross-cultural practice that explored notions of the contemporary and the traditional in Indonesian dance.
In the second iteration of the Center’s danceworkbook series, dancer and choreographer Roko Kawai reflects upon and shares images of her dance work since 1992.
April welcomes a number of Center-funded performances to the region.
Malavika Sarukkai, a leading Bharatanatyam dancer who challenges traditions of Indian classical dance, performed at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in April 2014.
Kyle “JustSole” Clark presents an autobiographical dance-theater performance blending street dance techniques with spoken word narration and video.
Bryn Mawr College’s retrospective introduced local audiences to Rethorst’s work and featured a series of public events, all of which provided unique windows into Rethorst’s methodology.
Blues and African-American folk music specialist David H. Evans is a professor of music at the University of Memphis.
Anna Drozdowski, a curator of performance, hosts European duo Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion for a two-week retrospective of their collaborative career. The two juxtapose the formality of music composition with a radical and open approach to performance, composition and audience.
Group Motion, Philadelphia’s oldest contemporary dance company, commissioned choreographer Susan Rethorst to create a new work for its dancers.