The Farewell

Philadelphia dance artist Janet Pilla reconstructed, documented, and performed The Farewell, a solo choreographed by Pauline Koner in 1963. Koner (1912–2001) was a principal dancer with the José Limón Dance Company, a leading modern-dance troupe of the 1940s and ’50s who honored the memory of modern dance pioneer Doris Humphrey’s with The Farewell, a 30-minute solo that became her best-known choreography. Working closely with preeminent Koner expert, Evelyn Sheperd, Pilla, has previously danced in reconstruction, restaging, or performances of Symphony for Strings, Mazurkas, and Primavera by Jose Limon, and Day on Earth by Doris Humphrey. Pilla has also studied with Ernestine Stodelle on two early Doris Humphrey solos, Quasi Waltz and The Call/Breath of Fire, and currently holds in her solo repertory.

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

At the February launch of the Center’s new multimedia online publication, A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78, Lucinda Childs and Judy Hussie-Taylor, executive director of Danspace Project, discussed Childs’ career and artistic influences.

Fall kicks off with a packed schedule of Center-funded projects, including exhibition openings from Temple Contemporary and The Galleries at Moore, and performance premieres at the 2015 Fringe Festival that push the boundaries of genre and form.

The fourth iteration of danceworkbook, A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78, is a dynamic reexamination of the early dances of one of America’s most influential contemporary choreographers.

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Barbara Attie is a media artist and a 2005 Pew Fellow.

Dancer, choreographer, and 2013 Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier takes hip-hop techniques from the street to the stage and tells the autobiographical story defined by sacrifice, passion, and transcendence.

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In addition to company productions, Group Motion hosts regular improvisational movement workshops, which allow the public to employ dance as a language of expression.

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Jenelle Porter is senior curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Prior to that, she curated at Artists Space in New York and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.

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This large-scale performance, inspired and informed by the immigration process, will premiere in June 2015. The second performance will be simulcast live for a public audience at Independence Mall.

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Mick Moloney is a musician and folklorist, and a 2000 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.

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An artist development initiative supported local and culturally diverse artists working in folk and traditional arts.

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David Lang is one of America’s most performed composers, with an extensive catalog that includes opera, orchestra, chamber, and solo works.