Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, dedicated to representing traditional Ukrainian culture in the United States, celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012 with the world premiere of Carnival, an original dance piece made for the ensemble by contemporary choreographer Mark Morris. Morris is the artistic director of Mark Morris Dance Company in Brooklyn, NY, and the recipient of multiple awards and honors, such as the 2010 Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society. He is well-known throughout the world for innovative choreography that integrates a diverse range of traditions and techniques, from Eastern European folk dance to classical ballet and modern dance. Voloshky’s Artistic Director Taras Lewyckyj felt that Morris’ background as “a choreographer who [embraces] folk traditions while creating wildly innovative contemporary works” made him an exciting choice to expand the range of company performance vocabulary. In another partnership that reflects the significance of this collaboration, two of the world’s foremost Ukrainian dance companies, Voloshky and Ukraine’s Virsky Dance Company, joined together to perform Morris’ new work.
Bissell, the Center’s Performance director, and Adair, director of Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, discuss the origins and learnings of a Center interdisciplinary research project between dancers and historians that explored alternative ways of interpreting historic sites. Participants in the project reflect on its outcomes and implications.
The staff and board members of Wyck worked with a marketing firm to develop a new marketing plan and brand identity, in order to attract potential audiences.
On February 21, 2015, the Center launched our new multimedia online publication, A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78, at Danspace Project in New York City.
A number of Center-funded performances take the stage this spring.
Kate Watson-Wallace is a Philadelphia-based choreographer, 2007 Pew Fellow, and the co-director of anonymous bodies.
Revisit Center-funded The Dance Apocalypse in Brooklyn with The Dance Apocalypse/Solos. Creators Gabrielle Revlock and Nicole Bindler describe the piece as ” a radical challenge to the paltry circumstances in which artists seek funding and a heart wrenching end-of-the-world love story with pizazz.”
Congolese dancer Faustin Linyekula is a leading contemporary African choreographer and the founder of Studios Kabako.
For the past four years, Meg Foley has been inserting unexpected performance into ordinary life with her 3:15 dance project, in which she creates a dance, wherever she is, at exactly 3:15 p.m.
Robert Crowder (1930–2012) was the founder of Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble and a 2004 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.
FringeArts presents, develops, and commissions a range of high-quality contemporary performing and visual arts in Philadelphia.
Rebeca Mauleón is a celebrated pianist, composer, producer, educator, and author, and the director of education at SFJAZZ.