Nichole Canuso, artistic director of Nichole Canuso Dance Company (NCDC), embarked upon Directing My Dancers/Directing Myself—a planning project that included a mentorship under U.K.-based dancer Wendy Houstoun, as a framework which allowed Canuso to reevaluate her choreographic practice. Canuso founded NCDC in 2004 and has worked with companies and organizations such as Pig Iron Theatre Company, Headlong Dance Theater, and The Wilma Theater, among others. This project prompted Canuso to step back from her recent large, theatrical works, and to focus on expanding and exploring her own dance practice. Houstoun is a founding member of London’s award-winning DV8 Physical Theatre and known across Europe for her work, which deftly combines text, movement, visual design, and sound—all parallel to Canuso’s interests. Houstoun engaged in one-on-one sessions with Canuso and introduced her to peer artists during a stay in England; after that time, Canuso returned to Philadelphia and generated new material for a solo project. The NCDC website has documented this project with writing from Canuso. Canuso received a follow-up grant in 2013 to produce the solo performance work that emerged from her time spent with Houstoun. This will take place during the 2013–14 season of FringeArts’ non-festival programming.
Karina Muñiz is currently the political director of Mujeres Unidas y Activas, a grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women based in California.
Patricia Lent of Merce Cunningham Trust, an experienced restager, along with theater-maker Richard Schechner, video/installation artist Sharon Hayes, and UC Berkeley professor and moderator Shannon Jackson, here explores the difficulties of recreating works of performance, and how the terms used to describe such acts—restaging, reconstructing, reenacting—vary across disciplines.
Richard Evans is co-founder and president of EmcArts, a New York City firm that works to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.
Jennifer Higdon is a Pulitzer Prize-winning musician and a 1999 Pew Fellow.
Lee Tusman is an independent curator based in Philadelphia whose projects straddle the intersection of ideas that are socially-based and urban in nature, with a focus on contemporary new media.
Stephen Petronio has honed a unique language of movement that speaks to the intuitive and complex possibilities of the body.
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.
Michelle Heffner Hayes will provide context for the development of flamenco as a technique, its gendered conventions, and the standardization of its norms.
North American twins return to their Middle Eastern homeland as they uncover family secrets.
Bryn Mawr College presented noted contemporary choreographer John Jasperse’s Fort Blossom Revisited, created in 2000 and previously performed only at The Kitchen in New York City.
Cynthia Oliver is a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”)-winning choreographer whose work has been presented nationally and internationally.
Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design fosters the study, exploration, and management of the arts: media, design, the performing, and visual.