Parallel Destinies

Germaine Ingram performs in Parallel Destinies. Courtesy of James Wasserman.

Parallel Destinies, a multidisciplinary project involving original music, choreography, and visual environment, commemorated the nine Africans enslaved in George Washington’s house during his presidency. A 2010 Pew Fellow and veteran of the jazz tap scene, as well as a public interest attorney and education reform advocate, Ingram has performed with celebrated tap artists such as Gregory Hines and Buster Brown, and practiced under the mentorship of Philadelphia tap legend, the late LaVaughn Robinson, for over two decades. Ingram’s collaborators were jazz composer/saxophonist and Pew Fellow Bobby Zankel and photographer/printmaker John Dowell. Their work began shortly after an excavation of the President’s House site occurred, stimulated by prolonged public discussion about how this national and local history should be commemorated. The three artists explored how art in general and African diaspora traditions in particular can offer distinct means of imagining the meanings of the site and the people who lived there. The culminating performance included technical and moving image design by Pew Fellow Jorge Cousineau.

The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance is autobiographical and presents a running story in which Xavier, a 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts, is both narrator and dancer.

Dance scholar Linda Caruso Haviland discusses Forsythe’s curiosity about and drive towards the not-yet-known (the “possibles”) within the dance structure and the dancers.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Natasha Bakht is an Indian contemporary dancer and choreographer. In 2015, she was a panelist in Performance.

Grants & Grantees

Pepón Osorio is a visual artist and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

Tempesta di Mare presented a concert series of baroque interpretations in collaboration with the Philadelphia Singers.

Congolese choreographer and dancer Faustin Linyekula discusses why he believes that theater is “a lab for how we live as citizens.”

Grants & Grantees

Hellmut Gottschild is a dancer and a 1992 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Founded in 2005 by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, BalletX unites distinguished choreographers with a company of world-class dancers to “forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace.”

Grants & Grantees

You have to almost exhaust yourself sometimes to let yourself say what it is, or do what it is, in the most honest way.

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.

Choreographers Reggie Wilson and Faustin Linyekula discuss the role of “place” in their artistic practices.

Grants & Grantees

Supporting, documenting and presenting Philadelphia area folk arts, the Philadelphia Folklore Project is committed to sustaining community cultural knowledge.