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.

Supper, People on the Move, a large-scale performance by choreographer Silvana Cardell, inspired and informed by the immigration process, will premiere in June 2015.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Daniel Tucker is an artist, writer, and organizer who develops documentaries, publications, and events inspired by his interest in social movements and the people and places from which they emerge.

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.

Grants & Grantees

Pasión y Arte is an all-female dance company that creates challenging and original modern flamenco works.

Grants & Grantees

Nicholas Kripal is a visual artist and a 1999 Pew Fellow.

Leah Stein’s Center-funded project Battle Hymns, set to an original score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, was remounted in San Francisco in the spring of 2013.

As we near the end of 2015, we invited Center colleagues, collaborators, and grantees to share a memorable and inspiring cultural experience.

“Rogers + Rudner: Then + Now,” co-presented by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and Dance/USA Philadelphia on September 29, 2007, culminated in a discussion with the two pioneer postmodern dance artists.

The Penn Institute for Urban Research develops knowledge in three critical areas: innovative urban development strategies; building the sustainable and inclusive 21st-century city; and the role of anchor institutions in urban places.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Boomershine has presented his work at Movement Research and Danspace Project, and he arranges and develops workshops and creative/educational residencies for and with Lucinda Childs.

Grants & Grantees

Hilary Harp is a sculptor and installation artist, and a 1995 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Producer, writer, director, and founder of Blueberry Hill Productions, Laurie Kahn has a number of writing credits to her name for award-winning films and television series.