Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers’ company training project was a working laboratory which supported artistic director Kun-Yang Lin’s continuing investigations into embodying contemplative practices that are at the core of his creative process. Dancer training in meditation and martial art practices with guest artist teachers was central to the program; many activities were also open to the public, including workshops, community dialogues, and open rehearsals. Guest teaching artists included former principal dancer of Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Hsu-Hui Huang; martial artist Dr. Chik Qadir Mason; mandala artist, Buddhist philosopher, and teacher Losang Samten; and puppeteer Hua Hua Zhang. The project was accompanied by a restaging of choreographer Kun-Yang Lin’s dance Beyond the Bones for performances at Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center.
We speak to postmodern dance pioneer Anna Halprin about her introduction to dance, various turning points in her artistic career, and the importance of creating dance that responds to pressing social and political issues.
The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is widely known for giving artists exhibitions at critical points in their careers.
Glenn Holsten is a filmmaker and a 1997 Pew Fellow.
The universality of sudden loss and trauma will be examined in this multimedia dance theater work integrating Kim’s heritage in traditional Korean dance with Western dance, improvisation, music, and found sound, to be developed in collaboration with Marion Ramírez, Germaine Ingram, Merián Soto, and Korean musician Gamin Hyosung Kang.
The Philadelphia Flamenco Festival offers a free master class with flamenco master Israel Galván, star of the festival performance La Curva.
Two Center-funded performance projects presented by FringeArts at the 2015 Fringe Festival—Available Light and After the Rehearsal/Persona—have gained positive reviews in The New York Times.
Group Motion, Philadelphia’s oldest contemporary dance company, commissioned choreographer Susan Rethorst to create a new work for its dancers.
Dito van Reigersberg is a theater artist, a co-founder and co-artistic director of Pig Iron Theatre Company, and a 2002 Pew Fellow.
Tyrone Brown is a musician and a 2003 Pew Fellow.
A number of Center-funded projects are New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer fall arts picks.
Jennifer S.B. Calienes is an independent consultant and senior advisor for the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) at Florida State University, where she served as founding director (2004–14).
Frank Sherlock is named Philadelphia’s new poet laureate, William Daley receives a solo exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and poets Teresa Leo, Pattie McCarthy, and Jenn McCreary release new books.