Presentation of Fly: Five First Ladies of Dance

The Painted Bride Art Center presented Fly: Five First Ladies of Dance, featuring Germaine Acogny, Carmen de Lavallade, Dianne McIntyre, Bebe Miller, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Collectively, these five artists span a huge range of African American dance experience. To amplify the public impact of this project, Painted Bride also initiated a program of interviews with Philadelphia dance artists who work in traditions represented by the guest artists, which are available on a website dedicated to the project. Public events in addition to the sold out performances included line dancing classes; a preshow discussion with dance scholar Brenda Dixon Gottschild about her work on a new Center-funded biography, Joan Myers Brown & The Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina: A Biohistory of American Performance; and a “behind-the-scenes” intimate conversation with the Fly participants, facilitated by Dixon Gottschild.

References

Having created this work over the course of a decade, Malavika Sarukkai pays homage to the sacred river Ganga and its importance in Indian culture, history, the environment, and spirituality.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Anna Halprin is a pioneering choreographer whose work has led to a reconsideration of dance as an art form.

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.

Grants & Grantees

The Leah Stein Dance Company is committed to making dances spontaneously, rigorously, in collaboration, and in connection with the moment, often as site-specific works.

Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula discusses why he is “constantly trying to find ways of being in dialogue with the city.”

A multidisciplinary interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s orchestral score The Firebird that links South African and Russian traditions.

Grants & Grantees

Marianela Boan incorporated a wide range of movement styles and media forms to create Office, the basis for a piece that was presented during the 2010 FringeArts festival.

Grants & Grantees

Pew Fellow and choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace created Store, a site-specific dance work performed inside an abandoned megastore.

Grants & Grantees

Greg “Hodari” Banks is a dancer and a 1992 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Richard Maxwell, playwright and director, is the artistic director of New York City Players and a two-time Off-Broadway Theater Award winner.

Grants & Grantees

Amy Smith is a dance artist, a founder of Headlong Dance Theater, and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

Questions of Practice

Isaac, a 2011 Pew Fellow in dance and choreography, peppered the walls of the Center with blank pages for writing and sharing ideas, in an evolving project called “The Notebook.”