French choreographer Roland Petit’s Carmen, originally choreographed in 1949 for his company Les Ballets de Paris, was restaged for the Pennsylvania Ballet’s 2010–11 season opening. The restaging team of specialists coached the dancers in performance techniques that authentically evoked the character of this historical post-war ballet. Carmen was a benchmark ballet for Petit and the work established him as one of Europe’s leading choreographers. Often performed in Europe, Carmen is rarely performed in the United States, which gave Philadelphia audiences a unique opportunity to see a ballet by one of the major voices of European ballet in the second half of the 20th century.
Flatland 2010 was Jumatatu Poe’s first evening-length work. The final piece incorporated structured audience feedback that Poe received after two work-in-progress showings.
An urban performing arts center on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, the Annenberg Center presents touring theater, jazz, and world music.
Laurence Salzmann is a visual artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.
Wendy Perron is a writer, dancer, choreographer, and editor-at-large of Dance Magazine. Perron is a former member of the Trisha Brown Company.
Namita Gupta Wiggers is director and chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR.
Several Center-funded projects have received extensive international, national, and regional media coverage in recent weeks.
Robert Asman is a photographer and a 1997 Pew Fellow.
In 2000 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 47 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
This Spanish-language, ensemble-devised performance piece will examine American privilege and the complexities of cultural identity, informed by Torra’s personal experience as a Cuban American.
Dance ethnologist and anthropologist Toni Shapiro-Phim traces the legacy of Cambodian dancer and teacher Pen Sokhuon against a backdrop of historical and political changes in Cambodia.
Kim Arrow is a dance artist and a 2003 Pew Fellow.
A multidisciplinary interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s orchestral score The Firebird that links South African and Russian traditions.