Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas presented the three-day Latin Roots & Rhythms Festival in May 2011, engaging Philadelphia audiences and guest artists in a series of performances at Philadelphia’s Freedom Theater and the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. Featured over the course of the festival were 14 hours of music and dance performances, food, crafts, and workshops, representing the multicultural spirit of the neighborhoods surrounding the venues. Companies performing at the festival included Flamenco Ole with guest artist Carmela Greco, Pasión y Arte, Raices de Borinquen/Familia Rojas, and the Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble, among others.
In 2007, the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 83 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Choreographer Stephen Petronio and artist Janine Antoni on how visual arts organizations can invite audiences into performative experiences.
Pasión y Arte’s 2014 Flamenco Festival has come to an end, but the positive reviews keep pouring in. Recent media attention includes features in the Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Times, and The New Yorker.
WXPN’s yearlong project explores the origins and evolution of zydeco, a form of African-American roots music that blends Cajun traditions, blues, and R&B. On Saturday, December 13, Zydeco Crossroads and Allons Danser welcome zydeco musicians Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys to Norristown’s Holy Saviour Club for a holiday potluck and dance party.
Yvonne Bobrowicz is a fiber artist and a 1996 Pew Fellow.
Conceived by Canuso and multimedia director Lars Jan, Nichole Canuso and Lars Jan’s multimedia dance work was presented at the 2010 FringeArts Festival.
Filmon Mebrahtu is a media artist and a 2005 Pew Fellow.
1812 Productions, led by Artistic Director Jennifer Childs, created a production that combined storytelling, music, and clowning to investigate the female comic voice.
Janet Wong became rehearsal director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1996 and associate artistic director in 2006.
The Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society (PCOS) is the only organization in the Philadelphia region devoted to the study, teaching, and performance of Beijing opera.
In a vocal career of over 25 years, Erie Mills has received critical and popular acclaim throughout the world, and has performed in the world’s major opera houses.
The New Year will bring ambitious and innovative Center-funded projects to the Philadelphia region that will inspire audiences and push the boundaries of artistic discovery and expression.