2011 Latin Roots & Rhythms Festival

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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kevin Ward is a former director of Santa Fe’s Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

Spanish dancer and choreographer Rosario Toledo choreographed an original dance for Pasión y Arte, marking the company’s first collaboration with a major flamenco artist.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dean R. Gladden is in his eighth season with Houston’s Alley Theatre, where he is responsible for the administrative, financial, marketing, facilities, and development aspects.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Independent theater artist Madi Distefano is the founder and former artistic director of Brat Productions, a company dedicated to “caus[ing] a stir.”

Grants & Grantees

People’s Light is one of Pennsylvania’s largest professional nonprofit theaters and is known for its resident company of artists, eclectic mix of productions, and for innovative work with young people.

Grants & Grantees

Robert Asman is a photographer and a 1997 Pew Fellow.

On February 21, 2015, the Center launched our new multimedia online publication, A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78, at Danspace Project in New York City.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Gil Boggs is artistic director of the Colorado Ballet. Previously, he was a member of the American Ballet Theatre for 17 years.

Fall begins with a lively schedule of Center-funded projects, including ambitious artistic collaborations, performance premieres, exhibition openings, and experimental installations.

Several Center-funded projects have received extensive international, national, and regional media coverage in recent weeks.

Grants & Grantees

In 1994 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 34 dance and music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

Frank Sherlock (Pew Fellow, 2013) views poetry as a call to action and a tool for encouraging interactions and conversations within public spaces.