Choreographers Project and Masters Exchange with Ralph Lemon

With a history of over 30 years of serving dancers, choreographers, and performance artists in development of their movement practice, Susan Hess Modern Dance (SHMD) hosted Bessie Award winner Ralph Lemon in a weeklong Masters Exchange residency, investigating choreographic process with the three participant artists of the 2010–11 Choreographers Project. A prolific dance artist and the recipient of an inaugural United States Artists Fellowship in 2006, Lemon’s career crosses genres and intercultural interests. He has also developed a significant body of writing and has a strong record of multidisciplinary collaboration. SHMD invited the public to view a select number of the sessions with Lemon to get a glimpse of the choreographic process at work.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Since retiring in 1995 from a dance career with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Boston Ballet, and Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montreal, Michael Reed has worked with Arizona State University.

Grants & Grantees

Micah Danges’ (Pew Fellow, 2015) work hovers between image and object, pushing the limit of what a photograph can be and using optical distortions that create abstract scenes from everyday items and places, in a distinctive merging of materials and process.

The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance is autobiographical and presents a running story in which Xavier, a 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts, is both narrator and dancer.

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.

Grants & Grantees

The Crossing premiered new compositions by Gabriel Jackson (England), Kamran Ince (Turkey/United States), and Eriks E¡envalds (Latvia) as part of its Month of Moderns festival of contemporary music.

Questions of Practice

Patricia Lent of Merce Cunningham Trust, an experienced restager, along with theater-maker Richard Schechner, video/installation artist Sharon Hayes, and UC Berkeley professor and moderator Shannon Jackson, here explores the difficulties of recreating works of performance, and how the terms used to describe such acts—restaging, reconstructing, reenacting—vary across disciplines.

Grants & Grantees

Whit MacLaughlin is a theater artist, the founder of New Paradise Laboratories, and a 2002 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

For over 25 years, Network for New Music has been dedicated to commissioning and performing music by living composers.

The New Year brings to the region an exciting array of Center-funded projects that promise to inspire, inform, and captivate audiences—from interdisciplinary works that blur boundaries in imaginative ways to unique commissions from international artists.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Susan Warden is an independent choreographer who served as artistic director for 940 Dance Company at the Lawrence (Kansas) Arts Center.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Steve Cosson is the founding artistic director of The Civilians, a New York City-based company that supports the development and production of new theater from creative inquiries.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Since the late 1970s, Danny Yung has established a reputation as one of Hong Kong’s most influential and pioneering artists.