The Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series presented noted contemporary choreographer John Jasperse’s Fort Blossom Revisited, created in 2000 and previously performed only at The Kitchen in New York City. This grant supported the college providing a distinctive context for the work through workshops, a symposium of scholars and artists, and an interactive Web forum where audience members shared their individual responses to Fort Blossom. Dance critic Anna Kisselgoff wrote in the New York Times, following the piece’s premiere in 2000, that “new ways of moving are at the heart of [Jasperse’s] work, and his dramatic images […] can be startling.” Fort Blossom pays close attention to parts of the body that are usually overlooked in dance—with slow-moving, precise choreography that is awkwardly beautiful. Dance writer Suzanne Carbonneau, in her project commissioned essay, wrote that this work, “finds rapport in the fundamental commonality of our bodies.” Jasperse writes that Fort Blossom asks the audience to acknowledge the human body as “simultaneously special, even miraculous, and ordinary.”
As a presenting arts organization, the Painted Bride offers a wide range of work in music, dance, spoken word, and theater.
FringeArts presents, develops, and commissions a range of high-quality contemporary performing and visual arts in Philadelphia.
Janet Pilla has danced on many stages in her native Philadelphia over the past 25 years.
The Painted Bride Art Center commissioned an evening-length work by choreographer Cynthia Oliver, who also participated in a weeklong residency of workshops and film screenings.
As the United States’ finest museum of medical history, the Mütter Museum displays its beautifully preserved collections in a 19th-century “cabinet museum” setting.
Founded in 1986, Sruti promotes and presents Indian classical music and dance to educate the greater Philadelphia community on the importance of Indian arts.
Musicopia has taken its education residencies to the next level with this initiative, which incorporates multimedia learning with instruction and performance.
José Luis Bustamante is the former artistic director of Sharir+Bustamante Danceworks.
The Philadelphia Flamenco Festival offers a free master class with flamenco master Israel Galván, star of the festival performance La Curva.
Several Center-funded projects have received extensive international, national, and regional media coverage in recent weeks.
A performance and newly commissioned album-length musical composition by Jace Clayton will take its inspiration from the artwork and record collection of Albert Barnes—including a recording which is credited with introducing African American spirituals to the wider world—offering audiences a way to reconnect with and to reimagine the Barnes Foundation collection through sound.
A number of Center-funded performances and exhibitions have garnered national and regional media attention in recent months.