Group Motion, Philadelphia’s oldest contemporary dance company, commissioned choreographer Susan Rethorst, a 2014 Pew Fellow, to create a new work for its dancers. Rethorst’s style, which draws on the potential of each individual dancer’s body and their movements to create the work, was a departure from Group Motion’s typical working process of beginning with a theme to which dancers are asked to adapt their movement explorations. Artistic Director Manfred Fischbeck worked closely with Rethorst and Group Motion’s six dancers to examine how this new technique challenged the company. Video footage shot during a four-week rehearsal was integrated into the final performances—the first time that Rethorst has employed multimedia in her performance work. This new work was produced by Philadelphia Dance Projects (PDP) at Philadelphia’s Arts Bank in January 2014. An accomplished writer, Rethorst was commissioned to author an essay about the process of her work with Group Motion for a catalogue published for the PDP season.
Lauren Mabry (Pew Fellow, 2015) is a ceramist whose expressive and colorful “dimensional paintings,” as she describes them, play with form, texture, color, and scale and blur the boundaries between ceramics, abstract painting, and sculpture.
Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble restaged dances with new recordings in preparation for national and international tours.
Headlong second River Charrette will take place at RAIR and will address sustainability issues through art and performance.
Hip-hop dancer and Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier talks about how performing on the street differs from performing on stage.
Choreographers Reggie Wilson and Faustin Linyekula discuss the role of “place” in their artistic practices.
Susan Warden is an independent choreographer who served as artistic director for 940 Dance Company at the Lawrence (Kansas) Arts Center.
An experimental choreographer, Bel provokes his audiences with witty, cerebral presentations that pose questions about virtuosity and the nature of dance.
Rebecca Westcott (1976–2004) was a visual artist and a 2004 Pew Fellow.
Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre creates performance with a focus on devised work that often includes forays into pop culture, political satire, and the human condition.
Aaron Cromie is a multidisciplinary theater artist working in a range of theatrical styles including mask, puppetry, clown, music, and commedia dell’arte.
The world premiere of Tony Award-winning playwright John Guare’s Lydie Breeze Cycle, an epic trilogy about an American family, set between the Civil War and the birth of 20th-century industrialism, will be performed in a consecutive cycle for the first time.
Center-supported performance projects and exhibitions continue to have successful presentations after their initial premieres in our region.