New Work by Susan Rethorst

1/4: Rehearsal for Then by Group Motion Dance Company and Susan Rethorst. Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou.
2/4: Rehearsal for Then by Group Motion Dance Company and Susan Rethorst. Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou.
3/4: Rehearsal for Then by Group Motion Dance Company and Susan Rethorst. Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou.
4/4: Rehearsal for Then by Group Motion Dance Company and Susan Rethorst. Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou.

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.

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Grants & Grantees

Robert Crowder (1930–2012) was the founder of Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble and a 2004 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.

In 2013, the Center funded 52 projects, welcomed 13 new Pew Fellows, and brought to Philadelphia exemplary cultural practitioners from around the world for roundtable discussions and lectures.

In March 2005, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage invited choreographer and dance artist Wendy Rogers to lead a presentation and town hall discussion for dance makers and cultural practitioners.

Grants & Grantees

In 2002 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 57 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Founded in 1973, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council is a private, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to providing every Pennsylvanian with access to the humanities.

A simulcast of the Supper, People on the Move performance at the Icebox, screened outdoors at Independence Mall, free and open to the public.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Violinist Jennifer Koh has performed worldwide with leading orchestras and conductors, and she is on the faculty at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Grants & Grantees

Pennsylvania Ballet presented the American premiere of Mauro Bigonzetti’s Kazimir’s Colors, inspired by the Russian avant-garde painter Kazimir Malevich.

Founded in 1986, Sruti promotes and presents Indian classical music and dance to educate the greater Philadelphia community on the importance of Indian arts.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Miranda Cuckson teaches violin at Mannes College The New School for Music and directs the not-for-profit music organization Nunc, which she founded in 2007.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jennifer S.B. Calienes is an independent consultant and senior advisor for the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) at Florida State University, where she served as founding director (2004–14).

Grants & Grantees

Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series has been presenting innovative works in the Philadelphia area since 1984, most recently showcasing the work of choreographer Trisha Brown, as well as John Jasperse and Urban Bush Women, and international artists Khmer Arts Ensemble and Compagnie Jant-Bi.