“Rhythmning” & Improvising History

Artists improvise to a Wesley Hymn performed by Ellen Gerdes and Dave Burrell during Germaine Ingram’s Where Heaven’s Dew Divides, a project that grew out of her Discovery Grant. Photo Nathea Lee.

Germaine Ingram, a tap dancer, choreographer, and a 2010 Pew Fellow in the Arts, collaborated with improvisational dancer and choreographer Leah Stein in a year-long laboratory to examine how dance can explore rhythm and improvisation practices as it also addresses historical, social, and political themes. Previously, Ingram developed The Spirits Break to Freedom, a performance that explored the history of slavery at Philadelphia’s President’s House. That project pushed her to look beyond tap for new tools of expression. Ingram and Stein worked with other artists and dance professionals interested in researching and experimenting with new methods for conveying history and social issues through movement, including Ananya Chatterjea, executive director of Ananya Dance Theatre in Minneapolis, and Peter DiMuro, former producing artistic director of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange.

In conjunction with it’s ongoing exhibition, the Library Company presents a performance of Pablo Batista’s performance work El Viaje.

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.

Bissell, the Center’s Performance director, and Adair, director of Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, discuss the origins and learnings of a Center interdisciplinary research project between dancers and historians that explored alternative ways of interpreting historic sites. Participants in the project reflect on its outcomes and implications.

We speak to choreographer and dancer Jumatatu Poe who has produced such provocative, experimental dance works as the Center-funded Private Places.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Janet Pilla has danced on many stages in her native Philadelphia over the past 25 years.

Grants & Grantees

In 2003 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 63 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

Centering on Foley’s improvisational performance practice, action is primary will feature photographic, moving-image, sonic, and written documentation of up to 750 dances, which Foley performs on a daily basis at 3:15 p.m.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Anne Ellegood is senior curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Prior to this position, she was the curator of contemporary art at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

Grants & Grantees

By convening a national task force of artists, cultural leaders, and city officials, led by Creative Time Chief Curator Nato Thompson, the OACCE will begin a yearlong discovery process to investigate how city government can engage a broad spectrum of communities in civic dialogue through large-scale temporary public art.

“Extraordinary Indian classical dancer” Sarukkai performed at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, a Center-funded concert presented by Sruti, the India Music and Dance Society.

Collaborators & Colleagues

A former member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Lisa Kraus has worked extensively as a performer, choreographer, teacher, and writer locally, nationally, and abroad.

Bhratanatyam dancer and choreographer Malavika Sarukkai will present a performance lecture that ties the language of Indian classical dance to its interpretation in the visual arts.