Exploring the Intersection of Traditional and Contemporary Practice

Ronald K. Brown at a Kùlú Mèlé master class on January 5, 2013. Photo © Nathea Lee/PhotoBravura.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary season, Kùlú Mèlé, a local dance and drum ensemble dedicated to preserving dance and drumming traditions of Africa and the African Diaspora, engaged contemporary choreographer Ronald K. Brown, of Brooklyn’s Evidence dance company, for an extended residency to develop new approaches to its work. Brown, whose compositions have been performed by accomplished companies such as Alvin Ailey and PHILADANCO, shares Kùlú Mèlé’s interest in preserving African traditions. Brown’s own practice integrates forms that stem from these traditions with modern and urban styles. He worked with Kùlú Mèlé Artistic Director Dorothy Wilkie and dancers to expand the current repertoire and push Kùlú Mèlé to bridge these styles.

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Brenda Dixon Gottschild’s Center-supported book on Joan Myers Brown received a great deal of media attention upon its release.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Caden Manson is a theater artist and a 2002 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

At age 33, Germaine Ingram (Pew Fellow, 2010) took up dance under the tutelage of a Philadelphia tap legend, the late LaVaughn Robinson (a 1992 Pew Fellow).

Grants & Grantees

As a presenting arts organization, the Painted Bride offers a wide range of work in music, dance, spoken word, and theater.

Grants & Grantees

FringeArts will produce a re-imagined production of this seminal multidisciplinary work by choreographer Lucinda Childs, architect Frank Gehry, and composer John Adams at its September 2015 festival in Philadelphia.

Grants & Grantees

The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is widely known for giving artists exhibitions at critical points in their careers.

Grants & Grantees

SoMoS, the culmination of Merián Soto’s ambitious Branch Dance series, encouraged audiences to participate in meditative movement with the dancers.

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founding director of Urban Bush Women, reflects on her artistic evolution and the importance of living on the “edge of failure.”

Collaborators & Colleagues
Collaborators & Colleagues

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Sruti, The India Music and Dance Society presents the world premiere of Saayujya (The Merging), featuring two of India’s preeminent artists, bharata natyam dancer Priyadarsini Govind and Carnatic musician T. M. Krishna (TMK).

Grants & Grantees

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