Private Places

Jumatatu Poe’s work exists at an intersection of dance, theater, sociology, and psychology. A 2012 Pew Fellow in the Arts, Poe produced and premiered Private Places at the 2012 FringeArts Festival, his first evening-length dance. Private Places examined everyday interactions with service providers, such as flight attendants. The choreography for Private Places explored J-Sette, an underground dance style borne from Southern drill-team events and made popular in the gay African-American club scene. J-Sette is a tight and meticulous dance form, marked by extreme, explosive movements, which has the potential to elicit strong reactions from both audiences and performers. “I’m committed to discovering ways to respectfully ask performers to go to uncomfortable emotional and psychological places,” Poe says. Prior to the performances, he presented a series of public events to engage local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender audiences, as well as African-American communities, and to bring attention to J-Sette and discuss its relevance in pop culture and contemporary dance. 

Collaborators & Colleagues

A Philadelphia dancer/choreographer with a penchant for humor and surprise, Gabrielle Revlock is a former Jeanne Ruddy Dance company member.

Grants & Grantees

Known for innovation, creativity, and preservation of African-American traditions in dance, Philadanco has been dancing in the Philadelphia community since 1970.

Promoting cultural exchanges between Ukrainians and the global community, Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble seeks to represent the country’s culture through dance.

A multidisciplinary interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s orchestral score The Firebird that links South African and Russian traditions.

Grants & Grantees

Judith E. Stein is a writer, curator, and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

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