The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance

Raphael Xavier. Photo by Steven Gunther.

A practitioner of hip-hop dance since 1983 and a 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts, Raphael Xavier brings a wide range of experience to the stage. He specializes in breaking (widely known as breakdancing), a street dance form he has taught to new generations of hip-hop enthusiasts for years in order to keep its history alive. “As a traditional folk art, it’s important to disseminate hip-hop dance and culture in as many ways as possible,” he says. His performance, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance (TUGTAWP), is autobiographical and presents a running story in which Xavier is both narrator and dancer. Renowned artist and Bessie Award-winner Ralph Lemon acted as a guest rehearsal coach, helping Xavier to push the boundaries of hip-hop. TUGTAWP toured to the Dance Center at Columbia College in Chicago.


Collaborators & Colleagues

Mara Isaacs is the founder and director of Octopus Theatricals LLC, a company dedicated to producing and consulting in the performing arts.

The next phase of a multi-part conversation about historic preservation, first initiated in 2011, Gray Area 3 will convene community members around the “adaptive re-use” of two vacant Philadelphia buildings of historic, cultural, or architectural significance.

Experience this monumental and deeply-realized artistic encounter of dance, light, sound, and architecture on a scale not seen since its premiere 30 years ago.

SAADA is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a more inclusive society by giving voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that represent their unique and diverse experiences.

Grants & Grantees

Tobin Rothlein is a dance artist and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Karina Muñiz is currently the political director of Mujeres Unidas y Activas, a grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women based in California.

Drozdowski, a curator of performance, will host European duo Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion for a two-week retrospective of their collaborative career.

Grants & Grantees

The first comprehensive museum exhibition of James Castle’s work consisted of over 300 drawings, text works, and handmade books.

Questions of Practice

Dance scholar Linda Caruso Haviland shares her thoughts on restaging, reconstruction, reenactment, and reconstruction in dance.

Grants & Grantees

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

Twelve years after its debut, Bryn Mawr College’s Performing Arts Series presented this work with the John Jasperse Company.