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.
As part of the ongoing Center-funded project re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia, Painted Bride Art Center welcomes Congolese dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula.
David Devan is general director and president of Opera Philadelphia, where he works on strategic planning initiatives and builds partnerships within the Philadelphia community and the opera world.
Supporting, documenting and presenting Philadelphia area folk arts, the Philadelphia Folklore Project is committed to sustaining community cultural knowledge.
Choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar is founding artistic director of Urban Bush Women, a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change.
Dance scholar Linda Caruso Haviland revisits the work of choreographer William Forsythe and his efforts to re-substantiate what he calls its “trace” in the world.
This exhibition will survey a generation of pioneering female artists in relation to the technology innovators who helped shape the information age.
Rainey has performed with companies such as Dance Theatre of Harlem and Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, and he was a soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet from 1999–2006.
In conjunction with it’s ongoing exhibition, the Library Company presents a performance of Pablo Batista’s performance work El Viaje.
Michelle Heffner Hayes will lead a discussion on the history of flamenco and its cultural significance in its contemporary form.
This project investigated various issues surrounding (co-)authorship in cultural production, asking questions around definitions of authorship, collaboration, audience participation, the influence of marketplace, and other concepts.
“Dancing around the Bride* at the Philadelphia Museum of Art told “the story of five extraordinary artists and what happened to art and culture when their lives and work intersected,” said curator Carlos Basualdo.
You have to almost exhaust yourself sometimes to let yourself say what it is, or do what it is, in the most honest way.