open notebook: crazy beautiful

Tania Isaac performing in 2007.

Caribbean-American dancer and choreographer Tania Isaac, a 2011 Pew Fellow in the Arts, has been continuing to develop her “open notebook” research format, which allows audiences to provide feedback on projects in development. For crazy beautiful, Isaac’s latest notebook, she created an interactive storefront installation with “open-hours” where the community and passers-by were encouraged to visit, interact, and provide commentary on the work-in-progress. In this way “audiences” were encouraged to weigh in on the work and share their thoughts through photos, writing, and self-recordings. “The [open notebook] project creates a capsule of an experience, immersing multiple elements of creation, presentation, and response,” says Isaac, who developed this project during recent residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Painted Bride Arts Center. “It is a continuous reminder that no individual or group has a monopoly on knowledge, depth of thought, or capacity for action.” Seattle-based choreographer Zoe Scofield, and writer Claudia LaRocco served as creative consultants during the course of the project.

Choreographer Stephen Petronio on how his past dances and embodied memory influence future creations.

In conjunction with the ongoing retrospective Trisha Brown: In the New Body, Bryn Mawr College hosts a master class with Eva Karczag.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jazz pianist and Blue Note recording artist Jason Moran serves as Kennedy Center’s Artistic Advisor for Jazz.

Grants & Grantees

Kariamu Welsh is a dancer and a 1996 Pew Fellow.

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012 by collaborating with contemporary choreographer Mark Morris on an original Center-funded dance piece.

Grants & Grantees

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

Grants & Grantees

The Leah Stein Dance Company is committed to making dances spontaneously, rigorously, in collaboration, and in connection with the moment, often as site-specific works.

Through the ongoing Center-funded project re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia, Painted Bride Art Center presents a new work by choreographer and Guggenheim Fellow Reggie Wilson.

Grants & Grantees

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts will present this civil rights-inspired festival, which will include the world premiere of a new 20-minute work by noted composer and Pew Fellow Uri Caine.

Grants & Grantees

Leroy Johnson (Pew Fellow, 2014) is a mixed-media artist whose work takes the form of painting, collage, and assemblage sculpture. A native of Philadelphia, his work is reflective of his many experiences in the inner city.

Grants & Grantees

The Wilma Theater creates living, adventurous art through bold and ambitious design choices.

Grants & Grantees

Known for its high energy performances, Koresh Dance Company was founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer Ronen Koresh.