Leah Stein Dance Company conducted a year of research and training with electronic music pioneer Pauline Oliveros. Stein’s goal was to unite the traditionally separate worlds of choreography and musical composition through physical and sound explorations with singers and dancers. “I have seen singers dance and dancers sing,” Stein says. “I long for the third thing: a creative process that truly merges the choreographic with the auditory.” Oliveros, who coined the practice of “Deep Listening,” previously worked with the company on Urban Echo (2008), which incorporated singers from the Mendelssohn Club Chorus. Throughout the research year written accounts of the process were published online. The project culminated in a public showing and panel discussion in June 2014 with Oliveros and her long-time colleague Stuart Dempster.
SoMoS, the culmination of Merián Soto’s ambitious Branch Dance series, encouraged audiences to participate in meditative movement with the dancers.
Temple Contemporary’s mission is “to creatively re-imagine the social function of art through questions of local relevance and international significance.”
Pennsylvania Ballet will perform In the middle, somewhat elevated by choreographer William Forsythe as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. The Ballet originally acquired this piece for performances in 2010, with Center support.
A conversation with Pew Fellow Jumatatu Poe, Donte Beacham, and LaKendrick Davis on the underground dance style of J-Sette and how Poe drew on its legacy for Private Places, a new Center-funded work.
Philadelphia Dance Projects and Group Motion Multi Media Dance Theater present the finale of Susan Rethorst/Moving in Philadelphia: 2013-2014, a world premiere work by choreographer Susan Rethorst.
Over its 18-year history, Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) Lively Arts Series has engaged local and national artists to share their work with the college and surrounding Blue Bell community.
Sheila M. Sofian is a filmmaker and a 1997 Pew Fellow.
Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble released a video trailer for its Center-funded performance, Steppes: A Crossover, featuring the premiere of a piece by Mark Morris.
Founded in 1986, Sruti promotes and presents Indian classical music and dance to educate the greater Philadelphia community on the importance of Indian arts.
Pew Fellow Matthew Mitchell’s compositions address intersections and cross-pollination among various strains of acoustic, electric, composed, and improvised new music.
Essex Hemphill (1957–95) was a poet and a 1993 Pew Fellow.
The Painted Bride commissioned a new dance work by Caribbean-born choreographers Marianela Boán, Gabri Christa, and Tania Isaac.