Midway Avenue

1/9: Nichole Canuso in Midway Avenue. Photo by Peggy Woolsey.
2/9: Nichole Canuso in Midway Avenue. Photo by Peggy Woolsey.
3/9: Nichole Canuso in Midway Avenue. Photo by Peggy Woolsey.
4/9: Nichole Canuso in Midway Avenue. Photo by Johanna Austin.
5/9: Nichole Canuso in Midway Avenue. Photo by Peggy Woolsey.
6/9: Nichole Canuso in Midway Avenue. Photo by Peggy Woolsey.
7/9: Nichole Canuso in Midway Avenue. Photo by Peggy Woolsey.
8/9: Nichole Canuso in Midway Avenue. Photo by Peggy Woolsey.
9/9: Nichole Canuso in Midway Avenue. Photo by Peggy Woolsey.

“It’s about letting the structure of the dance do much of the talking,” Nichole Canuso writes of her new choreographic direction. “But it’s also about talking: about breaking my silence as a person and a performer.” Nichole Canuso Dance Company’s productions include exploratory, often participatory work, such as Wandering Alice (2008), during which the cast led audiences on a performance-centered tour of the historic Christ Church Neighborhood House. Canuso’s new solo work Midway Avenue was built on research initiated with her 2011 Center funded project Directing My Dancers/Directing Myself with UK-based choreographer Wendy Houstoun and was conducted in Philadelphia and London. As part of this final rehearsal process, Canuso returned to London, where she will continued her work with movement specialist Rahel VonMoos and choreographer/composer Matteo Fargion. The final production premiered in May 2014 as part of FringeArts’ inaugural season of year-round programming.

In March 2005, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage invited choreographer and dance artist Wendy Rogers to lead a presentation and town hall discussion for dance makers and cultural practitioners.

Pasión y Arte’s Philadelphia Flamenco Festival will host this film screening of Carlos Saura’s Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding), featuring a discussion with Michelle Heffner Hayes.

The experiences of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans will be illuminated in this multimedia work created by MacArthur Fellow and jazz pianist/composer Vijay Iyer and poet/librettist Mike Ladd, in combination with a publication of local veterans’ writings produced through a partnership with the veteran-focused arts organization Warrior Writers.

Grants & Grantees

The Kimmel Center, Inc., best known as a presenting organization and home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Ballet, is one of the most well-attended cultural venues in Philadelphia.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dr. Emil Kang serves as executive director for the arts at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a post created in 2005 to help unify and elevate the performing arts at the university.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents portrait of myself as my father, a dance work by Zimbabwean dancer Nora Chipaumire.

This month in Fellows Friday news: Alex Da Corte prepares for a major exhibition at ICA Philadelphia, and new albums from Orrin Evans, Mary Lattimore, and Chris Forsyth have generated buzz. We also say goodbye to jazz violinist John Blake, Jr.

Grants & Grantees

Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin brought his duet to the Koresh Dance Company for performance and taught a series of master classes in his signature dance technique.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founding director of Urban Bush Women, on why “wanting profound social change and being an artist [are] not contradictory or binary places.”

Grants & Grantees

Max Apple (Pew Fellow, 2010) has been described as a “writer’s writer,” a dedicated author of short fiction who writes with precision and control.

Two Center-funded performance projects presented by FringeArts at the 2015 Fringe Festival—Available Light and After the Rehearsal/Persona—have gained positive reviews in The New York Times.