“For dancers of any genre, not just flamenco, [Israel] Galván offers a master class in the art of the possible,” writes Judith Mackrell of The Guardian (UK). In Nuevo Flamenco: The Galván Legacy, the centerpiece of its 2014 Flamenco Festival, Pasión y Arte presented two dances choreographed by Israel Galván. This two-week event in March 2014—a follow-up to the 2011 festival, which attracted 1,500 people to eight sold-out Center-funded performances—celebrated both contemporary and traditional practices of flamenco. Galván, winner of the 2012 Gold Medal in Fine Arts from the Spanish Ministry of Culture, is an artist who experiments with conventions of Sevillan flamenco and, along with his sister Pastora Galván, is known for deconstructing performance stereotypes and blurring gender roles. A series of festival events directed by Dr. Michelle Heffner-Hayes, a noted scholar on flamenco dance traditions, included discussions about flamenco’s evolution as a living art form.
Jennifer S.B. Calienes is an independent consultant and senior advisor for the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) at Florida State University, where she served as founding director (2004–14).
A series of community dance workshops will be held as part of Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design’s Center-funded project Boris Charmatz: Levée des conflits.
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.
In conjunction with its presentation of Brett Bailey’s Macbeth, FringeArts presents Le Cargo, a dance work by Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula.
Patricia Lent of Merce Cunningham Trust, an experienced restager, along with theater-maker Richard Schechner, video/installation artist Sharon Hayes, and UC Berkeley professor and moderator Shannon Jackson, here explores the difficulties of recreating works of performance, and how the terms used to describe such acts—restaging, reconstructing, reenacting—vary across disciplines.
thINKingDance writer Carolyn Merritt reported on Pasión y Arte’s highly successful First Philadelphia Flamenco Festival with Rosario Toledo.
Michael Kiley is a composer, sound designer, performer, and educator working in dance, theater, and public installation.
The world premiere of a new chamber opera by composer-in-residence Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek, inspired by the 1996 film by Danish auteur Lars von Trier, tells the harrowing tale of a naive newlywed who has chosen to marry outside of her strict Calvinist community in coastal Scotland.
Dance ethnologist and anthropologist Toni Shapiro-Phim traces the legacy of Cambodian dancer and teacher Pen Sokhuon against a backdrop of historical and political changes in Cambodia.
Greg “Peache” Jarman (1947–2009) was a musician and a 2000 Pew Fellow in Folk and Traditional Arts.
Glen Weldon is a writer and a 1994 Pew Fellow.
One of three contemporary music ensembles in the United States that can scale up to a full chamber orchestra, Orchestra 2001 has presented over 80 world premieres.