Bad Blood

1/5: Tommie Waheed Evans. Photo by Lois Greenfield.
2/5: Philadanco dancers. Photo by Lois Greenfield.
3/5: Philadanco dancer Cain Coleman. Photo by Lois Greenfield.
4/5: Philadanco dancer Roxanne Lyst. Photo by Lois Greenfield.
5/5: Philadanco dancers. Photo by Lois Greenfield.

Philadanco reconstructed Bad Blood, a highly physical and seldom-performed piece by Ulysses Dove, which premiered at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in April 2014. Dove (1947–96) was an influential choreographer who was a member of Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The reconstruction—the first Dove piece in Philadanco’s 43-year-old repertory—provided a learning opportunity for dancers, who are used to performing new works by living, contemporary choreographers. Philadanco rehearsal director Debora Chase-Hicks, a former Alvin Ailey dancer herself, who performed in the 1986 New York City premiere of Bad Blood, served as lead instructor. She wasjoined by Ailey veterans Deborah Manning and David St. Charles. In addition, Alfred Dove, Ulysses Dove’s brother and choreographer with Dove Arts Project, visited Philadelphia to conduct master classes with Philadanco dancers and outside artists.

This Spanish-language, ensemble-devised performance piece will examine American privilege and the complexities of cultural identity, informed by Torra’s personal experience as a Cuban American.

Grants & Grantees

Sheila M. Sofian is a filmmaker and a 1997 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dancer and choreographer Ronald K. Brown is the founder of Brooklyn-based contemporary dance ensemble Evidence, A Dance Company.

Rosario Toledo performs Vengo, a piece that switches in and out of the flamenco idiom, originally created to be performed in the streets of her hometown of Cádiz, Spain.

Drozdowski, a curator of performance, will host European duo Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion for a two-week retrospective of their collaborative career.

For the past four years, Meg Foley has been inserting unexpected performance into ordinary life with her 3:15 dance project, in which she creates a dance, wherever she is, at exactly 3:15 p.m.

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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Cassie Chinn is the deputy executive director at the Wing Luke Asian Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, Washington.

Collaborators & Colleagues

An advocate and catalyst for building community capacity and understanding culture since 2003, Janeen Bryant is the former vice president of education at Levine Museum of the New South.

Grants & Grantees

Pasión y Arte is an all-female dance company that creates challenging and original modern flamenco works.

Grants & Grantees

Jumatatu Poe’s Private Places examined everyday interactions with service providers through the choreography of J-Sette, an underground dance style.