Malavika Sarukkai, a leading Bharatanatyam dancer who challenges traditions of Indian classical dance, performed Ganga – Nitya Vaahini (Gangas—the Eternal River) at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in April 2014. The work pays homage to India’s sacred Ganga River and its importance in Indian culture. Sarukkai, who made her Philadelphia debut in this performance, uses her mastery of the traditional lexicon of Bharatanatyam dance to reinvigorate the form, extending its boundaries through experimentation and improvisation. Various activities surrounding the performance included public master classes with Sarukkai; a day-long workshop for dance professionals featuring guest artist participants Valda Setterfield and Hari Krishnan; and a free lecture-demonstration on South Indian classical dance and visual arts in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s South Indian Temple Hall.
Donna Graves is a historian and cultural planner with over 20 years experience developing public history projects that document and interpret unrecognized histories.
Michelle Heffner Hayes will provide context for the development of flamenco as a technique, its gendered conventions, and the standardization of its norms.
Pig Iron is a company specializing in exuberant ensemble-devised works. The organization has begun to train the next generation of daring physical theater artists through the Pig Iron School of Advanced Performing Training.
In the first iteration of the Center’s danceworkbook series, Philadelphia’s Headlong Dance Theater examines artistic process in collaboration with choreographer Tere O’Connor.
The Community Education Center has grown into an arts organization with a focus on cultivating a support system for artists, supported through residency and service programs.
Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre creates performance with a focus on devised work that often includes forays into pop culture, political satire, and the human condition.
Pasión y Arte’s 2014 Flamenco Festival was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the CBS Philly website, and on WRTI.
Robert Crowder (1930–2012) was the founder of Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble and a 2004 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.
FringeArts presented the Philadelphia premieres of Jérôme Bel’s The Show Must Go On and Jan Fabre’s Another Sleepy Dusty Delta Day in the 2008 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival.
Isaac, a 2011 Pew Fellow in dance and choreography, peppered the walls of the Center with blank pages for writing and sharing ideas, in an evolving project called “The Notebook.”
Jonah Bokaer is a choreographer, media artist, artist space developer, and social entrepreneur whose work integrates choreography with digital media.
This project investigated various issues surrounding (co-)authorship in cultural production, asking questions around definitions of authorship, collaboration, audience participation, the influence of marketplace, and other concepts.