New York choreographer David Gordon—a founding artist of the Judson Dance Theater, New York’s influential experimental company from the 1960s— worked with Susan Hess Modern Dance to re-envision his dance theater work Uncivil Wars: Moving with Brecht & Eisler (2009). Uncivil Wars is based on Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler’s legendary play Roundheads and Pointheads, which was first produced in 1936. Of Gordon’s subversive aesthetic and trademark unpredictability, dance critic Suzanne Carbonneau writes, “Gordon is not interested in conforming to ideas of what he should be doing […] rather, his interests lie in expanding ideas about what performance can be.” Susan Hess Modern Dance collaborated with Gordon’s Pick Up Performance Co(S.) to find cast members for the Philadelphia production in 2014. Concurrent with this process, Gordon led a series of open rehearsals participated in a session with local choreographers about their work. Theater critic and translator of the version of Roundheads and Pointheads on which Gordon based his work led a presentation at the conclusion of the final open rehearsal.
Kate Watson-Wallace is a Philadelphia-based choreographer, 2007 Pew Fellow, and the co-director of anonymous bodies.
Centering on Foley’s improvisational performance practice, action is primary will feature photographic, moving-image, sonic, and written documentation of up to 750 dances, which Foley performs on a daily basis at 3:15 p.m.
Dr. Susan Leigh Foster is a choreographer, dancer, and scholar. Her “danced lectures” became a launching point for the third iteration of the Center’s danceworkbook series.
Frank Sherlock is named Philadelphia’s new poet laureate, William Daley receives a solo exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and poets Teresa Leo, Pattie McCarthy, and Jenn McCreary release new books.
José Luis Bustamante is the former artistic director of Sharir+Bustamante Danceworks.
Philip M. Katz, Ph.D., is the director of projects at the Council of Independent Colleges. Previously, he was assistant director for research at the American Alliance of Museums.
Martha Clark’s dance-theater work was inspired by photographs by Diane Arbus, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and Helen Levitt.
Anthony Smyrski works with Dan Murphy as the artist duo Megawords. They are well known throughout Philadelphia for installations that are equal parts gathering space, artist studio, and storefront.
Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas presented its second annual Latin Roots & Rhythms Festival, a three-day festival celebrating Latin American, Spanish, and African dance, music and culture.
Bowerbird is a presenting organization that showcases over 70 events annually, with a focus on raising awareness of “provocative and divergent musical traditions.”
Eugenie Tsai is the Brooklyn Museum’s John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art.