action is primary

1/5: action is primary, Meg Foley, 2016. Photo by Tasha Doremus.
2/5: action is primary, Meg Foley, installation view. Photo by Jeffrey Stockbridge.
3/5: action is primary, Meg Foley, 2016. Photo by Tasha Doremus.
4/5: action is primary, Meg Foley, installation view. Photo by Jeffrey Stockbridge.
5/5: Meg Foley. Photo by LBrowning Photography.

Foley, a 2012 Pew Fellow, will present an exhibition of improvisational research and performance, to be installed at the Crane Arts Building’s Icebox space in 2016. 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, wherever she might be, at 3:15 p.m. Additionally, Foley will train three fellow dancers in her improvisational practice, so that they may also perform “3:15 dances” and document their work, amassing materials that will be curated into the exhibition. New York City-based choreographer Jeanine Durning will facilitate this process. The resulting exhibition will consist of live performances framed by documentation of the development process, overseen by artist and writer Marissa Perel, a recent curatorial fellow at Vox Populi’s AUX performance space.

Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.


Grants & Grantees

Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series has been presenting innovative works in the Philadelphia area since 1984, most recently showcasing the work of choreographer Trisha Brown, as well as John Jasperse and Urban Bush Women, and international artists Khmer Arts Ensemble and Compagnie Jant-Bi.

Grants & Grantees

This timely, interdisciplinary, experimental series of dance, music, poetry, mixed media installations, and interactive programs—from acclaimed artists and scholars such as choreographer taisha paggett, designer Raul de Nieves, and composer George Lewis— invites audiences to consider African American performance aesthetics and the role of performance in museum spaces.

Grants & Grantees

Moments of grace or insight or good writing actually are dependent on a day-to-day process.

Grants & Grantees

James Primosch is a composer and a 1996 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Opera Philadelphia seeks to create productions of classic and new operatic works that assemble the finest international creative artists, and present a wide array of programming that educates, deepens, and diversifies opera audiences.

Collaborators & Colleagues

C. Spencer Yeh is recognized for his interdisciplinary activities and collaborations as an artist and composer, as well as his music project Burning Star Core. Yeh served as an LOI panelist in Performance in 2015.

Choreographer Amanda Miller collaborated with Cheam Shapiro in Takhmao, Cambodia to research the intersection of classical Cambodian dance with her western classical ballet training.

Grants & Grantees

Supporting, documenting and presenting Philadelphia area folk arts, the Philadelphia Folklore Project is committed to sustaining community cultural knowledge.

The fourth iteration of danceworkbook, A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78, is a dynamic reexamination of the early dances of one of America’s most influential contemporary choreographers.

On Monday, June 16, 2014, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage honored its 2014 grantees. Browse our slide show for exclusive photos from this celebratory event.

Les escailles de la memoire (The Scales of Memory), a dance collaboration that explores African-American and African cultures, was presented by Bryn Mawr College’s Performing Arts Series.

Philadanco reconstructs Bad Blood, a highly physical and seldom-performed piece by Ulysses Dove.