Built on a foundation of public dialogue and interaction, the Re-Place-ing Philadelphia project used art as a lens to examine the geography of Philadelphia and its complex histories, as a basis to uncover forgotten histories. The 20-month project was designed to be open-ended, flexible, and permeable, generating a stream of performances, artworks, lectures, readings, and conversations that responded to the city and created forums for new ideas. A core group of artists aided the Painted Bride in transforming their programs, infrastructure, and facilities, including Congolese dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula, and Guggenheim Fellow Reggie Wilson. Re-Place-ing Philadelphia also engaged three “free radicals”—theater artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, 2007 Pew Fellow and musician King Britt, and dance scholar Brenda Dixon Gottschild—to serve as on-the-ground researchers and advisors.
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Known for its high energy performances, Koresh Dance Company was founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer Ronen Koresh.
Deborah Wong, ethnomusicologist, is the chair of the department of music at the University of California, Riverside.
Tradition – An Evolving Continuum, led by composer and director Kiranavali Vidyasankar and presented by Sruti, is a pioneering effort to bring together prominent Carnatic musicians residing in the United States to form a unique vocal-instrumental ensemble, highlighting the rich history of Carnatic music and its continued evolution.
In 1989 the Center awarded grants to 13 music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region, including the Painted Bride Art Center and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
Raphael Xavier (Pew Fellow, 2013) has practiced “breaking,” an acrobatic street dance style commonly known as breakdancing, since 1983.
What inspires our imaginations and catalyzes our creativity? As we bid farewell to 2014, we asked members of our cultural community to share something that inspired them this year.
A multidisciplinary interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s orchestral score The Firebird that links South African and Russian traditions.
Tina Morton (Pew Fellow, 2010) left a career as an X-ray technician to pursue documentary filmmaking.
Pew Fellow Robert Matthews’ drawings are representational with varying degrees of narrative. They are not illustrations but rather investigations of unsolvable questions.
Experimental theater artist Romeo Castellucci talks about what he calls the “monarchy of the viewer.”
Act II Playhouse produces classic and contemporary plays and musicals in suburban Ambler, Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia Dance Projects has grown into an organization focused on presenting performances and workshops to challenge and develop local artists.