The PRISM Quartet creates and performs music that places the saxophone in unexpected contexts, charting fresh musical territory that challenges audiences. For Color Theory, PRISM will commission new works by Guggenheim Fellow Steven Mackey and Berlin prize recipient Ken Ueno, which will pair the saxophone with a wide range of percussion instruments, in order to investigate the concept of “musical color.” PRISM will partner with Partch, an ensemble devoted to American composer and musical instrument builder Harry Partch (1901–74), and Brooklyn-based ensemble Sō Percussion, for Color Theory concerts at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. These concerts will be broadcast live on WWFM and a follow-up audio recording will be available on Innova Records. The project will also include panel discussions that examine color theory across disciplines; a Harry Partch lecture and instrument-making workshop; a composer symposium at the Curtis Institute of Music; and family workshops at the Free Library.
Jaye Allison collaborated with the 2nd Generation Silver Belles tap group to create a new work honoring the five original Silver Belles.
Mary Tuomanen and Aaron Cromie present excerpts from The Body Lautrec at FringeArts’ Scratch Night.
Theater artists Suli Holum and David Bradley reflect upon the ways disability and difference might be represented, interrogated, and objectified in performance.
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts recently announced plans for the Philadelphia Freedom Festival to honor early, Philadelphia-based civil rights activist, Octavius Catto.
David Kiehl became curator of prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1993. Previously, he curated at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Wolfsonian Foundation in Miami Beach.
Following Tuesday’s performance of Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq, veterans will speak about the challenges of representing their experiences artistically.
Tony Kushner is a renowned playwright perhaps best known for his two-part epic, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993.
Thomas Dan is a multimedia artist and a 1995 Pew Fellow.
Spanning avant-garde jazz, modern classical music, improvised music, and klezmer, 2012 Pew Fellow Dan Blacksberg pushes at the technical and textural extremes of his instrument, the trombone.
Alan W. Moore is an art historian and activist whose work addresses cultural economies and groups and the politics of collectivity.
Pig Iron Theatre Company member Alex Torra talks about the experience of performing for Japanese audiences after premiering Zero Cost House in the United States.
Winner of two ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, the Crossing is a professional contemporary chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally.
Kariamu Welsh is a dancer and a 1996 Pew Fellow.
Thomas Gibbons is a playwright and a 1997 Pew Fellow.
Opera Philadelphia presented the American premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s Phaedra (2007).
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.
The Philadelphia Flamenco Festival offers a free master class with dancer Rosario Toledo.
The Philadelphia Orchestra offered the first Philadelphia performances of two recently composed works by Richard Danielpour and Bright Sheng.
The Philadelphia Folklore Project will work closely with local Liberian artists to develop “pop-up” public performances that interpret the Liberian immigrant experience through music and song.
In an exclusive video interview, Vogel outlines her research process for her holiday production, A Civil War Christmas.
For over 25 years, Network for New Music has been dedicated to commissioning and performing music by living composers.
In 1999 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 46 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.
Funded with Center support, New Paths a month-long, citywide festival, which conceptually connects some of the most innovative artists in the world to a variety of historic and peculiar Philadelphia spaces.
On February 21, 2015, the Center launched our new multimedia online publication, A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78, at Danspace Project in New York City.
Founded in 1982, Choral Arts Philadelphia has performed nearly 300 works by more than 100 composers.
Dance Iquail’s artistic director, Iquail Shaheed, seeks to create dance projects that tell stories not frequently heard in the performing arts, and to engage with audiences drawn from Mantua, the West Philadelphia neighborhood where he grew up.