1/3: Dance Iquail. Photo by Rachel Neville. Pictured: Iquail Shaheed and Allison Sale.
2/3: Dance Iquail. Photo by Rachel Neville. Pictured: Iquail Shaheed, Allison Sale, and company.
3/3: Iquail Shaheed. Photo by Rachel Neville.

Choreographer and first-time grantee Iquail Shaheed grew up in the Mantua neighborhood of West Philadelphia, recently declared a “Promise Zone” by President Barack Obama. In order to examine the difficult topic of addiction and its consequences, Pushers will use celebrity culture as its lens, as a way to connect with Mantua youth and encourage them to share their own experiences. The project is part of Shaheed’s ongoing investigation into community-based methods of dance creation, as he attempts to break down barriers that make dance inaccessible to marginalized audiences. Made with a focus group of youth participants, along with collaborating artists Daniel Carlton, playwright; Charles Vincent Burtwell, composer; and Tarell Alvin McCraney, playwright and MacArthur Fellow, Pushers will culminate in a stage performance at the Painted Bride Art Center in November 2015.

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

Grants & Grantees

Thaddeus Phillips (Pew Fellow, 2002) creates theater works that use transformational scenography, documentary footage, and improvisation to peer into not-often seen worlds.

Malavika Sarukkai, a leading Bharatanatyam dancer who challenges traditions of Indian classical dance, performed at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in April 2014.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Claire Aguilar is the director of programming and industry engagement at Sheffield Doc/Fest, an international film festival that celebrates the art and business of documentary filmmaking.

Grants & Grantees

Leah Stein, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and composer Pauline Oliveros collaborated on a new music and dance work.

New works from composers Curt Cacioppo and Maurice Wright drew inspiration from the culture of Lenape Indians.

Over its 18-year history, Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) Lively Arts Series has engaged local and national artists to share their work with the college and surrounding Blue Bell community.

Vogel’s world premiere play delved into prevalent issues of post-traumatic stress disorder and sexual assault in the military, and was the final act of a bold experiment in theater-making as a collaborative journey.

The Philadelphia Art Alliance underwent exhibition planning with artist collective the Miss Rockaway Armada for a project that explored the organization’s relationship to its surrounding neighborhood.

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.

Philadelphia choreographer Nichole Canuso presents a solo performance, originally Center-funded, that uses personal reminiscences and universal yearnings to explore the relationship between memory and self.

Experimental theater artist Romeo Castellucci talks about what he calls the “monarchy of the viewer.”

Composer Judd Greenstein speaks to changing audience expectations in “an era where people are deluged with cultural products.”