Choreographer and dancer Jungwoong Kim will examine the universality of sudden loss and trauma in a multimedia dance theater work integrating his heritage in traditional Korean dance with Western dance, improvisation, music, and found sound. The piece will be developed in collaboration with Marion Ramírez, Germaine Ingram, Merián Soto, and Korean musician Gamin Hyosung Kang. Kim will draw on both his personal experiences of losing a family member as a child, as well as two public disasters—a 2014 ferry accident in South Korea that killed more than 300 people, and a 2013 Philadelphia building collapse at 22nd and Market Streets, an event he witnessed—to create three performances that will ask audiences to reflect on how grief affects and connects us. Mobile scenery will guide audiences through multiple indoor and outdoor performance locations in Philadelphia’s Chinatown including the Asian Arts Initiative and nearby Pearl Street. An accompanying bilingual website will make the project accessible to audiences outside of Philadelphia, offering a window into Kim’s research, showing excerpts of the rehearsals and performances, and creating a platform for community members to connect.
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New Paradise Laboratories is an experimental performance ensemble that explores radical means to bend conventional ideas of theater.
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Brenda Dixon Gottschild’s Center-supported book on Joan Myers Brown received a great deal of media attention upon its release.
The members of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s New Spaces / New Formats research group presented 14 experimental music projects in fall 2013.
Rainey has performed with companies such as Dance Theatre of Harlem and Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, and he was a soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet from 1999–2006.
The Wagner Free Institute of Science assembled an advisory group to research partnerships with higher education institutions to respond to growing demand from students for access to its resources.
“Connecting Through Story: Lives Lived Apart” is the result of an oral history and photography project connecting Pennsylvanians with and without intellectual disabilities.
The Slought Foundation is a small and dynamic organization with great ambitions, founded in 2002 to present art projects and lectures from a storefront in University City.
We asked our 2013 No Idea Is Too Ridiculous project facilitators, Kathleen McLean and Mark Beasley, to reflect on where they see constraints to doing creative work.
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