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1/4: The Garden, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, 2013. Photo by Peggy Woolsey.
2/4: The Garden, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, 2013. Photo by Matt Saunders.
3/4: TAKES, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, 2010. Photo by Lars Jan.
4/4: Nichole Canuso Dance Company, physical practice and choreographic investigations. Photo by Nichole Canuso

Nichole Canuso Dance Company will engage with oral historian Suzanne Snider, writer Karinne Keithley Syers, and vocal teacher Jean-René Toussaint in a discovery process to develop new performance techniques that integrate movement, voice, and personal history. With an interest in “the intersection and overlap of verbal and physical meaning,” says Canuso, the ensemble will explore methods of collecting spoken stories that arise from embodied experiences; develop approaches to organizing and writing text material for performance; and work to improve and expand the quality of their vocal presence. The discovery process will be documented on a dedicated website, featuring photos, videos, and reflective writings, and the project will culminate in a public showing of the new performance practice.


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Collaborators & Colleagues

Master improviser, classical conductor, and 10-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin is recognized for his extraordinary vocal range and technique.

Grants & Grantees

Mytili Jagannathan is a poet and a 2002 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Kate Watson-Wallace worked with four dancers in a research project that embraced, appropriated, and layered movements found in online and pop culture ephemera, in order to develop new types of “21st-century” dance.

Grants & Grantees

Janet Pilla reconstructed, documented, and performed the 30-minute solo The Farewell, Pauline Koner’s iconic tribute to Doris Humphrey.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Toshi Reagon has collaborated with top innovators across a wide spectrum of the entertainment field for nearly 30 years. Reagon served as an LOI panelist in Performance in 2015.

Supported by the Center, the country’s first-ever queer jazz festival will address intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity, and jazz music, and will take place September 18–21, 2014.

Grants & Grantees

An urban performing arts center on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, the Annenberg Center presents touring theater, jazz, and world music.

Michael Djupstrom premieres a new piano quintet at the 2016 National Cherry Blossom Festival, Beth Kephart and Caroline Lathan-Stiefel display works at the Philadelphia International Airport, and The New York Times reviews Chris Forsyth’s new album.

Grants & Grantees

Established in 2004, Jazz Bridge is a hybrid nonprofit organization joining performance presentation with professional support services for regional jazz and blues artists.

Bryn Mawr College’s Performing Arts Series presented a month of free events to expand audience’s knowledge of Cambodian dance, music, and culture that culminated in a performance of The Lives of Giants by the Khmer Arts Ensemble.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Roddy Bogawa’s work is known for its investigation of history and culture via lyrical lo-fi means and innovative narrative structures.

the ICA presents Mouth of Darkness, a performance by musician Travis, organized by Endless Shout collaborator The Otolith Group.