Braiding / Unbraiding / Rebraiding

Screencap from “Braiding / Unbraiding / Rebraiding” with Headlong Dance Theater and Tere O’Connor, the first iteration of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s danceworkbook series. Site design by Andy Owens.

Headlong engaged choreographer Tere O’Connor in a five-month research and choreographic project as part of the organization’s continuing effort to remain porous about its artistic process. O’Connor brought new strategies to Headlong’s dance studio by inviting the company’s three co-directors, David Brick, Andrew Simonet, and Amy Smith, to work independently. Without the pressure to produce a finished dance, the project became a research laboratory, and expanded the company members’ working methods. The project was documented in the online publication danceworkbook: Braiding / Unbraiding / Rebraiding, presented by the Center.


Grants & Grantees

Susan Lankin-Watts (Pew Fellow, 2015) is a singer, trumpet player, composer, and arranger whose complex arrangements draw from tradition, the poetry of her great-grandfather, and a desire to give new voice to the art form and create klezmer culture for a younger generation.

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

Grants & Grantees

Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. The Performing Arts at Swarthmore College serve as educational and artistic laboratories, combining a rigorous liberal arts education with practical explorations of performance.

Grants & Grantees

This multidisciplinary chamber opera for mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and string quartet will focus on the experience of childhood and feature a mechanical, electronic sound-generating sculpture that will grow from a small music box into a seven-foot tall object as the performance unfolds, creating a riveting visual and musical experience.

Built in 1836, Laurel Hill was one of the country’s first rural cemeteries. In the 21st century, the cemetery attracts visitors to musical programs, tours, photography programs, and more.

Composer Vijay Iyer and librettist Mike Ladd on creating “multi-voiced” performance projects that draw on veterans’ personal narratives.

Grants & Grantees

Leah Stein choreographed a dance to an original score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang that eventually toured to San Francisco.

The William Way LGBT Community Center presents OutBeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival. The four-day festival will highlight intersections between sexual orientation, gender identity, and jazz history and culture.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Ronen Givony is the founder and artistic director of the Wordless Music Series and Orchestra, and the music director of SubCulture, both in New York City. He served as a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2011, and a Performance LOI panelist in 2015.

The Center’s 2015 Year in Review highlights the outstanding accomplishments of our grantees, and the broad scope of the Center’s funding.

Grants & Grantees

AP Gorny is a visual artist and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Roko Kawai and a team of collaborators traveled to Japan to develop the dance/sound piece Izu House.