Expansion of stuporwoman

Tania Isaac, 2011 Pew Fellow, dancing in 2007.

Pew Fellow and choreographer Tania Isaac expanded her performance piece stuporwoman, an evening-length, semi-autobiographical work about motherhood that combines American and Caribbean dance aesthetics. The piece, which originated as a solo, evolved into a group work that featured three dancers, a playwright, an opera singer, and classical instrumentalists. Isaac’s collaborative team included playwright Bridget Carpenter, composer Michael Wall, mezzo-soprano Claire Stollack-Gustavsson, and violinist Heather Zimmerman. stuporwoman was presented as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, DancePlace in Washington, D.C., and the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine, among other venues.


Leading hip-hop artist Raphael Xavier brought together masterful street performers, extreme BMX riders, acrobatic contortionists, and live music by saxophonist and composer Bobby Zankel for a contemporary circus-style performance in City Hall’s courtyard that paid tribute to the soul of the urban street.

Grants & Grantees

EgoPo Classic Theater transforms classic theater and literature into provocative performances, placing equal emphasis on text, vocals, and movement. Its

Grants & Grantees

The company is dedicated to making critically important performance opportunities available to the current generation of opera and theatrical performers, designers, and directors.

This Spanish-language, ensemble-devised performance piece will examine American privilege and the complexities of cultural identity, informed by Torra’s personal experience as a Cuban American.

WXPN is a public radio station operated by the University of Pennsylvania, best known for its World Cafe music program, distributed by National Public Radio.

Grants & Grantees

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble presented a home season program featuring Ukrainian costumes and live music by violinist Vasyl Popadiuk.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Sarah Lutman has worked in the arts and nonprofit sector for the past 35 years, and she is currently an independent consultant and entrepreneur.

In March 2005, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage invited choreographer and dance artist Wendy Rogers to lead a presentation and town hall discussion for dance makers and cultural practitioners.

Collaborators & Colleagues

MJ Kaufman is a playwright whose work examines the human experience, often focusing on the lives of queer and transpeople.

Collaborators & Colleagues

José Luis Bustamante is the former artistic director of Sharir+Bustamante Danceworks.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Reggie Wilson is the artistic director of Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group, where he presents his unique blend of African and post-modern dance styles.