Izu House Project

Leah Stein and Roko Kawai, October 2007. Photo by Takayuki Moriki.

Pew Fellow and dancer Roko Kawai traveled to Japan to work on her project Izu House. A team of collaborators, including Philadelphia choreographer Leah Stein, Tokyo-based dancer Hideo Arai, vocalist Mika Kimula, and Pew Fellow and musician Toshi Makihara, joined Kawai on her trip. In Japan, the collaborators lived and worked in a house in Chihan-An, Ohito on the Izu Peninsula, drawing from the history of the house and the surrounding area to develop a site-specific dance/sound piece. Kawai’s research contributed to the online publication Belonging and Solo: Roko Kawai, the second in the Center’s danceworkbook series.


Funded with Center support, New Paths a month-long, citywide festival, which conceptually connects some of the most innovative artists in the world to a variety of historic and peculiar Philadelphia spaces.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Ralph B. Peña is a playwright, actor, and the artistic director of Ma-Yi Theater Company, a New York-based theater group that develops and produces new Asian-American plays.

Questions of Practice

Wooley’s rigorous study and extensive performance of a wide variety of musical scores offers us an expert musical perspective, as well as unique insight, into our questions of (co-)authorship.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts presents a diverse range of programming in a beautiful park setting.

Grants & Grantees

This creative “place-keeping” project will put Fleisher’s spaces and resources into the hands of Southeast Philadelphia community members, in an effort to make exhibitions more responsive to area residents and to preserve and promote the diverse cultural life of immigrant-rich neighborhoods.

Elevator Repair Service’s John Collins on why his theater ensemble embraces “a blissful ignorance” at the outset of a new project.

Grants & Grantees

Opera Philadelphia seeks to create productions of classic and new operatic works that assemble the finest international creative artists, and present a wide array of programming that educates, deepens, and diversifies opera audiences.

Grants & Grantees

Rebecca Westcott (1976–2004) was a visual artist and a 2004 Pew Fellow.

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.

Grants & Grantees

The Brandywine River Museum planned for a 2015 exhibition by Los Angeles-based conceptual photographer James Welling, whose work takes inspiration from and pays homage to 20th-century American artist Andrew Wyeth.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Daniel Tucker is an artist, writer, and organizer who develops documentaries, publications, and events inspired by his interest in social movements and the people and places from which they emerge.

A series of discussions will be held with acclaimed French choreographer Boris Charmatz and various artists and cultural practitioners.