Guinea Residency

Members of Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble in Guinea.

Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble traveled to Conakry, Guinea in West Africa for an intensive two-week residency with traditional artists Mariama Touré and M’Bemba Bangoura, and members of Les Ballets Africains and Les Merveilles D’Guinea. Kùlú Mèlé dancers participated in master classes in traditional Guinea dance and drumming styles, and were introduced to choreography from the ballet Mali Sadjo: The Legend of the Hippopotamus. In 2009, Kùlú Mèlé presented the US premiere of Mali Sadjo as part of its 40th anniversary season. The project culminated in a film documenting the group’s time in Guinea that was presented at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.


Revisit Center-funded The Dance Apocalypse in Brooklyn with The Dance Apocalypse/Solos. Creators Gabrielle Revlock and Nicole Bindler describe the piece as ” a radical challenge to the paltry circumstances in which artists seek funding and a heart wrenching end-of-the-world love story with pizazz.”

Performance artist Martha McDonald and visual artist Billy Dufala on how creating art at a recycling facility influences their understanding of impermanence.

Grants & Grantees

This historical interpretation project compares domestic life in two centuries through the exploration of the 1767 and 1959 kitchens inside Cliveden’s historic Germantown mansion, revealing how architecture, design, and the technology of the times defined the experiences of those enslaved and in service and their relationships with the household’s family.

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.

Grants & Grantees

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Collaborators & Colleagues

Arlene Shuler is president and CEO of New York City Center. A former dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Shuler has also worked at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

During its run from September 18-21, the OutBeat Festival sparked conversation and was featured across numerous new outlets.

Bryn Mawr College presents two performances of Trisha Brown’s pioneering Early Works, created between 1968 and 1975, blurring the boundaries between performance and visual art.

Collaborators & Colleagues

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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Questions of Practice

WXPN general manager Roger LaMay talks with us about how digital platforms have shifted the role of curation in radio, the importance of collaboration in reaching new audiences, and what distinguishes WXPN from other media outlets.