Susan Hess Modern Dance (SHMD) engaged acclaimed modern choreographer Lucinda Childs and performing arts curator Simon Dove to mentor the resident choreographers of the SHMD Choreographers Project, as part of the Masters Exchange series. Established in 1984, the Choreographers Project has provided guidance and assistance for professional development in contemporary dance, as well as a collegial atmosphere for artistic exploration for Philadelphia dance artists. In 2001, the Masters Exchange was developed as a partner program bringing distinguished choreographers and interdisciplinary performance artists to mentor SHMD’s resident choreographers and project alumni. During their residency, Childs and Dove offered extended, multi-day workshops with the choreographers, both individually and in a group setting.
Composer Jace Clayton, also known as DJ /rupture, uses an interdisciplinary approach to focus on how sound, memory, and public space interact, with an emphasis on the global South.
Theater artists Suli Holum and David Bradley reflect upon the ways disability and difference might be represented, interrogated, and objectified in performance.
Robert Lepage’s multi-media theater work was inspired by stories written by famed Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.
The possibilities of presenting a contemporary artist’s work posthumously will be explored in this discovery project dedicated to Julius Eastman, an African American composer who was active internationally in the 1970s and 80s, but who died at 49, leaving an incomplete but compelling collection of scores and recordings.
Theater performance artist and Pew Fellow Thaddeus Phillips developed and directed this original full-scale theater work for premiere at the 2011 FringeArts Festival.
Gabrielle Revlock shares a solo version of her recent duet with Nicole Bindler, about two female artists in a spectacle-driven world.
Since 1994, Hamza Walker has served as director of education/associate curator for the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, a non-collecting museum devoted to contemporary art.
Yolanda Wisher’s (Pew Fellow, 2015) writing addresses both artistic and community-oriented pursuits. The founder and director of the Germantown Poetry Festival, she is dedicated to poetry as a performative, public act, capable of producing environmental and social change.
Brooke Davis Anderson is the Executive Director of Prospect New Orleans.
Focusing on the work of Bach, Beethoven, and Britten, Farewell explores how each composer addresses themes of departures.
Artistic Director Nichole Canuso likes to explore “dances that celebrate the awkwardness, humor and surprise in human experience.”
Dancer, choreographer, and 2011 Pew Fellow Tania Isaac presented a performance installation in June 2013, at which audiences were encouraged to share their thoughts through photos, writing, and self-recordings.