Nichole Canuso’s Midway Avenue in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, and More

Nichole Canuso in Midway Avenue. Photo by Peggy Woolsey.

Nichole Canuso Dance Company’s Center-supported premiere performances of Midway Avenue, which took place at FringeArts from May 2–4, have received a great deal of media attention, including a positive review from the Philadelphia Inquirer. Midway Avenue is a solo performance that uses personal reminiscences and universal yearnings to explore the relationship between memory and self. The planning and discovery process behind this new work also received Center support in 2011.

In her Inquirer review, Merilyn Jackson writes, “Canuso always works hard on her productions, yet they have a deceptive simplicity. Over the 18 years I’ve watched her dances, I feel her previous works were preludes to this, her most winsome and revelatory.” Read more >

At NewsWorks, Jennifer Lynn explains that “The idea for the show arose when Canuso was researching a more theoretical project. ‘Images from my childhood started to come up,’ [Canuso] said. ‘Little by little, that crept into the piece I ended up making.’” Read more >

In a recent Q&A with Philadelphia Magazine, Canuso said, “This feels like the most directly personal work I’ve made to date. I’m speaking more than I normally do onstage. There is a lot of abstraction but I also reveal a certain amount of information about myself. All that said, Midway Avenue is more about the universal questions of memory and repetition and self-imposed structures than it is about me.” Read more >

The Wilma Theater, in partnership with Intercultural Journeys and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of Pennsylvania (HIAS), presents an evening of music from the world premiere of the play Adapt!.

Questions of Practice

This series curated by a local music expert sought to challenge our notions of music and noise with playlists that represented a range of genres, accompanied by interpretive narratives.

The Institute of Contemporary Art presents in-process showings of Cynthia Oliver’s dance-theatre work Virago-Man Dem, organized by Danielle Goldman.

Grants & Grantees

Tobin Rothlein is a dance artist and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

In 1994 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 16 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 34 dance and music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dan Hurlin currently teaches performance art, dance, and puppetry at Sarah Lawrence College, where he also serves as the director of the graduate program in theater. In 2015, Hurlin served as a Performance LOI panelist.

Grants & Grantees

Daisy Fried is a poet and a 1998 Pew Fellow.

A trio of concerts from the world-acclaimed pianist Jonathan Biss, tenor Mark Padmore, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and the Brentano String Quartet will provide new insights on the forms of expression found in the late stages of the lives of nine great composers, including Bach, Kurtág, Mozart, and Schubert.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents portrait of myself as my father, a dance work by Zimbabwean dancer Nora Chipaumire.

Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design fosters the study, exploration, and management of the arts: media, design, the performing, and visual.

Grants & Grantees

Bowerbird is a presenting organization that showcases over 70 events annually, with a focus on raising awareness of “provocative and divergent musical traditions.”

Collaborators & Colleagues

Lucinda Childs is one of America’s most important modern choreographers and an original member of the Judson Dance Theater in New York.