June Premieres: Performance Inspired by Immigration, Film, and Collaboration

1/3: Supper, performed at Swarthmore College, residency informal showing, 2013. Photo by Pablo Meninato. Pictured: Bethany Formica, Adrian Plascencia, Leanne Grieger, Maria Urrutia, and William Robinson.
2/3: After the Rehearsal/Persona by Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Photo © Jan Versweyveld.
3/3: Cheap Lecture and The Cow Piece. Photo by Herman Sorgeloos. Pictured, from left to right: Matteo Fargion, Jonathan Burrows.

This month, Center-funded projects from Silvana Cardell and Anna Drozdowski culminate in live performances and workshops, while FringeArts looks forward to a fall theater presentation by hosting a discussion with Obie Award-winning Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove.

Facing Front: The Duets of Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion
June 19, 20, 26, and 27

Performance curator Anna Drozdowski hosts European duo Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, who have built a collaborative career of the “handmade and human-scale,” according to the artists. Their work juxtaposes the formality of musical composition with a radically open and humorous approach to performance. Burrows and Fargion will perform at Neighborhood House Theater on June 19, 20, 26, and 27, with a “Writing Dance” master class on June 20 and an artist talk on June 27, focused on their choreographic process.

Supper, People on the Move
June 25–29

Choreographer Silvana Cardell premieres a large-scale performance inspired and informed by the immigration process. The piece has been developed as Cardell has continuously collected interviews, or “portraits,” of people who have been affected by immigration. A native of Argentina and now a US citizen, Cardell’s own experiences “living in a cultural crossroads,” she says, have influenced this work. Supper will premiere at the Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts June 25–29. A free June 26 public simulcast of the performance will be shown at Independence Mall—a cultural crossroads where history intersects with the present and tourists mingle with locals.

After the Rehearsal/Persona
June 28

Leading up to the performance of Ivo van Hove’s After the Rehearsal/Persona in the 2015 Fringe Festival, FringeArts presents “LIVE REMIX: Stage Adaptations in the New Media Age,” a three-part event guest-curated by Tom Sellar. The day will combine a screening of Ivo van Hove’s 2009 debut film Amsterdam; a discussion with van Hove about his oeuvre of film-to-stage adaptations; and an American theater makers’ roundtable on the use of iconic film sources to create new forms of live art. This fall’s After the Rehearsal/Persona uses screenplay text from two Ingmar Bergman films to consider how film writing aesthetics might impact live performance techniques.


During the 2005–06 season, Philadelphia’s Dancefusion reconstructed Mary Anthony’s Women of Troy (1954). Dr. Linda Caruso Haviland prepared this essay for the accompanying symposium on dance preservation.

The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia opens its 141st season on Sunday, October 26 with its biggest BIG SING ever, laying the foundation for the North American premiere of the Bach-Mendelssohn St. Matthew Passion.

John Harbison sets the poetry of Louise Glück, Jessica Fisher, and Eugenio Montale to music and conducts this premiere performance.

Susan Hess Modern Dance engaged Lucinda Childs and Simon Dove to mentor the resident choreographers of the SHMD Choreographers Project.

Grants & Grantees

Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers is one of the country’s foremost contemporary Asian-American dance companies, celebrating the ability of dance to integrate body, mind, and spirit.

Choreographer and Pew Fellow Lela Aisha Jones on the importance of “creative spirits” in her family, what motivates her to create, the Philadelphia arts scene, and more.

Al-Bustan premiered two new compositions inspired by Andalusian poetry in a concert featuring a classical Arab chamber ensemble, the Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble; a Western choir, The Crossing; and Palestinian vocal soloist Dalal Abu Amneh.

Piffaro holds a symposium exploring music, poetry, and art in the Spanish Golden Age, and its relation to Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Lisa Yancey is an organizational development consultant who specializes in development/fundraising planning, strategic organizational planning, and senior project management for nonprofit arts institutions.

Grants & Grantees

People’s Light is one of Pennsylvania’s largest professional nonprofit theaters and is known for its resident company of artists, eclectic mix of productions, and for innovative work with young people.

Grants & Grantees

Roko Kawai and a team of collaborators traveled to Japan to develop the dance/sound piece Izu House.

Nichole Canuso’s TAKES, which traveled to the 3LD Art & Technology Center in New York City after its Philadelphia premiere, was covered in an article by the New York Times.