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.


Collaborators & Colleagues

William Williams is a photographer and a 1997 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dancer and choreographer Amy Ginsburg is currently the director of dance at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Susan Bernofsky is an author and German-language literature translator. She directs the literary translation program in the School of the Arts MFA Writing Program at Columbia University.

Questions of Practice

The third article in the American Impresario series features Wein, pianist, founder of the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and many others.

Grants & Grantees

With support from the Center, the Arden has integrated visually dazzling video design into live productions and enhanced its work for young audiences.

Grants & Grantees

As a presenting arts organization, the Painted Bride offers a wide range of work in music, dance, spoken word, and theater.

Grants & Grantees

The Penn Museum experimented with a new visitor-centered method of exhibition planning in order to forge relationships with the region’s African and African-American communities.

The Pennsylvania Ballet acquired William Forsythe’s contemporary dance masterpiece In the middle, somewhat elevated.

MacArthur Fellow Ken Vandermark and the Made to Break Ensemble premiere a piece inspired by the Barnes Foundation’s collection.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Thomas Allen Harris of Chimpanzee Productions is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been featured internationally on television, at festivals, and in museums and galleries.

Grants & Grantees

Lecoq-trained theater artist and 2006 Pew Fellow Geoff Sobelle is dedicated to the sublime ridiculous.

Pew Fellow Germaine Ingram talks with us about the responsibilities of creating socially engaged art.