In the News: Center-Funded Performances from Silvana Cardell and Anna Drozdowski

1/5: Cardell Dance Theater in performance for Supper, People on the Move. Photo by Josh McIlvain.
2/5: Cardell Dance Theater in performance for Supper, People on the Move. Photo by Josh McIlvain.
3/5: Cardell Dance Theater in performance for Supper, People on the Move. Photo by Josh McIlvain.
4/5: Quiet Dance. Photo by Alastair Muir. Pictured, from left to right: Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion.
5/5: Counting to One Hundred. Photo by Herman Sorgeloos. Pictured, from left to right: Matteo Fargion, Jonathan Burrows.

Two Center-funded performance projects—Supper, People on the Move and Facing Front: Lectures and Performance by Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion—culminated at the end of June, gaining media attention from several regional news outlets.

Supper, People on the Move was a large-scale performance inspired by the immigration process, choreographed by Silvana Cardell and appearing at the Icebox Project Space at Crane Arts with a simulcast at Independence Mall .

“Filled with symbolism and metaphor,” wrote Jim Rutter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, “[Supper] forcefully conveys the emotional power of the psychological and physical perils that can plague an immigrant’s passage.” Broad Street Review’s Samantha Maldonado described Supper as “a thoughtful, important work for not only its serious exploration of the immigrant experience, but also as a powerful example of dance as a mode for social history and political advocacy.” The Dance Journal’s Gregory King called the piece “an authentic gift that was both intense and honest…a splendid work.”

Read more about Supper, People on the Move in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Broad Street Review, Danza Hoy, and the Georgian Court University blog.

Independent curator Anna Drozdowski presented European duo Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion at Neighborhood House Theater in Facing Front, a two-week-long retrospective of the pair’s collaborative career, combining performances, lectures, and a master class.

Lynn Matluck Brooks of ThINKingDANCE called the Facing Front performances “direct and effective, drawing our eyes into the complexity of gestural interplays and subtle sounds.” In a preview of the retrospective, The Dance Journal’s Jane Fries explored Burrows and Fargion’s cross-genre work: “duets informed by their wit and affability…performances that entertain as well as expand the notion of what a dance can be.” For The Philadelphia Inquirer, Drozdowski talked with A.D. Amorosi about her interest in presenting the duo in Philadelphia, describing them as “longtime collaborators, generous teachers, and smart performers at the edge of a new field who aren’t afraid to have fun.”

Grants & Grantees

Robert Asman is a photographer and a 1997 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

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Several Center-funded performances and exhibitions have garnered national and regional media coverage in recent weeks.

Collaborators & Colleagues

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