On Tour: Where to Find Center-Funded Projects Around the World in 2016

1/7: Thaddeus Phillips’ Red-Eye to Havre de Grace. Photo by Johanna Austin.
2/7: Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson. Photo by Jeremy Abrahams, courtesy of The Guardian.
3/7: Raphael Xavier. Photo by Brian Mengini.
4/7: Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Show, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 2012. Image courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art.
5/7: Extinct Entities was a project focused on the long-shuttered Afro Arts Theater and involved an installation and performance series speculating about the legacy. Photo by Daniel Tucker.
6/7: Barbara Kasten: Stages, 2015, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania. Photo by Constance Mensh. Courtesy of ICA.
7/7: Cardell Dance Theater in performance for Supper, People on the Move. Photo by Josh McIlvain.

Many Center-supported performance projects and exhibitions continue to have successful presentations after their initial premieres in our region. Here’s a preview of the works bringing Philadelphia’s rich artistic voices to new audiences nationally and internationally in the months ahead.

The Object Lesson, a one-man play by Pew Fellow Geoff Sobelle that explores our relationship to “things,” received a top award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and gained critical acclaim while touring to venues including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Walker Art Center, and Bard College, among others. In February, the celebrated work makes its Australian debut at the Sydney Festival and the Perth International Arts Festival.

After a critically acclaimed debut in Philadelphia at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Barbara Kasten: Stages toured to the Graham Foundation as part of the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial. The exhibition will next be seen this spring at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (dates to be announced soon).

Also organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, the 2012 exhibition The Happy Show, featuring large-scale installations by graphic artist Stefan Sagmeister, is on view through March 28 at the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria.

Following its run at Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia, curator Daniel Tucker’s exhibition and event series Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements will continue to explore questions of equity, justice, and race relations with a residency at the Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery at Columbia College Chicago, March 3–April 9.

Following performances at New York Theatre Workshop, Red-Eye to Havre de Grace, a play by Pew Fellow Thaddeus Phillips about the delirious final days of Edgar Allen Poe’s life, heads south for performances at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts, April 14–16.

Choreographer Silvana Cardell’s large-scale performance piece about the immigration process, Supper, People on the Move, will travel to the experimental theater La MaMa in New York City, May 14-15.

The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance by hip-hop artist and Pew Fellow Raphael Xavier was on stage at FringeArts February 11–13, followed by performances at Zoellner Arts Center in Bethlehem, PA, February 16–19.


Grants & Grantees

Pasión y Arte is an all-female dance company that creates challenging and original modern flamenco works.

Grants & Grantees

People’s Light will collaborate with the National Theatre of Scotland to develop research and the building blocks for a theater piece that explores the question: What is meaningful work in the 21st century?

Collaborators & Colleagues

Joshua Rubin is a founding clarinetist and the program director of ICE, where he oversees the creative direction of more than 50 concerts per season.

Performer and theater artist Charlotte Ford researched and developed a new theatrical project that asked, “Can a woman be funny and sexy onstage at the same time?”

Collaborators & Colleagues

Paula Marincola was named the first executive director of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in June 2008. She leads the organization in developing and implementing its strategic agenda as both grantmaker and hub for knowledge-sharing.

Philadelphia choreographer Nichole Canuso presents a solo performance, originally Center-funded, that uses personal reminiscences and universal yearnings to explore the relationship between memory and self.

“What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” Five temporary public artworks, created by artists Ai Weiwei, Zoe Strauss, Kara Crombie, Kaitlin Pomerantz, and Alexander Rosenberg, and on-site “laboratories” for public feedback will consider this question and notions of monumentality within the civic sphere.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Bruce LaRowe served as the Executive Director of the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte from 1993 to 2013.

Vogel’s world premiere play delved into prevalent issues of post-traumatic stress disorder and sexual assault in the military, and was the final act of a bold experiment in theater-making as a collaborative journey.

Grants & Grantees

Theatre Exile explored ways to dramatize the story of Frank Rizzo, a polarizing Philadelphia political icon, with a special emphasis on group discussions with longtime residents of South Philadelphia.

Vocalist, composer, and recording artist Tokay Tomah on starting her artistic career in Liberia, using music as a vehicle for building peace, and more.

Grants & Grantees

The first museum in the nation focused on families with children ages seven and younger, Please Touch Museum enriches the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play.