April welcomes a number of Center-funded performances to the region—from the Philadelphia premiere of composer and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer’s acclaimed Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project, to the premiere of Ally, a thought-provoking exhibition of art and dance by visual artist Janine Antoni with choreographers Anna Halprin and Stephen Petronio at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, and more. See our April highlights below, and visit our events page for a full calendar of projects and programs coming this spring.
action is primary
Each day at 3:15 p.m., Pew Fellow Meg Foley and her collaborators perform a spontaneous dance, which they document through photo, video, sound, and writing. The realization of Foley’s “3:15 dances,” action is primary is a three-week exhibition and performance series exploring the development of this improvisational practice.
A Fierce Kind of Love
The Institute on Disabilities at Temple University presents a new play by theater artists Suli Holum and David Bradley that recounts the largely unknown history of Pennsylvania’s intellectual disability rights movement. Performed by a mixed ability cast, the theater work uses word, movement, and song to reveal how past activism has informed present-day issues.
The Painted Bride Art Center’s Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia, an ongoing series of artworks, performances, and conversations that use art as a lens for viewing the city and it history, culminates in three performances this month:
Choreographer and Guggenheim Fellow Reggie Wilson presents Stamped Stomped Stumped, a new work examining the performative aspects of religious worship and the spiritual landscape of Philadelphia, April 14–16.
Congolese dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula debuts Philly Files, a performative piece exploring North Philadelphia’s local history, in collaboration with Pew Fellow and musician King Britt, April 21–23.
Performance artist Marty Pottenger unveils #PHILLYSAVESEARTH, a collaboration with scientists, activists, and religious figures that reframes Philadelphia within the context of the American Revolution, Lenape Indian culture, and climate change, April 22–24.
April 21–July 31
An immersive exhibition and event series created by visual artist Janine Antoni, in collaboration with contemporary dance artist Stephen Petronio, and choreographer Anna Halprin, opens at The Fabric Workshop and Museum after two years in development. In translating ideas across art forms and reimagining the nature of materiality through movement, this unusual three-way collaboration opens up exciting possibilities. Audiences will encounter shifting configurations of performance, installation, video, and sculpture on all four floors of the museum.
The Kimmel Center, Inc. presents a complex, multimedia work that illuminates the lived experiences of minority veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. A collaboration between Grammy-nominated pianist, composer, and MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer and performer and librettist Mike Ladd, Holding It Down is an evening-length work that incorporates music, poetry, and visuals, created from the actual dreams of young veterans.
Saayujya (The Merging)
Sruti premieres a new performance piece by two of India’s preeminent artists, bharata natyam dancer Priyadarsini Govind and Carnatic musician T. M. Krishna. Saayujya combines classical South Indian music and dance with improvised segments to interpret themes of liberty and freedom drawn from Philadelphia’s history.
New Paradise Laboratories is an experimental performance ensemble that explores radical means to bend conventional ideas of theater.
Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel is a theater artist, director of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, a co-founder and co-artistic director of Pig Iron Theatre Company, and a 2002 Pew Fellow.
Margie Strosser is a filmmaker and a 1994 Pew Fellow.
The Crossing premiered new compositions by Gabriel Jackson (England), Kamran Ince (Turkey/United States), and Eriks E¡envalds (Latvia) as part of its Month of Moderns festival of contemporary music.
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia concluded a two-year project around the commission of a new, hybrid choral work by composer Julia Wolfe.
Breaking the Waves, the world premiere chamber opera by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek presented by Opera Philadelphia, has received extensive media coverage since its debut.
“I see my work as representation of the first generation to grow up entirely under the umbrella of a ‘read-write’ culture,” 2010 Pew Fellow Kara Crombie states.
Romi Crawford is an assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She previously worked at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Network for New Music commissioned and premiered four new chamber works by composers Andrea Clearfield, Shih Hui Chen, Dai Fujikura, and Eric Moe.
David Allison is manager of onsite programs at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, where his most recent projects include writing and developing a multimodal show on the science of flight.
Poet Afaa Michael Weaver publishes a new book of poetry, visual artist Alex Da Corte’s video installation Blue Moon is projected on Times Square billboards, and filmmaker Cheryl Hess receives a 2016 Tribeca Documentary Grant.
Stephen Berg, a 1993 Pew Fellow in Literature and founder of the American Poetry Review and Zig Zag Press, passed away on June 12.