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.
Theatre Exile produces risky and challenging plays that contain a sense of grit and passion.
1812 Productions, led by Artistic Director Jennifer Childs, created a production that combined storytelling, music, and clowning to investigate the female comic voice.
Albright’s work in film spans documentary, installation, poetic animation, and short- and long-form narrative. One of his works-in-progress is Ceramic Flowers, a modern mash-up of The Odyssey and Ulysses, set in Las Vegas.
“I conceive of character as my responsibility within the piece,” says Philadelphia theater artist Mary Tuomanen.
Dito van Reigersberg is a theater artist, a co-founder and co-artistic director of Pig Iron Theatre Company, and a 2002 Pew Fellow.
Film, television, and stage actor Robert Prosky (1930–2008) had hundreds of credits to his name in television, film, and the theater.
Russian folktales and South African music and puppetry united in a multidisciplinary interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s composition for the 1910 ballet The Firebird, featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra, Grammy Award-winning South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and larger-than-life puppets by Janni Younge of South Africa’s renowned Handspring Puppet Company.
One of this country’s oldest choruses, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia seeks to advance the development of choral music as an art form.
An urban performing arts center on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, the Annenberg Center presents touring theater, jazz, and world music.
Bruce Graham’s Rizzo opens at Theatre Exile, NPR features Chris Forsyth, and Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson receives a Bessie Award.
Hanna Khoury (Pew Fellow, 2010) was trained in Western classical music and has performed with several orchestras. His passion, however, lies in Arab classical music.
Founded in 2013 by Michał Zadara, Centrala is a theater company based in Warsaw, Poland.