WRTI on Pennsylvania Ballet’s Forsythe & Kylián

WRTI’s Jim Cotter and Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Roy Kaiser discussed the challenges and benefits of presenting works by new choreographers before the company presented William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite and other pieces at the end of the 2012–13 season. As Kaiser put it, the three choreographers featured in their final program (Kylián, Neenan, and Forsythe) have “taken the art form in a different direction” to create “new ballet.”

Listen to the full interview at the WRTI website.

Spanish dancer and choreographer Rosario Toledo choreographed an original dance for Pasión y Arte, marking the company’s first collaboration with a major flamenco artist.

Grants & Grantees

The first multi-concert retrospective of Julius Eastman, an African American composer who was active internationally in the 1970s and 80s, but who died at age 49, will include rarely-performed works that showcase the composer’s broad compositional practice.

For his first Philadelphia appearance in over four decades, Milford Graves will present a rare solo performance inside the oldest barn in Philadelphia County at Bartram’s Garden.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dr. Melissa Chiu is the director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gallery in Washington, DC.

The Pew Charitable Trusts announces a new culture funding strategy, placing The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage at the heart of its support for culture in the Philadelphia region.

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education will identify new funding opportunities and potential ally institutions, and create a plan for cross-departmental collaboration.

Founded in 1986, Sruti promotes and presents Indian classical music and dance to educate the greater Philadelphia community on the importance of Indian arts.

Grants & Grantees

The Leah Stein Dance Company is committed to making dances spontaneously, rigorously, in collaboration, and in connection with the moment, often as site-specific works.

Collaborators & Colleagues

David Kiehl became curator of prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1993. Previously, he curated at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Wolfsonian Foundation in Miami Beach.

“Connecting Through Story: Lives Lived Apart” is the result of an oral history and photography project connecting Pennsylvanians with and without intellectual disabilities.

Jazz Bridge presents a performance featuring bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Monnette Sudler.

Choreographer Amanda Miller collaborated with Cheam Shapiro in Takhmao, Cambodia to research the intersection of classical Cambodian dance with her western classical ballet training.