A number of Center-funded performances take the stage this spring, including the world premiere of Blanka Zizka’s Adapt! presented by The Wilma Theater, the continuation of Philadelphia Chamber Music Society’s concert series examining the late works of nine leading composers, and dance performances by choreographer taisha paggett at the Institute of Contemporary Art. See our highlights below, and visit our events page to discover more performances and programs coming this season.
Endless Shout: taisha paggett
The Institute of Contemporary Art’s interdisciplinary exploration of the role of performance in museum spaces continues with performances by choreographer taisha paggett. For Endless Shout, paggett will present her dance work counts orchestrate, a meadow (or weekly practice with breath), in which paggett and choreographer Meena Myrygesan perform a replica of a rehearsal within the gallery space.
Philadelphia Real Book Concerts
March 4, March 11, and April 26
Jazz Bridge’s four-part concert series celebrates Philadelphia’s rich jazz heritage and aims to stimulate a local jazz renaissance. Spring musical pairings include performances by saxophonist Odean Pope and pianist Dave Burrell, guitarist Pat Martino and pianist Uri Caine, and bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Monnette Sudler.
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society continues its examination of the late stages of great composers with two performances featuring works by Schumann, Gesualdo, Brahms, Mozart, and Schubert, exploring themes of fragility, unconventionality, and playfulness. The March 6 concert will feature violist Hsin-Yun Huang, The Brentano Quartet, and pianist Jonathan Biss. On March 13, tenor Mark Padmore will join forces with Biss.
The Life of a Just Sole
Blending street dance techniques with spoken word narration and video, choreographer Kyle “JustSole” Clark’s autobiographical dance-theater work introduces audiences to the history of hip-hop culture with a cast of house dancers, b-boys, and lockers who survey a variety of dance styles.
March 22-April 22
The Wilma Theater presents the world premiere of the first play penned by the company’s artistic director, Blanka Zizka. The work draws on Zizka’s personal experiences as a Czech émigré to the US in the 1970s and touches upon themes of identity and exile, the idealism of youth, and the compromises of adulthood. Stay tuned for a new Q&A with Zizka in the coming weeks.
A Season in the Life of J.S. Bach: Eastertide
April 19 and April 26
Choral Arts Philadelphia presents the final installment of its multi-part performance project that recreates 18 rarely-performed cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed as originally intended: in an arc spanning the Christian church calendar and secular seasons. Read insights by artistic director Matthew Glandorf in a recent news post.>>
The Academy of Vocal Arts is focused on rigorous instruction and coaching for young opera artists, and presentations of resident artists from around the world.
The Center has awarded $425,000 to the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, in support of the organization’s efforts to research and develop new business models that respond to shifting trends in audience behaviors.
On October 30 at 9 p.m. ET, WXPN broadcasts live from Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette, Louisiana with the zydeco all-star group Creole United.
Curtis will design and implement a new curriculum that provides graduates with the entrepreneurial and business skills necessary to forge effective careers within the rapidly changing classical music field, including coaching in how to produce, promote, and present their own music in innovative ways.
As part of its Then and Now: Jazz Cubano series, Montgomery County Community College’s Lively Arts Series hosts the Omar Sosa Afri-Lectric Experience.
InterAct Theatre Company is committed to producing socially and politically relevant work for theater.
The White Box Residencies invited outside artists to creatively explore and interact with the Center’s physical space.
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.
Ruth Estévez is a curator, writer, and stage designer. She is currently gallery director and curator of REDCAT at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
Nichole Canuso and her collaborators created TAKES, an interactive environment that applied the cinematic notion of the “take” to the world of dance.
Claudia La Rocco’s work frequently revolves around interdisciplinary collaborations and performances. A faculty member of the School of Visual Arts’ graduate program in Art Criticism and Writing, La Rocco also teaches at Stanford University.
A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78 is a dynamic reexamination of the early dances of one of America’s most influential contemporary choreographers. In this excerpt from the forthcoming multimedia online publication, dance critic and historian Suzanne Carbonneau reflects on beauty as refusal in Childs’ work.