Mark Morris Collaboration with Voloshky

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012 by collaborating with contemporary choreographer Mark Morris on an original Center-funded dance piece.

Morris is the artistic director of Mark Morris Dance Company in Brooklyn, NY, and the recipient of multiple awards and honors, such as the 2010 Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society. He is well known throughout the world for innovative choreography that integrates a diverse range of traditions and techniques, from Eastern European folk dance to classical ballet and modern dance. Voloshky artistic director Taras Lewyckyj felt that Morris’ background as “a choreographer who [embraces] folk traditions while creating wildly innovative contemporary works” made him an exciting choice to expand the range of company work. In another partnership that reflected the significance of this collaboration, two of the world’s foremost Ukrainian dance companies, Voloshky and Ukraine’s Virsky Dance Company, joined together to perform Morris’ new work. The ensemble expected the work to appeal to both sides of its audience: “Those who believe that folk dance is primitive and naïve will have their vision broadened. Those who have been reluctant to embrace newer artistic visions will expand their way of seeing this art.”

The above video of Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble by Henry Nevison features an interview with Mark Morris talking about his work with the company in creating the new piece.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced its 2014 grants in support of Philadelphia’s arts and cultural community today. They include 12 new Pew Fellowships of $60,000 each, 35 project grants in amounts up to $300,000, and two Advancement grants of $500,000 each.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Hazami Sayed is the founder and executive director of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

Grants & Grantees

In 1997 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 46 dance, music, and theater organizations in the greater Philadelphia region.

Playwright and director Ain Gordon reflects on An Experiment in Five Acts, a critical feedback program for mid-career artists of his own design. Here, he speaks candidly about the project’s impact, what worked and what didn’t.

La Curva features Bacán’s spare singing, Courvoisier’s atonal and dissonant compositions, and Galván’s score that employs rhythms from his own footwork.

The Eleone Dance Theatre acquired Dianne McIntyre’s Up the Road A-Piece and incorporated it into the company’s 2011–12 touring season.

On Monday, June 16, 2014, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage honored its 2014 grantees. Browse our slide show for exclusive photos from this celebratory event.

Grants & Grantees

Matt Saunders (Pew Fellow, 2014) is a multidisciplinary theater artist whose practice is rooted in set design.

Grants & Grantees

Fritz Dietel’s (Pew Fellow, 2007) inspiration comes from observation of botanic and aquatic natural forms. His pieces, quite labor-intensive, are mainly constructed from strips and shards of band-sawed wood.

Argeo Ascani, Curator for Music at EMPAC, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, talks about approaching artistic risk as a curator.

Grants & Grantees

Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre creates performance with a focus on devised work that often includes forays into pop culture, political satire, and the human condition.

Composer Jace Clayton and Barnes Foundation executive director and president Thom Collins on presenting a site-specific performance informed by the artworks of the Barnes.