Promoting cultural exchanges between Ukrainians and the global community, Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble seeks to represent the country’s culture through dance. In 2009, with support through the Center, Voloshky presented Steppes, a production danced entirely to live music by master violinist Vasyl Popadiuk and his band Papa Duke. Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States, Dr. Oleh Shamshur, attended the production and remarked, “We regard this joint performance to be an outstanding example of cultural diplomacy as well as entertainment.” In 2011, the Center-funded Carnival, a collaboration with choreographer Mark Morris and the Virsky Dance Ensemble from Ukraine. Through its multiple Project Grants, the Center has assisted Voloshky in becoming recognized as an important steward of Ukranian dance.
A number of ongoing and recently completed Center-funded projects have filled theater houses and garnered extensive media coverage.
The universality of sudden loss and trauma will be examined in this multimedia dance theater work integrating Kim’s heritage in traditional Korean dance with Western dance, improvisation, music, and found sound, to be developed in collaboration with Marion Ramírez, Germaine Ingram, Merián Soto, and Korean musician Gamin Hyosung Kang.
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.
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.
Choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar is founding artistic director of Urban Bush Women, a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change.
The Institute of Contemporary Art presents a performance of Pew Fellow Jumatatu Poe’s Let ‘im Move You, organized by Danielle Goldman.
Bissell, the Center’s Performance director, and Adair, director of Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, discuss the origins and learnings of a Center interdisciplinary research project between dancers and historians that explored alternative ways of interpreting historic sites. Participants in the project reflect on its outcomes and implications.
Bhratanatyam dancer and choreographer Malavika Sarukkai will present a performance lecture that ties the language of Indian classical dance to its interpretation in the visual arts.
Jumatatu Poe developed The Flight Attendants, a satirical commentary on the service industry, during summer workshops with members of his company, idiosynCrazy productions.
Several Center-funded projects have received extensive international, national, and regional media coverage in recent weeks.
Amy Smith is a dance artist, a founder of Headlong Dance Theater, and a 2006 Pew Fellow.
Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers is one of the country’s foremost contemporary Asian-American dance companies, celebrating the ability of dance to integrate body, mind, and spirit.