Group Motion Dance Company

1/3: Susan Rethorst in rehearsal in June 2013 with Group Motion dancers Ellie Goudie-Averill, David Konyk, and Hedy Wyland. Photo by Zornitsa Stoyanova.
2/3: Rehearsal for Then by Group Motion Dance Company and Susan Rethorst. Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou.
3/3: Rehearsal for Then by Group Motion Dance Company and Susan Rethorst. Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou.

Originally founded in Berlin in 1962 as a contemporary dance company rooted in multimedia, the company relocated to Philadelphia in 1968 and quickly established itself in the United States dance scene, performing at New York’s Judson Church and at Jacob’s Pillow with support from the National Endowment for the Arts touring program. In addition to company productions, Group Motion also hosts regular improvisational movement workshops for the public, which allow people of all experience levels to employ dance as a language of expression. Most recently, with support from the Center, the company engaged choreographer Susan Rethorst to create a new work for the group’s core dancers.

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Headlong Dance Theater worked with a team of advisors to assess its options following the recent departure of one of its three founding directors.

The Philadelphia Flamenco Festival offers a free master class with flamenco master Israel Galván, star of the festival performance La Curva.

Frank Sherlock is named Philadelphia’s new poet laureate, William Daley receives a solo exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and poets Teresa Leo, Pattie McCarthy, and Jenn McCreary release new books.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Pam Green is the founder and president of PMG Arts Management, which provides services to performing artists, companies, and organizations throughout the country.

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FringeArts presents, develops, and commissions a range of high-quality contemporary performing and visual arts in Philadelphia.

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Bowerbird is a presenting organization that showcases over 70 events annually, with a focus on raising awareness of “provocative and divergent musical traditions.”

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The Academy of Natural Sciences upgraded their financial software to a more efficient system, which made possible major developments.

Collaborators & Colleagues

José Luis Bustamante is the former artistic director of Sharir+Bustamante Danceworks.

Five Pew Fellows have been awarded artist residencies in 2015, supported by the Center’s ongoing partnership with the Alliance of Artists Communities.

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This multidisciplinary chamber opera for mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and string quartet will focus on the experience of childhood and feature a mechanical, electronic sound-generating sculpture that will grow from a small music box into a seven-foot tall object as the performance unfolds, creating a riveting visual and musical experience.

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Operating onsite at Revolution Recovery, a recycling company in Northeast Philadelphia, RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency) is an arts organization acting as an artist-in-residency program, a materials supplier for artists and designers, a mouthpiece for outreach and education, and a source for exhibitions.

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.