1/3: Margaret Leng Tan, performer, Cage: Beyond Silence. Photo courtesy of Bowerbird.
2/3: Dan Blacksberg, performer, Cage: Beyond Silence. Photo courtesy of Bowerbird.
3/3: American Sublime. Photo courtesy of Bowerbird.

Bowerbird is a presenting organization that showcases over 70 events annually, with a focus on raising awareness of “provocative and divergent musical traditions.” Presenting performances in intimate spaces at little to no cost in order to increase public access, Bowerbird showcases experimental forms of music, dance, and film. This melding of forms was evident in a Center-supported project that brought choreographer Xavier Le Roy’s More Mouvements für Lachenmann (scored to a composition by Helmut Lachenmann, performed live by Klangforum Wien) to Philadelphia at the 2011 Fringe Festival. In 2011–12, with Center support, Bowerbird presented Cage: Beyond Silence, a festival of John Cage’s major musical compositions, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Center-funded exhibition Dancing Around the Bride. In 2015, the Center awarded a Discovery grant to Bowerbird to explore the possibility of presenting the work of African American composer Julius Eastman (1940–90). This research informed That Which Is Fundamental, the first multi-concert retrospective of Eastman’s work.


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.

Grants & Grantees

Gerald Levinson (Pew Fellow, 2007) has been increasingly recognized as one of the major composers of his generation.

The Wilma Theater’s world premiere production of Paula Vogel’s new play, Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq, has received media attention from various media outlets.

Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design fosters the study, exploration, and management of the arts: media, design, the performing, and visual.

Artifact Suite by choreographer William Forsythe features 29 dancers in choreography that pushes them beyond their perceived physical limits, demanding sharp timing, precise syncopation, and coordination.

Several Center-funded projects have received extensive international, national, and regional media coverage in recent weeks.

We speak to choreographer and dancer Jumatatu Poe who has produced such provocative, experimental dance works as the Center-funded Private Places.

The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum is committed to supporting local composers and developing new markets for their music.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Rose Sherman joined the Minnesota Historical Society in 1999 as director of enterprise technology.

Grants & Grantees

The Crossing will commission seven of the world’s foremost composers to create new works, and will be joined in performance by early music ensemble Quicksilver Baroque and the International Contemporary Ensemble.

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble created new costumes and re-orchestrated the music for the company’s Carpathian dances.

Grants & Grantees

Founded in Philadelphia in 1980, Piffaro performs 15th- through 17th-century music.