Brenda Dixon Gottschild is Professor Emerita of dance studies at Temple University and a senior consultant and writer for Dance Magazine. In the 1990s and 2000s, she published three books that she describes as her “ongoing quest to bring to the fore the African American quotient in the American cultural equation.” They include Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance: Dance and Other Contexts (Greenwood Press, 1996); Waltzing in the Dark: African American Vaudeville and Race Politics in the Swing Era (Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press, 2000), winner of the 2001 Congress on Research in Dance Award for Outstanding Scholarly Dance Publication; and The Black Dancing Body: A Geography from Coon to Cool (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2003), winner of the 2004 de la Torre Bueno Prize for scholarly excellence in dance publication. Her latest book, Joan Myers Brown & the Improbable Hope of the Black Ballerina: A Biohistory of Performance (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011), was completed with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Gottchild began her career as a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer working in New York and London.
Dixon Gottschild has contributed two articles to The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s Document(s) series, a library of commentary on people and issues in the dance field:
Cynthia Ling Lee is a contemporary choreographer who draws on both postmodern and North Indian classical kathak training in her dance making.
What inspires our imaginations and catalyzes our creativity? As we bid farewell to 2014, we asked members of our cultural community to share something that inspired them this year.
In 2011, playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith spoke at a Center-hosted event about the evolution of her one-woman show.
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.
Annenberg Center Live presented Basil Twist’s Petrushka and held workshops for local puppeteers, which included a tour of Twist’s studio.
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.
Molly Sheridan is a writer, editor, and producer specializing in classical and experimental music, with a focus on multimedia content designed for the web.
This month in Fellows Friday news: Vera Nakonechny is named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts, Alex Da Corte exhibits at White Cube, and much more.
Anna Drozdowski, a curator of performance, hosts European duo Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion for a two-week retrospective of their collaborative career. The two juxtapose the formality of music composition with a radical and open approach to performance, composition and audience.
The members of the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change will adapt existing folk songs and write new ones in traditional styles, in the hopes of subverting historical narratives in which women are blamed, stigmatized, or victimized.
Rebecca Westcott (1976–2004) was a visual artist and a 2004 Pew Fellow.
Philadelphia’s own Pig Iron Theatre Company premieres their Center-funded, Charles Ludlam-inspired piece at the prestigious Humana Festival in Louisville, KY.