Cynthia Ling Lee

Cynthia Ling Lee.

Cynthia Ling Lee is a contemporary choreographer who draws on both postmodern and North Indian classical kathak training in her dance making. Her choreography and scholarship have been presented throughout Asia and the United States at venues such as the Asia Society (New York), Chandra-Mandapa: Spaces (Chennai), Colorado College (Colorado Springs), Congress on Research in Dance (Ann Arbor), Dance Theater Workshop (New York), Department of Performing Arts (Phnom Penh), India International Centre (New Delhi), National Asian-American Theater Festival (Los Angeles), Painted Bride Arts Center (Philadelphia), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Taman Ismail Marzuki (Jakarta), Taipei National University of the Arts (Taipei), and the World Dance Alliance (New Delhi). Lee’s artistic collaborators include the Post Natyam Collective; choreographers Sheetal Gandhi and Anusha Kedhar; musicians David Cutler, Paul Livingstone, and Loren Nerell; and visual artists YaYa Chou and Carole Kim. Lee was the recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, an Asia-Pacific Performing Arts Exchange Fellowship, a Santa Monica Individual Artist Fellowship, a Swarthmore Project Residency, a Taipei Artist Village Residency, and two Durfee ARC Grants. She is currently assistant professor of dance at University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She served as a Center panelist in dance in 2013, and a LOI panelist in Performance in 2014.


Montgomery County Community College’s Then and Now: Jazz Cubano series kicks off with a performance by Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Band.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dan Byers is Senior Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Byers contributed to the Center’s 2013 publication Pigeons on the Grass, Alas: Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field. He was a 2014 panelist and a 2015 LOI panelist, both in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation.

Choreographer Silvana Cardell’s Supper, People on the Move travels to the experimental theater La MaMA in New York City, as part of the 2016 La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival.

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

Collaborators & Colleagues

Brenda Dixon Gottschild is Professor Emerita of dance studies at Temple University and a senior consultant and writer for Dance Magazine.

Grants & Grantees

This world premiere play, written by the Wilma’s artistic director Blanka Zizka, invites audiences to consider the immigrant experience and questions surrounding identity, homeland and exile, the idealism of youth, and the compromises of adulthood.

Grants & Grantees

Established in 1963, Pennsylvania Ballet has extended its important Balanchine-based repertoire by presenting new works by a variety of contemporary choreographers.

This multi-part project will animate Chester’s downtown cultural corridor by engaging the local community, along with experts in public history, placemaking, and tactical urbanism, in a series of events and programs interpreting the city’s underground history.

During a recent conversation at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, our visiting scholar Kristy Edmunds asked Philip Bither about making curatorial choices that lead to dynamic artistic experiences for audiences.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Toni Shapiro-Phim is a cultural anthropologist with a specialization in the arts of Southeast Asia.

A performance piece interpreting classical South Indian music and dance, inspired by themes of liberty and freedom drawn from Philadelphia’s history.

Questions of Practice

The final article in the American Impresario series features Claire Chase of the International Contemporary Ensemble, which has been described by the New York Times as “one of the most adventurous and accomplished groups in new music.”