Cynthia Oliver

Cynthia Oliver.

Cynthia Oliver is a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”)-winning choreographer whose work has been presented nationally and internationally. A former dancer with numerous companies, including the David Gordon Pick Up Company, Ronald Kevin Brown/Evidence, and Bebe Miller, Oliver’s honors have included a Dance Theater Workshop/Bessie Schonberg First Light Commission; a Creative Capital grant; Faculty Research, Creative Research and Arnold O. Beckman awards from the University of Illinois School of Fine and Applied Arts; an Illinois Arts Council grant in Choreography; New England Foundation for the Arts Touring support; National Performance Network Creation funding; and a Rockefeller Multi-Arts Production (MAP) award. In 2009, she was a CalArts Alpert Award nominee. A professor of dance and university scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Oliver teaches physical practice, composition, and performance. She holds a PhD in performance studies from New York University. Oliver served as both a Center panelist and LOI panelist in dance in 2013. In 2014, she served as a Performance LOI panelist.


Collaborators & Colleagues

Actress Estelle Parsons has found success on stage, screen, and television, often playing characters who can best be described as fanatical or neurotic.

Historical musicologist David Gutkin explores various forms of musical notation and the variable re-performances they can encourage.

Choreographer Amanda Miller collaborated with Cheam Shapiro in Takhmao, Cambodia to research the intersection of classical Cambodian dance with her western classical ballet training.

Grants & Grantees

Christopher Bursk is a poet and a 1995 Pew Fellow.

The William Way LGBT Community Center is a non-profit organization serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations of Philadelphia and its nearby communities.

BalletX presented the world premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Still@Life and Helen Pickett’s Union.

Grants & Grantees

James Sugg (Pew Fellow, 2010) describes himself as a bridge—a bridge between music and theater, composer and performer, and traditional and ensemble-generated theater.

Dancing Diplomats follows choreographer Taras Lewyckyj’s work with Ukrainian artist Anatoly Kryvochyzha, whose choreography was blacklisted by the USSR in 1977.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Performing arts expert Diane Ragsdale, a frequent panelist and keynote speaker at arts conferences, is pursuing a PhD in cultural economics at Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

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.

At the February launch of the Center’s new multimedia online publication, A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78, Lucinda Childs and Judy Hussie-Taylor, executive director of Danspace Project, discussed Childs’ career and artistic influences.

Influenced by Chekhov and the paintings of Eric Fischl, and set to experimental music by Bhob Rainey, the highly physical and choreographed New Paradise ensemble offers The Adults.