Jérôme Bel

Jérôme Bel. Photo by Feran McRope.

Jérôme Bel, born in 1964 in France, lives in Paris and works worldwide. An experimental choreographer, he provokes his audiences with witty, cerebral presentations that often break down the traditional barrier between performer and audience, and that pose questions about virtuosity and the nature of dance. His performances include Pichet Klunchun and Myself (2005), Véronique Doisneau (2004), The Last Performance (1998), and, in 2001, The Show Must Go On, which brings together 20 performers, 19 pop songs and one DJ, and for which he received the Bessie (a New York Dance and Performance Award) in 2005.


Open rehearsal with Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble and The Crossing, in conjunction with the Center-funded Words Adorned: Andalusian Poetry and Music.

South African theater artist Brett Bailey will visit Philadelphia for a three-week residency and a presentation of his adaptation of Verdi’s opera Macbeth, set in the Democratic Republic of Congo, presented in collaboration with Opera Philadelphia.

Grants & Grantees

William Larson is a media artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.

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.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Roger LaMay is general manager at WXPN (88.5 FM), a public radio station operated by the University of Pennsylvania.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Gil Boggs is artistic director of the Colorado Ballet. Previously, he was a member of the American Ballet Theatre for 17 years.

Interdisciplinary artist Martha McDonald presents a site-specific installation and performance at RAIR’s recycling facility and artist space.

Grants & Grantees

The possibilities of presenting a contemporary artist’s work posthumously will be explored in this discovery project dedicated to Julius Eastman, an African American composer who was active internationally in the 1970s and 80s, but who died at 49, leaving an incomplete but compelling collection of scores and recordings.

Writer and dancer Wendy Perron evokes Trisha Brown to explain why contemporary dance is open to multiple meanings.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Harris Eisenstadt is a drummer, composer, and bandleader who has studied with respected names in jazz and improvised music, as well as in West African and Cuban drumming.

Grants & Grantees

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

The Center’s 2015 Year in Review highlights the outstanding accomplishments of our grantees, and the broad scope of the Center’s funding.