Jawole Willa Jo Zollar

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Photo by Crush Boone.

Choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar is founding artistic director of Urban Bush Women (UBW), a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change. In addition to her work with UBW, Zollar has created works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, Virginia Commonwealth University, among others; and with collaborators including Nora Chipaumire and Compagnie Jant-Bi. A professor of dance at Florida State University, her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Doris Duke Artist Award, and a USA Artists Wynn Fellowship. Zollar served as a Center LOI panelist in dance in 2012, and in Performance in 2014.


A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78 is a dynamic reexamination of the early dances of one of America’s most influential contemporary choreographers. In this excerpt from the forthcoming multimedia online publication, dance critic and historian Suzanne Carbonneau reflects on beauty as refusal in Childs’ work.

Grants & Grantees

In 2002 the Center awarded Pew Fellowships to 12 Philadelphia-based artists, and grants to 57 dance, music, theater, and visual arts organizations and practitioners in the greater Philadelphia region.


In conjunction with its presentation of Brett Bailey’s Macbeth, FringeArts presents Le Cargo, a dance work by Congolese choreographer Faustin Linyekula.

Curators Marissa Perel and Brian Wallace give an overview of Trisha Brown’s work as it connects to the In the New Body performances at the Barnes Foundation.

Susan Hess Modern Dance engaged Lucinda Childs and Simon Dove to mentor the resident choreographers of the SHMD Choreographers Project.

Founded in 1986, Sruti promotes and presents Indian classical music and dance to educate the greater Philadelphia community on the importance of Indian arts.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Thomas F. DeFrantz directs SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology and teaches in dance and African and African-American Studies at Duke University.

Choreographer Stephen Petronio and artist Janine Antoni on how visual arts organizations can invite audiences into performative experiences.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jean Isaacs is the artistic director of San Diego Dance Theater and the founder of Trolley Dances.

Grants & Grantees

Painted Bride Art Center presented the seminal duets of Bill T. Jones and the late Arnie Zane—challenging works that remain some of the most significant examples of postmodern dance to date.

A number of Center-funded performances and exhibitions have garnered national and regional media attention in recent months.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Susie Ibarra is known for her innovative style and cultural dialogue as a composer, improviser, percussionist, and humanitarian.