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.


Grants & Grantees

Bringing together some of hip-hop’s most influential pioneers, Clark will present what he calls his “physical autobiography” in a dance-theater performance blending street dance techniques with spoken word narration and video.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Kevin Ward is a former director of Santa Fe’s Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Theater artist Alex Torra creates devised, experimental performances that combine theater, dance, and music.

Two Center-funded performance projects—Supper, People on the Move and Facing Front: Lectures and Performance by Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion—culminated at the end of June, gaining media attention from several regional news outlets.

Grants & Grantees

Since 1980, Susan Hess Modern Dance has sought to grow the audience for contemporary dance and support independent dance artists in the Philadelphia community.

Grants & Grantees

Jenas Osman is a poet and a 2006 Pew Fellow.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Dr. Linda Caruso Haviland, associate professor at Bryn Mawr College, is the founder and director of its dance program as well as the chair of the arts program.

Sruti, The India Music and Dance Society presents the world premiere of Saayujya (The Merging), featuring two of India’s preeminent artists, bharata natyam dancer Priyadarsini Govind and Carnatic musician T. M. Krishna (TMK).

Writing an artist statement is one of those exercises that is re-performed time and again over the course of a career. The following statement was written by David Gordon in 1995.

The all-female ensemble of Pasión y Arte will explore conflicting definitions of the 21st-century woman in its first outside commissioned work, choreographed by Rosario Toledo.

The Wagner Free Institute of Science is is a natural history museum dedicated to providing free public education in science.

The Kimmel Center presented a four-day program with Black Grace, all-male dance ensemble known for fusing traditional Pacific cultures with contemporary dance.