Jumatatu Poe

2012 Pew Fellow

1/2: Jumatatu Poe, 2012 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.
2/2: Flight Attendants duet. Excerpt from SCUBA tour. Courtesy of idiosynCrasy productions.

“I am not celebrating the human body; that is not my creative interest. I am interested in transformation.”

A young choreographer who has already produced such provocative, experimental dance works as FLATLAND 2010 and The Flight Attendants, Poe (b. 1982) has spent the past few years studying and researching J-Sette—an underground dance form borne from Southern drill team and majorette events, and developed socially in gay, African-American clubs. The tight and meticulous movements of J-Sette, interrupted by hugely explosive moments, were woven directly into Poe’s recent Center-funded project, Private Places, which premiered at the 2012 FringeArts Festival. Private Places was also inspired by the conflation of public and private identities in a world where social networking has become ubiquitous; it experimented with unexpected interactions between performers and audience members.

Poe is the founder and co-director of Philadelphia-based dance/theater company idiosynCrazy productions. He holds an MFA in dance from Temple University and currently teaches at Swarthmore College and The University of the Arts. In summer 2013, Poe worked in residence in the city of Neuss, Germany, working on J-Sette choreography with fellow artist Donte Beacham. The residency was supported by Dance Research NRW, an international scholarship program for choreographers and dancers. In the spring of 2014, Poe performed with choreographer and dancer niv Acosta at AUX Performance Space as part of the Center-funded AUX Curatorial Fellowship Program.

References

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Specimen Stories, a new pilot program at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, will assess the value and success of creative interpretive approaches with and for young adults.

Two recently completed Center-supported projects have released publications documenting artistic collaborations and community engagement processes.

Grants & Grantees

Known for its high energy performances, Koresh Dance Company was founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer Ronen Koresh.

Grants & Grantees

Known for innovation, creativity, and preservation of African-American traditions in dance, Philadanco has been dancing in the Philadelphia community since 1970.

Grants & Grantees

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

McCreary is a 2013 Pew Fellow, author of the new poetry collection & now my feet are maps, and co-founder and editor of Philadelphia’s ixnay press.

“Reinventing Tradition: New Dance in Indonesia” was a workshop series on cross-cultural practice that explored notions of the contemporary and the traditional in Indonesian dance.

Susan Hess Modern Dance hosted Ralph Lemon for a weeklong Masters Exchange residency, opening select sessions to the public to view the choreographic process at work.

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Grants & Grantees

The Leah Stein Dance Company is committed to making dances spontaneously, rigorously, in collaboration, and in connection with the moment, often as site-specific works.

Grants & Grantees

Raphael Xavier (Pew Fellow, 2013) has practiced “breaking,” an acrobatic street dance style commonly known as breakdancing, since 1983.